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El Cuyo: a magical town

El Cuyo is a small fishermen’s town with white sand streets and many palm trees. Its proximity to the Caribbean Sea gives the waters of this place a turquoise blue color. This might seem like the typical Caribbean scenery, but its appeal is not just that. This town has something special to it.

Kiteboarding El Cuyo

El Cuyo is still an unknown place for most kiters. Very few know that there are many windy days here. It is also one of the best spots in Mexico and North America for learning kiteboarding. The shallow waters, which allow you to see the sand lying on the seabed clearly, fill beginners with confidence.

El Cuyo Kiteboarding season

The wind season is from November to August, but the wind is most consistent from February to June. During these months, the thermal winds start. Around midday (sometimes before) the heat generated from the earth heated by the sun adds up to the normal wind generating a powerful consistent wind.

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More and more tourists are starting to arrive to El Cuyo in order to get to know it after hearing about its charm. The pictures and videos going on the web have also aroused people’s curiosity on this paradise that still resists the touristic pollution, being so close to the Riviera Maya. After the construction of new roads, the distance with Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum have been reduced, and with an average of a 2-hour drive you can get to this idyllic town. This authentic hidden treasure is located in the emerald coast of Yucatan, in Mexico, just 30km from Holbox.

When you get to the town, you will start seeing a combination of wooden houses and typical Mexican constructions, all of them with very lively colors. Right after, you can see the lighthouse; built on the remainings of old Mayan ruins that welcome the visitors. El Cuyo is a small beachside community where you can enjoy a typical and quiet environment of a port town that invites you to relax and enjoy the beauty of its nature.

El Cuyo makes part of the Rio Lagartos reserve, a warm home for the pink flamingo and other animal species. About 18,000 birds color the nesting territory in pink. In the area, a total of 340 species of birds, 50 of mammals and 95 of reptiles coexist. El Cuyo is also a reproduction place for white or green turtle and even the hawksbill turtle. You can easily see some of the flamingos feeding near the town’s small wood dock on the lagoon side.

During some months of the year you can see how the sun rises from the sea in the mornings and how it goes down that same sea in the afternoons. . Sunrises and sunsets are spectacular, with amazing bright colors.

The peacefulness in this town’s atmosphere is unique. By looking into the locals’ faces, you can tell that sometimes in life we do not need much. Here, locals are always smiling and willing to help out.

The food is very traditional. You can find typical Mexican restaurants with fresh fish, lobster and shrimp at a very low price. The most famous restaurant here is La Conchita, made entirely of wood and with tables that have a small palapa (thatched roof hut) on top for sun protection

Excursions near El Cuyo

There is a great number of exciting adventures and excursions in the proximities of El Cuyo, including the exploration of the Mayan ruins, swimming in cenotes (natural deep pools), visiting cities and colonial Spanish towns, trekking in national parks, photographing hundreds of thousands of pink flamingos, swimming with whale sharks and stingrays, and many more places that await you around this town.

Some recommended excursions are: Las Coloradas, the Mayan ruins of Ek Balam, Cenote Samula, and Holbox Island.

Las Coloradas (Lagoas Rosadas): Just one-hour drive on the lagoon side is the road of the pink lagoons, a unique scenery often filled with thousands of flamingos.

Ek Balam is one of the last remaining archeological sites discovered in Yucatan and perhaps one of the most important Mayan ruins ever found. It is located just 2-hour drive from El Cuyo.

Lodging: You can find several types of lodging in the beach and the town at very affordable prices. El Cuyo is the ideal place to come with your family, rent a house on the beachside and make a fire at night to gaze at the stars

Suggested accommodation in El Cuyo

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Las Casitas El Cuyo

El Cuyo kite school

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Differences between a C-kite and a hybrid kite

We will now explain the main differences between a C-kite and a Hybrid SLE (Supported Leading Edge)

The first difference between these two models is the shape, which is a little more curved in the C models and flatter on the hybrids. The other difference is the connection of the lines to the kite, being direct in the C-kites and supported by bridles in the hybrid kites; hence the name SLE (Supported Leading Edge). These two differences also pose some pretty different characteristics between the two models: a more curved shape in the C-kites generates less projected surface to the wind; therefore, less power compared to a hybrid kite of the same size.

