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QLD
13 Posts
Posted 7/6/2012, 4:47 pm        Report
Have just had fantastic 2 weeks there. Very excited at my new confidence. Wind every day, fantastic hosts, slow quiet rural beach village, good clean accommodation and great local food, clean air, amazing local people, who have rebuilt after the devastating tsunami of 2004. Inspirational and very welcoming. I took my own gear but you can hire latest F One gear. I took some lessons with Regis, who proved a terrific teacher - not too verbal and very encouraging. His partner Alice (say Aleees) is lovely and a great cultural guide. Aceh Kitecamp is situated at Yudi's Place, not a 'resort' but way above the usual homestay guest rooms. Winds were TOO good when I arrived which put me off, but the boys still got out and got air in 35 knots! Should have gone in the mornings before it got too windy! Mostly it was 13-20 knots. They only have two seasons, not Wet and Dry, but Offshore and Onshore. (Surfing and, now, Kitesurfing.) Yudi, a local surfer, and his Scottish wife Sarah are great co-hosts. I travelled alone so it was good to be in a safe friendly environment. Their website server had a fit last week but the kitecamp is on Facebook.
NT
1566 Posts
Posted 7/6/2012, 7:16 pm        Report
... nice work scaredykite I was wondering how the kite camp was going. Just wondering, did you see any waves near the camp or around the area?? cheers, Robbie
VIC
267 Posts
Posted 7/6/2012, 7:34 pm        Report
Any pics please? Are there many places to stay there?
QLD
916 Posts
Posted 7/6/2012, 8:18 pm        Report
I stayed in Loch nga in the mid 90's. About 1/2 hr out of Aceh. Used to be a great right that didn't break that often, but ran into guys that stayed there for weeks on end for the chance it might. there also was a peak out infront of the golf course and a bit of a left as well. Not big waves but nice. But that was in the days before I kited and before the tsunami.(Golf course is probably gone now) Can only imagine that if there is wind the waves would be a mess.
Indonesia
14 Posts
Posted 7/6/2012, 9:16 pm        Report
hi everybody, some wave pics and video:
if you want to see more pictures or video you have to chek the website or facebook thank's Regis
QLD
13 Posts
Posted 7/6/2012, 10:44 pm        Report
bobajob said...
I stayed in Loch nga in the mid 90's. About 1/2 hr out of Aceh. Used to be a great right that didn't break that often, but ran into guys that stayed there for weeks on end for the chance it might. there also was a peak out infront of the golf course and a bit of a left as well. Not big waves but nice. But that was in the days before I kited and before the tsunami.(Golf course is probably gone now) Can only imagine that if there is wind the waves would be a mess.
I'm not a surfer but there were two Germans and an Aussie surfing there, mainly at a place called The Cement Factory, with the locals, even though this is not the surfing season because the wind is onshore. They still surf in front of the golf course which is still there, rebuilt. The kitecamp is between the golf course and the river. Fresh fish from the fishermen. Also, Regis is a surfer as well and surfed while I was there - Yudi surfed too; he isn't a kiter - yet.
QLD
13 Posts
Posted 7/6/2012, 10:46 pm        Report
kiter77 said...
Any pics please? Are there many places to stay there?
Yudi's (the kitecamp) is a great place to stay, but there are plenty of homestay places, not up to the same standard of course, perhaps not as clean and comfortable, but cheaper. Plenty of availability in the kiting season.
QLD
13 Posts
Posted 7/6/2012, 11:05 pm        Report
ANSWERS TO QS IN MESSAGES- How did you get there (which airline) & did you have any hassle with gear bags etc? Air Asia was cheapest - Gold Coast to KL to BA. No hassle with gear - I paid for extra up front. Given that Aceh has a stricter interpretation of Islam than the majority of Indonesia, how did you find travelling there? Out of respect I covered up with long shorts and T shirt when going to town, but in the camp and at the beach, bathers etc. Again, given it's Aceh, was access to alcohol an issue, generally, and at the camp? (can't go kiting and not have a beer post-session ;-) ) Couldn't agree more! Beer was no problem, nice and cold - perhaps if you wanted more complicated spirits etc you'd have to get it yourself in BA? Although Yudi always said "Whatever you want, I can get you." Did you get a sense of any political/security problems - I've read on a couple of sites that there might be "issues" in Aceh between previous GAM comrades? Well nothing was obvious to me. And this is a small village, much smaller than in pre-tsunami days. There was and is a military base just outside town, so it's always been a secure place. On a more important note, tell me about the food - how good/bad was it? I tend to eat local wherever I go, so I did and wasn't disappointed. All the usual Indonesian dishes, plenty of fresh fish, fresh fruit and fantastic local coffee. AND Regis, missing French bread, often baked delicious baguettes! AND Alice is a very resourceful patissiere, managing great flans, tartes and creme brulee in a very basic kitchen!! This is not on the menu - they just felt like it at the time. Lucky me : ) If you don't mind, how much did it cost for the two weeks? The prices for accommodation are on the website - I took the option of food included and am glad I did. Had no decisions to make - pure relaxation. Air Asia fares fluctuate but I got them pretty cheaply. All I had to pay extra was airport taxes, and beers at about $2.75 (expensive in Aceh). About $2 if you can be bothered going out and getting them yourself. Going to BA in a labi labi (tiny bus) is about 60c each way; laundry (washing and ironing) is 77c per kg; massage is $7.70. Airport transfers by hire car are $16.50 each way. Scooter rental is about $7 day.
