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Updated info - Curacao

Postby adamj2281 » Fri Nov 22, 2013 5:46 am

Anyone with any updated info on Curacao? Headed that way in January for a week.

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Re: Updated info - Curacao

Postby RickI » Fri Nov 22, 2013 11:11 am

I would get in touch with Eric Post with Curacao Kiteboarding

http://www.curacaokiteboarding.com or https://www.facebook.com/pages/Curacao-Kiteboarding/127382988428?hc_location=stream

He has an operation on St. Joris Bay which is where much of the kiting at Curacao happens. If you can workout an escorted kite trip to Klein Curacao, an offshore wind spot where a tender would be needed, it is a great place to visit. It is a technical and not real kite friendly place for solo unattended launch however.

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Re: Updated info - Curacao

Postby mikeysfl » Fri Nov 22, 2013 2:35 pm

Klein Curacao 4 days ago!
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Re: Updated info - Curacao

Postby mikeysfl » Fri Nov 22, 2013 2:40 pm

no wind, but nice swell.
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Re: Updated info - Curacao

Postby mikeysfl » Fri Nov 22, 2013 2:42 pm

swell lasted 2 days
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Re: Updated info - Curacao

Postby RickI » Fri Nov 22, 2013 5:02 pm

Nice, did you launch over the rocks along the windward shore or paddle around from the lee? The island is sheltered by Bonaire to a degree so it doesn't get 24 hour a day 10 ft. swells much of the year as on that island making things a bit more sane.

The kiting can be nice but tricky as I said and get pretty advanced on the windward side.

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Running along the remains of a tanker wreck on the ironshore of Klien Curacao.


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Launching in gusty offshore winds on the lee side of the island. It is easy to get yarded offshore unless you are careful

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Re: Updated info - Curacao

Postby hightimes » Sat Nov 23, 2013 1:10 am

Klein curacao rocks!
St Joris is great for beginners.
Campo is awesome

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Re: Updated info - Curacao

Postby adamj2281 » Sat Jan 04, 2014 8:57 pm

Anyone with any experience, is the windalert/ikitesurf forecast a pretty accurate representation of the wind speeds? I'm seeing mid-20's for the next week, so I'm thinking 8/10 combo, the airport sensor is only showing mid-teens most of the time, but I'm guessing it could be in a sheltered spot.

Any advice? Probably make a trip to Klein Curacao, videos from there look solid

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Re: Updated info - Curacao

Postby RickI » Sat Jan 04, 2014 10:45 pm

I would call down to Curacao and speak to some of the local operators and get their take on wind prospects once your flight time is closer. Airport wind stations are often poor indicators of coastal winds given where they are typically located. Have fun down there.

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Re: Updated info - Curacao

Postby hightimes » Tue Jan 07, 2014 1:09 pm

Bring a 12m kite for regular days and a 14 for light winds and youll be fine.
Windfinder is pretty accurate unless there is a flash rain or something.
St Joris is flat water
Klein Curacao has waves but is hard to reach when it blows hard.
Boat ride takes about an hour.


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