jueves, 10 de noviembre de 2016

HydroFoil Kite lessons in Mexico

PDCK LOVES FOILBOARDING and we want to share the love with you in a safe way!

We are stocked to be the only kiteboarding school in Riviera Maya offering HydroFoil lessons with learner friendly equipment and great tips to move you through your hydrofoil progression! By no means is Hydrofoiling easy, its still a challenge, its just making things much safer and cooler!

We offer private lessons with our Hydrofoil set up, We have 4 different mast sizes. From separate masts of incremental lengths- 15” (38cm), 24” (61cm) and 30” (76cm) and the stock mass at 35.5” (90cm). This set up comes from Slingshot

The steps are easy: First we start of with talking about safety and how to manage your foil board off and on the water. We give you simple techniques that will make your foil life much easier. The board has a lot of resistance in the water when not riding it, it makes having the right technique to manoeuvre the board around to get it on your feet essential to help save energy and reduce struggle.

We start off with the Taxi mast, getting you to touch and go with good control and ease. This reduces stress of massive crashes and you start to get your first feeling of flying on the magic carpet! Once you feel comfortable with the touch and goes, we will change the mast one size up and let you go SOLO mode, this is where you start to experience the real flight! 

The progression is fast and easy with the Flight school program. You can learn at your own pace with no fear or stress. The different sizes are made to let you progress little by little with minimal risk. We are there to guide you with great tips and tricks, as well as get you back up wind, and help you save energy. Every step of the way we are there to give you confidence and re-enforce your training. We also went through the foil growing pains and know how it can be!  CHECK OUT MY VIDEO HERE!

We require you to have good kite skills and able to ride up wind and transition with no problems. Hydrofoiling is the most difficult aspect of kiteboarding at the moment and it will take a couple sessions to start and get a feel for it. Once you get it you will be hooked because it can take you places you never dreamed of in speeds you dream of!! 

The progressions are made so you can learn at your own pace. If we feel you are doing well and feel comfortable, you can rent the board with the Taxi or Solo and start practicing on your own. 

For more tips and trick Slingshot has put together a free online training academy. 
This is not to replace lessons, this is to help you while taking lessons or after lessons once you have the basics!

When will you come and visit us for your first foil session?

Photos are from slingshot and PDC kiteboarding.

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Feel Free to contact us for anything you need for kiteboarding


viernes, 14 de octubre de 2016

Mayan Riviera Windy season has started!

   We are happy to announce the start of the windy season in Playa del Carmen and the surrounding areas! It has started us off with great conditions for the NE blowing from 13-18 knots daily. Its been a dream come true! I am a bit short staffed at the moment with only 2 instructors and me, but we are managing our self! The conditions have been Epic! A super start to the season, making us pretty excited for the things to come!

    We are looking forward to what this season has to offer, as well as all the things we have to offer.
One of the more excited things for me would be the Hydrofoil lessons we have. We have equipment specifically aimed at beginners that have never done or tried Hydrofoiling before! 
The foil we have has a much shorter mast on it, and we have 4 progressive sizes to move up to. The reason its so much safer is because the mast is short, you do not have such a far distance to fall when it comes up or down like a bunking bronco! Shortening the foil makes it much more manageable.
Hydrofoil kite lessons in Mexico with PDCkiteboarding are guaranteed to be great fun a fast progression!

   So come over and start taking your beginners lessons with us as soon as you can, the hardest part about kiteboarding is getting started! Find the time now and you will always find the time to make it happen later as it becomes an addiction. You will not regret it! 

Would you Try hydrofoil lessons in Mexico with us? 

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sábado, 24 de septiembre de 2016

How to get to Isla Blanca from Playa del Carmen / How to get to Isla Blanca from Cancun

How to get to Isla Blanca from Playa del Carmen or Cancun.

One of the popular areas in the Mayan Rivera for kiteboarding would be a large lagoon in the north of Cancun called Isla Blanca. If you have research about kiteboarding in Mexico, I´m sure Isla Blanca has popped up on the radar! We offer various option to get to Isla Blanca with our transportation. Here I will give you some tips!