QLD
13 Posts
Posted 7/6/2012, 11:08 pm        Report
Answer to another private msg - Onshore windy season starts in May - better check with Regis on website when it finishes?
New Zealand
60 Posts
Posted 8/6/2012, 6:34 am        Report
Looks awesome and even quite windy for south east asia in the off season I've actually booked a flight there in July and hoping i don't kill the wind by showing up(i know i know its a bad habit of mine ) P.S. have u always had bi-polar or do u just bring out scaredykite when there's no wind
QLD
13 Posts
Posted 8/6/2012, 12:28 pm        Report
Hope you have a blast in July. I took some rain with me but it didn't kill the wind. Yeh it's not typical SE asian winds there, just at the tip of Sumatra on west coast. No I'm Scaredykite whenever there is not absolute perfection in the elements i.e. all the time
New Zealand
60 Posts
Posted 8/6/2012, 1:14 pm        Report
ahh my bad Maybe u can help me with accommodation then I haven't made up my mind on where to stay yet and the kitecamp sounds like the logical place to be as its near the beach It didn't say anything about wi-fi so that usually means there ain't any? I'd prefer to stay somewhere with it to help with booking further flights/accommo/wind etc and would even stay at 1 of the hotels in Aceh as its a short drive away Thanks for all the info your've posted as you have covered alot... Regis definitely owes u a beer or 2
WA
391 Posts
Posted 8/6/2012, 8:19 pm        Report
what about flat water lagoon type stuff for the misses??? spewing... we had such a good time at sri lanka we decided to go back instead of going onwards to Aceh...
QLD
916 Posts
Posted 9/6/2012, 7:05 am        Report
scaredykite said...
bobajob said...
I stayed in Loch nga in the mid 90's. About 1/2 hr out of Aceh. Used to be a great right that didn't break that often, but ran into guys that stayed there for weeks on end for the chance it might. there also was a peak out infront of the golf course and a bit of a left as well. Not big waves but nice. But that was in the days before I kited and before the tsunami.(Golf course is probably gone now) Can only imagine that if there is wind the waves would be a mess.
I'm not a surfer but there were two Germans and an Aussie surfing there, mainly at a place called The Cement Factory, with the locals, even though this is not the surfing season because the wind is onshore. They still surf in front of the golf course which is still there, rebuilt. The kitecamp is between the golf course and the river. Fresh fish from the fishermen. Also, Regis is a surfer as well and surfed while I was there - Yudi surfed too; he isn't a kiter - yet.
Yeah, That cement factory was a blight on an otherwise beautiful landscape backdrop. And thats where the right was (still is by the sound of it). There was a photo of a of a huge ship driven up on the road by the tsunami and thats where it was. I also used to surf a spot on Nias called Afulu north of Lagundi bay but South of Aceh province(I believe there is a surf camp there now). About from April/May onwards it started to get too wind affected, and the farther north the windier it would have got. We used to fly in to Medan and bus it up to Aceh and then mini bus it to Loch Nga. Stayed with local families and surf ourselves stupid. The only drawback was trying to find a beer. Being staunch muslims up that way alcohole was rare as hens teeth, and never did find a beer. Does the camp have cold ales? Geez I'd love to go back and a coldie might be the persuader. Edit: I failed to read this; Again, given it's Aceh, was access to alcohol an issue, generally, and at the camp? (can't go kiting and not have a beer post-session ;-) ) Couldn't agree more! Beer was no problem, nice and cold - perhaps if you wanted more complicated spirits etc you'd have to get it yourself in BA? Although Yudi always said "Whatever you want, I can get you."
