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Bonaire Activities::: Windsurfing

If you're looking for some fun and adrenaline Bonaire's windsurfing offers just that. Join forces with the stream of archetypal 'dudes' and 'dudettes' with sun kissed skin and long hair that flock to Bonaire. Their reason for being here is different from the flamingo's however. Bonaire's windsurfing conditions are ridiculously ideal. You'd think that windsurfing was invented because of Bonaire...

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Bonaire WindsurfingHow so? Bonaire experiences steady easterly trade winds which are broken by the islands topography to provide various levels that match your windsurfing skill (or lack of!). The west side of the island is protected from winds but for the stronger and more experienced windsurfers the winds can carry you close to Klein Bonaire. The sailing club is located on this side of the island. The vast 'migration' of windsurfers is however to Lac Bay. Even seeing the sandy beaches and shimmering turquoise waters of Lac Bay with its dark ocean horizon and neighbouring leafy green mangroves is a treat in itself. But for windsurfers that's only the icing on the cake and you'll soon realise why this is windsurf mecca. Lac Bay is located on the easterly concave side of the island resulting in ninety percent chance of favourable winds. Add to this a similar percentage of sun and an eight square kilometre bay that creates natural skill zones and 'voila' windsurfing heaven.

Bonaire windsurfing newbie? Don't worry, Lac Bay is protected by the Bonaire Marine Park so it's free from boat traffic. The protective barrier reef creates a natural enclave from waves and is knee deep so you can fall to your heart's content and get up no problem. The most inexperienced tend to stick close to the beach.

Bonaire windsurfing connoisseur? Check out the blue/green swells where the wind picks up but where the topography still protects against the worst of the waves.

Bonaire windsurfing pro? Venture out to Lac Bay's outer reaches for a greater challenge. There the consistent uncensored trade winds and deep blue mast-high swells make for an unparalleled experience!

 

As well as location there is the added factor of season. These being simply the high wind and light wind seasons. This means you can further customise your Bonaire windsurfing experience. The high wind season is from mid December through August and the light wind season is from September to mid December.

Now if you've dribbled on your keyboard it's probably time to tell you where to start. First of all there is Jibe city which uses Bic equipment and then its neighbour The Place which uses Mistral equipment. They both offer top quality equipment and all levels of instruction:

Bonaire Windsurfing Companies Telephone/Fax
Bonaire Windsurf Place 717 2288 / 717 5279
Jibe City 717 5233 717 4455

Professional competitions run throughout the windy season but the Regatta Week celebrated every October takes place in the light wind season. During this week there are sailboat and windsurfing races to partake in or marvel at.

Finally because Lac Bay is part of the Bonaire National Marine Park it is protected and will thankfully not be further developed. So the treasure is safe from the hands of greedy fingers. Any use of the waters of Bonaire Marine National Park (the entire fringing reef system around Bonaire is a national park) requires a fee of $10 for windsurfers or snorkelers and $25 for scuba divers which is for nature conservation (so your children can come here too!) Tags give complimentary access to Washington-Slaagbai National Park, are valid for one year and available at water sport operations on Bonaire.


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