Archive for February, 2010

Windsurf Weddings

February 27, 2010

Windsurfers live for the thrill of riding on their board, catching the wind and being one with nature. For those who want to combine their passion for the sport and their passion shared with a soul mate they now can celebrate their nuptials on the water. Bonaire, long touted as out of the best windsurf destinations in the world is now the perfect wedding windsurf destination. After your nuptials on the beach, jump on the water and sail away Bonaire style. When the wind dies down return to the beach for a seaside reception sure to create memories to last a lifetime. Windsurfer and windsurf specialist Ann Phelan of Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations can plan your wedding from the ceremony and reception as well as your accommodations, gear rental and vehicles. She also offers free Concierge. Call Ann at

800-219-0118 or email

Cheap Air

February 24, 2010

Insel Air is offering a special discount on air from Miami to Bonaire commencing now through June 19.  The price is 280.00 plus taxes. To celebrate this air special Caribbean Wind & Sun is offering 5% discounts on select packages for bookings made before Feb. 25th for travel before June 19th. Call 800-219-0118 for details.

Insel Air to Bonaire

Caving in Bonaire

February 15, 2010

Spelunk Indian Inscriptions


Caving at Spelunk

Lima Caves

Lima Cave

Bonaire’s caves are national treasures. Severe exploitation has occurred at Spelunk where there is graffiti and often trash remains. It is the responsibility of all to maintain the integrity of the caves. Large bat populations exist in the caves and should never be disturbed.

Children of the Wind – A Documentary

February 14, 2010

I became a windsurfer in the late 90’s. It was all I thought about and encompassed all aspects of my life. I thought and lived wind. In the late 90’s I spent many a cold winter nights watching instructional windsurf videos. My favorite videos were the productions of my now friend and colleague, Dasher. Dasher made these cool videos of some kids n Aruba’s sister island, Bonaire. They were crazy hot shots on Bic mini rigs. I had heard whispers of this island in the windsurf community but never made it there. One day in cold February 2001 my colleague and friend Tinho Dornella told me the team from Bonaire was coming to his event, Calema. I had been to Calema twice and thought there was no better way to see the team then to scout them out.  I was the co founder and event coordinator of King of the Cape with my then colleague Marc Lefebvre and we wanted them at our event for June.  We flew down early March and met the team. Tonky Frans has a face full of piercings and a killer smile. He had red hair too. It was electric. He later told me Andy Brandt tutored him to stand out and that’s how the red hair came to be. Me, I don’t think he needed the red hair. He stood out, that’s for sure. Little Kiri Thode stood on the shore shivering in the March air. Chris Bernabella was there as laughing with his friends. He told me he loved Florida but did not love the cold. I asked around who was in charge. I then met Byron Tromp. Byron and I spoke and agreed they would try to come to King of the Cape, a PWA sanctioned event. They worked hard at their end finding sponsorship through many sources including Air Jamaica. Back on Cape, Marc Lefebvre and Nevin Sayre (Fiberspar) connected and agreed to sponsor the team any way we could. Nevin and his wife Stina took in a crowd. I had a group at my house. The rest is their history. They dominated the event blowing away the pros in attendance. I recall Martin van Geehoven being astounded with Taty Fran’s flat water loop that sealed the deal for his win. Brian Talma was in attendance meeting little Kiri Thode who we called the “mini Irieman”.  That was the start of a very special friendship; Kiri barely spoke English back then.  The team went back to Bonaire but Ro Mayer and Tonky went on to the Gorge.   Tonky dominated the Gorge Games and Ro was a force to be reckoned on the water. My daughter I traveled West to join them and witness windsurf history. Windwing saw something in the guys and sponsored them. Bill Morrisey from Dakine also took on the team as riders. Nevin hooked the guys up with Fiberspar gear and AHD boards.  After Cape Cod, the Gorge was the second part of the world to catch a glimpse at their brilliance. This was just the all exploded that year, 2001 but it started wayyyy before that.

World reknowned producer Peter Robertson and his colleagues, Daphne Schmon and Robert McCormick are documenting Bonaire’s windsurf history.Take a glimpse at their story as shown in the trailor in “Children of the Wind”. This soon to be released production will warm your hearts, expose you to a culture and introduce you to young people who have a passion that breaks through all barriers.

Photo Courtesy of Children of the Wind

Please note the trailer is not part of the actual production by Peter Robertson. It is short promotional preview that was shot by Robert McCormick and Daphne Schmon. Production continues on island in May. Join Children of the Wind on Facebook and Twitter. This is such an important documentary on so many levels. This is a tribute to a village and community who believed and the kids who dared to dream…

Air News

February 4, 2010

Press Release from TCB Inc.

Below, please find the details of a significant seasonal uplift from our airline partners, Continental and Delta.

  1. Effective February 12, 2010 until April 2, 2010, Continental will run a second Newark flight on Saturdays.

The schedule will be as follows:

COA 1553/1556         EWR-BON-EWR SAT.         ARR BON 05:22 AM            DEP BON 07:00 AM

  1. Continental will also operate a third Houston (IAH) flight on Mondays effective March 7, 2010 until March 29, 2010.

The schedule will be as follows:

COA1898/1899          IAH-BON-IAH MON.          ARR BON 06:00 AM            DEP BON 08:30 AM

  1. Effective February 13 – August 14, Delta will upgage the 757 normally operated on the Bonaire route with 183 seats to a 767 with 262 seats.

Continental Air News