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!

Enjoy!!

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!

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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.

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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 °C 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!

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!

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Masai after a good ride
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Masai and Ema

 

 

 

Now you have no excuses!

I know it took us a while to find the right design, and the right artist to draw our sign… but finally here we are!

Now you have no excuses! The sign is big on the top of our school – on a beautiful white background for easiness of reading.

We have commissioned a local artist from Paje to do the work and finally this morning we have put it up!

Easy to find us on the beach now, and we will put signs on the main roads leading to here soon.

We are also thinking about putting some artwork from local artists inside our offices, for you to have a look and buy if interested and for us to have a more colorful and happier atmosphere (as if there was a need for it!!).

Check out our new sign in the pictures below:

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Welcome to join us this week of great wind!