Pepe and Finn Krause at the PWA World Tour - Gran Canaria Wind & Waves Festival in Pozo Izquierdo, Spain - July 2017
This spot, which is situated in the municipal area of Santa Luca, is internationally famous on account of the ideal windsurfing conditions, the wind being ever present. In "El Arenal" (the name by which this beach is known to the local inhabitants), the wind usually blows from the left, tending to be very strong, with the result that you must use 2.8 and 4 metre sails if you want to fully enjoy this spot, which is one of the most windy places in the world. The waves are generally no less than one metre high and they can reach heights of up to 3 metres. Pozo is the ideal destination for those who have an acceptable level of skill in planing and jibing and who want to start on jumps and other aerial acrobatics.
Since day 4 is the next generation of boys and girls in action. The pro fleet stayed on hold. Pepe ('Mini Me') has trained a lot with his idol Ricardo Campello. Pepe is so far number 3.
Pepe & Finn Krause at the GPS Speed Challenge on Fuerteventura, Canary Islands - Jun 30 - Jul 05, 2017
Dunkerbeck GPS Speed Challenge/ISAAC speed world Championship 2017
Pepe and Finn Krause from Victoria BC have participated, Finn first place within his age group. Homespot for both is Nitinatlake :-)
The best speed sailors from around the world defended on island of Fuerteventura for the fourth edition of the Dunkerbeck GPS Speed Challenge which started with epic conditions in Matas Blancas beach. In winds of up to 40 knots and a massive shore break the fifty plus strong mens fleet, women and kids made the most of it from day one with peak speeds of over 40 knots.
Pepe and Finn, have been fighting with the conditions. Finn was successful in the end. He achieved first place within his age group!
Kiteboarding and Windsurfing in La Ventana, Baja, Christmas 2015 by Rory Kennedy
La Ventana was not a place most cab drivers were aware of when we landed in Cabo on Christmas day. Our driver was one of few who knew the way and he drove a little too fast in the winding desert hills between the cacti and cows. By the time I asked to pull over it was already too late and I lost half breakfast into my ball cap (thankfully not right on the seat).
When we pulled into Baja Joes hostel I spewed the remainder of my breakfast in the parking lot during introductions. The first two days were surprisingly a little cold and the cloud cover kept the winds lighter than would be ideal. When the winds returned above 20 knots and temperatures back above 25C the rewards were well worth the fuss. Kite boarding over a school of rays on the last day was totally exhilarating.
All of the food in Baja Joes was excellent with the exception of some barley cooked hot wings at the bar. The local vendors and restaurants down the street were considerably cheaper (almost half price) and some were just as delicious. Still we returned to Joes for some variety. My staples were yummy fish tacos, ceviche and enchiladas.
For some reason I used to think to make upwind progress the kite had to be really low to the water. I discovered that especially in strong wind, that it is entirely unnecessary to fly it below 10 o'clock. When I flew the kite high above me a lot of the weight came off my feet making it a lot easier for me by reducing the wipe out frequency. My brother D as usual was a natural and learned to stay upwind inside of a few days. We were taking lessons with Elevation Kiteboarding School - Nitinat BC in Summer/ Baja in winter.
The beaches were stunning and on light wind days there was still plenty to do. People went bike riding, SUPing, kayaking, horseback riding and apparently there were hot springs somewhere in the area. After new years the amount of litter on the beaches was a little bit shocking. On the ride back my brother and I thankfully had a slower driver so I didn't get remotely nauseous. Dad stayed in Baja for a few more days and had the privilege of snorkeling with a whale shark before his return.
Kiteboarder Larry Dennis jumping the breakwater wall in Victoria, Sept 10, 2012