Excellent crew, very professional and taking care of any single request by everybody, even the most spoiled ones... Great kiting spots, beautiful catamaran, great and always different food... we would for sure recommend it and we will for sure travel again with them if possible!
We made the Catamaran Kite cruise for 12 days to St. Vincent and the Grenadines in total with 5 people plus the crew Richard and Luca. That cruise was absolutely amazing. We enjoyed our stay on the boat so much. Everything worked perfect. Captain Richard and Luca were always so helpful and friendly, and of course very funny:-) . The meals - served from Luca - were really brilliant. So there is nothing, what we missed during our boat trip. The wind was okay, we took the whole time 12 qm kites. It was an amazing experience that we will never forget. And it was not just a vacation we felt like staying with friends :-) . Also the booking and planning of the trip with Aaron from bStoked was absolutely brilliant. He had so many useful tipps and informations that helped us to organize this unforgettable trip. Thanks a lot to the whole bstoked team and specially Aaron. And for sure, if we are going to plan our next trip, we will get in touch with bstoked!
it was a perfect experience!! Nice Kitespots and places to be.Nice other guests. Nice Skipper. 2 Things where not so nice: the cook was a showmaker and did not cook for the guests but for him and the cruise should have Union Island as start and endpoint, because two Transfers in one week to go there and to come back where to much sailing...
First of all: many thanks to the captain Vincent, he made a very good job! And we have had good luck with the other guests on our boat, they made our cruise enjoyable! The remains was not. The catamaran was totally scruffy and a lot of things have been faulty, like cabin windows, bathroom bilge pump and fresh water generation. Then starting from Martinique means cruising about 20h to Union Island first day and also backwards on the last day. With only one captain cruising the whole day and night... The most important thing for us were the expectations towards the spots: They did not match. For us, only Mayreau offered a nice Caribbean scenery combining a kite spot, which was worth taking part in such a trip. Union Island with JT and Clifton and the Tobago Cays are not, there are many better places to kitesurf all over the world. All in all we have been disappointed. Tomaz descriptions and videos of these cruises raised our expectations and in reality it did not fit. We would not take part in a trip like this. --- Answer from Tomaz: Thank you for your comments, Marco, I really appreciate it. Since this was a New Year cruise, the busiest week of the season, we hosted 2 separate groups using Nautitech 482 and Lagoon 450 catamarans. We didn't experience any problems with Lagoon 450 skippered by myself, but Nautitech 482 skippered by Vince did experience minor problems which were unforeseen - and I only say minor because safety was never compromised. I spent the previous week on your catamaran and indeed, the solution for cabin windows should be improved, especially since the catamaran was only built in 2014. To address the shower pump malfunction, I'm sorry for this even being brought to guests attention as the bilge pump was solving the problem. The water-maker malfunction was unfortunate, but still producing water and it's always possible to get fresh water from nearby islands. I agree this isn't good, nevertheless, catamaran is a small house on water with a lot of electronics, filters, pumps and batteries, and as such, things brake and need maintenance. You've raised a very good point about the long sail from Martinique or St. Lucia to the Grenadines. It is not always as bumpy as it was during your period. Guests are sometimes not aware of sail intensity and duration even after reading the customized itinerary for their period. Some people enjoy long sails, some don't. For this reason we offer different boarding possibilities which also include boarding on St. Vincent or Union island. Guests mostly choose to board on Martinique and St. Lucia because of better and cheaper flights there. To maximize your vacation time we usually do the long passage at night. This means we depart from Martinique or St. Lucia in the evening and you already enjoy lunch and afternoon kite session in the Grenadines the next day. Yes, it is hard for the captain, I know this first hand and not everybody can or will do it. Not every day is like this and captain needs to adjust resting periods accordingly. The new year cruise was only 7 nights and I believe we did maximize everybody's time on water. Regarding the kite spots, in general people with directional boards like Mayreau the most, while freestyle goes towards Frigate and as for the scenic touch everybody would vote for Tobago Cays. I would say the main advantage of kitesurfing in the Grenadines, besides constant winds, is that it is suitable for everybody, from complete beginners to advanced riders. It offers many different spots with different water conditions reachable with the boat inside one hour and there are rarely more than 10 people on the water at the same time. I am happy to read people you shared the boat with made the cruise enjoyable and that Vince made a good job despite difficulties and I regret this trip wasn't fulfilling expectations of your family. Tomaz, skipper and founder
Hugo and Emilie Are amazing people, making the best food and help you with the kiting. They take you around in heaven, just so you can have fun. The beaches and the water are just beautiful... so it's a dream tour.
We joined the cruise together with my wife who was not kiting at the start of the week but got lessons and got hooked ! Overall the cruise has been a fantastic experience, unbelievable kitesurfing, probably the best I've ever done in Union island and Mayreau. The cruise went on really well, our skipper Tomaz and Chef Polona took care of us like family and we felt at home on the boat from the first instants we boarded. from Breakfast to dinner, we kept being impressed by the food cooked by the brilliant Polona. Last but not least, the company on board was great and we literally spent some of the best holidays ever ! Wind was great and we got to kite every single day, more often 2 or 3 sessions daily for the rabid kite surfers amongst us !highly recommand !
Sorry for my english, I am from Argentina, and spanish is my language. Ill try anyway. This is the kind of trip its hard to forget. Most probably you wont. Certain things I think you should know though. I hope by doing this review I can take you out any doubts from doing this trip. Things you should not do; Dont bring kids! In fact, I recommend, dont bring anyone, no matter how old is, that does not kite. Spots are amazingly beautiful, clear water, sunny days, but you will live in a boat. And the boat might turn out to be very small if you wont leave it at any time. On the contrary, if you are kiting the boat is cool. In our case, it was for all us our first experience in sleeping in a boat. And it turn out to be cool, we were very lucky with our mates, and we were all from different countries; England, Egipt, Germany, and Swiss! Very nice people! English became the language in the boat. The Captain, Hugo, very nice guy, and his girlfriend Emily, our chef, were great. Both from France, and this french people knows how to cook, probably they were born in an oven. We ate great. We had the opportunity of buying beer and wine after the airport and before getting into the port the first day, it helps a lot. The boat has 3 freezers! This is not very normal, captain told me! Your beverages will be cool enough every time you need one. Try, if you can, if you have the money, to take a plane to Union island, try to avoid the 18 trip hours from St Lucia to the Grenadines (6 hours to St Vincent + 6 hours for the crew to rest + 6 hours from St Vincent to the grenadines) Its an open ocean trip, boat moves a lot and it is not very nice, you might get sick. I wish I would have read about this. Once you get in the Grenadines…. its paradise! I think, due to what I heard, that we were lucky with the wind, may is not the best month apparently, though we had wind every day. In my case, I am 1,80 mts tall and 80 kg, I kited 80% of the time with a 12 size, except for one day I used the 10. There are not enough words to describe our week. I truly recommend this to everyone. Right now, while writing this review, Im home, kind of depress, maybe is time to think in my next trip. Keep on kiting! Cheers from Argentina.