Every two weeks or so I have to sit down for many hours and craft a story of our most recent adventure. Sometimes they write themselves, other times they are a real grind. Jody (our photographer and my partner) has to spend hours getting all the photos ready. After over a decade of traveling the world by sail seeking out wind and waves we realized we’ve got a lot of information stored away that might be of interest to fellow adventure-seekers. But we don’t really have a place to easily share what we’ve learned. Well, we’re hoping this new blog is the answer. We’re going to try to make the blog informative, interesting, visually stunning, and our ultimate goal- to inspire and motivate people to get out there. Be it on water, in the air, or somewhere in between- it’s a great big wonderful world out there. So here we go, the top 10 places to kite that we’ve found on our world tour. Thus far 40,000 + miles, 40 countries, 131 locations, over 90 of them virgin.
10) Bazaruto, Mozambique. Ranks easily in the top 3 spot on the expedition thus far as the place has it all- incredible paragliding and insane kiting and beauty in reserve. It would be higher on the list if the wind season was longer and more reliable, but we scored some very very nice days. Can’t argue with just flat out beauty. Check out some insane images that Jody shot from her paraglider.
9) Barbuda, Caribbean. We spent nearly a week with Shannon Best, Clinton Bolton, Stacey Fonas and Alex Brown in this remote outpost in an otherwise very busy cruising area. If you like flat water kiting, it doesn’t get much better.
8) San Blas, Panama. Now that I’m writing this I’m surprised to put another spot in the top ten that was in the Caribbean as the clear overall favorite region is definitely the Pacific, but for wind there is hardly more reliable than the San Blas and the culture was magical. It’s the postcard spot- sand islets, palm trees, aquamarine water- bliss.
7) Los Roques, Venezuela. This was our favorite place in the Caribbean by far, and the only place that is similar in some ways to the much larger, much more remote Pacific. We didn’t score a lot of waves, but the sand cays just scream kiting.
6) Atolls, French Polynesia. We traveled through this rather remarkable area of French Polynesia (sorry, made an oath to not give the specifics) with Moehau Goold, Mauricio Abreu, Clinton Bolton and Josh Mulcoy and scored some of the best waves of the expedition. Difficult to get to, logistically incredibly challenging, unbelievably remote, insanely beautiful and wicked sharky- it’s an awesome place to have an adventure. Hint- it’s NOT Tahiti, or any of the other well known islands (even though we say “Tahiti” in the film).
5) Raivavae, Austral Islands, French Polynesia. This one is way up here in the #5 spot for two reasons- there is hardly any other way to get there except by offshore yacht, and the wind CRANKS. Add to that quite possibly the most stunning island in all of the Pacific (yes, even over Bora Bora) and absolute solitude…and a lot of Humpback whales, and there you have Raivavae.
4) Anakao, Madagascar. This only gets #4 rating for the consistency and quality of the wave. Flameballs is an incredible machine-like left hander. But for much of our visit the winds were too offshore. The anchorage is rolly, and without a yacht it’s a hell of a place to get to. But god, when it’s on- it is SO SO on. Watch out for malaria…
3) Micronesia (Pohnpei and Kosrae). This fertile region in the middle of nowhere holds a lot of secrets and we can’t give them all away either. Ranks up there at the number two slot for rainfall- IN THE WORLD. But in the windy season you can expect to score some serious waves, some amazing flatwater, plenty of fish, lots of manta rays, and a heap of jet lag. Another spot on this list that is seriously difficult to get to, but worth the effort.
2) Cargados Shoals. This is the hardest to reach place on the list. Smack dab in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the only way to get in is by offshore sailing yacht. There is a small coast guard station and nearly 50 miles of shoals which are a kiters playground. Flatwater galore, blew 20 knots solid day and night for the two weeks we were there, and getting a solid left hand wave pushes Cargados into the #2 position. Amazing.
1) Marshall Islands. This wasn’t a hard one to choose. If it wasn’t such a difficult place to provision and get around we might still be there. Remote is an understatement. It’s also quite an uncomfortable place to sail around- the anchorages are exposed and the wind nukes every December through April, which makes getting back to Majuro, the only place to get anything pretty rough going. But we found our guests, who included Pete Cabrinha, Kristin Boese, Mauricio Abreu, and Moehau Goold very willing to put up with the discomfort in return for easily the best kiting of the expedition. Radical waves, clean wind, enchanting locals, massive fish, pristine untouched coral. The next time around on the Best Odyssey II we may just plant ourselves there for a year!
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