Our recent coaching holidays in Dakhla, Morocco were without doubt our best yet.
First up we had the Lagoon camp from 21st Feb - 1st March on which we had 6 fun guys. After the morning brief and preparation of action plans, it turned out we had 3 groups of 2 to work on similar goals which was perfect. The wind blew everyday from dawn to dusk and with the Dakhla Spirit camp providing the best possible setting, it enabled the coaching to run at the best times according to the activity.
At low tide we worked on freestyle tricks in our on private flat water area or carves and turns both on twin tips and surfboards out in the lagoon, including the use of video coaching. When the tide came up we ran group sessions on jumping or follow my leaders in perfect waist high water. Kites used were everything from 12m on the first morning down to 6/7m kites the rest of the time. Being based at the camp, also meant that the guys could take a break whenever they wanted and still learn at the same time by watching the others.
During downtime I also managed to sneak in a few Kite Foil sessions and hit a top speed of 34.1 mph riding a Sector and Rebel 9m one windy lunch time.
The vibe at the camp in the evenings was great with some good Moroccan food and a few beers during evening theory sessions and daily debriefs.
Well done to all for a great week and learning lots. Also thanks for the great feedback :)
Check out some of the pics from the Lagoon Camp-
The Wave Camp ran the following week 28th Feb - 7th March and again had six people. Two from the previous week camp on the lagoon with the other four flying in. For this camp we stayed in town at the Dakhla Spirit Surf House which is the perfect base for the amazing wave spot of Oum Laboiur.
Starting off on Sunday morning with a brief and action plans we then had an perfect little wave session for everyone to warm up and get used to the spot. Following on from this we were blessed with perfect 2-4 ft waves and wind everyday, so much so that the guys even needed a morning off half way through.
On two mornings we went back to the lagoon to run some footwork and flat water exercises while we waited for the tide to push up and make the wave even better. The spot is just so good and with no one there (the most we had were 2 windsurfers and 3 other kiters on one occasion), it really is the best place to improve your Kite Wave riding. In the evenings we had great food at the house and watched back the video from the day. Mornings were early surfs followed by theory or general feedback from the previous day.
"Lees enthusiasm for wind and water is relentless, his skill and experience exceptional. Hes been a great mentor for chasing the best waves from sun-rise to sun-set, giving unlimited attention and pushing you further. Its been great to be a part of his trip, and 'its on' for the next one." Jason, Dakhla Wave Camp.
Dates are now out for this autumns Kitesurf Wave Clinics at Gwithian or Marazion.
Starting off we have the Intro to Wave on Saturday 11th October. This clinic is for kiters who are new to surfboard riding and want to learn the techniques to get out there and start riding waves.
Lee 'Pasty' Harvey was recently out in Qatar coaching their National Kiterace Team in preparation for the Asian Championships which they are hosting in November. Check out the report and pics on Lee's blog- http://www.leepasty.co.uk/blog.html
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
I am pleased to announce that I have been appointed as Kitesurf Coach to the Qatar Olympic Federation as of end of march to start their youngsters on track for Olympic glory in 2020.
Flying out to Qatar for an initial 2 week coaching session straight after I return from competing in the PKRA World Tour Wave event in Dakhla, we will then have a further 6 weeks of coaching in various locations in 2014.
I am really excited about this and am really looking forward to future possibilities.
Check out this article on British Kitesports - http://www.britishkitesports.org/news/news-training/1013-pasty-appointed-qatar-olympic-coach.html
From the 11th April 2014 Pasty Adventures will be open for Kitesurf lessons at Gwithian and Marazion. As West Cornwall's only British Kitesports recognised school we pride ourselves on giving the best quality instruction and have just taken delivery of brand new North Kiteboarding kites and boards as well as wetsuits from O'Neill to ensure all students have the best possible equipment to start their kitesurfing career.
For all the info on our Beginner Kitesurf Courses click here.
For those that can already Kite we are running a couple of Kitesurf Clinics, Saturday 19th April- Intro to Wave and Sunday 20th April is the Wave Clinic, price is just £60 per clinic all the details here.
For any Intermediate Kitesurfers who would like coaching or a refresher before getting back in the water this spring we are able to make a package suitable to your needs or if you get a group of friends at similar abitities we can organise a great value Kitesurf Clinic.
Please email email@example.com with any enquiries.
Pasty Adventures are pleased to announce that along with North Kiteboarding UK we will be supporting the Junior National Watersports Festival being held at Stithians Lake, Cornwall on the 3rd - 4th May 2014.
Following the success of the National Watersports Festival held at Hayling Island in 2013, this is the first event of its kind aimed solely at 8-16 year olds giving them chance to not only meet the Country's top pros but also have a go at Kayaking, Kitesurfing, Sailing, Stand up Paddle Boarding and Windsurfing.
Over the course of the weekend we will be running Kitesurfing Taster sessions as well as having all the new 2014 equipment on show from North Kiteboarding and encouraging young watersports enthusiasts to start Kitesurfing.
Weather permitting British Champion, Lee Harvey and North Team mate Morgan Tinsley will be doing a demo show on the lake, showing the next generation of kitesurfers what is possible for us to do!
For more info on Junior NWF with details of how to get involved with any of the sports on offer go to their website here
We hope to see you at Stithians in May :)
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