Nonsuch Bay and Kitesurfing school 40 Knots are introducing Ride Antigua – a four week kitesurfing festival this May and June. It will be the first event of its kind in Antigua and will offer both beginners and experienced kitesurfers the chance to ride with Ozone pro surfer and Antiguan resident Jake Kelsick and improve their skills in some of the best kitesurfing waters in the world.
Taking place between 20 May and 14 June 2013, Ride Antigua, supported by Ozone Kites and Crazy Fly Kiteboards, will include a five day programme of kitesurfing each week with separate streams ranging from beginners to advanced techniques. A special Ride Antigua package includes accommodation, meals, equipment, events and tuition with a price saving of 40%.
Ride Antigua includes expert tuition from kitesurfing school 40 Knots, which has IKO (International Kiteboarding Organisation) qualified instructors and a fleet of inflatables for on-the-water tuition and support; technique clinics with pro surfer Jake Kelsick; access to the full range of 40 Knots equipment; and the opportunity to test the latest equipment from kite and board manufacturers Ozone Kites and Crazy Fly Kiteboards.
Intensive Zero to Hero classes for beginners will take guests from theory and safety, equipment rigging and kite control onto water starts and cruising on the board. Tuition for the intermediates will improve their upwind riding and transitions and work on techniques such as toe side riding and air gybes. Jake and the instructors will help more advanced kitesurfers work on their techniques such as jumps, rotations, grabs, handle-passes and directional board riding.
The programme will also include a barbecue night, a trip to Shirley Heights for the traditional Antiguan sunset party on Sunday night, on-the-water videoing and a special compilation video review night. Other watersports available at Nonsuch Bay includes dinghy, cat and keelboat sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and stand up paddleboards.
“We are very excited to team up with 40 Knots, Ozone and Crazy Fly to launch the first Ride Antigua at Nonsuch Bay. Our kitesurfing school is open all year round now, so in response to the growth in the sport we wanted to hold a special event for all kitesurfers. We’ve worked with 40 Knots to put together this special package pricing to offer the perfect conditions for kitesurfers, with big savings over normal rates,” said Nonsuch Bay managing director, Cameron Fraser.
Matt Taggart, managing director at Ozone Kites said: “Antigua is one of the best places I’ve ever windsurfed and kited so we are delighted that we are able to support this exciting new event.”
Nonsuch Bay provides an outstanding location for kitesurfing, being situated on the windward side of Antigua, where the trade winds are strong and consistent. The bay is completely enclosed by a barrier reef and offers two square miles of warm flat water, ideal conditions for learning and progressing quickly.
Ride Antigua also caters for kitesurfers travelling with partners less keen to participate in the sport. There are a host of other daytime activities available. As well as lazing by one of the three infinity pools or lounging on the resort’s beach, the other sailing and paddling watersports are available with tuition, there is snorkelling in the clear waters of uninhabited Green Island and the resort offers a full range of in-room spa treatments.
The rate for Ride Antigua for those travelling without their own equipment is US$1,860 (£1,240) per person for seven nights accommodation, full breakfast and picnic lunch daily and the five day kitesurfing programme with 40 Knots. This price is based on two sharing a one-bedroom apartment and reflects a 40% saving on the usual rates. The equivalent rate for those using their own equipment is US$1,560 (£1,040) and US$970 (£667) for non-kitesurfers.
For more information visit www.nonsuchbayresort.com or call Nonsuch Bay on +44 (20) 8090 4978.