Check out this amazing competition from Explora Morocco. They are offering a place on their Kite Progression Camp at their base in Essaouira running from 17th October for one lucky winner.
The first prize includes
- Return transfers from Marrakech Airprot
- 7 nights’ B&B Riad Al Zahia hotel
- Lunch and dinner throughout the camp
- 5 day of progression coaching
- 1-1 Private session and continuous coaching throughout
- Daily yoga sessions to kick off the day
- Surfing and SUP all week
- Photos to take home with you
“Second prize is a hamper full of kitesurfing essentials; a rash vest, sunglasses, Havianas and suncream and, on top of that, a six hour kite course for the winner and a friend! The winner of the third prize will get £50 to spend at Hurley.
All you need to do is click here to get to the competition page and answer the really easy question to enter.
Explora Morocco have two centres based in Essaouria and Dakhla where they offer instruction for a range of water sports including kitesurfing, windsurfing and surfing. To read more about Explora Morocco visit their website here”
Our 2014 Dakhla coaching holiday ran from 1st - 12th March. Arriving we were greeted with strong winds and had the first morning on the Lagoon at Dakhla Spirit Camp to assess the level and get used to the wind before moving to the beach break wave spot of Point d'lor in the afternoon. The following days we had amazing kitesurf wave conditions at Oum Laboiur the famous right had point situated near the town and the guys all learnt lots and started to really improve their kitesurfing in the waves.
Unfortunately on day 5 the wind dropped off and was not enough to kite so after a board chat we had a trip around the town exploring the markets and eating some great seafood.
Over the next 3 days the swell came back but not the wind so we went to surf at Arish, one of the best waves in the whole of Africa where you can ride for over 500m with 20 turns before walking back up the point and doing it all again. In the afternoons and evenings we covered all aspects of theory related to kitesurfing in waves.
On the final few days the wind started to come back in the afternoons enough for a few more lagoon sessions to polish off the tacks and gybes before the last day which saw head high perfection at Oum Laboiur again.
A great trip was had by all with amazing food, nice people, a great place to stay at the Surf House and action on all but one day. We were pretty unlucky with the wind as it had been blowing non-stop for 3 months, but that's the way it goes and we still had some great surf!
Stay tuned to the website and our Facebook page for news of our next Kitesurf Coaching Holiday and be sure to book early for Dakhla 2015.
Feedback so far-
'Golfers get lessons all the time. We spend thousands on kit and yrs making same mistakes. Lee teaches you to appreciate real strapless surfing and you can save money buying the right gear after! Really recommend for anyone into waves . I felt real improvement in just few days and was good fun'Mark Stephen
While the last month has been mostly too windy to Kitesurf in Cornwall, out here in Cape Town it has been unusually quiet on the wind front meaning we have had to hunt for other wind or wait for the SE Cape Doctor to come in late in Table View.
Still we have had some amazing sessions, check out this write up by myself and Danny Morrice along with some awesome pics from a NW day at Witsands on Kiteworld -http://www.kiteworldmag.com/features/sessions-cape-of-good-fun/
Please also watch Part 1 of my 3 part Cape Town video series below-
Just over a week left in South Africa now then I am off to Morocco to prepare for our upcoming Coaching Holiday in Dakhla. Still have space so don't miss out on this amazing deal contact me by email today. All details on the trip here.
We are back in Cornwall end of March after the PKRA World Tour Wave comp in Dakhla and will be open for Kitesurf Lessons as soon as conditions are good. We will also be running a Refresher and Wave Clinic at Marazion/Gwithian in April. Details will be out soon!
Take care and stay safe.
Lee 'Pasty' Harvey
We are really excited to be going back to Dakhla, one of our favorite places in the World to Kitesurf.
For 2014 we have sorted out a really great deal with our friends at Kite Morocco staying at the new Dakhla Spirit Surf House.
Strictly limited to 6 people per coaching session. (i.e 6 for wave, 6 for freeride).
Private room and beginner packages available, details on request.
