Tobago Kitesurfing Guide

Need to know (quick facts)
Airport Code: TAB
Average wind strength: 14-22 knots
Best Months: Mid Dec to Mid June
Cost Factor: Mid
Local Centre: Radical Sports
Local pros: Orion Jakerov, Jack Azar, Brett Kenny
Booking Agent: Vela www.velakitesurf.com

It really is a lifestyle here in Tobago; uncrowded flat water conditions with waveriding options on the outer reef, island vibes with modern amenities to make you truly relax between sessions.

THE SCENE
Tobago offers something for everybody with relatively flat turquoise waters with a white-sand bottom, perfect for beginners, free riders and foil boarders, as well as plenty of wave options on the outer reefs. Best of all the area is mostly quiet and uncrowded on the water so you can really relax on your holiday. SUP surf options, bio-luminescence tours, surfing, mountain biking, great snorkel and scuba spots.

Tobago Kiteboarding Guide

RIDING LOCATIONS:
Buccoo Reef Marine Park, with a launch and kitesurf center locatedat Pigeon Point Park: Flatwater in low tide and wave options in Boca,
Channel Reef and Super Cool. Some restricted areas in the marine park but lots of open space. Little Rockley Bay or Lambeau are 15 minutes away by car.

WHERE TO EAT:
The food here can be spicy but really tasty. Doubles is a favourite among the locals and visitors alike. I don’t know many places that have
hot sauce as a key ingredient in a breakfast food but it’s with a try. Try the fresh fish and roti too. Fresh fish served daily seaside at Tobago Paradise and Sea Food Grill. Jade Monkey is a great hangout every night with the Shade Open Air Night club open from Thursday to Saturday for the people hungry for late night party scene.

CONDITIONS: 14-22 knots is the norm from mid-December to end of June.

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE: Onshore and side onshore winds best from mid-December to the end of February, sideshore from March to June. April to June are almost empty. Some days there are no more than five people on the water.

Tobago kitesurfing

Guests relax at the Vela location in Tobago.

MUST DO:
Pigeon Point has it all but Lambeau or Little Rockley Bay is fun also with waves for double-up boosting. Also, Vela plan to start assisted downwinders mid-December 2015. If you’re there around the new moon the stand-up paddle bio tour is pretty sweet. Try the local food and fish for sure, if there is a swell around go surf. If it’s big there are a ton of options and all pretty sick waves.

GETTING THERE: The airport is located two minutes from the local area of Crown Point where a variety of B&B’s, hotels, bars and restaurants can be found. The kite spot is 5 minutes by car or 15 minutes by bicycle. Flights from the US and Canada can often be found under $500 roundtrip. Guests from North America and beyond can contact booking agents at Vela Resorts. 800-223-5443 – [email protected] –  www.velakitesurf.com/tobago

Brett Kenny, born and raised in the twin islands Trinidad and Tobagohas a passion for watersports. He brought Radical Sports five years ago and rebuilt the experience.