Egypt Revisited

Not that long ago, we were exposed to endless images and video clips of sword-wielding Egyptian revolutionaries with one, and only one aim in mind – to topple the oppressive and corrupt regime of their once loved president, Mr Muhammed Hosni Mubarak.

The ramifications of this were severe as Egypt plunged into darkness whilst tourism as far south as Sharm El Sheikh, which had seen years of exponential growth, disappeared without trace. What was particularly worrying is the fact that few or no incidents were reported in any of the resorts located within the Sinai peninsula, so what was all the fuss about? It was time to head south…

The sun sets over Egypt

The sun sets over Egypt

It so happened that I had the pleasure of the company of some exciting UK freestylers including the likes of Adam Sims and Max Rowe. Max, who had only just recovered from an epic journey to Vietnam for the PWA event would join us a day later so the boys had some time to kill as we headed for our first stop, El Tur.

Having travelled to Egypt on a number of occasions, I have to say that I was somewhat stunned by the emptiness of Sharm El Sheikh airport upon our arrival. This once bustling airport had an eerie air of tranquility about it whilst baggage handlers and security personnel appeared unusually relaxed. So much so that they seemed most patient when receiving a drilling by Adam Sims regarding the state of his quiver bag that had obviously been dragged around runways behind a baggage trolley whilst doubling up as a surf-board for bored airport personnel! It set the tone of things to come but more about that shortly.

Sharm El Sheikh airport not as we know it

Sharm El Sheikh airport not as we know it

The drive up to El Tur was relatively eventless whilst the roads were notably quiet. Although Egypt’s political unrest has now paled into insignificance with recent events in Libya and now Japan, you could still smell the stale air of a tourist factory that had simply ground to a halt pretty much overnight.

Suffice to say that in El Tur, the most obvious visible difference was the presence of the army which as we all now know, is holding temporary charge whilst the Egyptian government is working hard on its constitutional reforms. The army in Egypt is a highly respected institution so a few soldiers here or there seems to me, at least, to instill an atmosphere of security and stability.

Vive la Revolution!!

Vive la Revolution!!

As we rolled into Moses Bay Hotel we were greeted by the usual friendly staff who seemed relieved by our presence as I guess we must’ve offered them instant hope, being one of their first guests following a prolonged drought in tourism. I think for any hotel to have survived the last 3 months shows an act of defiance for which they should be proud, very proud. These people survive on next to nothing and to maintain a smile to that extent, should be a subtle reminder that during times of hardship, even a relatively insignificant ray of sunshine can be enough to spark hope and expectation.

Following a swift check-in procedure, there was no time to waste as we headed for the only drinking establishment in El Tur, that being the recently expanded Ibi & Friends centre (see next blog entry) with local host Max & Co. Many a (rather odd) tin cups of vodka and shishas later and with a forecast for light winds, fighting talk soon spawned within the camp about how best to tackle the newly installed cable tow the following day. Good night ‘John Boy’…

Day two arrived sooner than you could say ‘mesh’ (meaning ok in Arabic) and as we all set about finding ways of passing the day in our own unique ways, news soon emanated from the cable tow area that young Adam Sims had attempted to make love to his wake-board only seconds into his first ever wake-boarding experience. I’m going to be fair on Adam and spare you the details of what actually happened as I know he will be doing his own column and wouldn’t want to stand accused of raining on his parade (it truly was a ‘special’ moment!).

Wakeboarding comes to El Tur

Wakeboarding comes to El Tur

With PWA freestyler Max Rowe now onboard, it was time to head north to our second stop, that being Moon Beach, Ras Sudr. Again, nothing out of the ordinary to report en-route other than quiet roads and a slightly more prominent army presence at the usual check-points. Unfortunately, Max’s late flight meant a more subdued entry to the resort as we relaxed within the newly configured beach bar whilst being looked after by the very generous Moon Beach team.

UK pro freestylers Max Rowe, Adam Sims and friends

UK pro freestylers Max Rowe, Adam Sims and friends

By day, Moon Beach seemed surprisingly populated as weekenders arrived from Cairo seeking a much needed relief from their recent Cairo exploits. Suffice to say, Egypt seems very ‘normal’ given the circumstances therefore begging the question, where and why had everyone left? Now more than ever, this country needs us and with the spring season now in full swing and flight prices slashed, this is the time to grab yourself a bargain and enjoy what in recent years has become one of the most desirable windsurfing and kitesurf holiday destinations in the world.