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A direct connection between the lines in the C-kites generates a faster, more direct response and a different filling. An optimization for a better fly occurs when the four lines get into a similar tension (effect produced when you get unhooked), and this is why most riders would use a C-kite when doing freestyle.

In the hybrids, the bridles allow for a better support of the leading egde so that the structure can fly with a higher angle respect to the wind thus making it possible to reduce more power in the kite and consequently, have a wider wind window.

The difference of shapes in the leading edge of both kites makes that they also have a different relaunch to water. Hybrids have an easier relaunch due to their half-moon shape; by pulling only a backline the kite turns quickly moving to the window border, ready to go up and fly again. The C-kite tends to stay in the center of the window requiring to pull the fifth line first and the backline in order to make it move to the window border and being able to fly again.

In the last few years, thanks to the evolution of the gears, hybrids are also used in freestyle. Actually, in international competitions, several competitors have used them and won without any troubles.

A GUIDE ON HOW TO PURCHASE A FULL SECOND-HAND KITEBOARD GEAR

Right after a kiteboarding course, most beginners start off purchasing a second-hand gear. Here, we would like to give you some recommendations to buy a second-hand kiteboard gear that can get you started and going on this sport the best possible way.

We do not recommend you to start kiteboarding without having taken a course with a specialized school.

Having little knowledge of this sport can pose a risk for both you and other bathers at the beach. It is important to buy a gear that allows you to evolve quickly, without wasting too much time on this initial stage.

The Kite

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Let’s start with the kite: in the last few years, all brands have achieved a good level of quality and safety. Choose a kite size that is proportional to your weight as well as the place where you would generally go kiteboarding. To make the most profit out of the gear you purchase, it is important to know the most used measurements in your usual spot. Ask usual beachgoers or school in the area what the usual wind intensity is. Later on, you could buy a smaller kite in order to increase wind window which will allow you to go with stronger winds and thus, increase the useful days for kiteboarding.

For a beginner, the most suitable kite is a 4-line hybrid. It is best not to purchase a 5-line kite like the C-kite type since these are harder to relaunch to water and they also have a lower wind window compared to a 4-line kite (hybrid) of the same size. Likewise, it is not recommended to buy a kite older than 4-5 years, although it also depends on how they were used.

Some 4-year old kites have been well taken care of and had little use, so they are still good. On the other hand, there are newer ones that have been really worn-out or left too long on the beach, thus accelerating fabric wearout in a short time. My advice for you is to control the kite’s trailing edge and the bridles, where the pulleys move along.

These are the points where a kite starts wearing out and also the first tearing and breaking points. Here is an example of a kite with a very worn-out trailing edge, so you can have an idea of what starts happening with the kite’s fabric.

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This wearout makes the kite weaker and easier to break and tear at these points. If the kite’s fabric has already been repaired, it would have to be assessed to check how well-repaired it is and how it flies. Sometimes, after some badly done repairs, the kite can fly the wrong way, even causing it to pull to a side.

The valves are another point where the kite can start presenting trouble. Generally, they can be stuck but it is best to test first: inflate the kite until it is real hard, close all the connections (if it is a one-pump kite) and wait 30 min to check if some parts lose pressure in order to assess which valve needs to be stuck and the repair costs. The bladders are pretty easy to remove if what you want to do is stick the valves or patch a hole. If it is a valve of the one-pump system or one of the leading edge, or even a hole in it, it could result more expensive or difficult to fix.

The bar

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The bar’s safety system needs to be controlled and tested to check it works, as well as the lines and the power trim. Some models that do not have the plastic protections in the power trim can wear out heavily, and even be cut in half. Provided that the bar is not too old, all spare parts can be found.

The board

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The best way to learn is with a bidirectional board. The measures have to be proportional to your weight and it is better if it is a little bigger rather than small (a beginner still does not have a good grab technique, so a bigger surface means great help). The board can last several years, as this is generally the part of the kiteboard gear that lasts longer. The straps can also wear out easily. Check their conditions and change them if they look too worn-out. This is the connection between you and the board, so they have to feel comfortable. Check the table for scratches underneath. If there were some cuts leading to the interior of the wood’s table, it could fill with water and break.