In our Isla Blanca Excursion we offer transportation to and from your resort/house or hotel for a fair price. The transportation we provide is with white tours vans with airco and driver able to seat 14 people. We often take down the 4 back seats to be able to load all the equipment in the back. This gives us space for 10 people comfortably. We can load about 10 Twintips, and 15-20 kites in the back of the van! This is because we have become master packers! The price includes pick up and drop off, as well as the entrance to the kite club on site with restaurant, bathrooms and showers.  We try and leave early to get a good start to the day so we make it back before dark.

   We are always going to Isla Blanca the days there are north winds. The north winds are off shore along the coast in this area and the only place to kite with a north wind is in Isla Blanca. These are the days we are most busy with the tour and are fully loaded with the whole team and everyone around wanting to kite. For the north winds its best you have a wetsuit with you, as it can get a bit chilly and the north winds tend to be our strongest winds, so bring your smaller kites!

  For the days the wind is not off shore, we are kiting at our home spot at The Sandos Playacar. However, we do organise and offer tours and trips to Isla Blanca even if its not a north wind. We need a minimum of 3 people to sign up for the tour for us to hire the vans and send a guide with you. 
Along with the Transportation for an additional fee you can have a pro IKO instructor shared between the group for a all day advanced, confidence building training! Guaranteed you learn new things. We focus on safety, making sure you very well know the basics and what to do in any situation. Whether you need help in the basics or you want to lay down your first backroll or basic jump! You can also get your own private instructor for the day depending on availability.  The flat water in Isla blanca and the shared or private instructor could be what you are looking for!

  We only want the best for all our clients, so we will organise all tours/trips around the best wind forecasts. Wind is never 100% according to the forecast, but we will do our best to pick the most reliable days to get everyone on the water. 

  Isla Blanca is not the only kite trips we offer. We offer other trips to close by locations when conditions call for it! Don´t hesitate to ask us about kiteboarding in the area, we are more then happy to help you out.

Please contact us in advance to get on our Isla Blanca wish list!

Email me if you have any question and to get pricing 

Have you been to Isla Blanca before? Its a great place to visit especially when you have the right tips and company! Let us be the ones to show you the good times :)

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jueves, 22 de septiembre de 2016

Playa del Carmen kiteboarding 2016/17 team!

The windy season is just around the corner!

We are really excited to get the windy season on its way and start getting everyone out on the water! We have new things in store for this season!

Meet the Team! 

Dylan Shewfelt PDCK Manager
I am Dylan the Playa del Carmen Kiteboarding Co-Owner and Manager. I have been involved with PDCK for more then 5 years and love every minute of it. I learned how to kite in Playa del Carmen and have not stopped since. Its been my main focus for the past 7 years and has taken me on many different journeys and I have met so many interesting people along the way!
That is what I love about this sport, anyone can learn and all walks of life come and take on the sport for many different reason!

We look forward to meeting YOU this year!
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Kiteboarding started in 2011 when Doug was in Zanzibar working underwater as a dive instructor. When he was not working in diving he was over at the water-club with me sailing small catamarans into the waves for some trill or kiteboarding!
After his Zanzibar adventure came to an end, Doug came to meet up with me in Mexico to continue with his diving Photography/videography. On time off he would come over and kite with us at PDCK, soon realising he wanted to continue his kiteboarding education and become an IKO instructor, get better at the sport to fill his adrenaline side and make some money doing something he loves.

He has become an important part of the team with his up beat friendly go getter attitude, and always looking out for his students best interest, teaching as safe and fun as he can.

He is just getting back from 3 months of improving his kite skills in the meca of kiteboarding, Cabarete Dominican Republic. With some New gear and a fresh energy ready to tackle the new season!!

Started kiteboarding in 2008. Home spot Toronto Canada where he enjoys sweet waters and sweet winds on the Great Lakes.

Martin loves nature and all aspects of it. Preferred riding style is strapless wave riding. He has a passion for creating new things and exploring the unexplored!

When he is not on the surfboard he is shedding the mountain on his bike, creating art or build things.