A point that I’m convinced will be endorsed by my younger comrades (currently still in Egypt) is that there should be little or no cause for concern when considering traveling to Egypt right now. For sure, it will take time to recover from this down-turn in tourism and for those feeling the need to go on holiday following a long and harsh winter, now is the time to head for Egypt as there is no place in the world that will offer you better conditions.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us should you have any queries regarding the current situation in Egypt. For details on pricing or to place a booking, please visit www.oceansource.net/egypt

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New Frontiers – Cape Town

Not that long ago, someone dismissed the idea of running a wave camp in Cape Town on the basis that it would be logistically impossible. Now in my world, nothing is impossible so we rose to the challenge and set to work to create the first ever full format 7-day wave camp. Our first challenge was to establish a base and it so happens that I recently had the privilege of meeting SA kite legend Brad ‘Caveman’ Symington and his family who run The Kitesnest – an impressive 6-bedroom pad based right by the beach within the attractive suburbs of Sunset Beach.

The Kites Nest

The Kites Nest, Sunset Beach

Base established, all we needed was a coach. Enter PWA pro John Skye who we’ve been running camps with in Moulay, Morocco for the last couple of years. John happens to be in Cape Town every winter for his training, testing and photo-shoots so naturally seemed the obvious choice for this camp. John normally runs his camps alongside PWA pro and now fiance Nayra Alonso but as Nayra was unable to attend, I decided to invest in a large wig and take her place as driver, cameraman and tea boy.

Now, we all know that windsurfing experiences are very much governed by the forces above and with 15 windy days in the run up to this clinic, surely we were in for a treat. Sadly, the Cape Doctor had other ideas and decided to take an early break leaving us with a truly abysmal forecast…gutted. However, having received a text message from big John the night before our departure saying something along the lines of “12-knot forecast and we still ended up with 4.2 weather” managed to revive some strength and spirit within the camp.

Oceansource Happy Bus

Oceansource Love Bus

Twelve hours and at least 5 packets of pretzels later we were on our way to Sunset Beach for the start of our big adventure. Only one person in the group had been here before so the atmosphere within the camp was very much a cocktail of curiosity and apprehension. Although pro windsurfers have been coming here for years, I guess one could argue that Cape Town hasn’t been fully established as a recreational windsurfing destination. After all, you need to have a proper understanding of how the wind works and where to find the best conditions of the day. Also, the conditions can get quite extreme so you need to be a fairly confident sailor with a good level of awareness. I think that for these exact reasons, it seemed logical to develop an adventure experience of this nature.

Morning Briefing

Morning Briefing

During the first couple of days we had relatively light 5.3-5.7 winds on starboard tack. John took us to the best beaches of the day whilst mixing it up with a general tour of Cape Town’s top windsurfing spots. With the majority of the group being more comfortable on starboard tack, the unusual conditions turned out to be a blessing as it provided us with the perfect opportunity to drag us out of hibernation and rediscover our fitness.

On the road!

On the road!

By the end of day 2 we had seen all the major windsurfing areas (as well as befriending the local Baboon population, more about that another time) and sailed Witsand and Platboom which are both located on the Cape in spectacular surroundings. Each day was topped off with a sumptuous meal either courtesy of The Kitesnest’s in-house braai or the local sushi or pizza parlor. One thing you will note about South Africa is that evening entertainment is fairly inexpensive which proves useful when trying to off-set your flight costs!

Warm-up session at Platboom

Warm-up session at Platboom

Apres-windsurf at the Red Herring

Apres-windsurf at the Red Herring

As the week progressed, the forecast suddenly turned in our favour and a couple of full-on windsurfing days beckoned. One of these days started right outside our door at Sunset Beach beach on 4.7 and as the wind picked up to 3.7 strength, it was time to pack our bags and head off to the more sheltered Melkbos. Here we were treated to a stunning sunset session and an impromptu forward looping crash course, unforgettable!

Sunset session at Melkbos

Sunset session at Melkbos

Video debrief

Video debrief

With spirits now riding high, the scene was set for a show-down at Platboom on the final day. All readings indicated a near perfect side-shore 30-knot beauty to leave us with the ultimate souvenir. Well, we weren’t disappointed as what we were presented with, was a breathtaking arena of ivory white sand, vibrant turquoise water and waves begging for a ride. Following the usual briefing from John, each group member took to the stage like a gladiator as they prepared to throw all what was left within them at the might of the oncoming tides. Two hours of glorious windsurfing passed before the intermission and thus freeing up John to ‘unleash the beast’ and demonstrate the true grit of a pro windsurfer.