Here is a little chart of the most recommended measurements based on weight. A beginner could use a little larger measure.

• 55kg / 65kg = 39/41 x 132/136 cm
• 65kg / 75kg = 40/43 x 136/142 cm
• 75kg / 85kg = 41/44 x 138/145 cm
• 85kg / 100kg= 43/45 x 140/148 cm

Harness

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A classic harness without seat is a good start in this sport. It has to be tested, since every model varies in shape and rigidity. This is also the most economic part of the gear. Make a good assessment before buying a second-hand model, because for a little difference you could buy a new model that suits you better. It is best not to buy a harness with a seat (unless you have problems with your lower back). Some schools use them for beginners, but they are pretty uncomfortable and within a short time, they wouldn’t need it.

I hope this information was helpful on your first steps in this fascinating sport…

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Kitesurf philosphy

When you start to kiteboarding it is like entering into a family. It may sound a bit difficult to understand, but I will try to explain this to the people who haven’t had the opportunity to come close to this incredible sport. I have practiced many other sports before starting to kitesurf and I still try out new adventures, but the sensation you get from kiteboarding and entering this world are unique. Kiteboarding is not only about enjoying the moment by yourself as it is the case with other individual sports, but it is also about sharing new emotions with old and new friends. When you start with kitesurfing you feel alone and a bit frustrated. You see the others navigating and think ” I will never make it, its too difficult, this sport is not for me”, but then you realize quite fast that this world actually is for everyone. The good vibe everyone has is incredible. The availability and patience everyone has to help you out I have only found while practicing kitesurfing. I believe all of this begins during the moment when you need someone else’s help to start or land the kite. From that moment on something is stimulated in our brain that unites us all as a family. Many of my best friends I have met practicing this sport and I would have never thought that my life would change so much ever since I began kitesurfing.

After starting to kiteboarding my trips changed as well, since I was always looking for places with wind. When I travel and I come to a new place for the first time, I meet new people and several of them are even friends with my kitesurfer friends.
This does not only happen to me, it happens to everyone who starts to travel and kitesurf.
This is being part of a huge family that is conquering the world and the great thing about it is that it happens through smiles.
Entering this world gives you a mix of sensations that you only experience while becoming a kitesurfer.
While practicing individual sports there is always a bit of a competition with yourself or against the others. This is different with kitesurfing, because most of the kitesurfers just want to enjoy the wind, the sea or the beautiful new places they would have not known without practicing this sport.
When you are kiting and cross paths with another person, the first thing you do is to smile, this is something that soothes your soul. Imagine we were all part of one big team and this team would always win “what else do you want from life?” Do more kiteboarding !

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5 Reasons to Learn Kiteboarding with Kitesurf Mexico

1) Learn kiteboarding at the best spots.

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Our kite school is located in Playa del Carmen, more precisely at Punta Venado Beach club. But the classes are not only done there. We also go to the best spots in Cancun, such as Isla Blanca and Playa Nizuc. Depending on the direction of the wind, we go to the right place for our students to learn in the best conditions. We also chose the place according to the level of our students. For example, to first learn kite control, they need little space and a quiet place, to avoid some external factors that can annoy beginners. Then, when they have more control, we take them to more spacious places with calm and shallow waters, so if the student makes any mistakes or loses the board, they can walk to it and get it back. For the more advanced students who want to learn how to jump or make some kind of transitions, we go to a place with little waves or to some other spot according to their preference.

2) Teaching experience.

We have more than 5 years teaching kiteboarding in the Mayan Riviera. This makes the difference with other schools in terms of teaching methods and our experience in customer service. We prefer to only provide a private, quality service to just a few students. In this way we maintain very high standards; our reviews on TripAdvisor are a testimony to this. At the moment it is quite fashionable to learn to kitesurf, but the problem is that also teaching has become a fashion. There are schools with little experience and low-skilled instructors who try to teach in this area, putting students at risk and teaching them to navigate incorrectly. This can then impair their learning curve and prevent them from becoming really independent.

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3) Updated Equipment.

