• Kiteboarding Overview
  • Kiteboarding Instruction
  • GEAR RENTALS
  • LOCATIONS
  • DOWNWINDERS / SAFARIS
  • PRICING
  • WHAT TO BRING & WEAR
  • KITE TEAM
Kiteboarding Adventures, Kite Turks & Caicos
Kiteboarding Adventures, Kite Turks & Caicos

Kiteboarding

Kiteboarding Adventures, Kite Turks & Caicos
Kiteboarding Adventures, Kite Turks & Caicos

Join the most experienced kite boarding team in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Big Blue is the perfect platform from which to learn and enjoy the thrills of kite boarding and kite surfing safely. Perfect weather, warm seas, pristine empty beaches, shallow waters and year round cooling NE-SE trade winds make Providenciales and the Turks and Caicos a kiteboarders and kitesurfers dream. Beginner and experienced kiteboarders and kitesurfers will discover that the blend of these islands together with Big Blue’s expert kite instruction and vast local knowledge make for the perfect kiteboarding vacation cocktail. You have been warned! Big Blue continues to be the operation of choice for visiting kiteboarding professionals, industry magazine travel stories and kiteboarding product shoots.

In the summer of 2013 Big Blue partnered with VELA KiteSurf Resorts (www.velakitesurf.com) the # 1 travel provider in windsport vacations. With over 30 years experience they have chosen Big Blue Unlimited to be their exclusive provider for kiteboarding and kitesurfing instruction, lessons, downwinders, safaris and vacations in the Turks and Caicos islands.

Powered by the Cabrinha kite and board line, Big Blue offers the best in equipment for instruction and rentals.

No Wind, No Problem. Our extensive array of activities is the perfect alternative. Try Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Scuba or Beach cruising just for a start.

Kiteboarding Instruction


Kiteboarding Instruction, Kite Turks & Caicos

Big Blue’s instructors are highly qualified and experienced PASA and IKO certified. Instruction and lessons are set out and designed to meet the specific needs of any individual from first timer to advanced intermediate.

Lesson 1: The Basics


Kiteboarding Adventures, Lesson 1: The Basics, Kite Turks & Caicos

“The basics” introduces the beginner, on the beach, to the principles of wind direction, wind speed and how it relates to the dynamics and technique required to fly a kite. Students are taught how to safely launch and land a trainer kite, where to fly and where not to fly a kite. They are introduced to the “Power Zone”, the parts that make up a kite and how to work with a partner. These kite FUNDAMENTALS lead the student on a natural progression toward the second lesson.

INSTRUCTOR – STUDENT RATIO 1:4
DURATION 60-120 MINS, 90 MINS AVERAGE

Lesson 2: Getting Wet


Kiteboarding Adventures, Lesson 2: Getting Wet, Kite Turks & Caicos

“Getting Wet” starts with a detailed lesson on the beach introducing the student to the inflatable kites and boards used in kiteboarding. The instructor demystifies the different aspects of the kite bar, the kite lines, the pulleys, the depower, the power up, leashes, quick releases, the harness, loops etc and will then take the student into the water for the first time applying the knowledge gained in lesson 1 and 2 to then safely SET UP the kite gear, land and launch the kite, while understanding where to safely fly the kite.

INSTRUCTOR – STUDENT RATIO 1:2
DURATION 2-3 HOURS

Lesson 3: Riding


Kiteboarding Adventures, Lesson 3: Riding, Kite Turks & Caicos

“Riding” commonly starts in lesson 2 but this next step is usually the most tricky and difficult one. It requires patience, dedication and PRACTICE. At this stage students who are serious are encouraged to get their own gear so that they can actively pursue and follow the lessons and guidelines set out by the instructors on the water. Time on the water is key and while lessons help students understand how to get on the board, the feeling comes from trial and error conducted in a safe manner.

INSTRUCTOR – STUDENT RATIO 1:2
DURATION 2-3 HOURS

The Kite Experience


Kiteboarding Adventures, The Kite Experience, Kite Turks & Caicos

This is by far our most popular course and gets students familiar with the kite, board, harness and wind quickly enough to get them out on the water and have some fun. If the sport hooks you further instruction will reveal the core aspects within lessons 1, 2 & 3.

