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The Latest from Camber Kitesurfing
Summer is Here!
Discounted kitesurfing packages and latest products.
It is officially Summer and are doors are open again for Kitesurfing, buggy and powerkite lessons. New for this season we have KAYAK and SUP hire and expeditions.
We now have hundreds of pairs of COOL SHOE CORPORATION flip flops in stock, including 5 new womens styles.
MBS Core Mountain board was �315 now �185!
Get a NEW Scuilp kite with pump, bar and lines with ANY board from �975! That's a good deal!
Just a quick 'heads up' regarding Kite week 2013, it will be from 10 to 18th Aug 2013, book it off - come along! Details coming soon....
The Island Rib Voyages
Island RIB Voyages and Jersey Voucher - RIB Carteret Deal
All trips are weather permitting
A valid passport is required
Multiples can be purchased
Voucher expires 01/07/2013
Vouchers cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion
Vouchers cannot be exchanged for cash or equivalent
Exciting speed boat trip on our 10 metre, 12 passenger RIB.
4 hours to explore the beautiful French fishing port.
Opportunity to enjoy a spot of shopping
A chance to try some French cuisine in a variety of restaurants along the estuary
Short 30 minute boat journey
Enjoy a short visit to Carteret giving you the opportunity to shop, dine or just relax.
This 5 hour trip (4 hours in Carteret) will take you to the tranquil port of Carteret where you can explore the local shops, have a spot of lunch/dinner or just enjoy the sunshine. The trip will set off from St. Catherine's breakwater, passing Les Ecrehous and hopefully seeing Dolphins along the way!
Suitable for ages 5+. Not advised for people with heart conditions, or people with serious back injuries/problems.
Voyage times and dates can be found on the Island Rib Voyages website by clicking the following link:
Customers need to arrive 15 minutes prior to the departure time. Please, take a printout of the vouchers to give to the skipper. If you have an iPhone you can use the Bump app to transfer an image copy of the voucher. The app is free and can be downloaded from https://itunes.apple.com/app/bump/id305479724?mt=8
It is strongly advised you attempt to book a place on board a trip early regardless of the weather, as these spaces fill up quickly. If a trip needs to be cancelled due to unsuitable weather conditions, Island Rib Voyages will make this decision and reschedule you onto another trip.
If you have not attempted to book a trip by Sunday, 30th June 2013, Island Rib Voyages will not be held liable if all trips are fully booked at this point. It is up to the voucher holder to attempt to book a trip early in order to guarantee a seat prior to the expiry date.
Group bookings can be made if 12 vouchers are purchased.
Edith May Trading Company
We have space available on the following trips over the next two weeks:
Sun 26th May - Cream Tea Cruise (CTC) - 2 spaces available, 1245hrs
Wed 29th May - CTC - 6 spaces, 1500hrs
Tue 4th June - Fully catered day - 6 spaces, 0900-1700hrs
Thu 6th June - Lunch Cruise, 10 spaces, 1030hrs
Sat 8th June - Lunch Cruise - 8 spaces, 1200hrs
Mon 10th June - CTC - 8 spaces, 1300hrs
Rochester Dickens Festival
The barge will be returning to Rochester Pier for one weekend only on 1st and 2nd June. 1hr trips will be running at the following times: 0900, 1030, 1200, 1330, 1500, 1630, 1800, 1930 (Sat only). Book tickets in advance - �15 adults, �12 children - http://www.edithmaybargecharter.co.uk/shop/category/dickens-festival-1hr-trips/
Whilst at Rochester, Edith May will be hosting another film night from the Rochester Film Society. Alfred Hitchcock's 'Lifeboat', a classic from the 'Master of Suspense', will be showing at 1930hrs (doors open 1900hrs following final trip) on Sunday 2nd June. Tickets �10, including tea and cake. Book tickets online and for more details, follow the link - http://www.edithmaybargecharter.co.uk/shop/cinema-night-lifeboat-020613-7pm/
Cinema Night - Monday 6th May and Sunday 2nd June
In association with the Rochester Film Society, the Edith May will be hosting two cinema nights whilst moored on Rochester Pier. Full details can be found here - http://www.edithmaybargecharter.co.uk/shop/category/film-nights/
Safeena Sailing - News and update
London Boat show. Our Big News is that we shall be at the Show on stand C 145A they have squeezed us in. It goes without saying it would be great to see you at the show. As usual we are planning to do our boat show ticket offer so if you are planning a visit to the boat show, contact us to arrange tickets, meet up for a chat and start planning your 2013 sailing! Free tickets! We will do a draw with the help of Guy Cotten UK and will award a cash back to the lucky winners. So visit their stand and give them your name/ticket stub. More info to follow.
