Caribbean well kept secret Kiteboarding
SANDY BEACH (Anse de SablesBay)– Vieux Fort – St. LuciaJune 21 – 27 2003
by Kinsley ThomasWong.
Through out day and night, there is always a constant
cool breeze.I am not quite sure if the wind ever stops
blowing here.Just 30 short steps from my beach bungalow
at the ReefCenter,
I stand on the soft white SANDY beach with the warm
turquoise crystal clear water inviting me to swim then to bask in the hot
sun.During the last 5 days, I woke up at and everyday I found the Atlantic trade
wind blowing steady side shore port tack 18-24mph wind.Small
whitecaps dotted the aquamarine water of this Atlantic side of the island.
Everyday while I was at Sandy Beach, there were no
Sandy Beach, me and my F-One 9M kite and Underground 110cm board.By the time I finished my morning kiteboarding session from to ,
Ed D.H., an avid windsurfer from Connecticut
and his signficant’s Faye K. helped to keep
the beach busy on their windsurfers. I can’t believe
myself such a Kiteboarding Paradise exists nowadays in the Caribbean!
The Sandy Beach is long and slopes off slightly where
you can stand 20 meters from the beach on the low tide day.Mainly it is flat water sailing here with occasional chops
and small shore break waves.As you can see on the
picture,theAnse de SablesBay is closed to leewards so there is no danger of drifting off out
in to the sea.There is also a safety boat at Club
Normally during the month of June and July, I usually
visit my favorite CaribbeanKiteboardingIsland: Cabarete – Dominican
Republic or paraglide in Annecy, France.
This year, I arrived to St.
Lucia after a week long expedition in
St. Vincent and The Grenadines
to help Mr. Cyrill Prescott assessing Paragliding
and Kiteboarding sitesto
promote tourism to St. Vincent.You can read more information about my expedition trip to
St. Vincent and The
Sandy Beach of St. Lucia is a big bay located conveniently
2 to 3 minutes taxi ride from the HewanorraInternationalAirport (Airport code: UVF) in
Vieux Fort of St
and US Airways are the two major airlines that fly frequently from LAX,
New York, Miami
to UVF.Otherwise, American Airlines fly to SLUAirport where you have to take
1 hour taxi ride (about $US45 to $US65 each way) from SLUAirport to Sandy Beach.From St.Vincent, I made a mistake
taking the LIAT which flies to Barbados
then to St. Lucia.You can fly directly from St. Vincent
to St. Lucia
on the Caribbean Star Airline in less than ˝ hour as St. Vincent
is only 20 miles south of St. Lucia.Just make sure that your destination airport is UVF.
Cecile, a friendly windsurfer/kiteboarder
and a longtime resident of St. Lucia
who manages Club Mistral Windsurfing/Kitesurfing
center as well as the ReefCenter
-StLuciaKiteboarding.com, will be glad to help you with all your needs for
windsurfing/kitesurfing rentals, lessons, tours,
taxi rides, etc. while you are visiting St.
carries a full range of the latest Windsurfing and Kiteboarding
Historical wind data show that the prevailing Atlantic
NE wind at Vieux Fort blowing consistently from
15-25 kts during November through June.July and August usually have hurricanes so the wind could
be good or extremely strong.April and May are some
of the driest months here.In June there are occasionally
shower rains through out the night and day so be super careful of dark rain
clouds while you are kiting: a common sense that you need to develop while
kiting in any tropical places as the wind always get stronger right before
the dark Virga rain cloud comes, sometimes up
to 40-50kts in matter of seconds.
There are no solicitors or vendors on the beach to pester
you with their goods while you are relaxing on the beach here.Rarely, you might get awaken by a herd of horses trotting
through the beach as someone had letting them running loose.During the week days after , there might be a few local Vieux Fort residents swimming in the bay.
beach here, there are two windsurfing/kiteboardingcenter: The Tornado Windsurfing Center and Club
TornadoWindsurfingCenter is currently closed for
holidays and will be reopened in November.
StLuciaKiteboarding.com is open all year around.StLuciaKiteboarding.com operates ClubMistral/Skyriders
and the ReefCenter.Club Mistral center offers a large range of windsurf and
kiteboard equipment for instruction and rentals.The ReefCenter
offers killer breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks right on the beach where
you can dine and enjoy the cool ocean breeze and gorgeous ocean view. The ReefCenter
currently has 4 beach bungalows which suit guys like me perfectly who just
want to roll out of bed, walk a few steps then kiteboard
all day long.A vast variety of other sport activities
one can book through StLuciaKiteboarding.com such as horseback riding, Piton
Volcanoes, Tropical Rain Forest and Water falls day hiking trips, Scuba
A four hours hike to the Gros
Piton is highly recommended.This is a full day trip
to the top of this gigantic volcano top.The local
food here is mainly West Indies style with lots of
fresh seafood like Dolphin, AhiAhi, Tuna, etc.Fresh fruits
such as Mangos, Love Apple, Sugar Apple, Bananas, Pineapple
are widely available.
Best time for winds: December through July with the
best months: December – March, June
Wetsuit: Shorty or Lycra
Windsurfing, Fishing, Horseback riding, Hiking, BBQ, Boogie boarding, Relax
on the beach, Botanical Garden, Waterfalls, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling