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Take a look at one of the world’s best light wind freestyler and an amazing high wind trickster, Caesar Finies. He’s really a windsurf magician…
Fortunately I have few windsurf clients heading to the island but for those who have chosen May 22 as your week, what to do? Well if you still want to take a go at windsurfing, meet Caesar Finies, our island’s best light wind freestyler. He works at Jibe City and can connect you with a rig and lesson to learn how to feel the breeze and become light wind proficient.
When the shuts down I head to the sea and snorkel. We have over 50 shore sites one can park and head in. My favorites include Tory’s Reef, south of Invisibles and the wall at Plaza snorkeling all the way south near the airport.
The following photo essay is from Carol Hibdige of New Forest. She lives part of the year in Bonaire with her windsurf family, husband Trevor, a speed freak (as in using his GPS), musical freestyle talent and youngest son, Nic and handsome and also very fast sailor, Sam. They own Lac Bay Villa, one of Bonaire’s best windsurf getaways. The villa offers pristine views of the bay and is a windsurfer’s dream. I am lucky to call the Hibdiges friends and have enjoyed many a dinners at the villa. You may book this villa by contacting Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations :firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 800-219-0118 US.
Carole’s photo essay is of Caesar Finies, one of Bonaire’s best talents. His specialty is light wind freestyle. Enjoy!
Mike Burns, a Long Island windsurf maniac has created a really cool blog that shows promise. I expect it will feature videos, supremo photos and great windsurf commentary.
I met Mike and his then girlfriend Chrissy, (who he since married) on Cape Cod at West Dennis Beach in the late 90′s. We were all recreational windsurfers. Mike competed in a PWA event I co ran, King of the Cape. The rest is his history. He is the best East Coast based windsurfer. Mike’s moves are sick, truly. Mike and Chrissy and their Long Island Posse descend on the shores of Lac Bay each winter. It has been a true privilege booking their trips. Recently I attended the East Coast Windsurfing Festival. Mike and team did a stellar job with this event, drawing local and international riders including Caesar Finies and Ezri Heymans.
Take a peak into his world.
Day 2 the final day of freestyle was a light wind day. The wind was truly disappointing but the ABC freestyle posse took it in stride and made the best of it, in fact some of the sailors excel in light winds putting on quite the show.
The crowd favorites are clearly the baby kids. For the girls Koleta Abrahamsz placed first and Faye Larlo Scheper of Curacao placed 4th. For the boys, Jursten Trinidad placed first, Nicolas Verploeg placed second, Terrence Anthony third and Harley David Jenkins 4th.
In the boys 8-10 category Bonaire rider, Rover Dullart won the heats. This young kid has been training and hanging with the pros and it shows. He is a rider to see at future pro podiums. Aron Etmon of Curacao placed second, Serginho Finies of Bonaire placed third and Christopher Thuis of Curacao won 4th. It was a fun heat to watch.
In the boys 10-11, Aruba’s Steven Lageveen won the title sailing his rainbow Hot Sail. He tossed a few Gecko Flakas, Vulcan’s and switch stance moves. Jurgen Saragoza of Aruba placed second. He performed a jump tack and other light wind moves. Mitchell de Palm of Curacao has been practicing at home as he placed third thanks to a few one handed tricks. Stepherd Gustowski placed 4th sailing for Bonaire. He also performed well in incredibly light wind.
Team Aruba was neck and neck when Nick van den Erenbeemt and Mathias Ver Ploeg duked it out. Kaj van de Lubbe was pulling off his moves early on and as the day progressed pushed it to the limits in the boys 12-13 group. Nick’s Spock 540 was impressive and Mathias pulled off a clean gecko. In the end, Nick’s smooth moves won him the title. Nick left early to attend Cabarete Race Week.
In the boys 14-15 Amado Vrieswijk maintained his title throwing some clean Grubby’s, E Sliders and Spock 540’s. Rich was showing the judges some impressive 1 handed Spocks and heli tacks while Dylan was a sail flip wiz.
In the girls, Nicole Van der Velden from team Aruba won with her sail finesse. Iris Jasperse from Bonaire was a wiz at light wind sail flipping making the crowd dizzy with her display. Andrea Simal from Bonaire came in third after a set of nice sail flips and tacks.
In the boys 17-18 there was a showdown of some fierce freestyle moves. The winner, Bjorn Saragoza of Bonaire won the title thanks to a dazzling set of freestyle. A crowd favorite was his Cana Brabu named after the local band of Bonaire. Endro Finies placed second showing off some smooth moves including a nice switch stance Chacho. Victor Wederfoort from Curacao has clearly been training hard and placed third. Hendryck Balentien a team rider for RRD placed 4th showing a nice display of freestyle in his heats.
In the boys 19+ Kiri Thode came away as the reigning champion. Despite hardly any wind, he wowed the crowd with some sick aerial freestyle including Ponch’s, Funnels and more. Caesar Finies, the star and creator of Flowstyle sent the crowd to their feet with his sail dynamics. He placed second. Jaeger Sint Jago from Bonaire placed third showing off some rail rides and other light wind techniques. Aruba’s Sara Quita Offringa flew Sunday to Fuertaventure missing her second day of heats.
The awards ceremony was an incredible event. Recognition was given to Jopi Soleano who hand crafted the lovely trophies. All the sponsors were present to present awards including Hot Sails owner Jeff Henderson who flew in from Hawaii to see his team. Lt. Governor Thode, a windsurfer himself presented awards as well. The Bolas champions won prizes for their weekend competition. After, Rincon Boys serenaded the huge crowd into the night. It was a wonderful weekend of freestyle and beach culture on Bonaire.
Team Bonaire landed this past weekend in the Big Apple to attend the East Coast Windsurfing Festival. They are guests at the oceanfront home of Mr. and Mrs. Thom Herring in Long Island. Thom’s son Alex is an annual visitor to Bonaire. Alex is part of the Long Island Posse that arrives each February. Ann Phelan of Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations organizes this annual group trip where over 50 windsurfers descend on Bonaire to experience their favorite windsurf venue. One of the group members, Mike Burns and his colleague Michael Alex are coordinating the East Coast Windsurfing Festival. Michael is a long time visitor to Bonaire and the author of the famous Peconic Puffin Windsurf Blog.
Ezri Heymans, Frederik Quadvlieg, Fra Assiz and Caesar Finies are set to compete this weekend at the windsurf festival. Other Bonaire repeaters competing at the event include Jill and George Marr who hosted a grande BBQ to welcome Team Bonaire. Check out two websites with more information on Team Bonaire’s visit to NY.
Caesar Finies is the island’s best light wind freestyler. When he is not working in the shop at Jibe City he is in the water tossing his sail into the air or dazzling the crowd with some similiar crazy trick. You can meet Caesar at the East Coast Windsurfing Festival June 2009 on Long Island. Young Ezri Heymans arrives as well to show off his freestyle repetoire. Bonaire comes to the US June 2009.