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Wind- and Kitesurfing
The East End's reef-protected shallows extend for miles, offering ideal blustery conditions (15 to 35 mph in winter, 6- to 10-knot southerlies in summer) for windsurfing and kiteboarding. Boarders claim only rank amateurs will "tea-bag" (kite-speak for skidding in and out of the water) in those "nuking" winds. They also rarely "Hindenburg" (stall because of a lack of breeze) off West Bay's Palmetto Point and Conch Point.
Kitesurf Cayman. Here you can take full advantage of the gusty conditions at Barkers Beach. Head instructor Jhon Mora is a member of the Columbian National Kitesurfing Team; lessons, including tricks such as loops and rolls, are geared toward experienced boarders. Group rates are $150 for two hours (private introductory courses are $225); hotel transfers are free with pre-booked lessons. Barkers, near Papagallo's Restaurant, West Bay, Grand Cayman, KY1-1207. 345/916–5483. www.kitesurfcayman.com.
Ocean Frontiers. Ocean Frontiers offers kiteboarding rentals and instruction, working with the respected Kitehouse team, with locations from Costa Rica to Key West. Private two-hour lessons are $250; half-day rental is $75. They'll help you achieve 60 feet of big air to practice your triple loops. Compass Point, Austin Connelly Dr., East End, Grand Cayman, KY1-1801. 345/947–7500, 800/348–6096, or 345/947–0000. www.oceanfrontiers.com.
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