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post Mar 27 2004, 11:45 AM
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Hello All,

I have just arrived on the Island of Bonaire where I will meet Sky Solbach, World Cup and Gasstra International rider for two weeks of
training before I head home the second week of April. Since kiteboarding
is banned on most of bonaire, the only kiteboarding spot on the island offers strong offshore winds. We plan on traveling to near-by Aruba and
Curacao. I will take part in a crossing from Curacao to Aruba, a distance
of 120 miles. Everyone is planning on using double lines and we will have
a chase boat.

I have spent the last two weeks aboard the sailboat Sea Star. We sailed
to islands such as Margarita amd Los Roques. We also landed on a couple of islands that offered perfect shallow waters and beaches but we have
not had much wind and not much riding has taken place. During the period
when it was windy, I suffered and extermely brusied heel from one to many hard landing and a bad case of Caribean flue, not much fun. The fishing has been great, with lots of lobster and large 20-30 lbs. snapper.

Now that I have email access, I will try to post regular updates on these two weeks. Hanging around some of the pro riders, it is interesting to see how the riding has evolved. I have a feeling it is going to be an exciting year on the World Cup. Some of the latest new moves will truly take the
sport to the next level. The latest rage is unhooked one handed power loops with graps.

I am looking forward to retunring home and riding with everyone. It sounds like a lot of people are riding already. Ride safe and I hope to see a lot of you on the water soon.

Best Regards,

Joe Bidawid
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post Mar 30 2004, 12:56 PM
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Hey Joe,

Sounds like a cool trip. Careful with those barracudas if you have any shiny piercings through your privates.

You got to just chill and enjoy it down there as much as possible while you can...hopefully you'll get some good riding in before you come back north...but don't worry dude you'll get plenty of riding up here this summer. If you want wind pop over to Costa Rica, it's been blowing in the 30's almost all winter!

I'm really interested to speak with you about your impressions of Margarita, and the nearby Venezuelan waters, your experience on the sailboat, etc. I'm thinking of doing something like that soon (running kitesurfing trips off a catamaran)

The crossing idea sounds pretty bold, especially without a chase boat close by. 120 miles is a long way to be holding one tack!

have a safe ride and SAIL FAST

roberto villate
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JoeBidawid   Travel Update from the Lower Antilles   Mar 27 2004, 11:45 AM
  Just curious, how did you happen to go on this tri...   Mar 27 2004, 11:58 AM
Steve Martin   That was me. The fourm is not automatically loggi...   Mar 27 2004, 11:59 AM
jlatino   Thanks for the memories   Mar 27 2004, 02:04 PM
JoeBidawid   Crossing   Mar 30 2004, 11:13 AM
JoeBidawid   Update No 2   Mar 30 2004, 11:30 AM
JoeBidawid   Launching from a boat.   Apr 8 2004, 10:51 AM
JoeBidawid   Update no. 3   Apr 8 2004, 11:04 AM
Windkiter   I'm kinda jealous Joe   Apr 8 2004, 10:33 PM
skysurfr   Lines.   Apr 9 2004, 12:05 PM

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