North Coast of the Dominican Republic offers some perfect kiting from big beautiful beaches. Sometimes those beaches migrate and riders need to either go with it or learn how to rig launch and exit in a small area.
Kite Beach 2016…there seems to be a lot of misinformation about what is happening on Kite Beach. We are experiencing an annual “Migration” as opposed to a one time “erosion”. Yes, sand migrates. Peaked Migration just passed. The migration process was exasperated by the lack of surf and rain over the past 2 years. The good news is that kiters had near 24 hour wind for the past 2 years. As the Sea Currents shift back to North a new Kite Beach will form. The more surf we get, the larger the beach will be. All that needs to be done now is HELP CLEAN UP THE BEACH because in 2016 we will have a new beach.
Near 24 hour wind keeps blowing and looks like this trend will continue because of a Tropical Low Spinning off the coast of Central and South America. This Low will effectively increase the trades as well as bring in early morning moisture. look for Late to be great for Kiting.
Wow…quality SUP and Kite Action continues for Kite Beach Cabarete as the Southern US is getting hammered by snow and wind. Even Cuba is getting hit by this Big Winter Low Pressure system. Generally these big Low Pressure Systems would bring surf and kill Trade Winds…this has not been the case, Kite Beach Cabarete has had great Sunrise Surf and Quality Afternoon Kite action. It looks like the same will continue today. As the Low Pressure System approaches there will be Southerly winds which should mix with our Easterly Trade winds creating quality Kite near Sunset. Look for Rain and westerly Winds to arrive on kite Beach Cabarete later this week.
As this next Low Pressure System moves across Florida expect Super SUP Wave action at Sunset with lite Off Shore Winds. This system is “lifting” away from Kite Beach Cabarete so the North Coast will escape a big rain. Late should be great for kiting, watch for these Off Shore Winds to slowly shift to Trade Winds closer to Sunset. Sunday looks like another classic Double Dip day for Watermen on Kite Beach Cabarete. for more about Wind, weather and Water check out my Latest Book https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/learn-to-kite/id569331917?mt=11
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Wow…Big Surf and a Big Off Shore wind is gonna make for a World Class Kite Day on Kite Beach Cabarete. Paddle Boarders went out at Sunrise and the action was good, but it was very apparent that today is a very rare Offshore Wind and Big Wave Kite day. Hit it early because a Huge Low Pressure System is Hitting Havana Cuba now and we are next unless our lucky streak continues and this storm lifts.
Quality Big Surf rolled onto the Reefs near Kite Beach Cabarete, Winds were off shore, lite to moderate. This Combo makes for Awesome Big Wave Action and yes Wave Hights were large enough that the SUP Cup is Happening . There was wind, enough that Kiters should look for wind Late today.
Notice in the images below that:
1. The Massive Low Pressure System which brought Big Snow to Boston and Ragging Winds to Bermuda seems to be lifting away from Kite Beach Cabarete
2. 10´ World Class Paddle Boarding with Off Shore Winds
Kiters should watch for a Wind switch from Off Shore to side Shore making for great Kiting near Sunset. Lets do it!
1. Sun is at the riders back
2. Sun is not in the riders face
3. Difficult wind to learn in so not much of a crowd
4. Nice direction for wave riding
5. Easy to Blast into Cabarete for some quality chow
Now we are in a SUP Wave pattern…look for a really good Sunset session before BIG surf rolls in manana. Winds should remain lite with little or no kite action happening
check out the Wave Map…looks like this pattern will continue for a while
Big Winter Low Pressure System are hammering Florida, even bringing rain to Cuba, but they are lifting to the North East leaving Kite Beach Cabarete with:
- Large Glassy Sunrise SUP Surf
- Morning off shore winds
-Afternoon Trade winds
- Quality Kite Action towards Sunset
Notice in the 2nd picture How Close the Storms are coming to the Island, but fortunately they are Lifting to the North West just before they reach Kite Beach Cabarete
Generally Watermen (and Watergirls) are ruled by the Laws of Nature and simple Physics. The reason is because they operate in “Near Shore Waters” on rugged Windward Coasts. The Appropriate Regulatory Agency almost never have the Time, Money, Desire, Experience or Equipment to patrol World Class Wind and Wave spots.
With that said there are “Guidelines” Watermen should follow. Here is #1
1. Let the Conditions Dictate ride Location, Style and Equipment
Watermen should realize spots like Kite Beach Cabarete have Large Channels and a number of quality Breaks which work perfectly for SUP Wave Riding and Kiting . Beaches like Enquentro don´t have this feature (Large Channels).
So what is Enquentro? Enquentro is a World Class Surf and Advanced Kite Surf Spot!
Kite Beach is a World Class SUP and Kite Spot. The reasons why are obvious to Watermen.
Enquentro does not really have a “Kite scene” but certainly does have a strong “surf scene”.
Kite Beach has a strong “Kite Scene” and a small but growing “SUP Scene” .
As “scene´s” grow guidelines often become rules. Rules generally don´t work because again, Ocean Athletes operate in Near Shore Waters which are Regulated by Federal Agencies like the Marine Patrol, Coast Guard, Marinia or Army Corps of Eng.. These Federal Agencies don´t have time or resources to deal with a dozen salty´s bitching and moaning about another salty taking their wave. Local authorities simply don´t have the jurisdiction.
So “Rules” almost always lack Enforcement, but it could be a bit irritating to prove this point and it´s not what Watermen spend their time doing. Watermen advance Kite, SUP, Surf and Spearfishing while finding the appropriate spot for the days action.
People on the beach making “Rules” should understand a few basics:
1. Those who are already doing a sport should ALWAYS be “Grandfathered” or “Permitted” to continue riding the Ocean the way they chose and where they chose. To approach a Waterman with a new rule about his sport is actually a “Crime against all Ocean Athletes” and brings much same to the “rule makers”.
2. A Lesson is defined by the exchange of money for services. Traditionally the “Art of Wave Riding” and “Ocean Education” is passed from the Father through the generations. So if no “money” is being exchanged no “commercial lesson” is happening. Again…approaching a Waterman passing on Ocean Culture to his crew is criminal.
3. Don´t be “that Guy” who banned the “next” Ocean Sport…especially if you have no idea what this next sport is going to be!
For a good fictional read about “Watermen” check out my latest book The Waterman
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