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post Mar 15 2006, 11:11 AM
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The sun starts to rise above the lush green hills of the British Virgin Islands. It is warm and a slight breeze rustles through the palm leaves. We are shown to our 42’Catermeran that we chartered from BVI Yacht Charters, (The Manager at this facility kiteboards) and started to prepare for a 10 day search for the ultimate kiteboard location around the British Virgin Islands. We set off sailing in about 20knt winds towards Norman Island where we anchored for the night to party at the Famous Willy T floating Bar. This is located on the leeward side of the island. The food is excellent and the island cocktails are a must also. Waking in the morning early we move onward towards Cooper Island, and a Bay named Manchioneel. After anchoring, I inflated my 13m Kite on the bow of the Cat’. Winds were pushing 25knts and consistent. Launching from the boat was a little sketchy, however with the “Turbo Launcher” I picked up before I left, made it pretty easy. The water was flat and winds were cranking as I ripped around an aqua blue arena of warm tropical H2O. Later that afternoon, we set sail once again to trek north to Virgin Gorda. Winds were 25knts and the sail was complimented by a couple of well-deserved cold ones after a great session. We reached The Bitter End Marina later that day and were welcomed by a Dock assistant who was into kiting. This Bay of Gorda Sound is one of the most popular kiting locations due to the reef protection that protects Eustatia Isle. The area is super flat and is at the windward side of the island. The other launches are at a point on Prickly Pear Island, also in the Bay of Gorda sound. We ate that night at the Bitter End British Pub……awesome inexpensive Chicken Rotis here, but Drinks are pretty expensive. This was the first facility that offered Kiteboarding Instruction and gear at Carib Kiteboarding. The guys here are cool and laid back and totally stoked on the sport. Awaking after a night of socializing at the pubs, we anchored off of Prickly Pear Island and hung out at the Sand Bar Restaurant. This has a perfect sandy beach to launch from, and no reef to deal with. Once again the wind was 15-20knts. Kiting by myself, nicely lit on my 13m and the Bay to myself…..does it get any better… Trunking it in tropical style!!!! This was definitely a better spot than the previous location. Later that day we decided to go north 13miles into the Caribbean Sea……to an Island called ANEGADA . As we sail north on the correct heading, the Island is not visible due to the Fact that it is only 28 feet above sea level, 11 miles long and 3 miles wide. The word Anegada means means “Drowned Land “, and you can see why as you get closer. My first site of this magical Caribbean Secret was…flat coral island+tropical blue water+ very little trees to disrupt wind+miles of soft white sand=Kiteboarding Paradise. We set anchor in a leeward bay called Setting Point. Anegada only has 120 people living here so there are very few people visible at this point. We go ashore to a beach bar called Potters By The Sea. With a cold frosty in my hand I spent a while reading comments and signatures of the many travelers that had visited. Looking further I notice several stickers from the Real Kiteboarding Crew. Now I know this place must be good!. This Island supplies all of BVI with lobster, so if you like Lobster….pick a 5 pounder and enjoy. The attitude of this island is so laid back it is almost stopped, so nightlife is what you make of it. 7Am and I am up making coffee eager to explore this Kiteboarding playground. The night before, Liston(owner of Potters) was kind enough to fill me in on all I needed to know for a epic day on Anegada. Having all the info on the island, we rented a pickup truck for $80 a day and started to patrol around the dust ridden roads. Our first stop was a bay called Pometo point. This bay has a good launch site and is on the leeward side of island with side off wind conditions. Winds were 15-20knts and riding was good. Beautiful aqua blue water with scattered coral heads made this session , a great starter for the day ahead. A little drive and rounding the west end of the island is a bay called Cow Wreck Beach. On the approach, we notice some beautiful little beach houses nettled close to palm trees and bordered by a sea of Blue. A restaurant and beach bar is located here too. Owned and operated by Tieka Warren.This area is called cow wreck villas. I start to investigate the area and quickly conclude that this is a perfect setup for the best kiteboard location I have been to. Chatting with Tieka, I was informed that a crew from Best was here for 2 weeks just before I arrived checking this area out too. As I pumped my kite I was so stoked about this beach. Potential!, Potential!, Potential!. This bay is perfect for beginners to advanced. There is a sandy point for a safety buffer at the west end of the bay for downwinders. In the distance is a barrier reef for protection or play. The reef creates glassy butter on the inside and waves from small to large. Wind is generally side onshore and is perfect for this bay. The water is pretty shallow and coral heads are once again scattered beneath. Anegada, is surrounded by 18 miles of reef, being on of the longest in the world and a great buffer for beginners. I did not want to come off the water as I had this whole playground to myself, but knew that there could be better bays ahead. We ate lunch and chatted some more with Tieka. Next stop………..Bones Bight. This Bay is on the windward side and is close to Cow wreck. How can it get better?…….it does, as we drive up this little laneway to another empty bay only bigger, and even a little more visually appealing. The only setback here is a rougher launch. Rocky waters edge and very little beach made this a little tougher to lauch, but do-able. I chose to use my “Turbo Launcher” again and it worked great for this area. You can launch here assisted but might be tough for beginners. The bay is blocked by the mighty 18 mile barrier. On the water I had time to recap on the trip so far. All the islands are special in there own way, from being the only boat nestled in a panoramic paradise to partying it up at one of the many beach bars. Anegada, however topped them all. This island should be the kite capital of the world in my view. Natural beauty complimented by great people, uncrowned kiting spots and all the wind you can handle. Oh yes….and the Lobster is world class at Potters! Later that night as a sat on the boat watching the sunset, I felt quite privileged to have been able to experience the Island of Anegada……and yes I will definitely be back. The trip continued southerly to various other islands, however, nothing came close to the paradise they call Anegada.
SUMMARY: This trip was by far the best trip I have taken yet. I did not have any expectations of the kiteboarding quality, and came away totally amazed. The kiting from the boat would be recommended for experienced kiters due to the launching and limited beach access. Anegada is perfect for beginner- expert and is complimented with a relaxed atmosphere and plenty of wind. We were there for 10 days and had 1 day of no wind. I took a 13m kite and my new Best 131 Drive and kited everyday there was wind. Travel can either be by Catermeran, or fly into Tortola and take a ferry to Anegada for $50.
PROS: wind almost everyday
Great climate and scenery
No crowds
Great food
Island time mentality
And last but not least…..some of the best kiting I have done.
CONS: Food can be pretty pricey
Accommodation is average to high
Limited retail (so bring extra gear)
Flight can be a little sketchy with delays etc.(just remember…..”Island Time”)
Should have taken booties for coral.
Lack of beaches to launch from in the BVI’s
Charter boat can get awkward to launch from.

Potters By The Sea(284) 495-9182 Anegada
T&A’s Bike Rental (284) 443-2859 Anegada
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