I'm coming home early from the Cook Islands. The main kiteboarding island of Aitutaki was destroyed by a hurricane a few weeks ago and they're still rebuilding everything. There's no wind here on Rarotonga, apparently I've completely missed the season. Thus, I cannot afford to sit around waiting for wind because I'll either go broke or crazy, if not both.
Thinking of maybe going to Hawai'i (Oahu, I've got family there I could possibly stay with) or back to the Dominican Republic for the third time. DR's been having shoddy wind all year though. Anybody have the DL on Oahu? It looks like their season doesn't pick up until mid to late summer but at the same time it looks like they've been having great wind lately?
What's the kite scene like? How're the locals? Anybody got any feedback?
As for the Cook Islands . . . well this place's actually really cool. The people are the friendliest I've ever met, the food's good (but expensive) and accommodation's cheap for backpackers. There's just fuck-all to do when there's no wind though.
I've got a friend who lives in Portland now actually...been meaning to visit him. I could turn it into a pretty cool road trip opportunity. That's just about a diagonal cut across the country from where I live in Florida. How much longer are they gonna be wearing wetsuits on the river anyway?
Thanks for all the advice. I'd actually considered a road trip around the country. I think I'd have to convince one of me friends with a car a bit more spacious than my Subaru Legacy to come along though haha.
Somebody ought to come up with a web site here kiteboarders can arrange to be room mates or offer temporary lodging to other kiters (like a couchsurfing).
You reading this, Toby? Could be on to something here.