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BVIKABVI KITEBOARDING ASSOCIATION

KITEBOARDING IN THE BVI

GUIDE BOOK

BVI KITEBOARDING GUIDE

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS EUSTATIA ISLAND VIRGIN GORDA MOSQUITO ISLAND PRICKY PEAR ISLAND ANEGADA TORTOLA BEEF ISLAND JOST V AN DYKE

BVI KITEBOARDING GUIDE

INTRODUCTION

The purpose of this guide is to help visitors and locals maximise their enjoyment of the sport in the region. It is also aimed to create awareness of safety that is often ignored or not obvious when kiteboarding in a new location. We have laid out guidelines for when and where certain locations are rideable. Do not stray from these suggestions. The team of contributors who have written this guide have suffered, struggled and sometimes bled on your behalf. This has been written by people who have learned the hard way and have many years experience kiteboarding here in the British Virgin Islands. To use this guide, pay particular attention first to the direction of the wind and then decide if its suitable for any given day. Riders must always use a safely leash to safely disable the kite, this is for the safety of other beach users as well as yourself. Always use an assisted launch and landing. Use the correct hand signals. Please contact us for any further information or to add any further contributions to the guide. Thank you for taking the time to read this guide and dont forget to join the association to get your beach access sticker and latest updates to the guide. Enjoy! Rusty Henderson President BVIKA

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THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

The BVI is a popular sailing destination with most visitors chartering yachts for their holidays. The islands can be characterized as a difficult place to go kiteboarding due to its rugged and mountainous geography. As well as this natural disturbance to the wind flow, very few beaches line up with a constant cross shore wind. In short, depite of hundreds of beautiful sandy beaches and sparkling azure water, there are surprisingly few locations to safely enjoy the sport. Therefore, as the wind shifts, we move locations because some lauch sites will become unsafe. The best winds are usually from mid December to March and May to July. Winds are typically from the North East in winter (15 to 25 knots) and East and South East in summer (15 to 20 knots). The wind tends to come in cycles of 3 to 4 days of strong wind followed by an equal or longer period of light winds. Plan to do your riding in the mornings as this is when the wind is usually strongest and it can drop off significantly in the afternoon. April, August, September, October and November usually have light winds unless there is a storm system in the area. Pay careful attention to the clouds to windward of your area. If there is any sign of a squall developing you need to get your kite down. Usually the wind will fill back in about 20 minutes after the squall has passed. For bareboat charterers (visitors who have chartered a boat with no Captain) it is imperative that you follow the anchoring guidelines set out during your chart briefing. We are particularly wary of visitors who anchor on on too close to living reef. Most think of it as just rock but it is in fact a living organism. In other locations you may find yourself anchoring in an area that prevents other kiteboarders from using an otherwise open space. In short, please be sensible and dont be afraid to ask for assistance.

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EUSTATIA ISLAND

Eustatia Sound, Eustatia Island One of the more popular kiteboarding locations in the BVI with a narrow but stunning sandy launch available on Eustatia Islands south shore. This is a private island so please be extremely respectful to the owners who have been generously letting us use the beach for launching. You will need a boat to get here and if youre with a captain, you can anchor in the channel between the inner reef and the island. Please anchor upwind or it will be very difficult to lauch from the beach for you and others. Bareboats are not allowed to anchor here for good reason. The whole sound is peppered with coral heads and reefs. Only a professional local captain should venture here. Watch out for shallow coral reefs. During parts of the day the current will be traveling in the same direction as the wind which makes staying upwind difficult if the wind is marginal.

Only kite between Conditions Rider Level Restricions

NNE to ESE wind direction flatwater and chop Beginner to expert. Beginners should go to the Kite School at The Bitter End Yacht Club. dont launch from the Bitter End Resort property unless you have permission from their watersports manager or the kiteboarding school.

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VIRGIN GORDA

One of the largest and most beautiful of the British Virgin Islands, its home to only one possible kiting venue at The Bitter end Yacht Club.