Boat show Deals yet to be finalised but will be on our website for January we will offer & hold Boat show offers & prices through to the end of January for those that have sailed with us before (so you won't miss out if you're not able to get to the show.
2013 Season - a year of sailing - training - cruises - racing. Will start in March with some weekend training - April, May and June will continue much as before offering week-end & Mon-Fri training, cruising and racing. Regatta options include - Late June - Round the Island race - Safeena Saree has been well placed in last 2 years!
So what's the Big Plan! July - August - September - Extended cruising
Overview July to September - round trip to the Scottish Western Isles cruises 2 weeks* or possibly one week to be negotiated
2 week legs
July 1 to 14 - Solent to N Devon via Scilly Isles
July 15 to July 28 - N Devon to Belfast via S Ireland
July 29 to August 11 - Belfast to Belfast via Western Isles
August 19 to Sept 1 - Belfast to N Wales via Isle of Man
September 2 to Sept15 - N Wales to N Devon via Welsh Coast.
September 16 to Sept 29 - N Devon to Solent via Scilly Isles
Vessel will have RYA Yachtmaster skipper and mate - both extensive coastal and ocean experience. Besides having an extended cruise we can offer the opportunity to complete RYA practical courses depending on the length of the cruise leg booked. Contact us for an exact brief. Each leg is 250-350 Nm
Safeena Saree is an 8 berth boat but for comfort whilst cruising we offer 2 places per leg but are prepared to increase numbers to suit a group booking to a max of 4 persons.
Prices are inclusive of :- Gas - Fuel - Moorings - Wet weather gear by arrangement.
Food & drink will be purchased on a kitty - all crew contribute equally and decide on eating ashore options. Guide prices � 600 for one week and � 1100 for two weeks per person.
Boat News - Safeena Saree is now in Port Solent Marina for the winter and as usual a list of jobs & maintenance is planned, normal operation is planned into December. We offer the benefit of our experience from a RYA diesel engine course to consultation on aspects of boat maintenance & ownership. So give us a call.
Short courses - pending,
RYA VHF Radio, First Aid & Diesel Engine. Also our own 12v DC boat electrics,
Wishing all of our customers, students & friends the very best for Christmas and The New Year & hope to see you at the boat show.
Splash White Water Rafting
FREE Stand Up Paddle Board with Rafting bookings and BIG adventure offers
Stand Up Paddle Boarding
New Activity Stand Up Paddle Boarding being offered FREE to all Sunday River Tummel White Water Rafting bookings or River bug bookings. Just call 01887 829706 or email info@rafting Quoting FREE SUP
Ladakh ( Little Tibet) Journey
We will be returning to Ladakh this August to carry out further research into a much longer trip we are planning their. This two week trekking trip is for up to 8 people only and includes accommodation before and after the trek and full board during the trek. It is camping and high altitude trekking up to 5800 meters. Cost is �800pp based on eight people. See link below for large range of photos.
Gobi Desert Crossing
During 2011 I was a member of a international team who walked across Mongolia and the Gobi Desert. A distance of 1136 miles in 51 days. We are interested in speaking to motivated individuals who would be up for a challenge such as this starting in May 2014.
�5000 Splash Rafting Competition & New Product Launch
Splash �5000 Plus Competition
To celebrate the start of the adventure season Splash are giving away a weeks adventure multi-activity holiday in Spain for a group of 8 and also a Awesome Foursome Adventure package in Scotland for a group of 8 all you have to do to enter is go to our FaceBook page at the link below LIKE the page and SHARE the competition. Remember you got to be in it to win it. Good luck.
New Product Launch
We have invested in 30 new Stand Up Paddle Boards for Splash Scotland and Splash Spain and to get the great new fun activity rolling for the season we are offering a great half price deal. So instead of �60pp you can experience this great new activity for just �30 or Pay full price and we will add in a River Bugging half day to make up a stunning Splash Adrenaline Day. Just quote this email when booking!
We have had a great response so far to our Splash Ambassadors program but we still have around 60 places available so common and grab the deal of the year. Just �199pp for unlimited use of Splash Scotland and a 7 day multi-activity holiday on a B&B basis at Splash Spain.