Final show-down at Platboom

Final show-down at Platboom

John tearing it up at Platboom

John tearing it up at Platboom

This was the final day of the camp and by now we all had a fairly comprehensive flavour of what the attraction of Cape Town has been to so many windsurfers over the years. Suffice to say that personally, I’ve been fairly reluctant to travel to these shores, I guess partially due to my Dutch roots, but with Apartheid now becoming a fading memory and South Africa very much on the road to reform and equality, I felt it was my moral obligation to not only appreciate South Africa for its windsurfing prowess, but also for its natural beauty portrayed through its unique geography and people.

Greetings from the Cape!

Greetings from the Cape!

We’ll be back in 2012!
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Egypt Update

Just to inform you that we’re monitoring the situation in Egypt very closely. So far, the unrest has been mostly centred around the cities of Cairo, Alexandria and Suez.

The UK Foreign Office has advised that its still safe to travel to Sharm and the latest reports from El Tur, Dahab and Sharm indicate that life is very much running as normal. As soon as it is deemed unsafe to travel to Egypt, we will be informing those who have already booked with alternative programmes.

Its worth noting that the South Sinai region is very well protected by security and regular check-points are in place to deal with any suspect behaviour. The area has been mostly developed around tourism and the Egyptians who live there very much depend on this ongoing trade which is why the region is predicted to remain largely unaffected.

If you have any questions regarding your holiday to Egypt then please don’t hesitate to contact ed@oceansource.net or call +44 (0)1243 374615

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New Frontiers – Baja

Ok, so this place isn’t exactly new but ask anyone east of Manhatten whether they’ve been or even heard to Punta San Carlos (PSC), Baja, and you’re likely to get a subdued response. A pity really as this is one of those places that was created by the powers above and with action junkies in mind…….somewhere spiritual then.

Punta San Carlos

Welcome to Punta San Carlos!

Just over an hour’s flying south of San Diego by private propellor driven plane lies a camp like no other. This is a place that has been caressed and perfected over the year by a couple of ambitious Americans with an undying passion for the sports we love. They have literally made something out of nothing and turned it into one of the most unique experiences you could imagine be it for windsurfers, kitesurfers, SUP’ers, surfers or mountain bikers. A place so special, that when Jem Hall regular Nick Coleman was asked would he return, he simply responded “I’ll jump in a plane tomorrow without any hesitation”.

No mean feat really when you consider the travel time involved but again, its one of these places that seems to grab you without wanting to let go. Its therefore no wonder that UK wavesailing guru Jem Hall has been back 3 times fully loaded with a quiver and 10 very happy clients. This is what he had to say:

“Last August saw me enjoy my 3rd trip to PSC, Baja and my 2nd clinic. The first week was the photo-shoot and we kicked off the clinic on week 2. This place holds a special place in my heart and always steps up with the conditions, these are side off winds and waves from waist to logo or mast high, depending on the swell.

Jem Hall

Jem Hall smacking another lip

The trip involves a rendezvous in San Diego and then flying down the next day in 4-seater planes to arrive on a dirt runway right next to the camp when you are greeted, fed and in the water in 30 minutes, be it SUPing or wavesailing – straight away my crew and I know this is a special place.

SUPing

No wind? Time for a SUP...

We had a good swell that lasted for about 10 days of the 2 weeks and my crew learnt how to get out better, where and how to catch waves and of course how to ride them in style. The main break is not that threatening so you can get out or hit the lip and still come out intact, this worked well as 6 of my crew were relatively novice ‘down-the-line’ wavesailors and after a week or so they got right into the groove.

Chilli Bowl

Loving the riding!

During the clinic I would show the previous day’s footage in the morning and either before or after this people would be learning or improving their SUPing / surfing or taking guided MTB rides. The waterperson time really helped them understand waves more, which led to better wavesailing performance for them.

Mountain Biking at PSC

Mountain Biking at PSC

Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking at PSC

The side off winds that are around force 4 – 6 are not too strong which keeps the waves clean and the sails manageable for riding. There is lots of kit from RRD, Quattro and Goya, with sails from Ezzy and top of the range Streamline booms and the staff and myself are on hand to help you tune.