North Sound This is also the location of the only kiteboarding school in the BVI. Call The Bitter End Yacht Club by phone or on VHF ch16 and ask for watersports or the kite school. The staff are very friendly, knowlegeable and helpful. If you intend to kite here, its a good idea to check in and meet them in case they have to rescue you at some point. Currently, this is the only location on Virgin Gorda. Do not attempt to kite anywhere else on the island.

Only kite between Conditions Rider Level Restricions

NNE to ESE wind direction flatwater and chop Beginner to expert. Beginners should go to the Kite School at The Bitter End Yacht Club. dont launch from the Bitter End Resort property unless you have permission from their watersports manager or the kiteboarding school.

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MOSQUITO ISLAND

Colquahoon Reef When the wind blows from the North, this is the locals favourite place in the BVI. Flat water behind the reef serves up smooth butter for dreamy carving and big boosts. Ideal for boaters who can anchor near Drakes Anchorage. Its a tight launch but

Only kite between Conditions Rider Level Restricions

NW - NE wind direction flatwater Intermediate - Expert stay clear of boats in the anchorage

PRICKLY PEAR

Vixen Point This sandy beach provides a suitable launch site but a recent change in management has proven to be unfriendly towards kiteboarders. Until further notice, give Vixen point a wide berth.

Only kite between Conditions Rider Level Restricions

ENE - ESE wind direction Gusty wind. Flatwater and chop Beginner to expert. Beginners should go to the Kite School at The Bitter End Yacht Club. Owner doesnt like kiteboarders. Expect hostility.

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ANEGADA ANEGADA

This beautiful flat sandy island lies 12 miles North of Virgin Gorda and has some of the best kiteboarding beaches. You can ride almost anywhere but the rule of thumb is if the wind is North of east, head for the North side of the island. If the wind is south of east then head for the south side. There are also waves in winter on the North and West sides of the island. If you venture outside the reef to ride waves, you need to have a backup plan as the next land is 1000 miles downwind should the wind die or you have a breakdown. Also, note that the sea life in Anegada tends to be bigger and bolder than elsewhere in the BVI. Seriously! Bones Bight. When the winds are North of the compass, this playground is a stunning flat water bay. A few coral heads to look out for but all below the surface so only a hazard when jumping. The deepest zone is about 6 and you can clearly see where not to go because the water is so clear Beware of sharp and ubiquitous burrs on the North facing part of the bay. The beach . there is also slim making it tough for inflatable kites to avoid the sharp spikes. The Eastern edge is a deeper beach with fewer burrs. The only access to both the North facing and West facing beach is via a dirt road.

Only kite between Conditions Rider Level Restricions

NW to ENE wind direction flatwater and chop Intermediate to expert. Only venture in to the waves with someone looking out for you.

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ANEGADA

Windlass Bight. Same as Bones Bight but shallower water and more coral heads.

Only kite between Conditions Rider Level Restricions

NW to ENE wind direction flatwater and chop Intermediate to expert. Only venture in to the waves with someone looking out for you.

Pomato Point Probably the best location for anyone kiteboarding from a charter or private boat. Again, anchoring at Pomato Point is only permitted for boats with a professional Captain with local knowlege as there are many reefs and coral heads uncharted. Bareboats will have to anchor in the mooring field next to the Aegada Reef Hotel or Neptunes Treasure. The wind must be East or South of East or else it will be too gusty. The best lauch is right on the sandy tip of the South Western point. As with most locations, beware of the clearly visible reef. The most important thing to observe here is that someone is watching out for you and able to perform a rescue in a dinghy since the current may take you offshore.

Only kite between Conditions Rider Level Restricions

ESE - SW wind directions inside flatwater and chop outside Intermediate to expert. Only venture in to the waves with someone looking out for you. TORTOLA

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TORTOLA

Tortola is a steep volcanic island with very limited spots to launch from. It is simply not possible to kite from any of the beaches and bays on Tortola that are not mentioned below due to the inconsistent and turbulent winds created by the mountains. It is especially important not to launch a kite in or near Trellis Bay or Marina Cay as these areas are immediate