Grand Canyon 2013 & huge Splash Ambassador Offer
2 night Break Scotland
2 night Diner Bed and Breakfast in a local hotel in Aberfeldy during Feb and March with a Splash Adrenaline day of white water rafting and river bugging for �145pp or with just the rafting �99pp. Other dates available just ask for price. To book call 01887 829706 or email email@example.com quoting this email.
Grand Canyon Rafting
When you talk about multi-day rafting holidays the one trip that people keep mentioning they want to do is the Grand Canyon. Well here is your chance, we have just 4 places left on this years trip from 13-28 May 2013. As well as the 226 miles of rafting you will enjoy hikes up the side canyons and camping on the river beaches. This is a once in a lifetime experience that will stay with you for ever. Free Splash Ambassador Program place with these last 4 places.
Splash Ambassador Program
We still have some spaces left to be part of the lucky 200 splash Ambassadors who will experience unlimited use of Splash Scotland for 2013 and a 7 night B&B activity holiday in Spain at our luxury Finca. This is worth many thousands of � and the lucky 200 are getting it all for �199 in return for agreeing to provide extensive feedback, take part in interviews and photo and video shoots. Join us you will not regret it.
Dates for 2013, top tips for cold water, and best bits of the year
The water is cooling in North Wales so...
Let's talk about Spring & Summer 2013
Book now, and give yourself something to look forward to.
Ladies & Gents - thank you, each and every one of you, for your support. Starting Gone Swimming has been one of the more stressful challenges in our lives, and one of the most rewarding and fun. Every single trip that we have run has been different - with one thing in common, they have been amazing fun, with brilliant people. We were expecting things to slow down as the weather got colder, but we've been busier than ever with Wet Weekends, Wild Families and coaching.
We've lots of filming going on this year, with Gwynedd County Council, ITV Wales, BBC Wales, and several others - and we just wanted to say an extra big thank you to our guests who were around on those weekends for being ace.
Finally, thank you - to our "repeat offenders" - Peter, Janet, and Bill - all of whom couldn't get enough of our Gone Swimming goodness earlier in the year, and so came back on a second trip in October. Our prices are going up slightly to �250 for an all-inclusive weekend, but as a thank you to those of you who have Gone Swimming with us before - we're giving you a �25 discount as a thank you - and if you bring a friend, they get the same discount as you do!
We have got lots planned for the winter, and even more planned for 2013. We will be heading down to the Cold Water Swimming Championships in Tooting Bec Lido - on the 26th of January, so please come along to support the event and pop in to say hello too.
The calendar is thus:
January 11, 12, 13 : Cwm Pennant, Snowdonia
February 22, 23, 24 : Cefn Coed, South Snowdonia - pet friendly trip
March 29, 30, 31, 1 : Cefn Coed, South Snowdonia - (bank holiday - extra day)
April 12, 13, 14 : Anglesey
May 3, 4, 5, 6 : Cefn Coed, South Snowdonia - (bank holiday - extra day)
May 24, 25, 26, 27 : Cwm Pennant, Snowdonia - family friendly trip
June 21, 22, 23 : Anglesey
July 5, 6, 7 : Cwm Pennant, Snowdonia
July 26, 27, 28 : Cefn Coed, South Snowdonia - pet friendly trip
August 9, 10, 11 : Anglesey
August 23, 24, 25, 26 : Cefn Coed, South Snowdonia - (bank holiday - extra day)
Don't delay - book your place today.
In the meantime, have a look at our Youtube Channel and see what we've been upto, we're also building some Pinterest boards too. We've added a new section to our website - so many people have been asking for the recipes for Gabby's cakes that we've started to put them online here. So far, there is flapjack, bara brith, lemon drizzle cake, and shortbread biscuits up there - with more coming soon.
Top tips for cold water:
- Understand the science of how your body cools, and take your time getting into the water.
- The article talks about; plan your swim, plan your exit, and plan getting dressed.
- Do not faff & stand around wet - you are only getting colder.
- Learn the science behind warming someone up who is really cold.
- A few cheap bits of equipment mentioned in that article could make you a lot safer.
- Go with a friend - even if they just watch.
Follow our blog for all sorts of advice, tips, and news.
