Just returned from cabarete today, Kitesurfing in Cabarete is hot! These
guys at the World Cup are amazing on land or on water launching jumps from
the sand into the water and back doing everything imaginable in between.
This experience and my visit to Maui last June have really inspired me with
the growth potential of this sport. BTW- The locals and transplants in
Cabarete are some of nicest people you will ever meet and the general
windsurfing /Kitesurfing scene is about as good as it gets. I took some
lessons from Stephan Ruther at Fly High and Surf and I learned a lot. The
food in cabarete is also great I especially like people , food , and
atmosphere at the Vento restaurant (Wind Restaurant).
One observation I made is that kiteboarding is fun in many types of wind
conditions and amazing things can be accopmplished in very light winds as
well as big winds. However, despite all of the marketing hype in the
magazines and everything I have read on this list no pro was able to get out
or do much with 5-8 Knots like it was blowing yesterday. 15M foils
(Mosquitos, XXXXLs, and 15M Naish and Wipika kites don't seem to help if you
don't have 9 or 10 knots ( I had a very accurate meter with me) . The pros
that were trying all types of huge kites and tricks to entertain the crowds
on a light wind day did not really get out. The water was fairly flat, the
wind was onshore but that's the way the pros seem to like it.
Go to Cabarete and Kitesurf you will love it.