Posts Tagged ‘Freestyle’

Jibe City on Sale

March 30, 2014

The winter season is over and spring sailing is upon us. Conditions have been amazing. Our windsurf community looks forward to a windy low season. To inspire and motivate low season visitors to come to Bonaire Jibe City and Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations has teamed up to offer some great prices. Book your stay between Aug.15 and Dec. 15, 2014 and enjoy 5 non consecutive day days of windsurfing for 250.00. Book a new package and earn 5-10% discounts off select accommodations. Ask about our Fall Bliss Packages. When the winds are light, take a flowstyle freestyle lesson, enjoy SUP, bonefishing, mangrove kayaking, diving and snorkeling. I have come to love low season with less crowds and great pricing. Email Ann Phelan at ann@bonairecaribbean.com today for details.

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Kiri Thode has been crowned the 2013 PWA Freestyle World Tour champion

October 9, 2013

Kiri Thode, NB61, is undeniably, the 2013 PWA Freestyle World Champion. Hailing from the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire, Kiri recently dominated in his heats while competing in Sylt Germany. The final stop of the PWA Freestyle Tour, Sylt’s conditions are cold and fierce. Kiri prevailed and won top honors.

I met this windsurf rock star in 2001.This windsurf athlete exemplifies grit and resilience. Hard work pays off. Also, having an entire island supporting and loving and believing in you helps to the end. But, this is not the end for Kiri. He will be seen on future windsurf podiums. Kiri represents windsurf brilliance.

Kiri’s training grounds are at windy Lac Bay. To learn more about Kiri and Bonaire’s awesome windsurf training grounds, contact Ann Phelan at ann@bonairewindsurfing.com. Ann is a former event coordinator for over 6 PWA freestyle event. When she’s not booking trips, she’s on the water windsurfing.

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Cheppie the Freestyle Wiz Kid of Bonaire

March 18, 2013

Cheppie is amazing in flowstyle freestyle

Sail Whisperer

March 18, 2013

Caesar Finies, the Sail Whisperer of Bonaire

Windsurfing Scene

February 21, 2009

Windsurf Stickers Even On Trash Cans

Bonaire, the sleepy sister island to bustling Aruba is best known as one of the Caribbean’s best dive destinations. Much of Bonaire’s coastline is designated as a marine park. Heavily enforced rules keep the reefs healthy teeming with sea life. Above water, year round cooling trade winds make this island windsurf paradise. On the southeast corner lies a tranquil area called Sorobon. Here a mellow nudist resort and two windsurf shops share Lac Bay. The gin clear water and brown sugar sand attract beachgoers on weekends. What makes this perfect for windsurfing are the steady onshore breezes. Newbies revel in the beginner conditions. Intermediate sailors love the bump and jump conditions on a super windy day and enjoy blasting around towards the mangroves. Expert sailors head upwind to Cai to catch the waves. The entire area is surrounded by one of the island’s best reefs. Windsurfing is big on the island. Its a common sight to see windsurf stickers on cars, buildings and even on trash cans. Folks love their local windsurf heroes. The island hosted several PWA windsurfing events in recent years.  I was one of the organizers enjoying every minute of these high adrenaline events. Now, the island is the site for the annual Starboard Pro Kids Worlds held each Aug. In one previous event over 131 kids competed for the coveted title of Pro Kid. The children start early as young as two years and spend weekends training. Some come daily after school. Parents and grandparents sit on the shore’s edge or at the windsurf club, Aquaspeed watching their children sail. The kids and adults that windsurf are a dedicated bunch. Some have gone on to be pros competing internationally. Tonky Frans, Kiri Thode and Taty Frans are in the top 10 in the Professional Windsurfing Association’s (PWA) Tour. Others compete in the European events including a handful of talented kids. One year a group went to Alacati Turkey to compete in the Slalom Worlds.  Last year they went to Italy. They are the ambassador’s for this little country of 14,000 residents. It’s really quite impressive and has created a national pride for the unofficial national sport, windsurfing. When visiting Bonaire, take an afternoon and head to Lac Bay. Enjoy one of the two on site restaurants. There is plenty of shade or sun and it’s a great place for all ages.

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