This trip saw Dave White join me to write a travel feature for Boards Mag and he was, as ever, taking plenty of pics which you may have seen throughout my technique series ‘Wannabe a wavesailor’. The crew really improved their riding and were tasked to smack the lip as often as possible and go for some one-handed top turns and first aerials.

Chilling

Time-out

Downwind from the main break is a much faster wave at the Chilli Bowl, which the more adventurous sailors took on and enjoyed the faster waves on offer and of course some swimming. The different waves on offer gave me a great opportunity to test my new RRD WaveCult Quad 92 which resulted in smiling faces all round as the board was working great, easy planing, flew upwind, quick and so much speed and grip in the turns.

You sleep in super comfy tents, get a warm shower and are well fed and watered all day / every day, and there are plenty of chill-out areas with shade. The food is amazing and a combo of US style and Mexican cooking and as the sun goes down plenty of tequila and cerveza (beer) is drunk to toast the days action.

Tequila

Lisa lining-up another rack

I was pushing my sailing hard to get good pics for my technique series but my crew were pushing equally hard so hats off to them and thanks. Well done, Lawrence and Marilyn, Joel and Sue, Jon and Sharon, Clive El Toro, Nick and Jeremy. And a big thanks to the Solosports crew and Oceansource.net for arranging my bookings.

2012 is already filling up and I cannot recommend this place enough for a holiday or a coaching clinic and as they say at down there…you just don’t know until you go : )

For more information or to make a booking enquiry, please visit:
http://www.oceansource.net/windsurfing_in_baja_california.asp

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Sharks…what sharks?

Before we inform you of an exciting new business development, we feel its appropriate to update you with some basic facts that will hopefully eradicate any concerns you may have in relation to the recent shark attacks in Sharm El Sheikh.

The areas where we operate our windsurfing and kitesurfing holidays (El Tur and now Moon Beach, Ras Sudr) are located along the Gulf of Suez which is a predominantly shallow lagoon and therefore unsuitable habitat for sharks due to the absence of deep water reefs.

Oceansource Resorts, West Sinai

Oceansource Destinations, West Sinai, Egypt

Sharks are attracted to areas with strong currents rich in marine life. Such systems prevail in the area of Sharm El Sheikh where the Gulf of Suez (west Sinai) and Gulf of Aqaba (east Sinai) meet the Red Sea. Hence Sharm has become a global attraction for diving and snorkelling alike, suffice to say that shark attacks are extremely rare in this part of the world.

All we are able to report at our locations are sightings of dolphins, turtles, the odd ray and the usual dose of exotic marine life including Clown Fish, Triggerfish, Groupers and Unicorn Leatherjackets. We have no record of any shark sightings (of any variety) to date so hope this will offer you some peace of mind when it comes to considering Egypt as your next holiday destination.

Anyway, onto business matters now and its our absolute pleasure to inform you that Oceansource has been selected as exclusive UK tour operator for providing windsurf and kitesurfing holidays to the rustic resort of Moon Beach, Egypt. For those who have yet to sample Moon Beach, this location is no newcomer to the scene but has recently changed hands and seen impressive developments.

Moon Beach

Turquoise seas and white sands, welcome to Moon Beach!

New owners and new investment has given birth to a completely new windsurf centre and beach bar located literally within a few meters from the water’s edge. Here you can enjoy a sandwich over a cold beer or fresh smoothie whilst you choose the perfect moment to hop back onto your board for yet another blast out to sea (you’ve lost count by this point).

The fabulous Moon Beach beach bar

The fabulous (new) Moon Beach beach bar

The conditions at Moon Beach are a blend of reliable cross-shore winds combined with mostly flat on the inside, to bump and jump as you reach further out to sea. Lesser known is that Moon Beach does actually offer decent waves and these can be found breaking into the next bay upwind from the main windsurfing area.

Two other aspects of Moon Beach which one could argue make this resort unique, is that you can enjoy yoga on a daily basis as provided by the fully qualified in-house instructors and perhaps the more documented fact that you can almost be guaranteed to be windsurfing with dolphins. Yes, dolphins can at times be seen in abundance in this part of Egypt and add an exciting dimension to your holiday experience.

