Ride Antigua Kiteboarding Festival Takes Off at Nonsuch Bay in May

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Nonsuch Bay has announced they are teaming up with local Antigua experts 40 Knots Kitesurfing & Windsurf School to launch Ride Antigua – a four-week kiteboarding festival that takes place between May 20 and June 14, 2013.

Ride Antigua will also be the first such event of its kind for the island, where novice to seasoned kitesurf enthusiasts have an opportunity to learn with Ozone Kites pro surfer and Antigua resident Jake Kelsick out on the fine aquatic conditions that Nonsuch Bay enjoys.

Ride Antigua will be supported by leading outfitters Ozone Kites and Crazy Fly Kiteboards, and features a five-day program each week with separate levels of instruction from beginner to advanced techniques. Included is access to the full range of 40 Knots equipment and the opportunity to test the latest equipment from kite and board manufacturers Ozone Kites and Crazy Fly Kiteboards.

“Zero to Hero” classes for beginners will take guests from theory and safety, equipment rigging and kite control onto water starts and cruising on the board. Tuition for the intermediates will improve their upwind riding and transitions and work on techniques such as toe side riding and air gybes.

Jake and the instructors will help more advanced kitesurfers work on their techniques such as jumps, rotations, grabs, handle-passes and directional board riding.

Ride Antigua also caters for kitesurfers traveling with partners: other daytime activities available include the three infinity pools or lounging on the resort’s beach, other sailing and paddling watersports with tuition, or snorkeling in the clear waters of uninhabited Green Island. The resort also offers a full range of in-room spa treatments.

The rate for Ride Antigua for those traveling without their own equipment is $1,860 per person for seven nights accommodation, full breakfast and picnic lunch daily and the five day kitesurfing program with 40 Knots. The equivalent rate for those using their own equipment is $1,560 and $970 for non-kitesurfers.

Nonsuch Bay, www.nonsuchbayresort.com