Spot: Flat, Small waves, Big waves
Lessons or coaching
With an average temperature of 30°C (86°F) in the summer, Cabarete is the perfect choice for this kite camp series as the wind is extremely consistent due its thermal effect. The wind is predominantly from the east, as is the swell. Cabarete is consistently rated as one of the best kite destinations in the world for a reason. With access to excellent flatwater oases, beautiful beach breaks, and perfect barrels over the reef, it’s obvious why we chose to make Cabarete our destination choice for our annual camp with Kevin.
Typical Pickup: Cabarete
Suitable for: Solo traveler, Family
Ambience: Lively Bars
Experience Type: Collective
Cabarete is the kitesurfing meca of the Caribbean. Originally discovered by French Canadian wind surfers, it has grown to become one of the best kite surfing destinations in the world today. A small surf town located on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, Cabarete offers all the sea side charm of a paradise get away. Small little restaurants line the beach serving everything from fresh fish, grilled meats, and fresh fruit and amazing rum drinks. The town comes alive in the evenings with many local bars and restaurants proving excellent venues for dancing the night away. In Cabarete you will have no choice but to slow down and enjoy life on island time.
This exceptional five day kite camp aims to improve kite technique for all levels of riders who are passionate about kiting, want to improve their skills, and desire to learn from the best. Kevin along with the team coaches will analyze and correct your stance, board & body position, kite flying technique, big air, freestyle and strapless skills, and so much more.
Olympian high performance coach Michael Gebhardt will hold a full day advance kite flying course that will have you looping, pivoting and writing your name in the sky with your kite by the end of the day. A few flat water sessions, a few down wind rides along the picture perfect Dominican coast, and we guarantee your all around kite skills will reach the next level.
Have Kevin, one of the most talented riders in the world be your personal coach, helping you perfect in every aspect of your kite boarding skill set. Save your space today!
Day 1: Introduction, Video Session and Rider Evaluation. We hit the water right away, begin assessing your riding, and make improvements right on the water. We’ll also have a professional videographer EyeFly Films on shore for our private video session where all riders are filmed and the video is edited for coaching.
Day 2: Video review and analysis in the morning, followed by afternoon riding sessions to put what was learned in video review into practice
Day 3: Advanced kite-flying lesson with guest coach Micheal Gebhardt. Focus on looping, pivoting, stall, inversion recovery, luff recovery, among other things.
Day 4: Flat water session in the morning to work on technical maneuvers like transitions, big airs, jibe, tack, etc. The afternoon will be a downwinder from La Boca back to Playa Encuentro. Distance of approximately 15km.
Day 5: Riders choice. A majority vote will decide the activity. It can be something that has already been done, or something new like a down wind session from Las Canas back to Kite Beach. Distance of approximately 25km. In the afternoon we'll do a final review of the week and provide feedback for future development.
Kite Club Café situated on beautiful Kite Beach will again play host to our amazing camp. The full service kite shop provides all the food and beverage we would ever need. The fantastic locker and shower facilities will keep us clean and safe. While the deck at Kite Club provides the perfect vantage point to watch the action live. For our photographer EyeFly films, the deck is the perfect spot to set up their tripod for our video coaching sessions.
Eat: Lunch and dinner is included as this is very much part of the experience. A lot of information gets passed at meals, and you actually get to know Kevin off the water in a more relaxed environment. We eat fantastically fresh during the day, and at night we enjoy the best dinning that Cabarete has to offer. We enjoy the best dinning in Cabarete at such restaurants as Bliss, Eze Bar, and Natura Caba to name a few.
Gear: Please bring your own. We'll have some Slingshot & Naish gear for demo, but in limited quantities. Water shoes are also a good idea as we may decide to go surfing at Encuentro, or hiking the 27 water falls. If you are a beginner surfer you may need to stand on the reef. Booties are good to bring in case.
Media: We have a professional photographer joining who will shoot photo and video to be used in the coaching program. These photos and a personal video are available for purchase for $120USD. After the end of the trip a selection the best photos will be shared on a Drop Box.
Pro Athlete Profile
Kiteboarding has been Kevin’s life, right from that very first day back in 2000.
In 2001, after seeing the professionals competing at the Kiteboarding World Cup in Holland, his dream of becoming a pro became his goal and his driving force. From that moment on he dedicated everything he had to training, and with the support of his parents and sponsors, Naish and O’Neill, managed to win his first Dutch Championships in 2003. It was onwards and upwards from there, as he set his sights on his very first World Cup, and at age 14 he managed to secure a top 10 spot.
Kevin’s first major event title came in 2009, when he won the Freestyle World Title. Having picked up a serious knee injury in 2010, and being side-lined for a year, Kevin fought his way back to fourth position in 2012.
One of his fondest memories was having his friends and family supporting him from the beach at the 2014 King of the Air event. This resulted in new motivation to push it to the max and win the 2015 instalment of Red Bull King of the Air.
After 14 years of hard work and high flying, Kevin still gets the same rush every time he launches his kite.
The closest airport to arrive is Puerto Plata (POP), Dominican Republic. Upon arrival a taxi can be arranged to meet you at the airport to take you to Cabarete.
Accommodation is NOT included in this offer - but we are happy to help you to find the perfect stay.