Afternoon along Pangani river

Pangani is a small town laying approximately 15 km north of Ushongo (and Coconuts Kite!) and 50 km south of Tanga. It has a remarkable history in a Swahili perspective, as it was, together with Bagamoyo and the better preserved Kilwa, one of the main ports of the slave trade in mainland Tanzania.

This is not all about Pangani! Its geographical position along the Pangani river made it flourish in past times. Nowadays the river banks provide excellent ground for agriculture and all along the river you can observe coconuts farms and other kinds of crops as well as fishing activities.

Coconuts farms on both sides of the river.
Factory in Pangani – this is where coconuts are taken to produce oil and, in the past, also ropes.

Fishing for prawns mostly is a common activity along the river – and you can see the traditional cages used by the women to fish from the shore such as in the picture below:

Woman fishing from the river banks.

While buying some seafood we gave a lift to two fishermen:

Drinks are always a good complement to enjoy the view during the cruise. Happy are the customers happy are we!

Contact us to know more about the cruise and other activities to do in the Pangani area.

New opening in Ushongo!

After a break, Zabron Kite and his team have opened a kite surfing school in Tanzania, on the wonderful beaches of Ushongo.

It’s just across from Zanzibar. In 45 minutes by speedboat you go from party-like Nungwi to chilled Ushongo. We discovered this astonishingly beautiful beach a few years back on a road trip and the dream is now becoming true.

The kite surfing school will be offering courses and rentals starting this Christmas holidays, in the meantime we are preparing our bungalows and bar to welcome all kite surfers and holiday makers in the coming months.

You can find our branded tent with our staff giving you information on kitesurfing straight on the beach, close to The Tides Lodge. And you are of course welcome to pop by and check out our construction works so that you can see where you will be staying for your next holiday!

Tent Ushongo

Look at the beauty of this beach… Wouldn’t you want to be here with us right now? Make your dream become true, join us in a Paradise still uncovered!


Kitesurfing around Tanzania

The last couple of months in Zanzibar have made us crave for good winds, so we decided to work a little on what we had from past travels and put together a short video for you to see the abilities of our Emanuel as well as some beautiful kitesurfing spots around Tanzania (and not only in Zanzibar!).

Remember that we offer advanced tuition for kite surfing with your own gear. You can learn to jump and do tricks like Emanuel is showing you and become a pro!


The King of the Air – Cape Town

Yes! We were there! This year we were in Cape Town for the King of the Air, the greatest event of the kind in the world, in the best spot for some proper jumps!

Cape Town is known for the infamous Cape Doctor, the strong south eastern wind that blows in Cape Town in the summer months, bringing strong winds, easily above 25 knots. The perfect recipe, together with the big waves of the West Coast, to give chances for spectacular jumps up in the air.

This year has unfortunately seen one of the greatest kite surfers in the world, Nick Jacobsen, injured when training for the KOTA 2018 and unable to participate in the competition. Nick and Joshua Emanuel have been beating each other’s records over the last year.

Emanuel had a chance to meet Nick who came to see the other athletes competing. We hope to see him kite surfing and giving us the usual show as soon as possible! Speedy recovery Nick!



Kevin Langeree, winner of the King of the Air 2018 went very close to Joshua’s record with his 28.88 m (Josh still holds the record with 28.9 m)!

Emanuel also met Gijs Wassenaar, who participated in the event this year up to round 4, where Kevin Langeree and Aaron Hadlow brought home a higher score.


If you want to know more about the event click here.

Such a pleasure for a passionate kitesurfer like Emanuel to meet some among the best ones in the world!

Kite Beach, Blouberg, Cape Town, is THE place to be for big jumps and where all these athlete train for the highest jumps.

Here a couple of pictures from the KOTA to give you a taste!

Emanuel has been teaching in Kite Beach as well as Langebaan and Shark Bay over the last season in Cape Town, as you can read from this post.


Emanuel in Cape Town

We like to try different kite surfing spots, as well as different working environments – all new experience which we build up for our school in Zanzibar!

So this time it’s Cape Town. Winds that blow crazily at well over 30 knots on an easy day… a water temperature of 15 degrees ¬įC in the good days… deep water… Well, it is a different world!

The best kite surfing spots in Cape Town, for the ones who are not familiar with the area, are on the north of the city itself, starting from Blouberg all the way up to Langebaan and its beautiful natural reserve.

Yes, the water looks like the Caribbeans, the temperature once you get in… not quite!