Windsurfing with Dolphins

Windsurfing with Dolphins

As with El Tur, just two hours south from Moon Beach, the hotel in itself is basic but comfortable, and a welcome experience for those looking to avoid more touristic intensive spots such as Dahab. It really is a great place to relax and unwind without the pressures of tourist associated trades. It may not be the easiest resort to reach due to its isolation, but this shouldn’t detract from a no-nonsense, laid-back vibe that envelopes you within minutes of your arrival at your beachfront chalet.

Beach Chalet

Beach Chalet

The windsurfing centre at Moon Beach is very impressive indeed and makes use of some of the best brands in the industry. The location on the whole offers something for any level of sailor. Whether you are a complete beginner or advanced windsurfer, the centre’s RYA qualified instructors are on-hand all day every day to provide any group or individual coaching as and when required.

For those looking for a more intensive week of windsurfing, you may want to consider a windsurfing clinic with Phil Richards and Danielle Lucas, in March 2011. This will be a comprehensive, fun-filled week of coaching and entertainment provided by two of the most experienced windsurfers in Egypt. Details here:

http://www.oceansource.net/centre/clinics_getwindsurfing.asp

Moon Beach Freeride Heaven

Freeride Heaven

If you wish to sample Moon Beach for yourself in 2011 then please don’t hesitate to contact us on bookings@oceansource.net or call +44 (0)1243 374614.

By the way, latest news reports indicate that the beaches around Sharm El Sheikh have reopened and are therefore once again deemed to be safe.

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Habibi Beach Hotel Opens

I can’t actually believe I’m saying this (drumroll please)………but it’s my absolute pleasure to announce the opening of the long awaited and much anticipated wave beach hotel at Habibi Beach, El Tur, Egypt (officially named the Windhaven Hotel).

Team Oceansource has just returned form a four day stay as the first guests to sample a new standard in windsurfing and kitesurfing holidays at this somewhat spiritual location. Situated just 5 minutes drive upwind from the main hotel and centre in El Tur, the Windhaven enjoys a unique setting characterised by the only true wave beach in Egypt. The location offers spectacular scenery coupled with a sense of isolation and tranquility despite finding itself 10 minutes from the quintessentially Egyptian town of El Tur.

Windhaven Hotel

Windhaven Hotel / Copyright Oceansource.net 2010

The hotel boasts 24 detached rooms all decorated to a high standard using the finest Egyptian materials. Each room comes with its own minibar, safe and flat-screen TV offering a broad range of news and entertainment channels. The bathrooms include a full length bath complemented by quality Ideal Standard fixtures and fittings as well as an electrically heated shower.

Windhaven Hotel

Windhaven Hotel / Copyright Oceansource.net 2010

The rooms are sold on a half-board basis which includes a continental style breakfast and tasty evening meals that are served at your table – no buffet which makes a welcome change and a testament to the individuality of this hotel.

Windhaven Hotel

Egyptian Breakfast / Copyright Oceansource.net 2010

Beware though, if you’re expecting an all singing all dancing family friendly resort a la Swiss Inn Dahab, this isn’t it. The Windhaven is a tastefully styled boutique hotel that offers no particular frills other than fun and relaxation, the elixir of life! This is a place you visit to unwind in spectacular surroundings, a no news no shoes type approach. For those still requiring the digital umbilical cord, rest assured that WIFI Internet access is available within the main hotel building as well as 3G mobile connectivity.

So what’s the crack?

Well, in terms of windsurfing and kitesurfing action, Habibi Beach is a cross-onshore starboard tack location (wind coming from the right). This is by no means a beginner-intermediate venue as there are waves aplenty which can sometimes reach logo high (near the reefs) on big days. Its therefore fair to say that this place seperates the men from the boys especially as its rugged with shallow reefs at both ends of the bay, although one of these can only be reached if you sail well upwind. But, it has a large, shallow sandy section about 750m wide and no shore dump which makes Habibi special and extremely accessible.

Habibi Beach

Habibi Beach / Copyright Oceansource.net 2010 (Photo: Danielle Lucas)

The waves come rolling in at a gentle pace and with sufficient spacing to allow wide, swooping bottom turns whilst the launch area is protected by an upwind reef making it safe and easy to access without shore-dump. Its an ouststanding spot to get into wavesailing and combined with the flat conditions and point-break that we have down the road in Moses Bay makes El Tur, as we’ve always preached…the ‘Ultimate Windsurfing Playground’.