Spring has Arrived in Pembrokeshire
I hope you've all had a good Easter and are enjoying spring so far? I know lots of people have had snow to deal with over the past month but here in Pembrokeshire it's been glorious sunshine almost all the time; I can't remember the last time it even rained? This month has seen a beginners course run, a progressive course and we ran a three star skills week. We've also seen the first of the summers tourists arrive; with Taran working as a new guide for us (more about him next month!). If you have booked anything yet then have a look at our upcoming stuff section and choose the course or trip you want. See you soon, Mike and Shelley
What can you book?
April 13/14 - Beginners Course (1 place left)
April 20/21 - Progressive Course
May 4/5 - Intermediate Course (3 Places left)
Bespoke Sea Kayaking arranged to suit you.
Beginners Sea Kayak Tours arranged too.
Call us on 01348 874699 to reserve your place on any of the above.
The first beginners course of the year saw us welcome Bill and Paula from Somerset and David who travelled across from Essex. Conditions were quite lively but we managed to find some shelter on the Saturday and we went out to play in some waves on the Sunday. Read all about it on our blog.
Progressive Sea Kayaking
David was back for the progressive course a week after the beginners course, with Graham, Clare and Mervin, aka Father Christmas (last time Mervin cam some friends of mine were having breakfast with their five year old who asked "is father Christmas going kayaking with Mike today?") It was another sunny weekend in Pembrokeshire; read all about the progressive sea kayaking course.
I'm looking forward to this!
Another new offering for 2013 is our Pembrokeshire Classics Expedition. Not just five of the best trips in Pembrokeshire they are some of the best in the world! AND we've included six nights accommodation for you for only �657. Only have two places left in June, perfectly planned for the bird nesting season we can guarantee you'll see lots of them, puffins/ kittiwakes/ Shearwaters amongst others!
This Months Facebook Cover
is a starfish in rockpool at Poppit Sands. I was waiting for Taran and Norbett to land from their day sea kayaking over Easter whilst a Dad was explaining to his daughters that the starfish they'd collected in their buckets would make good pets and they had to put them back before going home. They were put into the rockpools directly behind where I was sitting and I managed to get a couple of nice photos. This one was our most liked photo on facebook over the month and so it's our cover photo for the next month. I'm not sure if I'll be able to track it down if it wins our competition at the end of they year but I guess it will help your chances to win. Remember, all monthly cover stars will be entered to win a free trip with us next year, so get your friends to like your pictures!
Hire Sit on Tops
Hire Sit on Tops and explore Fishgaurd Harbour or float around in Newport Estuary. We are able to deliver these to you at Lower Fishgaurd, Pwll Gwealod or Newport area, including the cottage you are staying at. View prices and terms
The West Wales Sea Kayak Meet in June now has only 35 places left to book. �30 for the weekend with all profits going to the Wales Air Ambulance and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, Last year we had to turn lots of people away after it was sold out, don't let that happen to you this year!.
Boots N Paddles
Keeping In Touch Newsletter - Thu 21/03/2013
What a busy start to the year! With Easter approaching fast, new websites, new activity venues, a new equipment hire base and new staff, where do we start?!
Our new websites
After months of development work, we're very excited to announce the launch of our new websites. Our existing Boots N Paddles site has had a facelift, so now looks quite different to the old site - we think! We've improved (hopefully) the navigation around the site and kept lots of the information that many of you have told us in the past that you found really useful. It's got a fresher look and loads of information at your fingertips. We've also got an online booking system incorporated into the site so you can book scheduled activities, holidays and buy gift vouchers online. We've also launched a brand new website in recognition of our growing equipment hire business. To help make things a bit easier for potential and returning customers www.canoehirescotland.co.uk will provide lots of information about canoe and kayak hire, outfitting and our flexible shuttle service. It also provides some ideas on places you can go and has some handy advice for paddlers planning trips of their own. We'd love to hear from you about your thoughts on the sites or experiences in navigating around them. As with all new sites, there may be things we can tweak to make your life easier, so your feedback is really important to us.
Edinburgh and the Central Belt - update
Ross and Calum have been slowly but surely getting the word out around the Central Belt to let people know we're open for business, and we recently took our first booking for a stag group canoe expedition on the River Tay, which is great news for us. We've also got ongoing enquiries for archery and Highland Games at the moment, have a BCU 3 Star Open Canoe Assessment Weekend in April and a few things lined up for Easter. Spread the word!
