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!

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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!

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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.

 

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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

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:

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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!

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!

 

Another windy day in Bwejuu

Wind is blowing every day on the South East coast of Zanzibar in this season, and the sea is full of kite surfers.

The other day we took the chance to pump up some of our kites so that you could see what we have available for you! Take a look!

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Special for our youngest guests!

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We have kites of various brands ranging from 3 to 17 square meters, to cover all winds and weights combinations, and boards for beginners and experienced kite surfers!

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Emanuel in the water

Let’s get to know who is behind all this! Emanuel is the owner and the main instructor of the school, he is Tanzanian and has been teaching kite surfing in Zanzibar for quite a few years.

See a bit of what he can do when on the water! Once you have learned to ride, you are welcome to get some more advanced lessons to learn tricks!

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