Take a lesson with Beth or simply watch in awe!
Not every water sport is as enjoyable for spectators on the beach as it is for participants on the water, but kitesurfing is one spectacle that thrills from all directions. If you have ever watched a lone dude jumping and somersaulting by the light of the full moon, you'll know what I mean - it really is breathtaking to see. Saint Lucia has several centres where you can watch the leaping and twirling of experts or start off with safe and professional lessons in this fast- growing adventure sport.
Beth Lygoe is the owner of Kitesurfing St Lucia at Cas En Bas Beach and she has been kitesurfing and teaching as an IKO Level 2 instructor since 2001. Despite being an accomplished sailor and Saint Lucia's 2012 Olympian in Women’s Laser Radial, kitesurfing is Beth’s passion, and it won’t take you long to realise that.
“( When I was a kid) I sailed Laser Radial dinghies, and raced in regattas in the UK and around the world. My first job out of school was as a watersports instructor - teaching Sailing, Windsurfing, Yachting, Kayaking and Powerboating, as well as coaching advanced sailing clinics. But then the excitement of kitesurfing took over. I learnt to kitesurf on the Isle of Wight in England and then I left to travel and kitesurf. In the past few years I have lived and taught in Australia, Dominican Republic, Hawaii, Saint Lucia and all around the Caribbean. Kitesurfing has given me so much enjoyment over the past few years, I want to share it with people and show them how to learn this amazing sport."
Learning to kitesurf in a relaxed atmosphere is important, and there is nowhere better than a warm beautiful Caribbean beach. On Beth's website she explains that Saint Lucia has almost perfect conditions due to our steady consistent tradewinds of between 10 to 30 knots through the long November to August season, and because the wind blows all day and all night ( hence the moonlit rider - but only for the experts!).
Wikipedia explains: "Kitesurfing or kiteboarding is a surface water sport combining aspects of wakeboarding, windsurfing, surfing, paragliding, and gymnastics into one extreme sport. A kitesurfer or kiteboarder harnesses the power of the wind with a large controllable power kite to be propelled across the water on a kiteboard similar to a wakeboard or a small surfboard, with or without foot- straps or bindings."
Like every board- based exploit, a little practice is needed to get up and surfing, but Beth has it covered, and all the equipment too. Whether you are a beginner or already know how to kitesurf, Kitesurfing St Lucia has lessons to suit. You can learn to fly a power kite and body drag in the 2 hour Discover Kitesurfing session, or you can tweak your technique on one of Saint Lucia's most beautiful east cost bays.
Are you learning to get up on a board? Is going upwind a problem? Want to learn to gybe? Can’t land your jumps? Do you have problems water relaunching? Want to learn advanced tricks? No worries, a few private lessons with Beth will have you polished up and joining in with the passionate kitesurfing crowd that takes on the bay before hanging out at the beach.
Beth Lygoe's Kitesurfing St Lucia is based on Cas en Bas beach towards the Northern tip of the island, accessible via Cap Estate; the location is near all of the main hotels and restaurants in St Lucia, but on a local unspoiled Caribbean beach away from the main tourist areas.
Air time: the amount of time spent in the air while jumping. Five to ten seconds is not unusual. Body dragging: being pulled through the water without standing on a board. This is an early step in the learning process, and is recommended before trying the board after flying a trainer kite. Downwind: the direction the wind is blowing towards; to leeward. When a rider is facing downwind the wind is at their back. Upwind: the direction from which the wind is blowing; windward; into the wind. Gybe: change direction by turning downwind and then continuing to turn until you are going in the other direction.
Beth Lygoe in her favourite pursuit! Beth recently took 3rd Place in a Latin American & Caribbean