LIVE THE FANTASY – 2011 FANTASY CAMP IN ST. LUCIA

 

Taking place January 31 through February 6, the 2011 camp includes:
• Six nights in an oceanview room at the beautiful Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa, St. Lucia
• ALL food, beverages, snacks and cocktails – yes, you read that correctly, even cocktails
• Airport transfers from St. Lucia’s Hewanorra International Airport
• All hotel taxes and gratuities
• Five days of coached sessions, wind and weather permitting
• Q&A with world-renowned coaches and pros
• Personalized Kiteboarding magazine mock cover
• Commemorative DVD, giveaways and more

For more information or to register for Kiteboarding’s 2011 Fantasy Camp, please email david.combe@bonniercorp.com.

Pro Instructors:

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Damien Leroy

Whether riding freestyle, surfing the waves or racing at high speeds, Damien Leroy has mastered them all. Considered the most personable pro in kiteboarding, Damien is an amazing personality to be around and loves to share his stoke for the sport by encouraging other kiteboarders to push it to the limit.

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Clarissa Hempel

Passion is essential for Maui-based Clarissa Hempel. You can clearly see it in her riding or just by hanging with her. Her experience in wave riding, freestyle and racing, motivates her to share the knowledge with all other kiters – whether to improve their skills or just to give self confidence to achieve more fun and stronger riding.

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Susi Mai

Growing up as a beach girl in Cabarete, Susi began kiteboarding in 2002. She placed 2nd in her first international PKRA competition and 5th overall during the world tour. After winning King of the Air in Maui, Susi quickly gained support from Red Bull and Cabrinha as her main sponsors and dedicated herself fully to the sport.

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Sponsored By:

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Since 2000, Cabrinha has climbed the ranks as a leading kitesurfing brand, producing everything from kites to boards to accessories and sponsors top athletes in the sport.Paradise waits on St. Lucia’s exotic south coast. 254-rooms, four dining options, five bars, three swimming pools, a full-service spa, a Kidz Klub and the island’s largest water park.Coconut Bay’s watersports school, 2Elements Kitesurf Centre is run by instructors with more than 20 years of combined training who teach guests of all levels to harness the wind and water.With R&D at its core, NPX creates technologically innovative products for top riders, as well as accessories that prove what you wear reflects what you do. Kiting is aggressive. So is NPX

All-Inclusive Amenities

As guests of the Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa, Kiteboarding Fantasy Camp participants receive the ultimate all-inclusive experience:
• Full breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks daily at a choice of three restaurants, plus beach grill
• Unlimited juice, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages at a choice of three bars, plus swim-up pool bar
• Complete resort fitness center with the latest in exercise equipment for individual workouts and aerobic classes, as well as a tennis center featuring four courts
• Fully supervised Kidz Klub with a water feature play area and daily activities for children 12 and under
• Waterpark attraction plus three swimming pools and an outdoor whirlpool
• Welcome drink on arrival and weekly cocktail party hosted by resort managers and staff
• Airport transfers from St. Lucia’s Hewanorra International Airport

Price and Details

Option 1: $2,995 – double occupancy with a fellow camper
Option 2: $3,395 – private room
• Payment plans available upon request with a $1000 deposit
• Guests/children are welcome for a nominal fee
• 5% discount applied to final price if full payment is received by December 31, 2010
• Acceptance to the 2011 Kiteboarding Fantasy Camp is on a first-come, first-served basis
• Outdoor event schedules may be somewhat flexible due to weather/wind conditions

For more information or to register for Kiteboarding’s 2011 Fantasy Camp, please email david.combe@bonniercorp.com.

What if there’s no wind?

In the unlikely event of no-wind days, join Kiteboarding for alternate activities including snorkeling or a guided hike through St. Lucia’s beautiful countryside. If you choose not to participate with the group on no-wind days, you can arrange a variety of other activities through the resort concierge desk for additional fees.

During the 2010 Fantasy Camp, participants enjoyed wide-open, butter-flat, crystal-clear waters with unlimited kiting opportunities. They threw their kites down on the largest beach in the Florida Keys and let the Broneah team get them rigged and ready for multiple days on the water in front of the Islander Resort. Pros included Cabrinha riders Damien Leroy, Clarissa Hempel and Jon Modica, as well as Kiteboarding’s Aaron Sales.

During the 2010 Fantasy Camp, participants enjoyed wide-open, butter-flat, crystal-clear waters with unlimited kiting opportunities. They threw their kites down on the largest beach in the Florida Keys and let the Broneah team get them rigged and ready for multiple days on the water in front of the Islander Resort. Pros included Cabrinha riders Damien Leroy, Clarissa Hempel and Jon Modica, as well as Kiteboarding’s Aaron Sales.

Kiteboarding’s first-ever Fantasy Camp was designed to help kiters like you progress to the next level, so you can be sure that some quality kiteboarding instruction went down during our week in the Florida Keys. Here, Cabrinha pros Jon Modica and Damien LeRoy as well as Broneah Kiteboarding’s Matt and Keegan Myers recount the best tips they dispensed during Fantasy Camp 2010.

Learning to Fly

Riding strapless, you should understand how your board feels while in the air. This feeling is like standing on the beach on a windy day and angling your board into the wind so it hangs on your fingertips. First, find a balanced point on your board. Then, with lots of speed, start hitting little waves and letting yourself “float” through the air. Don’t ollie; just let the board come up slowly. Avoid grabbing the board — that’s not balance, just force. Mastering this will help you learn airs and also keep your feet glued to the board when just riding around. — Jon Modica

Keep Growing

You don’t ever want to become too comfortable and grow stagnant. I mean, you’ll do two tricks to your left and one to the right for months — but really never try anything else. To counter this, step outside the box, visualize a new move and then make it happen. Sometimes we focus too much on tricks we already know and don’t keep growing with the sport. — Damien LeRoy

Visualize Success

When pulling any trick, visualization is a really important factor. If you can’t see yourself pulling a trick in your head, it’s going to be even harder in the water. I’ve used visualization for years. I’ll study videos and use slow motion replay to understand what the person is doing and what the kite is doing. Once you’re able to visualize everything, walk yourself through the trick on land, so your body gets a feel for the motion. — Damien LeRoy

Upwind Anchoring

The key to staying upwind is to set specific landmarks, so you know your position in the water at all times. Before your session, assess the wind direction and your riding location. Look for points on the water and on land you can spot while riding. Your goal should be to get back to these points on each of your tacks. — Matt and Keegan Myers

Spin Control

When learning spins, it’s important to maintain control of your kite throughout the rotation. Many riders will initiate the trick but then lose control of the kite. First, mentally process how you’ll control the kite, and most importantly, know which hand you’ll use to get the kite in the proper direction for landing. For nearly all tricks, you’ll use your back hand to send the kite and lead hand to direct the kite down for landing. — Matt and Keegan Myers

Geared Up

Always make sure you’re 100 percent confident in your equipment before you get out on the water. You should know how to tune your kite, so when it’s fully powered up, with the bar all the way to the chickenloop, it’s not over-sheeted — where the rear of the kite is pinched together. Over-sheeted kites are very common, and they can destroy your session even before you hit the water. If you completely understand how your kite functions, you’ll get the most out of every session. — Matt & Keegan Myers

Source: kiteboarding  mag

 

 

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