Here are some pictures of Ema teaching, both in Blouberg itself and in Sharks Bay / Langebaan:

If you want any further information about kite surfing in Cape Town, please drop us a line!

Step by step guide to kite surfing (2)

We are sure you have been looking forward to seeing the second part of our beginners kite surfing course! Do you remember where we stopped in our last blog post? Just before the water start! Have a read through again so that you are fresh with all the steps in mind for the last efforts towards riding!

Step by step guide to kite surfing

And now let’s go straight into it!

Step 4: water start

Once you have proved to be independent in the piloting of the kite as well as in the body dragging maneuvers in case of problems, you are ready to try your first water starts.

First of all, your instructor will explain to you what position to have in regards to the board, with both legs bent the same so that you will avoid turning around yourself when playing the kite to prompt your water start.

You are now fully independent in the piloting of the kite, including with one hand only. In fact, when water starting, you will need one hand to position the board while the other hand keeps the kite in position at the centre of the wind window, at 12 o’clock.

How to gain the power to make you stand on the board? Once again the clock is paramount in our discussion.

Let’s say you want to go to the right. The wind comes from your back and you are properly positioned with the kite at 12 o’clock. Kneel down in the water or float keeping the kite with one hand. Grab the board with the other and insert your feet in the straps.

Stay in position, float, relax. Now you are ready to try your first water start.

Play the kite at 11 o’clock and then quickly go to 2 o’clock (1 if the wind is stronger, 3 if the wind is weaker). When the kite reaches 2 o’clock you will feel a pull and that is the time when you have to help yourself on the board. Front leg straight, back leg bent.

Yes, we know it is not so easy, but attempt after attempt you will manage! Look at one of our students in the video below:

Are YOU ready???

Join us in Bwejuu to become a pro! And remember – for the whole month of November, 3 hours tuition in a group of 2 is 95 Euro / 110 USD per person! See link below:

Coconuts Kite Facebook page

Good winds!

Step by step guide to kite surfing

We bet most of you are curious about what you REALLY will be doing in order to start riding with a kite and a board! Despite a lot of YouTube videos available, we wanted to make something more personal and share with you some pictures of our students learning the different steps of kite surfing!

Step 1: the trainer kite

The trainer kite is a small but powerful kite which will start giving you a hint of the pull you can get from a bigger kite. During the first 1.5-2 hours you will learn to pilot it on the beach, including launching and landing and the clock system. All the piloting will later be repeated with the bigger kite, but in the water!

You can see below Busy teaching Evan and Jean-Sebastien and getting them to practice the trainer kite.

Step 2: kite control

The next step in learning how to kite surf is based on the piloting of the sail in the water. You will have full gear – the kite which you would use to ride, bar and harness. Just the board is still missing, because first you need to gain full confidence in controlling the kite, including holding it with one hand only to be able to grab the board and wear it with the other hand!

Our students Ania and Michal training control techniques in the water:

Step 3: body-dragging

Once you have gained the desired confidence in piloting the kite, you will do one of the most fun activities of the entire course: body dragging!

Body dragging, as the word itself says, is a technique of piloting the kite which allows you to be physically dragged by it. Body dragging will be practiced both downwind and upwind and it is a safety maneuver which you will use to go back to shore if you lose the board as well as to go look for the board itself. If you are familiar with sailing, you will pretty much apply the same techniques you use in the man overboard exercise, reaching out to the point (the man overboard for a boat or the board when kite surfing) in sequential steps.

You can have a hint of how body dragging works from the picture below:


Now you have reached around 5 hours course and you are approaching the most exciting part of the whole training: the water start!

Keep tuned and wait for our next post, with the first water start attempts which will make you a pro-rider!

Fun in the waves!

When the wind is not too strong but just strong enough to get some good waves, it’s stand up paddle time!!

Here is Emanuel trying out the stand up paddle and having some fun with it!

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The SUP is also an excellent way to explore the coastline and check out a different view of the beach. You can make it as relaxed or as sporty as you like!

Come enjoy the stand up paddle with us!

Coconuts Kite team is expanding!

Let’s welcome Masai to the team!

Masai, besides being a kite surfing instructor, is the best local kite surfing fundi in the entire area!

If you are asking yourself what the word “fundi” means, it literarily means “specialized technician” and it is referred to lots of professions, from car mechanics to plumbers, to tailors. Masai can basically repair your crashed kite making it stronger than before! So we now offer also this service to kite surfers who use their own equipment and encounter some problem while having fun!

Masai after a good ride

Masai and Ema