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Re: [ksurfschool] Re: You should be here...Cabarete.

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  • Hung Vu
    Check http://www.kitesurfingschool.org/schools.htm . There are a number of them in the LA area. Hung.
    Message 1 of 6 , Mar 29, 2002
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      Check http://www.kitesurfingschool.org/schools.htm . There are a number
      of them in the LA area.

      Hung.

      Alex Tien Do wrote:
      >
      > Any instructors in Orange county?
      > Please help
      > Alex
      >
      > ----- Original Message -----
      > From: Hung Vu
      > Sent: Wednesday, March 13, 2002 11:53 PM
      > To: ksurfschool@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: Re: [ksurfschool] Re: You should be here...Cabarete.
      >
      > Some little trivia for those who like Carabete and Dominican Republic...
      >
      > The first three kitesurfers who ever kitesurfed at Carabete are Terry
      > (Jan 1998 - the owner of Foto Planet at Carabete and Sosua), Jan Pina &
      > Hung (Dec 1998)...
      >
      > There is another excellent spot for kitesurfing on the southern coast of
      > Dominican Republic called Salina (1.5 hour drive from Santo Domingo) and
      > the first 3 kitesurfers who ever kitesurfed there are Jan Pina & Antonio
      > Esteban (July 1998), Hung (Dec 1998)...
      >
      > The photo of these guys can be found at
      > http://www.kitesurfingschool.org/gallery.htm
      >
      > Hung.
      >
      > cfglazier wrote:
      > >
      > > Jim
      > > Thanks for the report. It reminds me of when I was there a month
      > > ago. Cabarete has to be one of the best places for a winter
      > > kitesurfing vacation. There are direct flights to there from here in
      > > Canada and from Europe.
      > > It sounds like you are sitting in one of those little internet cafes
      > > using those old computers like I did. Have fun Jim
      > > Chris G
      > >
      > > PS. The Kitexcite hotel is right on kitebeach ..basic but fine.
      > >
      > > --- In ksurfschool@y..., "ex_cpe" <jim@w...> wrote:
      > > > This is my first full day as I got here about 4pm Tues/12th. It
      > > was
      > > > blowing a gale - for me. It may have been 20kts slightly onshore
      > > > from the East. Yesterday there were 23 kites at one time - today
      > > > that was better by 12! Fricking-A lotta people out.
      > > >
      > > > BUT - forget your foils, ARCS...even 2-liners are for teaching.
      > > TT's
      > > > rule with only a couple of small wakes and one directional.
      > > >
      > > > I brought a 12M North - too big. Nothing over 9 today was up.
      > > Good
      > > > news for Free Airs (11's were out) and R3's - they both did very
      > > well
      > > > with all the new Takoons, AirRush Lifts, F-Ones but mostly Naish
      > > and
      > > > Wiki's 4-liners. The reputed designer of F-One is supposed to be
      > > > here...the German kite magazine had a full load of new gear
      > > they're
      > > > testing. Not everybody is 19 either.
      > > >
      > > > Your second language better include French,Dutch and German. I
      > > hooked
      > > > up with a kite school run by a Dutch fellow named Jordy. The first
      > > > one I went to the fellow said Bon Jour to me about five times.
      > > After
      > > > the third one - I figured communication would be a problem.
      > > >
      > > > Everybody is very friendly - experts and beginners alike.
      > > Everybody
      > > > catches and launches. Nobody stays in trouble long.
      > > >
      > > > I'm beginning to feel that I better come back an expert. There's
      > > > 90lb women learning here in a full blow. They get spanked and
      > > walk
      > > > back upwind for more. The few people pointed out who had three
      > > days
      > > > of time were standing fine. They did't get upwind, but you don't
      > > > have to here. No shame in a walk back.
      > > >
      > > > The amazing thing: in two afternoons of this blow - only one
      > > > crossup. Two very good guys wrapped. There's a crew of 'beach
      > > boys'
      > > > who spot trouble and are there to help in no time. Another: the
      > > > learners start way upwind and drag, stumble and fall downwind, but
      > > > even the guys who have to spray the sand seem to avoid them. It's
      > > > not surfing where you get chased off any decent peak.
      > > >
      > > > My only major mistake - so far - was to pick the wrong place. I'm
      > > in
      > > > close to town. The Caracol Hotel. It's a really nice place but
      > > too
      > > > far from the action. I'm moving up toward the kite point. I'll
      > > let
      > > > youall know.
      > > >
      > > > BTW: I made a padded, 16x16"x5' bag for board and kites (leave the
      > > CA
      > > > home - they don't even want to teach it). It's about 60lbs. and
      > > > American Airlines didn't even ask. I had another bag 6"x2'x4' for
      > > > the other board I brought. See:
      > > wetstuff.com/kite/roket_promo.html
      > > > and they didn't ask about it either.
      > > >
      > > > BTW: Try this - I'm a MAC person and this damn thing is a PC in
      > > > Spanish. How come eveytime I click the button I get a menu?!
      > > >
      > > > Anyway, I hope you get to come down and enjoy this some day.
      > > > (Secret: it's damn cheap!)
      > > >
      > > > Buena suerte
      > > >
      > > > Jim
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
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