INTRUCTOR RATIO 1:2
DURATION 2-3 HOURS

SUPERVISED INSTRUCTION


Kiteboarding Adventures, Supervised Instruction, Kite Turks & Caicos

Those not fully confident to ride and learn on their own can opt to be supervised while the instructor(s) are at the beach teaching others. Here the instructors are able to help land/ launch the kite and give tips while they themselves are in the water or on the beach teaching beginners.

INSTRUCTOR – STUDENT RATIO 1:2
DURATION 2-3 HOURS

PRIVATE COURSES AND INSTRUCTION


Kiteboarding Adventures, Private Courses and Instruction, Kite Turks & Caicos

Already very popular, these courses are often booked in advance to accommodate a family, a couple, friends or a solo artist. The flexibility offered means that instruction can be as intensive as need be or as focused as required to learn the next step.

INSTRUCTOR – STUDENT RATIO 1:2
DURATION – MINIMUM 2 HOURS

INSTRUCTION COSTS


Kiteboarding Adventures, Instruction Costs Kite Turks & Caicos

$150 per person per hour 1:1
$100 per person per hour 1:2+
$100 per person per hour for supervision
$175 per person per hour PRIVATE

* Lessons typically done at shore club in Long Bay, alternate locations decided and arranged by the instructor dependent on conditions. Transportation from Grace Bay area included.

NOTICE: Course durations only serve as a guideline. Students learn at different speeds depending on previous sporting background and natural ability. A typical course runs anywhere from 5-8 hours. It is common to stop after Lesson 3 and return when students have hit a wall so to speak.

CHILDREN: We welcome children but are reluctant to set an age limit. 10-12 is a good guideline BUT the final call will always come down to the instructor as to how they perceive the child’s capacity to learn safety and understand the importance of trouble shooting a kite problem. Simply put the maturity of children varies enormously.

GEAR RENTALS


GearDaily Rate3+ DaysDeposit
Board Rentals$40$30/day$500
Harness Rentals$20$15/day$100
Bar$60$60/day$400
Kite Rentals$200$175/day$500
Full Package Rentals$270$225/day$1000

LOCATIONS


Kiteboarding Adventures, Locations, Kite Turks & Caicos

The Turks and Caicos Islands has a huge variety of kiteboarding options and locations. Provo, the kiteboarding hotspot, is blessed with Long Bay beach. Perfect for all types and all levels of rider, beginner to experienced, young to old. But don’t be fooled there are lots of other places to ride depending on the wind and the tide including the North shore, the West end and Leeward in the East. Big Blue’s 17-year complete island experience means we know where to go and when to go. We can safely access any kite spot near or far.

LONG BAY


Kiteboarding Adventures, Long Bay, Kite Turks & Caicos

Our Big Blue instructors teach primarily on Long Bay Beach, next to the Shore Club entrance. Located on the North Eastern tip of Provo about 5 minutes from our office, Long Bay faces the Easterly trade winds. Its orientation sets up perfect cross on conditions IDEAL for learning how to kiteboard and kitesurf. The beach is powder soft and the water is waist deep for hundreds of yards. Instructors can walk next to you while you learn. For those who love to ride Long Bay offers miles of open space with a constant consistent breeze. There is usually always somebody there to help you launch and land. Kite down-winders can also start at Long bay and end in Five Cays about 8 miles away.

GRACE BAY


Kiteboarding Adventures, Grace Bay, Kite Turks & Caicos

Due to the crescent shape of the bay the wind can be dead offshore at the northern eastern end to cross off towards the western end during the normal trade winds. HOWEVER when we get big north east systems all of Grace Bay is on shore riding. The water is overhead deep and riders here must be accomplished in riding up wind and water re-launching their kites. The barrier reef can produce excellent kitesurf conditions. WARNING: THE RIDING HERE IS CROSS OFF MOST OF THE TIME. EXPERT RIDERS ONLY ARE ADVISED TO RIDE HERE. Guided wave SURFARIS are available.

LEEWARD


Kiteboarding Adventures, Leeward, Kite Turks & Caicos

Is the gateway to our wave surfaris and the end point of our backcountry kite safaris. As its only 2 minutes to Big Blue’s office, we often teach our land lessons “the basics” here. While it is possible to ride here it is an area for intermediate – advanced riders only. WARNING: THE CURRENTS HERE CAN BE FIERCE, THE WIND FICKLE AND THERE IS A LOT OF BOAT TRAFFIC.