QLD
13 Posts
Posted 9/6/2012, 12:44 pm        Report
Yep, they have wifi - free. Yeh don't worry, I'll be after that beer from Regis
fellodawind said...
ahh my bad Maybe u can help me with accommodation then I haven't made up my mind on where to stay yet and the kitecamp sounds like the logical place to be as its near the beach It didn't say anything about wi-fi so that usually means there ain't any? I'd prefer to stay somewhere with it to help with booking further flights/accommo/wind etc and would even stay at 1 of the hotels in Aceh as its a short drive away Thanks for all the info your've posted as you have covered alot... Regis definitely owes u a beer or 2
QLD
13 Posts
Posted 9/6/2012, 12:46 pm        Report
Yep, that's where the right is. And the cement factory was smashed but is back bigger and better than ever, I'm told - French money.
bobajob said...
scaredykite said...
bobajob said...
I stayed in Loch nga in the mid 90's. About 1/2 hr out of Aceh. Used to be a great right that didn't break that often, but ran into guys that stayed there for weeks on end for the chance it might. there also was a peak out infront of the golf course and a bit of a left as well. Not big waves but nice. But that was in the days before I kited and before the tsunami.(Golf course is probably gone now) Can only imagine that if there is wind the waves would be a mess.
I'm not a surfer but there were two Germans and an Aussie surfing there, mainly at a place called The Cement Factory, with the locals, even though this is not the surfing season because the wind is onshore. They still surf in front of the golf course which is still there, rebuilt. The kitecamp is between the golf course and the river. Fresh fish from the fishermen. Also, Regis is a surfer as well and surfed while I was there - Yudi surfed too; he isn't a kiter - yet.
Yeah, That cement factory was a blight on an otherwise beautiful landscape backdrop. And thats where the right was (still is by the sound of it). There was a photo of a of a huge ship driven up on the road by the tsunami and thats where it was. I also used to surf a spot on Nias called Afulu north of Lagundi bay but South of Aceh province(I believe there is a surf camp there now). About from April/May onwards it started to get too wind affected, and the farther north the windier it would have got. We used to fly in to Medan and bus it up to Aceh and then mini bus it to Loch Nga. Stayed with local families and surf ourselves stupid. The only drawback was trying to find a beer. Being staunch muslims up that way alcohole was rare as hens teeth, and never did find a beer. Does the camp have cold ales? Geez I'd love to go back and a coldie might be the persuader. Edit: I failed to read this; Again, given it's Aceh, was access to alcohol an issue, generally, and at the camp? (can't go kiting and not have a beer post-session ;-) ) Couldn't agree more! Beer was no problem, nice and cold - perhaps if you wanted more complicated spirits etc you'd have to get it yourself in BA? Although Yudi always said "Whatever you want, I can get you."
QLD
13 Posts
Posted 9/6/2012, 1:02 pm        Report
OK, this is where it gets technical - or, to be honest, personal. Remember I am scaredykite. When I first arrived they were kiting on the lagoon (see the pic on their website) but I kept saying I was waiting for 'milder' conditions. You can't stand up in the lagoon, and that's what I was used to. After some incredible night storms early in my stay there was quite a current in the lagoon too - parallel to the shore. (The rain was unseasonal - it's usually in the Offshore season.) Regis put no pressure on me but suggested we go look at the black sand beach a couple of bays south. Big shallow area - just right. I had a fantastic time there for the rest of my stay. But NOW that I'm happy in 20 knots etc and don't need to be able to stand up all the time I can't wait to get back there to that beautiful aqua lagoon with the white sand beach.
craggers said...
what about flat water lagoon type stuff for the misses??? spewing... we had such a good time at sri lanka we decided to go back instead of going onwards to Aceh...
QLD
248 Posts
Posted 9/6/2012, 2:12 pm        Report
sounds like a great place and your review, thoughts, answers and feedback are fantastic. Will have to put it on the list for next year.
QLD
916 Posts
Posted 9/6/2012, 3:51 pm        Report
BoardGirl said...
sounds like a great place and your review, thoughts, answers and feedback are fantastic. Will have to put it on the list for next year.
Yeah absolutly, Well done good review scaredykite, brought back memories, some sad considering the tsunami. Can I ask what made you want to go there, especially while still getting it together kiting? Brave and fantastic effort I reckon. It was a real adventure on rickety busses and language barriers, all based on rumors when I went.
QLD
13 Posts
Posted 9/6/2012, 8:53 pm        Report
Thanks BoardGirl - it's on my list too : )
BoardGirl said...
sounds like a great place and your review, thoughts, answers and feedback are fantastic. Will have to put it on the list for next year.