Owner and creator of Mobe Kitewear clothing line.
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 Martina & Stefano
An inseparable couple from Italy (they are still together even after Stef, some years ago, thought it could have been fun to teach his girlfriend how to kite!). They are in love, with water sports and everything that connect them with Nature, discovery and different cultures. 
They love kiteboarding so much that they made the tough decision of leave their jobs to spend their life together on the most beautiful beaches around the world, sharing their passion for the sport.
In the meantime they are running "Project-a" a traveling photographic project to keep their friends updated about their movements and promote the activities of associations in support of environmental sustainability and local communities. Check out their journy here!
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If you have any question for any particular Team member, we would love to hear from you!
Feel free to email your questions to us!
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miércoles, 14 de septiembre de 2016

Kiteboarding Spots in Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, Mexico

    Playa del Carmen has a lot of kiteboarding Spots to offer for more experienced riders. The reason we have Our School located at the Sandos Playacar resort is because it is the widest and longest beach available in Playa del Carmen, making it safer, easier and much more fun to learn. We also have professional IKO instructors on site everyday to make sure everything is going smoothly along with many other perks and treats. However, if you are looking for other locations and to kite in less kite specific beaches where you can launch your kite and have some fun on the water, I will mention a few locations for you.
   Please note that all these beaches I will talk about here are not locations for teaching, they are by law spots open to local kiters as well as visitors for personal use only. I will list some guide lines to make sure these spots remain open for public use for everyone to enjoy for years to come. We hear to often that simple safety rules are neglected and for these reason spots will be closed for our lovely sport.

   Our spot at the Sandos Playacar is the last beach in the south, the first spot I will mention is located in the north just slightly off the right side of this map above. The reason this is the closest beach to us, is because in the hotel zone there are many resorts, and all resorts have roped off swimming areas, and its prohibited to kite in these areas for obvious reasons. Please keep and eye out if you end up doing a down winder to visit us or just end up losing ground.

 The kite spot is close to the pier that runs the ferries to the island of Cozumel and back. This spot is called Playacar Fase 1, and is a popular local beach to sun bathers and swimmers alike. This beach is open for kiters. You need to stay a  MINIMUM of 500m away from the ferry dock at all times no matter what. Please take in consideration which way the wind is to take the right amount of space incase of wind dropping down or kite crashing down!

   Locals set up about 700m south of the dock (Blue Star) and kite all around the free open space keeping away from the dock! Like all kite spots, please get help to launch and land your kite, no jumping on the beach with the kite, and/or power stokes. Keep a very fair distance from the beach, keep all riding and tricks a minimum of 50m away from the beach and/or swimmers. Swimmers have priority like always.

Click the Photo to get full image. Click on kitespot name to open google maps for a real view!

   If you ever see a local at any of these spots mentioned, please approach them and ask for advise and get to know them. The locals are very friendly and should be willing to help to be able to keep these spots open and safe. Don't hesitate to ask for help from the local kiters :)

   The next available spot open to kiters is 3.2km North with a local name of Coco Bay. Way back in the day our kiteboarding school was the one and only, this was our beach for teaching! Until the beach became to small and they put up a fence we decided it was not suitable for beginners to learn.
   Coco Bay is less crowded with beach goers and swimmers. The beach is very narrow for launching and landing with a fence at the edge of the properties. Also be aware of entering the water as in most spots there are rocks on the edge of the shore, not sharp, easy to avoid and no sea urchins that I know of! In the south ( red lines) is where the populated town and popular beaches are, please stay away from the beach as it is very crowded on that side and kiteboarding is prohibited in these areas.
Just before that is the reef and Marina with tied off boats from the local fisherman and dive companies. This would be an obstacle you will want to stay clear of, as well as the reef that protects the boats, its shallow and sharp. In the north some ways out, there is another shallow reef you will want to stay clear of, its shallow with plenty of sea life, there are local snorkel tours and divers that will be close by this reef. 

 The last spot in Playa del Carmen accesable to the public and kiteboarding use is a little bit more of a tight spot, with very little space to launch and rocky shore and reef. Xcalacoco (SH-Cala-coco) I am not as familiar with, but here is the advise I can give!
  To get to this beach you have to take a right at the last stop light leaving Playa del Carmen.

    Xcalacoco beach has only one public entrance where the red line is indicated on the map. