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Windsurfing & Kitesurfing in Bermuda
Windsurfing and Kitesurfing (which is also known as kiteboarding) are specialized and sometimes extreme sports. Unless you are trained, you should not walk into a rental shop, get the gears and give it a casual try. Like scuba diving, these sports require proper training lessons, instructions, safety equipment, and most importantly self judgement. Bermuda with some of its great sandy beaches offers some of the best opportunities and settings for both kitesurfing and windsurfing.
Windsurfing in Bermuda
The best beaches for windsurfing in Bermuda are Shelly Bay Beach and Achilles Bay. There is no point brining your own windsurfing boards to Bermuda. This is because you will not be able to carry it to the beach. The buses and taxis won't take the boards. Don't think you will try to carry it on a rented scooter and there is no car rental in Bermuda. If you are staying in a hotel, your best option is to check it out with the hotel. Most of the renowned beachside hotels in Bermuda provide windsurfing gears. And they are generally included as part of the hotel tariff. Otherwise, rent the boards from one of the following operators (do not expect great boards):
Blue Hole Water Sports: Located at the Grotto Bay Beach Resort, and is convenient for those staying at the eastern part of Bermuda like St. Georges or Hamilton Parish.
Pompano Beach Club Watersports Center: Located at Southampton Parish.
36 Pompano Beach Road, Southampton. Phone: 441/234-0222
Surf SUP operates from the Daniel's Head Beach in Sandys (close to the cruise ship dockyard). They offer Kona One windsurfers on hourly rent of $35 for first hour and $20 for additional hours.
Phone: (441)300-1000; Email: email@example.com
For both windsurfing and kiteboarding gears, apparel and instructions.
14 Cambridge Road, Sandys Parish, Bermuda.
Phone: (441)234-1111 or (441)516-1111
Windjammer Water Sports X Closed
They operate out of the Dockyard as well as Cambridge Beaches Resort that are both located at the western part of Bermuda in Sandys. These locations are convenient for the cruise ship passengers docked at the Kings wharf or Heritage Wharf.
Fantasea X No longer in operation
Contact their operation at the 9-Beaches Resort in Sandys Parish at the western end of Bermuda. Phone: 441/239-2999.
Kitesurfing/Kiteboarding in Bermuda
Kitesurfing (or Kiteboarding) is a watersport where a rider is towed by a large kite along the water surface. The rider is harnessed to the kite while surfing the waters or trying out jumps and flips. There are two most important things for kite boarding. First is the wind condition and second is the right beach that gives you ample space. You should not try out kitesurfing in choppy or gusty wind conditions, it can be very dangerous.
Kitesurfing (Kiteboarding) in Bermuda
December through May is the best time for kitesurfing in Bermuda. This is when the wind mostly flows steadily side shore or slightly side-on or side-off shore. You will get wind during summer time as well but note that summer is the high tourist season and the beaches are likely to be crowded during that time.
August and September are the months when there is usually little wind. also note that June is the beginning of the Hurricane Season in Bermuda although this is unlikely to spoil your watersports activities. If you are visiting Bermuda and planning for kiteboarding, check out Bermuda Weather. Go through the weather conditions of the month of your visit and get detailed information.
The two best beaches for kitesurfing in Bermuda are:
1) Elbow Beach - You get steady East/North-East through South-West winds
2) Somerset Long Bay - For North-East to West winds
During the winter time the water temperature as well as the wind temperature can be quite low. You should bring or rent 3/2 wetsuit. In fact it's best to bring all your Kiteboarding gears including the board and the kites with you.
The kites should be 9m - 14m and the boards should be soft enough so that you can handle choppy conditions. You can easily carry your gears on a rented scooter.
Although there are about 50 regular kiteboarders in Bermuda, unfortunately there are hardly any shops or centers that sell or rent kiteboarding gears.
Here are the places you can try for the kitesurfing gears in Bermuda:
SurfShack used to operate out of 9-Beaches resorts at the western end (Daniel's Head), and offered rentals as well as kiteboarding lessons. They have closed down their operations at the resort. However they are still available over emails and can help you with rentals or purchase of the kitesurfing gears. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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By Raj Bhattacharya
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