Flights are currently around £300-£330, for the 1st - 12th we recommend using Royal Air Maroc, Gatwick - Dakhla
and for the 1st - 8th we recommend using the RAM Heathrow - Dakhla flight which we have found cheapest with Edreams.
Due to the need for an overnight stop in Casablanca on the return leg we recommend staying at the nearby Relax Airport Hotel (formally Atlas Hotel) which has a free shuttle outside the airport and costs around £60 for the night including breakfast.
Places are strictly limited to a max of 6 for Wave coaching and 6 for Freeride. Please don't hesitate to contact with any questions or queries. We have been to Dakhla many times so can help out with most things!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book, this is a one off special deal and probably your last chance to visit Dakhla for under £1000!
More info on the website http://www.pastyadventures.co.uk/dakhla.html
Finally mid October has produced some amazing Kitesurf conditions here in Cornwall. South swell and mostly south winds has seen some epic jumping sessions and teaching days at Marazion while Gwithian has been perfect for getting into waveriding with cross shore winds and waist to head high waves. This weekend we had 3 guys on a private wave coaching weekend and they all learnt lots, going from struggling to get out on sat morning to riding down the line by sunday afternoon. Great to see and even better that they all had the North Whip after my recommendations as it really is the best kitesurf production board out there ;)
Coming into the winter months we are still running beginner kitesurfing lessons in Cornwall right up until Christmas. We can also run private coaching or clinics in Waves or Twin Tip Freeride, check out whats available here and get in touch to discuss the best options for you.
In January and Feb we will be out in Cape Town and are available for Private coaching. Lee has been to the Cape for 4 winters so if you want to have a days guiding to get to know the spots or some coaching to improve while on your hols? Then we can help you out. Please email to discuss possible options.
In March we are running two Kitesurf Coaching weeks to Dakhla, Morocco.
Week 1 is Freeriding on the Lagoon with Week 2, Waves at the perfect right hand pointbreak of Oum Laboiur.
Price from £560 staying in the Ocean Spirit house, all meals, transfers etc. Excl. flights which are currently around £350. Limited space so be quick. Details here
Happy Kitesurfing and remember to stay safe, check your equipment and know your limits.
I hope to see you kitesurfing on a beach in Cornwall or on one of our Pasty Adventures kitesurf coaching holidays.
Lee 'Pasty' Harvey
Here is the video from our recent coaching holiday.
Dakhla Coaching Holiday 2012
As soon as the snow started to fall on sat 4th Feb, it was time for Lee ‘Pasty’ Harvey and his 6 Adventurer’s, Tim, Paul, Ken, Brendan, Steve and Guy, to travel way south to the Desert Oasis of Dakhla, Morocco. Amidst the chaos of flights being cancelled and the snow on the roads we made it safely out of the UK on Sunday and into Casablanca in time for a trip down town to the Mosque and a bite to eat. Arriving into Dakhla at night we went straight to Ocean Vagabond and had our first taste of the great food we were set to enjoy for the rest of the week.
Monday dawned a tad chilly with easterly winds of around 25-35 mph which meant we stayed on the lagoon and looked at technique of controlling gusts and staying upwind. Evening theory followed before an amazing fish supper.
Tuesday was a bit more like what we were expecting. A chilly start soon warmed up with much more constant northerly winds blowing down the lagoon. We worked on surfboard technique and carves on 9m kites. We finished the morning with a follow my leader session which looked great to all who were watching as the 7 of us carved our way down the lagoon for 2kms before riding back upwind in a long line. For the afternoon we went to the wave spot of Oum Laboiur, which was breaking perfectly in the 2-3 foot range with sideshore winds perfect for our 9s. As the afternoon went on the waves started picking up and got a bit much for some of the less experienced, leading to a couple of rescues while the 2 more experienced wave riders were having a ball!
