Go With The FLOW

Duncan Slater

Go With The FLOW...
Go With The FLOW...

Amy Carter at For Ladies Of Windsurfing (FLOW) is proud to announce Go With The FLOW – Cape Verde Clinic with Nayra Alonso…

FLOW goes international holding their first action packed, but relaxed week for female windsurfers on the beautiful, unspoiled island of Sal, Cape Verde.

The world class breaks of Cape Verde are often misconceived as too tricky or hardcore for many, especially the ladies, however as British born CV local, Vickey Abbott can confirm the island has a lot more to offer than the most talked about break.

Sal is a great destination for water sports of all kinds. Although, thanks to its recent inclusion on the PWA wave tour, Sal is now widely known for Ponta Preta with its perfect and large cross off shore waves.

Sal also hosts a large variety of conditions from flat freeride to cross-onshore bump-and-jump / mellow waves to perfect cross-offshore waveriding of all sizes. The north-easterly trade winds kick in towards the end of September and blow until usually the 1st of July when the doldrums creep up and the calm hot summer starts. The wind is generally fairly light averaging 15-20 knots, strongest in the months of Jan – June. Due to the diminutive size of the island all spots are within 20mins of the town allowing multiple sessions at different locations throughout the day.’

The week organised by FLOW founder, Amy Carter, and Vickey, director of Cape Verde Imports, will combine yoga, windsurfing, surfing, SUP and many other day/evening activities, making the most of all the island has to offer on and off the water.

Top PWA competitor and approachable, experienced coach Nayra Alonso will be on hand all week to offer an abundance of coaching sessions and top tips. As a highly skilled wavesailor Nayra is an excellent instructor at all levels, to make the most of both Nayra’s abilities and the fantastic range of conditions we are aiming the week at experienced female windsurfers, who are comfortable planing, waterstarting, ideally having windsurfed on the sea, wanting to build confidence in waves, and get into/improve their wavesailing. Don’t worry we are not looking for pros, we just want to make sure that all women attending will be able to make the most of the conditions, just drop us an email to discuss further.

“I am super-excited about running this clinic along with Amy and Vickey. They are both really enthusiastic water women and I am sure they are organizing a hell of a holiday for the girls that will join the clinic!!. The aim is to help girls to start getting into the waves or improve their wave sailing skills. When it comes to waves there is as much ability and technique involved as mental preparation. We would help you trying to get more comfortable on the waves and try to get your riding and jumping better, feeling confident about it and going one step farther.” Nayra Alonso

Condition dependent the trip will also include the opportunity to learn/improve your surfing and SUP skills, meaning what ever the weather we will be able to hit the water. Off the water we will relax and restore our muscles with a series of yoga sessions, giving all the opportunity to unwind before the rest of the days activities. Of course all waterwomen also love great food and drink, the odd adventure, exploring and the odd bit of shopping, all this plus more will be available, island style.

Accommodation:

Will be in the Surf Activity guest house which is situated on the east side of Santa Maria town, 200mtres from the majority of the windsurfing centres and 5mins walk from the centre of the town. The surf house is run by a very friendly Italian Windsurfer who loves to welcome people to Cape Verde for the water sports and he and his wife are always delighted to help. The atmosphere that has been created here is very friendly, hospitable and the rooms themselves are kept clean and tidy. Please check out the website www.surfactivity.it it’s in Italian but the pictures tell you all you need to know! The rooms vary but all have a double and single bed with ensuite, there is a communal kitchen with cooker/oven/fridge, freezer and a dining table and sofa area.

Clinic Details

Dates: 12th – 18th March 2012

Price: £850 – £1000 (dependent on participants and exact package) to include coaching, food, accommodation, kit rental, transfer, vehicle hire and fuel.

We are recommending a UK flight with Thomson, but can assist with flight bookings from any location.

Package is flexible and can be individually tailored to dates/needs of each participant.

Minimum windsurfing level requirements comfortable planing, able to keep upwind, waterstarting, experience of windsurfing on the sea/coping with shorebreak.

Minimum of 6, maximum of 8 places available.

The clinic will rely on a minimum of 6 women confirming their entry by no later than 1/12/2011.

Once minimum entry has been reached the clinic plans will be finalised allowing entrants to book their own flights after this date.

Please do not book your flight until we have confirmed the clinic has 6 entrants.

For further details and full booking information please email amy@flowindsurfing.com – full information will of course be online at www.flowatersports.com

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