DOWNWINDERS / SAFARIS


Kiteboarding Adventures, Downwinders / Safaris, Kite Turks & Caicos

This is what really sets Big Blue apart. With over 15 years of exploring these islands, the Big Blue kite team know exactly where to take you and when is best. Sessions usually last for 3-4 hours and can be full on down winders to simply kiteboarding in an amazing new location with no one else around. We offer half day, full day, guided tours, guided tours with a boat tours depending on budget and range.

KITE SAFARI’S AND DOWNWINDERS PRICING
WARNING: * Wind and ability dependent *
The weather can change quickly here. Trust our guides!

Guided Downwinder on Providenciales
(with bus land pick up where needed, 2–3 HOURS)
2 Person     $300 plus $50 per person     Max 6

Guided safari with boat
(Leeward/Halfmoon Bay area, 2–3 HOURS)
2 Person     $300 plus $50 per person     Max 6

Boat Transfer Extended Distance (3–4 hours)
Includes boat and guide.
4 Person     $800 plus $100 per person     Max 8

(1 guide) $100 pp extra up to 8 max. (2 guides)

Ask about our special North and Middle Caicos Kite Adventures — these are customised and prices vary.

PRICING


KITE-BOARDING1
Person
2
Person
Max.
Number
Notes
Private Lessons
(Beginner to Advanced)
$150/hr$100/hr
per pers
2Lessons typically done at shore club in Long Bay, alternate locations decided and arranged by the instructor dependent on conditions. Transportation from Grace Bay area included.
Supervised practiceFrom $75/hrFrom
$75/hr
2Can be the next progression after completing beginner lessons at the instructor's discretion or useful as a 'get comfortable' introduction to our many kite spots.

KITE-SAFARIS1-2
Persons
Additional
Person
Max.
Number
Notes
Downwinder
(Providenciales)
$300$506Start Leeward Point or Long Bay. Approximately 2-hours of fly time. Bus pick-up on completion. Guide Included.
Half Moon Bay$300$506Boat drop and pick up, have cooler with snacks and water. Approximately 2hrs. Guide included.
Extended Downwinder$800
(1-4 pers)
$1008Boat drop upwind and boat assistance. Approximately 2.5-4hrs fly time. Guide included.

KITE GEAR RENTALPer Day3-days +
(per day)
DepositNotes
Kite$200$175$500Kites will only be rented to experienced kiteboarders who are able to demonstrate safety and independence- including launching, landing, upwind riding and self rescue. If there is any question of skill, supervised practice will be necessary prior to rental. Late 2013/2014 models.
Boards$40$30$500Large range of Cabrinha twin tip boards from 132cm to 155cm.
Bar$60$60$400Standard Cabrinha 2014 Comp Stick with IDS (intelligent de-power system).
Harness$20$15$100Variety of Mystic seat and waist harnesses. XS to XL.
Helmuts$15$10$50Available but not mandatory.

Full Package$270$225$1,000Includes Kite, board, bar & harness.

WHAT TO BRING & WEAR


Kiteboarding Adventures, What to Bring & Wear, Kite Turks & Caicos

If you have your own gear then we advise bringing a 12m kite for the guys and 9/10M for the ladies as the main kite. Size up or down based on wind predictions. Any twin tip will do as long as it is not too small. If you are a kitesurfer bring your board. The kitesurfing can be excellent. Ask! Our wind is good but not heavy. Average wind range 12-25knots. Typical 15-17 knots.

INSTRUCTION
Big Blue will be powered by CABRINHA (www.cabrinhakites.com) and we will be using the latest 2014 switchblades, cabrinha boards and Neil pryde harnesses for all instruction. All gear is included in all lessons.

KITE TEAM


Kiteboarding Adventures, Kite Team, Kite Turks & Caicos

Big Blue's kite team are seasoned impassioned riders. We are instructors, guides, sponsored riders and pros. We love to ride and love share the beauty of the Turks and Caicos kiteboarding.

PHILIP
JESS
HOPE