Outdoor Pursuits Scotland - come and see us in Edinburgh
On the 20th and 21st April, Calum, Mike and Ross will be at the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh for this year's Outdoor Pursuits Show. There promises to be lots to see and do at the show with something for everyone. We'll be there looking to show off our services and are offering a competion prize to one lucky person if you come along and see us on the day and subscribe to our newsletter. What's the prize? A Canadian canoe trip on either the River Tweed or the Union Canal for the winner and up to 5 of their friends or family.
As always we've got lots on offer for you to do over the Easter holiday break...but this year there's even more!
In conjunction with Beecraigs Country Park at Linlithgow we have canoeing and archery sessions on offer for anyone that would like to join us. We have archery sessions at Beecraigs on the 3rd and 5th April, and on the same days a canoe trip on the Union Canal from Linlithgow. On the 1st of April, we also have 2 canoe sessions available on the Union Canal, but this time from Ratho, on the outskirts of Edinburgh. These activities are for anyone 8 years old or above. Find out more and book online.
At our new activity venue at AIgas Golf Course, near Beauly, we've got off-road Segways, canoeing on the River Beauly and in the wonderful Aigas Gorge, plus some archery sessions. Find out more and book online.
As always, we've got archery, Segways and some canoeing on offer at Rothiemurchus, near Aviemore. You can book these on the Rothiemurchus Estate website.
And finally, 5-star TreeZone is open as usual and expecting a busy Easter with our new seasonal staff on board, trained and raring to go.
New Great Glen equipment hire base in Inverness
It's all go for us this year! We've recently signed the lease on a canal-side store at Muirtown Locks in Inverness. We plan to use this as a canoe and kayak hire base for issuing or taking back equipment from Great Glen Canoe Trail paddlers. We also plan to offer bike hire from our new base. We do have some building work still to do but hope that we'll be in position to open our doors for the first time in May. This will officially make us the closest equipment hire provider to this awesome canoe trail and help us offer even more options to our customers. Watch out for further updates on our website and social media.
With all that's going on in 2013 we obviously need some good staff. So, it's with pleasure that we welcome Jon Trafford back for a second season; Dan Maggs joins us on a seasonal contract although is no stranger to Boots N Paddles having worked on a freelance basis for us before. Joe Ryan joins us for the season, bringing his considerable experience to our team, and also new for 2013 is Jon Ford, who'll be driving many of our canoe and kayak shuttles around the country. Last, but certainly not least, Ellie Hosking will be joining us and working predominantly at Rothiemurchus with us.
Jon Trafford - Instructor
Joe Ryan - instructor
Jon Ford - Shuttle Driver
Dan Maggs - Instructor
Ellie Hosking - instructor
Staff profile - Jon Trafford
Jon joined Boots N Paddles in March 2012 after spending a couple of years working in the outdoors in the Aviemore area, before which he had a more conventional job! When not having fun at work, he particularly enjoys climbing, mountain biking, his new open canoe, and just getting out into the fantastic great Scottish outdoors.
Atholl Palace - our new Perthshire partner
The Atholl Palace Hotel, the epitome of Scottish Baronial splendour, stands overlooking 48 acres of wooded parkland grounds and over the town of Pitlochry to the surrounding hills. The gardens have been developed with walkways and seats to encourage all, both hotel guests and day visitors, to relax and enjoy the abundant wildlife and of course enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities such as archery, highland games, Segway tours, WOW (walk on water) balls and team building. The Atholl Palace is now so much more than a hotel - it is a destination for day visitors as well as guests. You can easily spend a day exploring the gardens, discovering their museum and enjoying a bar lunch or afternoon tea in the lounge, not to mention being pampered in the Spa. For more information contact the hotel on 01796 472 400 or go online to their website at www.athollpalace.com
Congratulations go to Catriona Davidson of Bonnyrigg who wins 4 TreeZone passes. Catriona is apparently making her way north over Easter anyway, so this is a timely surprise for her and she'll be popping into TreeZone to try it out when in the area. Well done.
Free Prize Draw
We're offering another 4 passes for TreeZone to one lucky subscriber of our newsletter. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is keep on subscribing and we'll draw the winner after the closing date of 30th May 2013
[Please note that the passes are not exchangeable for cash. The draw will be made after the 30th May and the winner will be contacted shortly thereafter. Boots N Paddles reserve the right to publish the name of the winner in the subsequent newsletter, on our social media pages and on our websites].