Contact bookings@oceansource.net or call +44 (0)1243 374615 to book your place now.
For more info, please visit www.oceansource.net

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Fabio Calo Wave Clinic

REPORT OF THE FABIO CALO WAVE CLINIC HELD IN MOULAY-MOROCCO FROM 3-TO 10 AUGUST 2010
By Fabio Calò

I had the honour of having on my first international wave clinic a fantastic crew of very keen windsurfers in Morocco from 3 to 10 August 2010. Our destination was Moulay, the famous Moroccan spot and home of the outstanding rider Boujmaa Guilloul. The clinic was organized by Oceansource and Mario Gozzetti, the Italian Oceansource representative. We had 10 participants which meant a sell-out for my first clinic abroad. The forecast was clear, wind for the first 3 or 4 days and waves for all the rest of the week. All the ingredients seemed to be there at our disposal for a wonderful experience!

Ho avuto l’onore di accompagnare un fantastico gruppo di ragazzi in Marocco dal 3 al 10 agosto. La nostra destinazione era Moulay, il famoso spot marocchino e casa del fortissimo rider Boujma Guilloul. Lo stage è stato organizzato da Oceansource.net e Mario Gozzetti, anche lui nel gruppo, era “l’interfaccia” italiana di questa agenzia inglese. 10 iscritti e quindi un “sold out “per questo mio primo stage all’estero. Le previsioni parlavano chiaro e davano vento per i primi 3-4 giorni e onda per tutta la settimana… le premesse c’erano davvero tutte per una super vacanza!

Moulay Clinic Group

Moulay Clinic Group

We met at Milan Malpensa airport. The group came from all over Italy (Carolina and Fulvio from Sicily, Antonio from Piedmont, Marco and Tommy from Garda Lake, Andrea from Piacenza and Mario from Milan) and we even had Jenny and Mark from Brighton waiting for us in Moulay. Our flight was on time and after 3 hours and a half we landed in AGADIR where a van and a Mercedes taxi were waiting for us. We arrived at Moulay in the middle of the night and went immediately to bed. The wind was already blowing. In the morning we truly realised where we were. The house, Bouj Beach House is basic but we had all we needed (kitchen, patio, shower-room, comfortable beds, storage for the kits and a panoramic terrace with a full view on the spot). Breakfast was at Lawama, the bar/restaurant/guest house managed by the local rider Fettah and his wife Barbara, it is very clean and relaxing (it had just been restructured). The terrace of Lawama is unique, you are on top of the spot with a fantastic aerial view and you can check-out the conditions, understand how the spot works, taking pictures and videoing.

Il 3 agosto incontro il mio gruppo a Malpensa, i ragazzi provengono un po’ da tutta Italia, arriva anche l’accoppiata siciliana composta da Carolina e Fulvio (di Messina), che ci stavano già aspettando da un bel po’ di tempo (loro a Milano ci sono dovuti venire in aereo…). Il nostro volo è puntualissimo e dopo 3 ore e mezza arriviamo ad Agadir dove c’erano un furgone e un taxi ad aspettarci. Arriviamo a Moulay a notte fonda e si va tutti subito a dormire, il vento soffia già forte. Al mattino ci rendiamo conto dove siamo finiti. La casa che ci accoglie, la Bouj House, è spartana ma abbiamo tutto quello che ci serve (cucina, bagno, letti comodi, rimessaggio, cortile e una super terrazza da cui controllare lo spot). Ci dirigiamo immediatamente a fare colazione al Lawama, il bar-ristorante-guest house gestito da Fettah e Boujma, molto pulito e accogliente (è stato appena ristrutturato a causa di un incendio che nel 2009 lo ha praticamente distrutto). La terrazza del Lawama è qualche cosa di unico, praticamente sei sopra lo spot e puoi controllare, fotografare, riprendere tutto!

Lawama Restaurant

Lawama Rooms & Restaurant

After a tasty breakfast we went to collect our toys at Bouj Windsurf Adventure (the windsurfing center managed by Boujmaa and Fettah) where everyone assesses what material to choose. The center has a wide range of 2010 Starboard boards from 70 to 103 litres, Quads, Evos, Kodes, etc and Severne Sails from 3.7 to 5.3.  Almost everyone’s choice is for the Quads. Day 1 arrives to an end very quickly with many hours in the water and video footage. I followed my “kids” as a shadow in the water and showed them the right timing and moves for wave-riding and jumping better. We were also trying the first forward loops and in general more controlled jumps; after the “theory” we started the video footage. After a quick shower, a well deserved dinner at Lawama and video feed-back as dessert! The same lay-out for the following 3 days, where waves and wind allowed everyone to put the theory in practice and the improvements were noticeable already by day 2, thanks also to the videoing and evening video feed-back with a “refresh” in the morning at breakfast. Looking back at the very first video sessions, progress is undeniable for everyone.

