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 Post subject: Antigua?
PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2004 6:18 pm 
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Can anyone give an unbiased review of Antigua as a kite destination and destination to bring the non-kiting wife.

Are the surroundings nice or are they similar to El Yaque, i.e. bleak with murky waters.

Looking at the pictures of Kiteantigua.com everything looks nice but after visiting Adicora (not the caribbean dream vacation for the girlfriend...) to windsurf due to a very positive website I am a now a bit more cautious.

Thanks for any input.

/marve


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2004 7:01 pm 
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Hi, just come back from two weeks out there with the breadknife & kids.

It's a wonderful Island, locals real friendly, the kite spot is cool, just check in with Kevin and stick to his guide sheet, cos they don't want to get banned and they are quite close to the Airport.

(turn right drive several hundred yards and turn left before the army base)

It's not the most testing of locations, but a clear cross onshore N.Easterly gives plenty of run off for tricks/disasters and a walk back if you need it. There's a bit of reef showing just in front of the launch area they like you to body drag out to a marker then set off. Other than that it's quite clear, oh except watch out for the prickly grass burr thingys back from the beach, don't blow up your kite on the grass, they could screw your bladder.

I'm not that familiar with this forum so don't know how to post picks or links, but if you check out the BKSA site, there are some shots I posted there.

The main town St John is a duty free shopping place for the tour boats, there's swimming with dolphins just down the road and My family had a great time while I had more time on the water than I've had in a long while. We were staying at Stalag Luft 17 over the other side of the island so I had to drive over each day but it's only 15 miles, so no problem.

It's not to crowded, met a couple of Aussies passing through on boat deliverys, couple of Brits working on the tour boats, couple of Euros (Italy, Latvia) just vacationing like me and Anya a really cool German lass. There was also one quite good kiddy can't remember his name but rides for Cabrinha and pulls good stunts, I stayed well upwind of him and out of the way. No more than about half a dozen riders out at one time.

The rainy season was late this year which is good for the Island cos they've got a bit of a drought, but it screwed the wind and the Trades hadn't really cut in, but I used a 15 and it only got to be nearing the upper end of its power range once on Christmas day.

Water colour turquoise to blue, temperature in the upper 70's air temp upper 80's riding in a rashy and shorts back here I nearly went out today at lunchtime because it hit a balmy 11 degrees and the sun came out, wish I was back there now. Say hi to Kev for me.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2004 7:11 pm 
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I just got back.

It was pretty nice and really windy from the 28th to the 3rd!!! Used my 11.5 and 14 mostly which is a bit unusual for the carrib. Usually I have used a 14 and 17 except in the sw of PR.

I will post a trip report in a few days with lots of pictures but how do I post pictures in the galleries:

It will only let me login to the Kiting Photo Glossary folder

It will not let me log into the Carribean folder..should i be able to?

-Peter


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Thanks guys. Looks great. Can you manage without a car or is that a must for Antigua?

Peter: Did you live close to Jabberwock?

/marve


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2004 1:45 am 
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Here's a full report on Antigua.

We stayed there from Dec 26th to Jan 3rd at the Sunsail Resort. It is a nice place to stay with lots of sailing options. They have all sorts of boats (Lasers, Hobies, and faster ones) and a pretty nice fleet of windsurfers (starboards with gaastra sails.) Unfortunately I didn't use the boats when I was there as the wind was mostly 20 -30 knots. I hate when that happens on vacation!!!. Although my family wasn’t lovin the wind I was. It is especially good if you have kids who are into , or want to get into, sailing boats as they have all sorts of kids programs. The only draw back is they have a very small beach and rock breakwaters to protect the boats so you can't really launch a kite there. I did once but would not do it again, too dangerous:

<img src=http://gallery.kiteforum.com/albums/albun81/image005.sized.jpg>

But you can kite there from the kite beach (Jabberwocky) which is just around the corner. A 10-minute drive away or the resort staff will drive you up in all small boat and even come get you if you don't want to do the downwinder. Just downwind to the resort there is a bit of flat water for boostin jumps and some waves which are small but fun to carve a few turns on:
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Between the kite beach and the hotel there is small island (prickly pear) with some reef that serves up some flat water for kiting and great snorkeling on no wind days. It is a short kayak paddle from the resort and you can see it from Jabberwocky.