Bits 'n' Pieces
- Gift vouchers: Looking for ideas for a birthday present? Why not treat someone to a Boots N Paddles' activity voucher? You choose the amount that you want to spend, and the lucky recipient can redeem it against any Boots N Paddles, activity, holiday or day out. Find out more and buy online.
- Canoe and kayak hire enquiries continue to arrive thick and fast for the year ahead. If you'd like to hire equipment from us find out more at www.canoehirescotland.co.uk.
- Fancy a canoe holiday this year? Find out more about our Great Glen Canoe Trail, and River Spey holidays or join our Early Morning Wildlife Canoe Trip.
- Heading for the outdoors? Remember to have a look at the Scottish Outdoor Access Code or the Paddlers Access code if heading out in a canoe or kayak. See our website for more information.
Errant Surf Holidays
Maldives Surf Boat June 2013 and 2013 Summer Surf Gear
Maldives Surf Charter 13th - 23rd June 2013
BY FAR. THE. BEST. SURFING. HOLIDAY. EVER.
And we're doing it again! We have a few spaces left on board the Hariyana Surf Charter boat with a 100% guaranteed departure from the 13th June 2013. 10 Nights sailing the crystal waves of the North Male Atolls in the Maldives.
- 10 nights' accommodation
- All meals
- All soft drinks
- Airport transfers
- Return flights from London Heathrow with Sri Lankan Airways
- �1560 all inclusive (includes all taxes and no single supplement!)
Be quick and book today! Dates not quite what you are after? Already have a group of at least 8? Let us create your own private group trip, call today (+44) 020 8133 6438 - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
NEW Summer 2013 Mens and Womens Surf Gear
Summer is around the corner and we've just had our 2013 Summer Range delivered for men, women and kids! Awesome surf brands like Billabong, Quiksilver, Rip Curl, Volcom, Animal, Roxy plus another 800 have just arrived and they look..fresh. We also have the latest summer 2013 men's and women's wetsuits and over 80 surfboards for you to test out this summer. Long live the summer!
Check out our find on Kickstarter!
Ever looked at a pair EVA (soft foam composite) shoes and think "they're comfortable, but I wouldn't be caught with them on!" Well the latest project to be currently trending on Kickstarter is the awesome new concept from Crosskix. This new EVA shoe is ideal for the active surfer or outdoor adventurer. Crosskix is currently on Kickstarter raising funds for its official launch. It has already busted through the funding target of $20,000 at (the time of writing) $40,000 so if you make a pledge today your gift is 100% guaranteed! Back this project for $1 or more. Project Ends 7th May 2013, so get your running shoes on ;-)
Free Video Surf Coaching - Win A Surf Trip to Portugal
Free Private Video Surf Coaching for YOU
When you head away for a surfing holiday it's a pretty good idea to have a little taster when you leave or a reminder surf lesson when you come home. If you book a surfing holiday with Errant Surf from now till the end of April we will give each person a FREE private surf coaching voucher for you to use at our high performance surf centre in Newquay. This voucher can be used anytime and is for a private surf lesson (RRP �70pp). We use the latest in video surf coaching to get the best out of your time with us. You'll walk away with new skills and a DVD of your surfing clips.
Stay in Portugal (for free) right by the surf!
We've just launched our new video about Errant Surf with a funky James Bond style surfer-guy. To keep James surfing into the summer we are giving away a one week stay in our surf camp in Peniche, Portugal. It's super easy to enter, watch the new Errant Surf video and e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org the answer to this question: What is the text on James's badge when he pulls it out of his pocket? The winner will be announced in the next newsletter at the end of April. Good luck!
Where to Surf in May & June 2013
Late spring is an excellent time to head away on a surfing holiday. Pre-summer sunshine and surf is at the top of the menu for surfers. If you're a single surfer looking for consistent sunshine and surf then head over to Morocco or South Portugal at one of the surf lodges. If you're looking at rounding up the kids and heading out with the family make sure you check the Maldives, Portugal and Spain for good surfing conditions during May and June. If you're a couple looking to escape on a chilled surf vacation check out some awesome hotels right on the beach in Spain, Portugal, Morocco and Fuerteventura. May - November is also prime time for surf charter boats in the Maldives. This is truly the ultimate surfing holiday. If 2013 is your year for surf adventure check out our boats for groups 6 - 12 or the Ocean Explorer which is ideally for single surfers wanting a boat trip in the Maldives.
