We just got back from a wonderful trip to the Cook Islands. We arrived in Rarotonga for 3 days of adventure and kiteboarding. It is such and amazing place. Our hotel was perfectly located for multiple adventures. Snorkeling, SUP, Beach walk, Lagoon tour, Sunbath, Beverages, Kiteboarding, Sailing, island hiking and more. We hooked up with the local kite and water sports operator of the low down and guidance for kiteboarding on Rarotonga. They are wonderful people and they know their stuff.
The island was very clean and the visitors and the locals were so friendly … it makes you want to move there. Rarotonga is 2 thumbs up. We traveled around the island in the afternoon and evenings. Local island micro brewery has a wonderful selection of beers to taste and purchase. The island community is very hospitable and exhibits a young fresh attitude.
on the third day we took and Island hopper jet to the island of Aitutaka, aka: Honeymoon Island. This has got to be one of the most beautiful places on earth. The islands ocean lagoon is breathtaking. Words can not describe how beautiful it is. The hotels we stayed in where beach bungalow style units, and they were wonderful and clean. The service was great and the atmosphere was relaxing. The food is wonderful and fresh with the island theme and plenty of fresh seafood.
The watersports operator we booked with, Quentin, took us under his guidance and made sure we had the time of our lives. Snorkeling with giant clams, huge Napoleon fish and hundreds of reef fish filled the warm, clear, water, that is the playground of Aitutaki. Kiteboarding is off the charts beautiful, with white sand below the crystal waters that are only waist deep for easy entry and riding. Flat water riding in paradise with a bbq on sight and a relaxation zone to shade yourselves between sessions. When there is no wind , the watersports operator was quick to offer wakeboarding as the sport.
I will cut this short for now… Way to many good things to talk about. Details to follow.
Cook Islands – Rarotonga and Aitutaki … Must Do this trip.
Now that the kite boarding season is fast approaching, It’s time to pull that gear out and develop the fundamental skills that maximize safety and success, and minimize on frustration and risk.
These skills can be practiced in much lighter wind than you think. You can perform land practice with most kites in 5- 10mph winds. Make sure you make good choices and practice in Slow winds, with Soft terrain and plenty of Open Space and with Shoes and a Helmet.
First Rule: Understand how your kites safetey system functions and make sure the control bar is designed to work with your kite.