Just seen the vid and its great. Job well done. I windsurfed in PNG for years and spent many a weekend at Hula with not only shortboards but motorbikes and beer and girls. It's truly awesome with a good mix of flat water and waves. The other two spots I didn't recognize but the one refered to as Ilia looked like it could have been Fishermans or Daugo Island but I cant be sure because it had a big white tower in the video which was never there when I was there. (Fishermans island is about 8 nm offshore from Ela Beach in Port Moresby and we used to sail out there on short boards in a group of about 3 or more, ride some waves and blast back!! It was a long swim if something broke).
So can anyone tell me where Ilia and Black Rock are? ie coordinates. Curious.
And the boat skipper- is it Craig (Burrows?)
My only adverse comment about the vid was it featured a lot of kiting in offshore conditions which would be inadvisable for independant travellers going there. Not everyone can afford a private boat to chauffeur them around in. They could have shown some wave riding at Hula but perhaps it was pretty flat when they were there.
Yep the vid starts at hula then heads to black rocks which is between hula and gabagaba village, there is no road access to black rocks even though it sits on the coast. they get some riding in at idia island which is further off shore from fishermans.
as for surf, the guys were only here for 5 days so lucked out :( good swell rolling in now tho! hula is pumping with head hi + sets rolling in.
the reason for boat charters is that there are no guest houses in hula for a land based tourism. one day there will be but not just yet. also getting there is not so easy for someone who just gets off the plane. The boat allows people to see and kite a heap of different locations along the coast and offshore. get a real mix of riding.
as for motorbikes there is a huge following now and today they have an enduro at idlers bay if you can remember the spot.
the boat caption is Craig DeWit
the windsurfing association is still kicking being run by the people in taikone village (near gabutu) they have a bit of donated gear that they use to teach kids to sail every day after school, keeping them out of trouble and off the streets. really good program.
If you can do the boat trip you will get to kite and see places you will never get a chance to again. If it is not affordable you can do some places by land cheap, (be warned it is not advisable to come and travel without local knowledge!!) We have a fast growing kite group about 10 to 15 keen kiters and growing!! Like most kiting groups the friendship is forming outside just meeting at the beach, we have had the fun of watching learners go from body dragging to getting smashed trying there first back rolls LOL and not content with just kiting at our local beach every weekend we are looking for the ultimate kiting adventure so next weekend about 10 to 15 of us are off to Hula for a weekend kiting and camping. As long as we do not get inundated with cold and bored southerners like most kiters we are always happy to welcome and show off our kiting paradise. The Wind blows nearly ever day between Feb to Nov so watch this post for some news and photo's
The MC Golden Dawn just departed Milne Bay yesterday on a epic 2 week trip of discovery..looking for new kite surfing locations along the Louisiade Chain of reefs, Conflict, Bramble Haven, Long Reef, Wari Island.. before returning to Port Moresby along the south coast ( Hula, Black Rocks, Wrecks).
Photographer from adrenaline boardsports/Rick Pryce is on board so we will hopefully get some updates from his travel blog within the next two weeks. :-)
HULA 2 1/2 drive from Port Moresby PNG
geez, I vaguely remember the name Idia but when I google it it doesn't exist. Cant even find it on google earth. Like a lot of beaches on that coast very tidal as evidenced by the Taurama shot. Good the see the sport is going strong there.
IDIHI island...it is not Ilia or Ilia. No wonder I couldnt find it. Yes just a speck and really exposed to the trades. Probably the first and last guys to kite there in a loooong time.
There she is. Probably one of the most exciting days of kite travel I've had, and I didnt even Kite Stuck behind the lens
lukey and matty wessom were frigging hard, few kiteloop mares. that day was the best kiteshow i have ever seen. Ewan, Keahi, Matty, Luke, Bellie.
the local crew is pushing there kite loop skills too, check out thomas at hula this past weekend!
the local crew is pushing their kite loop skills too, check out thomas at hula this past weekend!