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How to read an approaching Swell

Most Surf is caused by wind some where. Wind Swell then travels until it hits reef or land.  Hurricanes and Winter Storms are the two most popular wave producers for the North Coast of the Dominican Republic.Winter Storms come from the North and are pretty simple to read, if it´s snowing in New York, Kite Beach Cabarete should have quality surf 30 hours later.   With out a doubt, Hurricanes are more dynamic and harder to read. Hurricanes come from the East and circulate in a counter clock wise spiral. The North side of the storm is where the action is, the South Side, or Lee side of the storm is the Weak side.

kite beach surf, wind and weather

kite beach surf, wind and weather

With out a doubt, Hurricanes are more challenging to read, the above picture shows 2 (current) storms moving off the coast of Africa…so here are some basics

1. Both storms are 20 degrees above the Equator, which is good for us here on the North Shore. Once a storm drifts above 20 degrees, it rarely comes back.

2. Notice the black inside the storm, this indicates intense action and tight circulation which is good for generating waves.

3. Notice the lite blue color off the coast of New York, this is wind swell from a Low Pressure system, this Low will most likely keep the Hurricane from drifting North.

4. Under the words Storm Surf it says “+180 hours”, this is a forecast of where the swell will be in 180 hours.

5. Lee Side can have great surf and off shore winds depending on the speed and distance of the storm.

As wave riders watch this storm they are hoping for a storm which is slow moving, stalls East of the island and throws a ho loto surf

How to teach kids to Paddle Board

SUP Lagoon Kite Beach Cabarete

Rule #1 Get them the right size paddle and blade.   The blade should be as wide as the child´s out stretched had. The weight of the paddle matters.

Rule #2 The board has a tremendous amount of floatation and the child needs to be taught how to fall to the board. If they fall in the water, they need to be taught to climb up onto the board. Life Jackets can work if the coach and child have tested and proved them. Some jackets leave children face down in the water. Remember, Nothing replaces training, things only assist with training.

Rule #3 Location, spend time to find the perfect location, ease the child into the sport, never put them in conditions where they are not comfortable…this means don´t take them out in the ocean because it´s a “flat day” for you. Find a spot that is less than 3 feet deep and has a sandy bottom.

Rule #4 A little bit each day goes a long way as opposed to one heaping helping of paddle boarding

Rule #5 Teach Respect for the Water. If all goes well, your child will be excited to paddle, it is important to teach them to respect the water in a fun safe way.

If you are interested in having your child learn to SUP with us, contact us at methodlodge@gmail.com

SUP classes and rentals SUP Lagoon, Kite Beach cabarete

SUP classes and rentals SUP Lagoon, Kite Beach cabarete

How to teach kids to sup

How to teach kids to sup

SUP Vacations

SUP Lagoon Kite Beach Cabarete

The Greater Kite Beach Cabarete area makes for perfect SUP vacations. We have pristine Lagoons, navigable rivers and quality waves on uncrowded off shore reefs. probably the best news is that we have year round wind and warm weather. Contact us at the to book your SUP vacation. Every Level Paddler is welcome!

Hurricane Season Heats up for kite Beach Cabarete

Kite beach Weather

Kite beach Weather

hmmm…Hurricane Season 2014 could be heating up for Kite Beach Cabarete…We just got good action from a nice little tropical Storm, looks like a Tropical Wave will arrive next weekend and then there is the Big One just forming off the African Coast…traditionally Wave Riders would not get to excited about a Hurricane which is so far away, but we´ve had two years of wind and not much surf so Wave Riders on Kite Beach Cabarete are excited about this far off storm. http://www.stormsurfing.com/cgi/display.cgi?a=natla_height

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Paddle Boarding Kite Beach Cabarete and the SUP Lagoon

SUP Lagoon Kite Beach Cabarete
SUP Lagoon Kite Beach Cabarete

SUP Lagoon Kite Beach Cabarete

SUP Lagoon and River make for all time paddle boarding on Kite Beach Cabarete. We have Flat Water, Long Distance and Wave riding here on the SUP Lagoon, SUP River and Kite Beach…all levels welcome…join us…let´s paddle board