Dopo l’abbondante colazione ci dirigiamo verso il Bouj Windsurf Adventure (scuola noleggio di Boujma e Fettah) e i ragazzi iniziano a prendersi il materiale in base al loro peso e statura. A disposizione di tutti ci sono tavole Starboard 2010 dai 70 litri ai 103 (Quad, Kode, Evo, etc..) e vele Severne dalla 3.7 alla 5.7, Ce ne davvero per tutti i gusti. Quasi tutti i ragazzi optano per il Quad. La prima giornata trascorre velocemente con tante ore in acqua e riprese. Io ho seguito i ragazzi come un ombra in acqua e ho fatto vedere loro i corretti movimenti per impostare la surfata e i salti. Con qualcuno abbiamo anche cercato di iniziare a provare i primi Forward e in generale a controllare meglio i salti. Poi sono passato alle riprese video.

Finita la giornata doccia veloce, tutti a cena al Lawama e poi analisi dei video per capire e vedere gli errori . Il giorno dopo ancora vento e stesso lay out della giornata precedente. Il terzo e quarto giorno sempre onda e vento e ho messo a dura prova la resistenza dei ragazzi che comunque non hanno esitato a stare il più tempo possibile in acqua e risultati si sono visti fin dal secondo giorno, grazie anche alle utilissime riprese e analisi serali dei video (con anche un “richiamo” al mattino durante la colazione…).

Moulay Wave Action

Moulay Wave Action

On day 5 and 6 the wind abandoned us, but not the waves! we were able to surf and SUPing. After an astounding week the forecast looked good for an additional four days, so staying around for a couple of more days became an interesting option for those of us who were able to changed the flight.

Gli ultimi due giorni non abbiamo avuto la fortuna di avere il vento ma le onde non sono mancate e quindi tutti in acqua con il surf e il SUP. Terminata la settimana abbiamo saputo che c’era una buona previsione per i successivi 4 giorni, quindi chi ha potuto ha spostato il volo e abbiamo continuato con altre giornate di windsurf e divertimento.

Moulay Bouzerktoun

Moulay Bouzerktoun

The experience of this wave clinic has been extremely good, we windsurfed in a perfect spot for this type of wave clinic. Everyone was very committed and improved and understood what is the “homework” in order to improve. The video footage was a very powerful tool. The organization of Oceansource has been perfect and we spent our time on the spot of Moulay, living the local traditions and culture. At Lawama we had breakfast, lunch and dinner and had a wonderful place to chill out. The equipment of Bouj Windsurf Adventure is very good and the material more than adequate, the team of Boujmaa is very clever and fast to repair the boards…

L’esperienza di questo Wave Clinic è stata molto positiva, abbiamo fatto windsurf tutti insieme in uno spot fantastico e perfetto per questo tipo di stage. Tutti i ragazzi si sono impegnati e hanno tutti migliorato in qualche cosa e capito cosa fare per raggiungere i propri obiettivi. Le riprese video sono risultate essenziali e fondamentali, davvero uno strumento didattico irrinunciabile. L’organizzione di Oceansource è stata perfetta e abbiamo trascorso una bellissima settimana vivendo sullo spot di Moulay a stretto contatto con la popolazione e tradizioni locale. Al Lawama abbiamo sempre fatto colazione, pranzo e cena mangiando bene e passando dei bellissimi momenti in compagnia. L’attrezzatura del Bouj Windsurf Adventure era impeccabile e anche se i ragazzi hanno messo a dura prova e resistenza i materiali non abbiamo avuto nessun problema… il team di Boujma è molto bravo e veloce nel riparare le tavole…

Bouj Windsurf Adventures

Bouj Windsurf Adventures

If you are looking to take your wavesailing to the next level as well, we suggest you take a look at Fabio’s 2011 clinic, details here:
http://www.oceansource.net/moulay/fabio_calo_clinic_EN.asp

Per migliorare il vostro windsurfing Vi aspettiamo tutti al prossimo Wave Clinic con Fabio :
http://www.oceansource.net/moulay/fabio_calo_clinic_IT.asp

A presto,  stay tuned…

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