Anybody had any experience with resort type windsurfer holidays? Eg. walk out of cabin onto beach, choose board and rig to suit conditions, sail all morning, have lunch and a nap, choose afternoon rig, sail all arvo, have a shower , hit the bar/bistro, chat to beautiful Swedish windsurfer chicks, get lucky,sleep, repeat daily.?????? or similar.
Sounds like life in Kings Cross except for the
Yes in Lake Garda this was exactly what we did for a week but we camped by the lake, a great week allround but if your are looking for swedish princesse of the odd german dominatrix then I would suggest Vasiliki , greece or Turke they are all good.
We used to rent a house on the beach at sprekesville maui that was also like that but since the council banned short term lettings on Maui we have not been able to rent that place.
I reckon like skiing it is the only way to combine windsurfing and a holiday. Just spent last week in fiji which as a holiday destination is fabulous and the wind actually blew 3 days but their gear was very poor.
Ask Wetwilly - he was in Mui Ne (Vietnam) recently, apparently that place is pretty good, and the price is not bad (once you get there).
It's a Starboard test centre, so the team riders and official testers are lurking. My brother was offered the chance to try out some '09 prototypes and let them know what he thought. That was just before Christmas '07..
Did anyone see the video of that Austrian bastard when he had a holiday in Thailand? He down at the beach drinking beer by the bay and it was very windy. I could not believe my eyes, there is somewhere where its windy by the sea.
So if there is somewhere in Thailand by the sea that has windsurfing, it might be good.
Mauritius is good but better to take kit as the restrictions on what conditions you can sail in can be frustrating. Mistral Centre at Le Morne, Indian resort. Pricy though.
Yea Mui Ne is great! There are 2 resorts there that does equipment rental - Jibe's & Windchimes. You literally live by the beach and can hear the waves crashing from your room.
Jibe's the more popular one & also the test centre. They have a wide selection of Severne & Starboard gear. Check out their website to get more details: www.windsurf-vietnam.com
I was there for about 8 days in Feb & spent less than 1000 USD in total inclusive of accomodation...pretty cheap. However the season's from around Nov - Mar.
Pattaya (Thailand) & Boracays (Philippines) both have windsurfing resorts too...but not sure how they're like. Boracays is supposedly quite nice.
Check out www.safarilodge.com.fj if you want a Windsurfing Resort right on the windy beach, on the windiest pasage in Fiji....thats been operating there for the past 17 years!!
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another Windy day today, 18-20 knots.....
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Here are two links to places I have been to. Prasonisi is on the Greek Island or Rhodes at the southern most tip. I didnt stay there, but hired gear from there for a few days. It would be a great place to stay for a few weeks and has all that you have mentioned, including a great beach Taverna right on the sand.
Flag beach is on the north end of Feuteventura and is the same sort of set up, but the accommodation is down the beach a bit, not right in front of the hire place, so not quite as good a set up but heaps of the latest gear to hire and loads of euros
Also can recommend Fiji, went on one of Warren's trips way way back before he had safari lodge, is a beautiful island and also great windsurfing destination not too far from Queensland either
The Med is a bit far away to go for windsurfing. Fiji and Vietnam look the go. The only downer with Vietnam is their windy season seems to be summer down in Australia, where traditionally we get our better winds too.
we are organising an all inclusive trip to Safari lodge last 2 weeks of August.
That's all inclusive except for airfares, grog, snacks.
but does include use of gear, meals, soft drink, transfers, and a pile of no wind activities.
Maldives, you need to get the season right,
Go to Boracay in the Philippines. Only 8 hr flight from Sydney and it is a kite/windsurf mecca. The partying on the island is fantastic and there is guarenteed wind at certain times of the year as well as hire centres. Check out www.extremesportscafe.com/windsurfing_philippines.html
Think you might have missed the wind window this year but I was there this Jan/Feb and had an awesome time. The downer is that there are quite a lot of kites as well but the partying on the island and chicks are out of this world... They have the Asian windsurf tour - funboard world cup there in the New Year and it is a world class windsurfing venue.
Apart from that most windsurfing hloiday destinations are in the northern hemisphere although WA - Lancelin and New Zealand are good for wind and you can hire at Lancelin.
hey rabs did you bring your own kit or from where did you rent or stay on boracay? there are a bunch of low pressure areas coming in within the next week and the front beach will be blasting and foaming
I hired from the Mistral/F2/North Centre on Bulabog beach. This is the main windsurf and kite beach and is only a 15 min walk form the touristy white beach. There are 2 other windsurf centres on this beach as well - a JP/Pryde Centre and a smaller Korean centre. I found the F2/North Centre better as it's the bigger centre and at the right end of the beach. Taking gear is tricky from Oz as you have to get another 30min connecting flight from Manilla which adds to the stresses...
I stayed at reef retreat which is a dedicated kite/windsurf lodge right by the F2/North Centre on Bulabog beach. www.reefretreatboracay.com. The guy that runs it is called Matt and is an english windsurfer and the place was comfortable with everything you need. Email him at email@example.com as he will know the score with the hire centres as we are techincally out of the windy season now. I would have thought they'd still be open and you never need to book anything.
Can anyone recommend a resort somewhere in north Queensland (Whitsundays?) that provides decent rental kit?
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So Warren, what are some ballpark figures for a two week holiday for two to Fiji? One would be prepared to take windsurfing gear but if there is decent rental equipment available that would be a preferable option. The other is a beginner and if she can rent some beginners gear and get a lesson every now and then, that would be good.
Not sure of the accomodation option but something simple but clean for two would suffice.
About Fiji...what's the absolute rock bottom price for accommodation? Backpacker places, homestay, etc? Just for information purposes, mind.
I did the Safari in Fiji with Warren Last May. First time at a windsurf resort so I have nothing to compare it to. I would guess that some of the other resorts would be better located for the night life but Warren's place has numerous backpackers through that make the night life interesting!! He is located on the tip of an island off the mainland of Fiji.
The water is warm, wind is constant - I arrived at the start of the trade wind season and was on the water everyday. I was there for 9 days - 5 where 20kts plus and 4 where less than 15 knots. He encourages you to bring your own equipment - I did not and used a Mistral 144l and NP 5.5 - 7.5 mtr sails which is similar to what I have at home.
Food was good high energy Fijian/Indian style food. Accommodation - various options from backpackers through to Beachfront Buri to units. Walked from the dining area onto grass, picked up gear and in the water. Total distance of 30 mtrs.
Instruction was great. Warren established goals for me at the start and we had full instruction on water(as much or little as I wanted) then a de brief over a beer at the end of the session. There was a coral reef at the front of his place so you had to watch the tide or walk/boat the gear out 100 mtrs or take it over the other side of the Island - 5 minute walk
The decision was made to go there was because I had a limited budget and I think I did everything including airfares for a little over A$2000.
Go back again? - damned right I would. I would go there now if I had the money.(Hey Warren - throw me a free week for this plug)
I also think SHQ in Melbourne are running organised trips to Warren's place with a full range of the latest gear.