We are the only kite school in Cancun and Playa del Carmen that renews their equipment every year. We do this for two very important reasons: The first is to always have up to date equipment with the latest guidance systems and with maximum efficiency for learning. This is a fairly new sport, so the equipment continues to improve every year in terms of safety standards. Some years ago the public was a little afraid of approaching kitesurfing, but now more and more people feel safe to start taking classes with us, even entire families. The second reason is that the new equipment flies more easily and is more stable each year; this greatly accelerates the student’s process of boarding the kite and navigating it.

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4) Qualification of our instructors.

Our instructors are certified at IKO, which is the largest kiteboarding organization and has the highest teaching standards. They also need to have at least two years experience teaching kitesurf, which means they have spent even more years sailing with it. They must speak at least two languages correctly. We also train them to give the best possible customer service.

5) Student support before and after class.

Our policy is to try to help our customers as much as we can. Beginning with the first emails, we suggest places to stay and activities that can be done here in Mexico.
There are many accommodation options and tours here, and this confuses customers a little. That is why we refer them to the best service companies. This is not a source of business for us, we want our students to enjoy the best possible vacation here. In fact, many of our clients come back the following year and refer us to their friends.
We also follow up on our students after their course. We help them get the appropriate kitesurf equipment for their level and give them advice on the models and measures they need to buy. Kites come in many brands, models, and measures. For novices, this can be perplexing and prevent them from choosing the right equipment.

Contact us if you are interested in Kiteboarding Lessons in Playa del Carmen and Cancun, rent kite equipment, kite trips and tours.

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Kiteboarding Isla Blanca Mexico (Video)

Isla Blanca is one of the best spots to practice or learn Kitesurf . It is a huge saltwater lagoon without any waves and shallow water. For these conditions it is ideal for freestyle and learn ,a great spots also for beginners , they can walk back if they still have problems with going upwind!
The Peninsula is a 25- minute drive from Cancun.If you come for vacation you must check this spot and try it or enjoy it!

Filmed by: Ivan Acosta-Rubio

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The Kiteboarding

Kitesurf or also called Kiteboarding is another form of surf in which was just added a Kite connected with a harness to a person and lines of 25 meters. The French call it Flysurf cause the Kite looks like if one could fly.

In Kitesurfing they have been using different boards and within the years the sport has been divided into various disciplines like freestyle , in which they do tricks using a bidirectional board; In wave-style where you just surf the waves with a board similar to a surfboard; Race style where the competitors do a circuit using points in the water and they use special boards made for speed.

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Kiteboard is composed of a kite, size between 5 and 17 meters normally. If you choose a small or a big kite depends on the wind speed. The big kites are good for low wind, the smaller kites for strong winds. Although the size depends on the weight of the Kiter; e.g. if there is the same wind but one person weighs 15 kg less, the lighter person would use a kite that is 2-3 meters smaller.

The Kite is made out of an inflatable structure also called leading edge which looks like a half-moon if its pumped up. The bladders, secondary elements, you find in vertical position and they are also inflatable. The amount of bladders can change depending on the brand or the model of the Kite and now they are beginning to manufacture Kites without bladders so called „strutless“ Kites. These Kites are lighter and fly better in low wind conditions.

The inflatable structure of the Kite provoces that if the Kite falls down into the water it cannot drown and still keeps floating that you can lift it up again in the water.

You control the Kite with a bar which measures around 50 cm and has lines of normally between 20 and 25 meters. The bar can be made of aluminium or carbon. The lines are made of a special material called „Dyneema“ and each line can withstand like 270 kg, so if you multiplicate this 4 times it is almost impossible to break the lines cause of the weight of a Kiter.

The Kiteboards are divided into bidirectional and unidirectional ones. The bidirectional boards are really easy for transportation and also for using as you are using it both sides the same and for changing directions you don’t need to switch your legs. These boards are used in freestyle, wake-style and free-ride. The unidirectional boards have to be used always with the tip in the front and thats why you need to change position of your feet when changing direction. These boards are used for surf, race, free-race and speed.

Kitesurfing is easy to learn, in few hours you will learn the Kite control and riding on the water. You don´t need physical force like someone would think. It´s not like in wakeboarding where you need to force your arms, in kitesurfing the Kite is connected to an harness and your arms are only for directing the Kite.

Although in special meteorological situations when the ocean is really choppy and there are strong and gusty winds, it is important to have a good physical condition and a lot of experience in order to not get in trouble.

