I have just completed a beginner's kite surf course with 40 knots out in sunny Antigua. Having been windsurfing now for over 30 years, i thought it about time to try crossing over to 'the dark side'. I had a taster of kitesurfing many years ago, but it all went wrong. So i approached the course here with some fear. I should not have done. Firstly, in all of my years of coaching and being coached, never have i met a team that exceeds the standards of the team at 40 knots. From the very first meeting, they were brilliant. My coach Susie was waiting for me when i got there. She didn't stop smiling and encouraging me until my last day. Chris and Irene were also hugely enthusiastic and supportive, even though they were busy with other students. So, the friendliest and most enthusiastic bunch you could hope to meet. The kit is all top quality. Brand new kites, lines and boards. All of the coaching takes place a short boat hop away on green island. Throughout the course Susie was always by my side on the beach, and then, in the boat on the water. When things went wrong she was there to correct them.
To get up and planing at windsurfing takes a very long time. After three days i was up and away on the board. I may have swallowed half the Caribbean sea to get there, but we got there in the end. Indeed on my last lesson, when i had been up on the board a number of times, only to then come back down again, i crashed the kite and it got quite tangled up. I suggested to Susie that we call it a day, but she refused. She untangled the kite and urged me to get back on and give it another try. SO glad that i did, as next time i was up and away, with my own cries of excitement being drowned out by Susie's.
So, if you want to learn to kite surf this is the place. Some reviews have suggested that 40 knots is a little pricey. Kitesurfing can be dangerous. I would always pay a premium price to be taught by the best, with the best kit, in the best conditions, with the biggest smiles! It was great and i cannot wait to come back and see them all again next time.
If you are still thinking about it- don't. Jump on it, book up a course, and get ripping across the bay. If i can do it at 50, surely you can!
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