Jim Drake, one of the inventors of windsurfing in the '70s, had already experimented with a wing, shaped like a hangglider, in the early stages of windsurfing... Time has gone by and the wing has become a kite which finally turned out to be an appropriate alternative for accelerating a surfboard using windpower.
Since kitesurfing really started taking off a few years ago, the fast growing kitesurfing community learned quickly that special circumstances are needed to make kitesurfing a safe and enjoyable experience.
Barbados isn't only blessed with it's unique windsurfing conditions, it also proved to have some of the most ideal kitesurfing beaches possible. There are first of all the beaches around Inchcape, like Silver Sands and Silver Rock, which attract most of the kitesurfers. Brian Talma's Action Shop at Silver Rock is available for kitesufing lessons. More kitesurfing lessons are provided by other schools between Silver Sands and Long Beach.
Long Beach can be considered a hidden treasure, just a couple of minutes away from Inchcape, a gorgeous, tropical, mile long beach with slightly onshore winds and all the requirements for an ideal spot to teach and learn kitesurfing:
It's a beautiful white sand beach with hardly any person around. The wind blows slightly onshore, all the safety you want as a kitsesurfing beginner. Many days or parts of days it has an ideal windforce for kitesurfing.
◦Relatively flat water inside the reef, waves breaking on the outside reef for the more experienced
◦Upwind from the three major windsurfing beaches, an additional safety factor
◦Upwind also from the Oistins Bay and Maxwell coast, a possible day trip destination for a downwind run.
What else can you ask for...
Please do not hesitate to ask questions as our team at the Inchcape Seaside Villas on the most southern tip of the Caribbean island of Barbados is determined to make your kitesurfing vacation a time to be remembered!
There are many nice spots in the world one could travel to, but there is hardly any other spot comparable to Barbados as far as wind and wave consistency is concerned.