2013 Chaaya Island Surf Passes - Surfing Costa Rica - Pick Your Beach
Surfing Costa Rica
Santa Teresa is located in the southern part of the Nicoya peninsula on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. It is a mecca for surfers and travellers alike due to its long white sandy beaches with consistently good surf and beautiful scenery comprising of an idyllic beach scene giving way to dense Costa Rican jungle. We invite you to come stay with us this winter at our surf camp from �289 for 7 nights accommodation, breakfast, airport transfers to and from San Jose and full of of the villa. Add a surf course for only �399. With 755 miles of coastline on two oceans, Costa Rica is one of our most popular surf holiday destinations. A surf holiday to Costa Rica offers a wide range of surf spots ranging from idyllic beach breaks to coral platforms where the water leaps up and tubes like a miniature Pipeline. The water temperature in Costa Rica ranges from 28c to 30c year round so no wetsuits needed! In Costa Rica we offer two surf holiday packages based on your level of surfing.
Pick Your Surf Beach
Developing as a surfer is all about challenging ourselves and being in the 'zone of stretch'. If the waves are too sloppy or too small, we may have a cruisey time but we'll be languishing in our 'zone of comfort' and not learning enough. Contrastingly, if the conditions are too intense, we'll be pushed straight into the 'zone of fear' and it is impossible to learn when we're scared, not to mention all the risks associated with surfing become amplified. Happily, we can choose different beaches to give us waves of varying intensity. Laird Hamilton once told me 'if the biggest wave you've surfed is 3ft, then 4ft will seem big', and so we should always be realistic about our fitness and experience levels and not worry about trying to keep up with our shred-head mates.
2013 Surf Spots - Pasta Point
Chaaya Island in the Maldives is home to the long, fun wave of Pasta Point. Pasta Point is one of the most consistent surf spots in the region. Surfers from all over the world come to Chaaya Island to relax in the comfort of the resort while having exclusive access to the world class wave of Pasta Point. All surfers require a surf pass, which if you are based in the UK or Europe can only be booked through Errant Surf on behalf of Atoll Travel. Out of 30 exclusive surf passes in 2013, this is our current availability.
15th February - 16th March / Plenty of surf spots
5th - 21st April / 2 Surfer Spots
6th - 11th May / 1 Surfer Spot
16th - 20th May / 1 Surfer Spot
22nd- 31st May / 1 Surfer Spot
3rd - 8th June / 5 Surfer Spots
9th - 15th June / 2 Surfer Spots
18th - 30th June / 4 Surfer Spots
1st- 6th July / 2 Surfer Spots
1st - 15th August / 2 Surfer Spots
22nd - 30th August / 1 Surfer Spot
14th - 21st September / Plenty of surf spots
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10 Myths About Learning How To Windsurf
Any sport, particularly 'extreme' sports have a fair amount of supposed barriers to learning. People often watch such sports giving comments like 'oh, I would love to do that but it looks too difficult for me' or 'I wouldn't know where to start with learning'. This little post will blow away 10 myths about learning how to windsurf!
Over the years you hear a lot of supposed barriers to learning how to windsurf from people who are not sure if the sport is something for them, even though they would really love to give it a try. The following are 10 of the most commonly repeated myths, along with an explanation as to why they ever came to be & what the real deal is about them!
10 Myths About Learning How To Windsurf
1. Windsurfing is difficult to learn
This is probably the No 1 reason people get put off giving the sport a go & the myth came about because windsurfing did used to be difficult! The design of the kit just wasn't up to scratch back in the 80's/90's, with domed, slippery decks on the boards & big heavy sails with no real shape.
The good news is that in the last 10 years there have been massive leaps forwards in the design of windsurfing kit, making learning really easy. The boards have much more stability, with a fatter/shorter shape to make balance easy & control a lot more straight forwards. The decks have all over EVA foam grip to both give much needed grip & to protect your shins from any scrapes when learning how to get on the board. The sails, mast & booms have all been made a lot lighter which helps beginners get to grips with the equipment.
2. There is no need to take any lessons, just learn from a friend
No, no, no. The worst thing you can do is to 'just give it a go'. Windsurfing is a technical sport with a lot going on all at once, balance on the board, control of the sail, reading the wind, etc. It's not that it has to be difficult but you do really need a few basic pointers before even heading out on the water so that you know exactly what you are trying to do & have even been up on a dry land simulator where an instructor can coach you through getting into the basic positions that you will need to repeat out on the water.