QLD
13 Posts
Posted 9/6/2012, 9:35 pm        Report
Answer to private message: Because there hasn't been much wind around I will feel like a total beginner again and will probably need lessons. Any suggestions? Lessons with Regis were great - and cheaper than here. He is an excellent teacher. I was a bit worried about the language difference - his French accent But it wasn't a hindrance. I always understood and he is not too verbal when teaching. Addresses one thing at a time. Very patient and encouraging, and direct.
QLD
13 Posts
Posted 9/6/2012, 9:43 pm        Report
Thanks for kind words. Basically I was fed up never getting to the beach when conditions were right. Thought it might help to have 2 weeks at the beach, but didn't fancy taking 2 weeks off to go to Sandgate I found out about it on some forum and followed arguments about the wind. Found out about the kite camp and figured they wouldn't be likely to put it where there was no wind. Started hassling Regis, and keeping an eye on Air Asia specials. None of my friends could get the time off so bit the bullet and chose mid May to leave, to give some leeway for the wind change to occur. Didn't take bravery so much as optimism, which can be its own reward As it happens I was rewarded with a great time as well. You were brave, a pioneer! The place is certainly different from pre-tsunami days - quieter, fewer people. They want to tell you about the tsunami and are inspirational - resilient, cheerful, welcoming. Families are growing again and life continues.
bobajob said...
BoardGirl said...
sounds like a great place and your review, thoughts, answers and feedback are fantastic. Will have to put it on the list for next year.
Yeah absolutly, Well done good review scaredykite, brought back memories, some sad considering the tsunami. Can I ask what made you want to go there, especially while still getting it together kiting? Brave and fantastic effort I reckon. It was a real adventure on rickety busses and language barriers, all based on rumors when I went.
QLD
916 Posts
Posted 10/6/2012, 6:49 am        Report
Looks like the peak is still there! But obviously that photo is not in the windy season. The right hander ( 2nd of regis's photos) is more toward the cemet factory and is fantastic to surf. Looks like fun to kite as well. If I do get back there I'll definatly take surfboard and kite gear! (And a stubbie cooler this time) http://www.flickr.com/photos/cornish_travellers/286125443/in/photostream/ Regis, Is it glassy in the morning and then the breeze comes on? IE: surf early and then kite. Thanks, Rob.
WA
776 Posts
Posted 10/6/2012, 12:09 pm        Report
been thinking of somwhere for next year, this look perfect
NSW
16 Posts
Posted 10/6/2012, 2:31 pm        Report
Thanks for the detailed review. I think you helped to nail down my kite vacation in August. Massages should keep the misses busy while kiting. Cheers
Indonesia
14 Posts
Posted 17/6/2012, 12:33 am        Report
we let you know the statistics of wind for May and June, 2012 soon
WA
734 Posts
Posted 18/6/2012, 9:56 am        Report
Scaredykite, thanks for the review and Q&A, I've been looking around for kite holiday possibilities. One more question though, do the locals up there speak Indonesian or their own local dialect ?
QLD
916 Posts
Posted 18/6/2012, 7:08 pm        Report
au_rick said...
Scaredykite, thanks for the review and Q&A, I've been looking around for kite holiday possibilities. One more question though, do the locals up there speak Indonesian or their own local dialect ?
Both
NSW
16 Posts
Posted 19/6/2012, 7:38 am        Report
just booked in for arrival on Aug 13th
New Zealand
60 Posts
Posted 19/6/2012, 10:25 am        Report
this place has the potential to be the mui ne of indonesia for the off season im glad to be going in july and seeing it before gets too big if you have been to mui ne in the summer your know what im talking about
NSW
422 Posts
Posted 19/6/2012, 4:42 pm        Report
regis said...
hi everybody,
if you want to see more pictures or video you have to chek the website or facebook thank's Regis
this is the most awesome video and sound package of kiting i have seen yet. That is Al'eee'se filming? It is better than any Real or Progression Dvd that I spent my hard earned on as you show the kite and the rider at the one time for an awesome 'infospectacular' video. To top it off the music is damn sexy and ethereal, can you give them some credit to let me know where I can look them up? Best music I've heard in quite a while. (maybe I should get out more heehe-wheeze**) thanks scardykite for the feelgood thread of the year, we all wanna go now! I can totally see you & boardgirl scheming up your next schedule there :D Sounds totally wickid and Regis definitely owes you free beer the whole trip, after this awesome thread, but board girls free beer will have to wait for the next trip, hehe.
 
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