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Beginners to advanced clinic ( foil, freestyle )
DUOTONE & ION one of the best quality brand from 2001
Hotels, resort or private villas right on the kite spots
Half day tours for the morning as the wind starts at 1 pm
frequently asked questions about Kitesurfing in Las Terrenas
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO LEARN KITESURFING ?
You will need a minimum of 3 hours of lessons to start. You will master 3 essential skills: piloting the kite on land, body dragging in deep water without board and water start.
It is recommended to do take the 6 hour package across 3 days so that you can become an independent kiteboarder with the kite control needed for every situation.
WHAT IS THE BEST SEASON TO VISIT DOMINICAN REPUBLIC ?
The Dominican Republic has wind almost all year round. The best months are February, March, April, July and August.
The best time for surfing in Dominican Republic is from November until April along the North shore of the island.
WHATS THE CLOSEST AIRPORT TO LAS TERRENAS ?
20 minutes : Samana El Catey ( AZS ) only flights from Toronto ( YYZ ), Montreal ( YUL ), Ottawa ( YOW ), Frankfurt ( FRA )
2 hours : Santo Domingo Las Americas ( SDQ ) with many flights from United States ( JETBLUE, AMERICAN AIRLINES, SPIRIT, DELTA ) and Europe ( AIR FRANCE, AIR CARAIBES, IBERIA, TUI FLY )
5 hours : Punta Cana International Airport ( PUJ ) with many connections in the world.
PUBLIC BUS TRANSFERS FROM AIRPORTS TO LAS TERRENAS ?
Santo Domingo : take 1O min taxi from Las Americas airport to the bus stop « Parada Samana » company name « Transporte Las Terrenas » schedule table : 8:50 am – 9:50 am – 11:20 am – 2 pm – 3:20 pm – 6:20 pm
Punta Cana : 2 buses in total !
– take 15 min taxi from Punta Cana airport to the bus stop « Cruce de Veron » company name « Espresso Bavaro » schedule table : 7 am – 9 am – 11 am – 1 pm – 3 pm – 4 pm ( always full buy your ticket 30 min before ! ) STOP before Santo Domingo at the bus station «
Parada Samana »
– company name « Transporte Las Terrenas » schedule table : 8:50 am – 9:50 am – 11:20 am – 2 pm – 3:20 pm – 6:20 pm
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN KITESURFING IN CABARETE AND LAS TERRENAS ?
Caberete : 200 kites in the air; 15 kite schools; choppy and big shore break difficult for students; strong winds between 20 – 30 knots; perfect for waves riders; not many flight connections from Puerto Plata airport.
Las Terrenas : Uncrowned spot; flat and shallow crystal clear water; perfect for beginners, freestyle coaching and hydrofoil lessons; many flight options from Santo Domingo airport.
There are also many other things to do such as whales watching, visit El Limon Waterfall or Los Haitises national park. Just ask for details
WHEN I LOOK AT WINDGURU WIND STATISTICS I DON’T SEE GOOD WIND. WHY?
No worries the wind speed is always between 15 & 20 knots and super steady like a fan! Unfortunately, Windguru doesn’t take into account the local thermal wind which reinforces the steady trade winds « Alizes »; It is best to add 5 knots to the forecast.
IF I STAY FOR ONE WEEK, WHAT IS NEXT AFTER THE 3 DAYS LESSONS PACKAGE ?
Based on your level, we will adapt the training program with either more hours of lessons or rental under supervision. We will ensure that you maximise your time on the water having fun!
IS THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC SAFE?
Yes! Don’t forget that the principal economy of the island has been tourism for the last 20 years. The Dominican people will take the best care of you and make sure you spread the word about this beautiful place.
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC VACCINATIONS AND MEDICAL PRESCRIPTIONS ?
You need nothing than the common travel vaccinations !
You must take care with the sun with make sure you have adequate protective clothing: rashgard, hat, sunglasses, sunblock …. The mosquitos tend to come out at the beginning / ending of the day.
WHATS IS THE CURRENCY IN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC?
The national currency is the Dominican pesos ( DOP ) but you can exchange US Dollars & Euros everywhere (be warned airport rates are the worst ! ).
Credit card are not accepted in most small Dominican shops, but are welcome in hotels, and many restaurant & activities.
ATM fees are normally $5 for each withdraw at the machine in addition to your bank charges !
DO I NEED A CAR IN LAS TERRENAS ?
The answer is NO ! It’s a small village with maximum of 30 minutes walking distance to anything. If you want to discover the uncrowned beaches nearby, then it is better to rent a scooter or quadbike.
WHAT ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT I NEED FOR KITESURFING LAS TERRENAS ?
No wetsuit, no shoes only your board shorts !
During winter you’ll need a 14 m & 12 m kite quiver and in the summer time a 12m & 9 m kite quiver.
It is possible to Hydrofoil in certain areas so ask us for more information.
Kitesurf Las Terrenas
WHERE A NEW SPORT WAS BORN
By 1984, the French brothers Bruno and Dominique Legaignoux had patented the first inflatable kite (LEI). That patent is still in use today by all the kiteboarding manufacturers. In 1995 they created and launched the first kite brand WIPIKA (Wind Powered Inflatable Kite Aircraft) . This signalled the birth of the sport of kitesurfing as we know it.
In 1999 Bruno decided to move to the Dominican Republic, and Las Terrenas proved to be the perfect place for his research and development. Having consistent wind of not more than 25 knots, powered each day by the thermal wind was just like having a like a fan! Combined with the side shore wind direction and its many safe bays offering crystal clear shallow water, he was able to work on a number of ideas for the future of kitesurfing which were far ahead of their time.
The dominican kids from Las Terrenas were the first on the planet to test Bruno’s new kite prototypes, such as the Bow shape and later 4 lines kites. Two of them who started at 10 years old were soon ranking in the top 10 in the world and sponsored by WIPIKA (which later became TAKOON).
Las Terrenas was the place in the Dominican Republic where kiteboarding was born, and so is a perfect place for you to start or build on your kitesurfing journey.
KITESURFING LEGENDS IN THE WORLD
According to legend, Canadian windsurfer Jean Laporte came to Cabarete in the 1980s and was quite literally blown away by the consistent and warm trade winds. The windsurfing community in Cabarete exploded soon after, and began to appear in the most popular windsurfing magazines of the time. Cabarete gained attention as one of the world’s premier spots for windsurfing and eventually kiteboarding. Cabarete has hosted many prestigious kitesurfing competitions.
Many famous freestyle kiteboarding names like Luciano Gonzalez, Posito Martinez, Ariel and Adeuri Corniel started out here. They also were recently in the Olympic games for the first time. Two kite brands were created here in the Dominican Republic, E.H. & Star kites.
In 2003 when I first discovered kitesurfing, my dream was to go to Caberete and meet all of these legends of this new sport « kitesurfing ». This changed my life and fuels my passion for teaching and sharing this great sport with all the people I have taught.