Wednesday was another wave day with Tim and me sneaking off for a morning surf at the secret cliff spot, followed by a cracking afternoon kite wave session at Oum Laboiur with Steve and Tim who were really looking at concentrating on the wave side. We looked at riding technique, including fading and using the waves to get upwind and scoring some great rides, sharing the spot with only 3 other windsurfers. Meanwhile back at the lagoon, the others put to practise all they had learnt the day before. We finished the day with an evening theory session, looking at waves, tides and weather systems before yet another fantastic meal.
Thursday was another day for all. Looking at toeside riding and pops for the 3 freeriders. Tacks and gybes for the 3 surfboarders on the lagoon in the morning along with self launching and landing. We then went back to the wave spot for the last bit of the remaining swell with all 3 wave heads, having some great rides and learning lots about surfing right handers with a kite.
Friday was a pretty calm in the morning, leading the guys to rig their 12s, but by the time we had finished the demos, it was howling 30knts + and everyone had to change down to their smallest kites. We looked at pop, jumps, carves and backrolls, with everyone getting air, some for the first time! The evening video feedback was full of screams, laughs and excitement as all were telling the tales of the day, and able to see themselves doing it all on camera.
Saturday was the last full day on the water. We moved on from Friday by looking at bigger jumps, frontrolls, and transitions. The afternoon was time for a photoshoot and encouraged everyone to put their new found skills to the test. A few aches and pains from the day were washed down that evening with a few drinks and laughs.
Sunday and with the flight time in the evening we had a full day to chill out or kite if we wanted. As the wind was light 12m weather most didn’t bother and instead got the sand out of their kit. At lunch we discussed any further topics and in the afternoon, I ran through some detailed rescue scenarios, which everyone found very interesting and useful, although I hope they will never have to use them!
All in all everyone had a great week, learnt lots and stayed healthy as we hardly drank any alcohol and ate amazingly healthy food thanks to the cooks at Ocean Vagabond. All the guys tried out the new range of North surfboards with the Whip being the favourite, closely followed by the X surf strapless and the Nugget being called a bar of soap (although it’s my fave for flat water!).
Big thanks to everyone for coming and making it a great week along with the amazing feedback.
Special mention goes to Paul for pushing the hardest! Movie of the trip coming soon.
Thanks to Sportif for organising the trip, Sebastian and all the crew at Ocean Vagabond for the amazing food and rooms, Jason and the Skyriders Team for the occaisional rescues on the lagoon, North Kiteboarding for the demo boards and T-shirts and Splashography for the logo.
Our next Adventure is an Improver camp in Safaga, Egypt in march, then a Wave Epic in Mauritius start of September. Spring Gwithian wave clinic is Saturday 24thMarch.
Full details on the website www.pastyadventures.co.uk
I would also like to thanks my sponsors-
North kiteboarding, Resin8 surfboards, West wetsuits, Freeriders, Wiley X & FCS
Cheers and see you on the water soon.
We are now closed for lessons in Cornwall and are putting all our efforts into making our 2 coaching holidays in Dakhla,Morocco end of jan and in Sagafa, Egypt in mid feb the best holiday you have ever been on and a true Pasty Adventure. Running in conjunction with www.sportif.travel you can be sure to get the best service from the market leaders and the best coaching from Lee himself. More details on the Holidays page.
Hope to see you in the warm soon.
Have a great christmas and a safe new year.
Today is my first day back after 31/2 weeks away on the PKRA World Tour and what a glorious day it is. After being in the desert in Dakhla, Morrocco then the desolate landscapes of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura its so nice to wake up at home in Penzance to the sun shining, birds tweeting and all the nice flowers and plants in the garden. Looks like the surf is pumping too so going to get a Pasty and head to the beach!
We are now fully open for all lessons so please contact me for any more info by phone 07814501920 or email email@example.com
Looks like we are going to have perfect weather for learning to kitesurf at Gwithian over the next week and we still have some spaces for courses and lessons in the afternoons so get in touch quick and put some adventure into your life.
Remember to like us on Facebook where I will be uploading all the pics from my trip and I also keep up to date reports of the conditions here in West Cornwall.
Thanks to all my sponsors for supporting me on my adventure, for more details and a write up on it all see my personal website www.leepasty.co.uk