Jabberwocky is the main kitebeach with Nik from kiteantigua.com (who posts here sometimes) doing some lessons. He's got a cool 2-way helmet radio setup for lessons and a nice site with side onshore winds and a long, but not so wide beach. There is a reef that provides some smoother water at the launch, otherwise it is a pretty choppy site as the wind picks up. There is a fun onshore beach break in the middle on the bay.
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Antigua evidently also has some other good spots to kite that I went and checked out but didn't kite because of the more north than usual wind direction. One of them, Half Moon Bay, has some excellent snorkeling, but the reef is pretty (70% or so of the coral is now dead) compared to the last time I was there 20 year ago as a kid. The hiking a Half Moon bay is still as spectacular as ever with an incredible natural bridge:

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A trip to Antigua's Sister island Barbuda is a pretty fun adventure. You can catch a 20 min flight over there (and they take your kite stuff on the plane!) There is one town with the total island population of ~1000 and only three ultra expensive (rock stars Oil men and royalty $1000+ a night) resorts there. We met a woman who said she was opening a mid-price guest house though. Barbuda also has good snorkeling and kiting on super flat beautiful turquoise waters at Spanish Point. The water is shallow so you can see the reef zipping by below you. It is offshore wind and there probably won't be any one else around unless a few yacht-ies are there so be ready to ditch your gear and swim in if things go wrong!

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Not to be missed on Barbuda is the frigate bird sanctuary where you can see these birds doing their mating displays:

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and airborne antics:

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All in all a great place to go. Not the cheapest vacation as hotels are a bit pricey but really beautiful and all the local people we met were really friendly and open.

-Peter


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2004 7:03 am 
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I jst updatd my trip report for antigua,

I'm new to putting pics in this forum. Is there a easy to just drag em and drop them into messages. I can drag and drop into netscape composer or even word and it creates html code but then that doesn't seem to work when copied into the messaage window.

only "<img src= something.jpg>" works. It would be nice to be able to just copy the thumbnails from the gallery and then people could click on them for bigger images if wanted. Thats what happened in the composer file html I made but it wouldn't work when copied into the message window.

any expert potsres know how to do this..Rick I see you use alot of graphics in your posts..how do you do it

-Peter


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2004 10:17 am 
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ptraykovski wrote:
I jst updatd my trip report for antigua,

I'm new to putting pics in this forum. Is there a easy to just drag em and drop them into messages. I can drag and drop into netscape composer or even word and it creates html code but then that doesn't seem to work when copied into the messaage window.

only "<img src= something.jpg>" works. It would be nice to be able to just copy the thumbnails from the gallery and then people could click on them for bigger images if wanted. Thats what happened in the composer file html I made but it wouldn't work when copied into the message window.

any expert potsres know how to do this..Rick I see you use alot of graphics in your posts..how do you do it

-Peter


Hello Peter,

Thanks for the info and great shots on Antigua. It is good to get a feel for the great conditions that Eli, Nik have on their home island.

I upload the images that I want to incorporate into the Gallery. The image appears in three different sizes depending on how many times you click on it. I try to use the middle size in consideration of smaller monitors and dialup connections. The images in GraemeF's
post above this are too wide hence the WIDE page distance. It would be best to put one per line as opposed to all three on one line.

If you click on the Gallery image three times, resulting in the largest size this one seems to be slow loading and mess up text formatting. I have to use Mozilla to be able to right click and select "view image." I then copy the address of the "viewed image." and paste it into:

[img]viewed%20image%20address[/img] which is the BBcode equivalent of the html code you use. Strange, I used to be able to use the same code that you do but it no longer works for me.

and example for http://gallery.kiteforum.com/albums/alb ... .sized.jpg

follows:
or

Image

Alternatively, you can right click in Windows Explorer and copy the image location. When you paste it in place you need to replace the word "gallery" with "albums" in the address for it to work in the phrase [img]image%20address[/img]

Does anyone know how to control image height and width in BBcode since I can't make the html code work for me anymore. I am working on another fairly good sized project in which it would save a lot of trouble for me, If I could set image sizes outside of Photoshop.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2004 2:12 pm 
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Sorry about this guys, I uploaded those pics using a Mac OSX with Safari browser and to me they are one under another. I've just today borrowed my daughters P.C. which takes ages to load this site and now I see the problem, it's damned anoying and the page is too wide.

I'll try and edit that picture post. They're crap images grabbed from a video and at the time the guy asked, all there was.

If it fails I'll wipe them from my server and that should rectify the thread.

Nice to see the place does get a tad windier than when I was there.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2004 11:12 pm 
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hey marve,been going down to antigua since 85 for work.good place to go.exchange your money at the bank right outside the airport.you will have a great time just remember to relax an go on inland time. :thumb:


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