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Hurricane Season Starts Now

Kite Beach Wind and Waves

…well at least for the East Coast…Hurricane Author is rolling up the East Coast as I type. Right now Author is smacking North Florida, i´m still waiting for real time reports from N. Fla. Watermen, but the wind should be off shore and the surf should be large. Looks like Cape Hatteras is going to get hammered with big surf, strong winds and a loto rain. Wave riders from New York to Boston are gearing up for some quality action, but the storm will be moving fast by the time it gets to NY, it remains to be seen if NY is going to get big wave action.  The only downsides to this storm are:

1. New York Media will call this Cat 1 storm the “Storm of the Century” and call for the National Guard

2. Author is moving a little too fast to bring long lasting action

3. The storm is a bit too close to the coast (close = rain)

4. The DR didn´t get any action from this Storm

Kite Beach Wind and Waves

Kite Beach Wind and Waves

Hurricane Season Starts Now!

Kite beach Wind and weather

After an incredibly windy Winter, Hurricane Season has started for Kite Beach Cabarete and even though all the “experts” are calling for a calm season, Big Wave riders are thinking that 2014 is going to be a very active year!

There is a Tropical System turning just off the Eastern Tip of the Dominican Republic right now. The rest of the Atlantic is on fire with T-Storms lines up from South America to Africa. There is even a storm spinning off Costa Rica on the Pacific side.

Ya, it´s true that the experts say that this will be a weak Hurricane Season, but i´m looking for a ho loto Hurricane Surf this year!

Kite beach Wind and weather

Kite beach Wind and weather

 

24 hour Wind for Kite Beach Cabarete

Kite beach Wind

Wow, it´s been a good year for kiting Kite Beach, Cabarete. We almost have 24 hour a day wind. This is because the Big Winter Storms which continue to pound North America are passing far North of Kite Beach Cabarete. Generally these Winter Storms would take a more North to South Movement, bringing Kite Beach Cabarete Big Northerly Swells, Rain and Lite Winds. Because the Storms  are moving rapidly West to East, Kite Beach Cabarete is getting wind all day and all night because:

1. The Bermuda High is not being Displaced

2. A Southerly is mixing with the Trades.

 

Because the Storms are so far North of Kite Beach Cabarete, the High Pressure System which brings us our winds ( Bermuda High) is not being displaced. The Southerly (wind before the front) mixes with the Trades to make for nearly 24 hour wind. This is good news for Kiters, but may spell big trouble for Kite Beach in  July and August of 2014. Strong Trade Winds help the sand migrate off kite beach and the North Swell brings Kite Beach Cabarete waves (and new Sand). These North Swells simply are not happening. Instead of having a 50 meter beach this time of year, we have a 20 meter beach. If this cycle continues, there will  be no Kite beach this summer, or a bigger ocean at Kite Beach depending on how you view it. Either way let’s hope the storms slow down a bit and turn to the South!

Windy for Kite Beach Cabarete

Windy for Kite Beach Cabarete

Kite beach Wind

ho loto surf for Kite Beach Cabarete?

SUP, Paddle board action, Kite Beach Cabarete

Looks like nothing but quality wave riding action for Kite Beach Cabarete. The next swell is due to hit in before Friday morning. The 2014 wave season has been weak to say the least, most of the storms moved North of bermuda and brought Kite Beach Cabarete a loto wind and not much surf. This pattern seems to have changed and at least the next two storms are going to be direct hits on Kite Beach Cabarete. So let´s get ready to paddle!

SUP, Paddle board action, Kite Beach Cabarete

SUP, Paddle board action, Kite Beach Cabarete

SUP Yoga, Kite Beach Lagoon

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Jonnie Sage and his Yogi Susie show us how SUP Yoga is done on the Kite Beach Lagoon, Kite Beach Cabarete, Method Lodge

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