You can almost do kitesurfing in Mexico the whole year thanks to the climate and the winds of this country. But the time of most wind is from autumn to spring. In summer its generally not so many windy days and if they are with wind its also with rain and storms.

For more information about Kitesurf check our website and you can contact us if you want to start your lesson here in Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Tulum or the whole Riviera Maya. We are also connected to other Kite schools in Mexico, so if you are in another state in Mexico we can also help you and give you information to get to your course started.

New RRD Obsession MKVII 2015

Program: Freestyle/big Air/Freeride

The Obsession is our iconic kite that embodies power/de-power ability/ fast turning speed and huge hangtime, all in one package. It’s been our best selling kite since day one from it’s introduction, manily for its versatile range of use and its real fun, spontaneously sportive feeling in your hands thanks to a light bar feel and a very quick response to the bar inputs. It jumps great, keeping you in the air longer than you could expect, and still keeps its easy depower feel when a stronger wind gust hits the kite. This is why the Obsession is also highly appreciated by riders who use strapless surfboards to do freestyle tricks or jumps on flat water. Its special wide range of use behaviour comes from a moderate aspect ratio and swept back tips design, creating a very constant amount of power even in very gusty winds. Its “Sheet-and-go” power delivery makes it also a perfect light wind machine, with great freeride performance potential, reaching top speed runs and great upwind legs.

This year we have slightly changed the foil profile of the Obsession and made it a bit flatter throughout the tip area, enabling the kite to be turning faster and also be more efficient to flying into the wind window. Every panel of any inflatable structure, from the struts to the leading edge, is built with a special heavy duty stitching system. The stitching areas are internally reinforced with a stripe of adhesive dacron, creating a solid base for durability. All the exposed areas, like tip ends and leading edge seams that are subject to abrasion, are reinforced with a woven Kevlar/ PU fabric to prevent wearout. Our single pump inflating system tube is covered with a soft PVC protection to prevent possible damage from plastic parts while folding the kite, and the inflating tubes are fixed to the kite through a neoprene sock, locked into place with velcro.

A dacron leech reinforcement progressively wider from the center strut towards the tips, follows the fatigue line, being higher on the tips, and also reduces potential fluttering after long time use. The triangle tip ends for the attachment points of the back lines spread their load avoiding tip distortion, keeping the right bar presence feel and increasing the lifetime of the kite. All the bridle attachment points are reinforced with a soft PVC external protection and and internal double adhesive dacron patch, to increase durability. The new bridle pulleys are now fully made with marine grade stainless steel and can each stand a load of 400 Kgs.
The Obsession MKVII offers an unsurpassed level of performance in the largest variety of use.

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Learning Kiteboarding

Learning kitebord never ends…
We keep trying new tricks, and keep hitting ourselves like at the begining…
The joy of being in contact with nature and the adrenaline that the kite generates are unique.
At the same time we are talking about a very safe sport. It’s very difficult to hurt yourself as long as you respect safety rules.
Don’t miss the opportunity to feel these emotions!!

Contact us info@kitesurfmexico.com

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RRD Global Bar V6

The version 6 of a great bar with a great history of performance and reliability. We have taken out any unecessary items instead of adding them, to make every component more functional. Simply put : “you cannot break what does not exist”. A bar is your cockpit in the water, not on the road or inside an airlplane. Everything must be there at your fingertips and must work instantly when you really need it.

No marketing gimmicks, No 3D videos to impress you behind the screen of a computer. A simple bar that works. Everyday. For long time.

Features:
– Composite Glass/Carbon Bar with hand sanded soft grip. Diecut graphic colors that do not fade in the sun.
– Rubber covered side caps to improve side grip and avoid damage
– Bar width adjuster.
– Double chamber hollow tube for de-power rope and safety line.
– Original Clamcleat™, not just another copy.
– 2 PARTS ONLY chicken loop safety release system.
– No rust and corrosion damage, EASY to reassemble!
– Rotoring system with “Iglidur” washers to untwist lines.
– Safety leash ring attachment, convertible into HP suicide leash.
– Industry reference exclusive 23 mts RIGID THREAD LINES, never stretch. Never loose trim.

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