A little help with a lesson at a windsurf school makes a massive difference to your learning curve & overall enjoyment of the sport from day one. So often, we see well meaning relatives/friends trying to give someone pointers out on the water and all it end in is big frustration for both the wannabe instructor & the poor learner!
3. Windsurfing is expensive
Well yes the kit does cost a fair bit, I'll give you that but no more than when you look at something like mountain biking or golf! As a beginner cost really doesn't have to come into the equation. You take beginners windsurfing lessons then just rent equipment for some time to practice what you have been shown & use this rental time to move down through the size boards & up in sail sizes. It makes much more sense to do your progression on windsurf rental kit rather than buy a beginners setup only to sell it 3 months later at a big loss, once you need to move onto slightly more intermediate kit.
One thing to be careful of when using rental kit is that you go with a windsurf school that has quality, up to date & light weight equipment. Windsurfing is a lot about learning technique but also the quality of the equipment you are using can make or break the speed at which you progress.
4. Windsurfing is not cool
Yes during the 80's/90's windsurfing may have taken a bit of a back seat in the coolness department, particularly to kite boarding. Now though, just like skiing verses snowboarding things are going full circle and with the development of the kit has come the invention of high speed windsurf freestyle, taking the sport to a whole new level of coolness!
The Four Dimensions - Showcasing How Windsurfing Is Back On Top!
5. Windsurfing is a sport for the older generation
This point kind of ties in with the 'not cool' label of the last myth. For the same reasons; massive technical development of the kit leading to the crazy high wind freestyle & wave sailing possibilities windsurfing is definitely not just for the more senior of us!
6. Windsurfing is just for the fit & young
With all the images & video clips of the latest & greatest freestyle/wave moves windsurfing can actually now sometimes be seen as just a young persons sport. The great thing about windsurfing is that it is not an all or nothing extreme sport. You can participate at whatever level you want. Also, there is always something new to learn no matter how good you think you are, so you will never get bored!
7. It is hard work to pull a sail from the water
This is a classic myth about windsurfing that just isn't true provided you go about learning in the correct way, i.e. take a beginners windsurfing course & use modern lightweight equipment. The only reasons this myth came about is because of people learning from friends who have the wrong type of sail (too big/heavy), learning at a windsurf school with old/heavy equipment or not learning the correct technique for pulling the sail from the water!
A great free top tip for pulling a windsurf sail from the water is to lift using your leg muscles and not your back. You need to squat way down low on the board with a good, solid shoulder width stance then push slowly through your strong leg muscles & keep your back straight. Your hands stay still on the uphaul rope, not moving until you have the sail almost up & have let the water drain from it. This way the strain is taken by your strong leg muscles and not your weaker back muscles.
8. It hurts to fall off the board
At the beginner to intermediate stages of windsurfing you really are not going to get anything worse than a few knocks. The video clips you see of people catapulting over the front of the board & exploding into the water are at a much more advanced level & even then usually only happen because they have not been taught good technique, being self taught rather than taking advanced windsurf lessons to help them fine tune their skills. Even the high speed crashes usually don't result in anything other than getting winded or bashed against the sail. Windsurf crashes always look worse than they are!
9. You need to be a strong swimmer
Well, that all depends on where you learn how to windsurf! If you try to learn on the open seas then its going to be tough, with waves and deep water to contend with. Lakes are better but still mean you will be putting in a lot of effort getting on the board after every fall, as you will be quickly out of your depth. Also lakes tend to have freezing cold (deep) water & very gusty winds due to surrounding trees/buildings.
The best place to learn is somewhere like Poole Harbour, which is a semi protected bay on 3 sides, with prevailing onshore winds pushing you back to safety & shallow water in which you can easily stand up. When you fall in, just take a breather then easily climb back on the board from a standing position - perfect windsurfing conditions, it really doesn't get any better than this!
10. You need to learn with a friend
It is always nice to take up a new sport with someone you know but it really isn't a necessity if your family/friends don't want to give it a go. Taking beginner windsurfing lessons in a small group environment means you will be learning with other like minded people that are in exactly the same situation as you. Everyone helps encourage each other & its ok because you are not the only one falling in! After your beginners windsurfing course, you can join a windsurf club to continue your learning, its a great way to socialise and unwind after work.
So, there you have it 10 myths about learning how to windsurf. As you can see its nowhere near as bad as some would have you believe and once hooked you will have years of happy windsurfing ahead of you!