Posts Tagged ‘Andy Brandt’

ABK Boardsports Spring Clinic May 30 Bonaire

January 7, 2016

Andy Brandy, the genius behind the ABK Boardsports Windsurf Camps has announced a one time spring clinic on windy Bonaire. The dates are May 30 week. I have had the privilege of working with Andy for over 15 years. I am offering huge discounts off full packages including gear, clinic and accommodations. You may choose from budget accommodations for 85.00 USD a night and up 4 miles down the road. I will work with your budget. Email ann@bonairewindsurfing.com today.

Brendan’s First Year as Instructor

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Wicked Wind

May 4, 2014

The trades continue to howl here in Bonaire. It’s truly, windsurf paradise. We’ve had little rain so the Sahara dust is fierce thus making sunsets spectacular. Come on down. Ask me for my many spring specials including 5-10% off select properties for last minute May bookings. I have space available for Andy Brandt’s ABK Spring Bonaire Camp May 26 week. Email ann@bonaireacaribbean.com

Sorobon Bliss

Sorobon Bliss

ABK Bonaire May Windsurf Camp

March 30, 2014

Andy Brandt the windsurf guru returns to Jibe City Bonaire for a one week camp this spring. The camp commences May 25 and includes freestyle. Bonaire is the perfect setting to learn to sail or hone your skills. Andy’s team of teachers will help you reach the next level and beyond. The 5 day camp commences Monday AM and ends Friday later afternoon. There is land and on the water instruction as well as video formats and viewing. 

To book your windsurf camp and vacation contact ann@bonairecaribbean.com. Special discounted package prices apply for this week so contact Ann today. 

 

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Windsurf Bliss

July 7, 2013

No wind, come SUP

No wind, come SUP


As I finish packing up to head home to Bonaire, I had to peak at the wind forecast. I had a lovely pre summer sojourn on Cape Cod with a visit to Bermuda. It’s been super hot on Cape Cod and the 4th of July traffic has been insane. I seek the solitude and serenity of my summer Bonaire.

Windguru and Windfinder are in concert; BIG WINDS are here to stay in Bonaire. To celebrate this windy period, I am offering 5-10% off all new bookings starting today for travel through Nov. 1. Remember, Andy Brandt has his annual Aug. ABK clinic the 17th. I have steep discounts that week as well. Kids Camps continue all summer. Ask me for details.

light wind fun

light wind fun

In the meantime, consider a summer getaway to windy paradise. The wind is waiting!

Email ann@bonairewindsurfing.com today

Jibe City Windsurf Center

December 11, 2012

Jibe City Windsurf Center

For 11 years I have had the privilege of booking windsurf vacations for my discerning windsurf clients. Bonaire, best known as an amazing dive destination is also a windsurf Mecca due to shallow gin clear water, on shore steady trades and of course the famous Bonaire windsurf team. Jibe City is located on windy Lac Bay. New management has brought in high end gear and a reliable team of windsurf professionals to offer a high performance windsurf experience. Andy Brandt’s ABK Boardsports Camps are held throughout the year with a cluster during the winter windy season. Beginners can learn the sport while intermediates can hone their skills. Advanced sailors and pros come to train to refine their freestyle repertoire or to train in the deep blue in slalom conditions. To learn more about Bonaire’s windsurf scene, contact ann@bonairewindsurfing.com today. Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacation specializes in windsurf vacation packages and is a proud sponsor of the 2013 ABK Boardsports Camps.

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Bonaire Singles Windsurf Week March 9-16 2012

October 12, 2012

Each year I organize Singles Weeks for solo travelers who love to windsurf but don’t love traveling alone. The group meets for dinners at night and participate in Andy Brand’ts ABK Windsurf Camp by day. It’s a great opportunity to learn to sail, hone your skills or take it to the next level. Join me at the beach for the clinic. Wednesday afternoon is free day where we go snorkeling or hiking. There are 3 organized dinners including the group BBQ Thursday evening at Jibe City. Traveling alone is fun the ABK- Caribbean Wind & Sun way!

Email ann@bonairewindsurfing.com today!

http://www.bonairecaribbean.com/windsurfing.html

Ask me how! Prices start at 1500.00 pp for a single studio with kitchen, 6 days gear at Jibe City, 5 day ABK camp, and a vehicle rental.

The ABK Crew and Moi

Windsurfing Summer

July 5, 2012

There is so much going on this summer in Lac Bay. First off, the wind has been non stop since May. The crowds are down and it’s the perfect time to enjoy a windsurf holiday. Jibe City and Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations have Kids Camps all summer long. For 200.00 USD your children can learn to sail or hone their skills. Contact Ann at ann@bonairewindsurfing.com for details on special packages.

Andy Brandt returns for a summer freestyle camp Aug.20. He will be featuring freestyle lessons but basic and intermediate skills will be taught in this week long camp. Ann has super deals for windsurfers including stay 7 pay for 6 nights at Kontiki, Sorobon, Windsock, Coco Palm Gardens and Happy Holiday Homes. Ask for the ABK Camp Special package.

Hang Out Bar has a summer long calendar of food, fun, music, BBQ and Full Moon parties.

To learn more call Ann at 011 599 786 3134 or email ann@bonairewindsurfing.com today.

Flyer Courtesy of Hang Out Bar

Windsurf News at Jibe City

December 31, 2011

Jibe City has a large stock of 2012 windsurf gear rigged and ready. Bonaire has been experiencing their best steady winds of the year with the average sail size being 5.5 for men and 4.2-4.7 for women. It’s been a great holiday windsurf season so far. With brand spanking new year, it’s time to book your windsurf vacation.

I recently demoed an amazing 99 liter JP Freestyle board. The graphics were cool but more important this is a sweet board. This light weight super wide board was a breeze to sail during a high chop session. I teamed the board up with a 4.9 Neil Pryde Fusion. It was a light sail with plenty of low end power to get up to a plane quickly. I didn’t full appreciate the sail as the wind conditions were a bit gusty but feel this HD version sail.

Gert - Manager at Jibe City

Jibe City is staffed by a tight cohesive group of dedicated professionals available to rig and caddy your gear, lend some gear advice or to offer lessons to hone your skills. Jibe City is the official site of Andy Brandt’s ABK Boardsports School. On site is Hang Out bar serving refreshing drinks and libations as well as healthy and delicious food treats.

To book your gear and ABK Board Sports clinic or lessons contact Ann Phelan, the Bonaire specialist at ann@bonairewindsurfing.com

Exocet Twin Fins

Look for a more detailed gear review in next week’s blog post. Bon Anja, Happy New Year from Bonaire!

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 beginning..it 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.

http://www.childrenofthewindmovie.com/index.htm

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…

ABK News

January 24, 2010

Andy Brandt Getting Down to Business at the Kids Camp

Press Release

Bonaire:  Andy Brandt sent a message to the members of ABKBoardSports/Facebook.

“I am excited to announce new Sponsors for the 2010 tour. We are going to have the latest  boards from RRD and Fanatic, and Sails and rigs from  Maui Sails and RRD Sails to try at the US abk camps.  I have been sailing some of the new gear and loving it and I know you will too.  See you on the water!”    Andy Brandt

Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations is an official sponsor of the 2010 tour. Contact 800-219-0118 or ann@bonairecaribbean.com to reserve your clinic spot. Windsurf packages, vehicle, accommodations and free concierges services available.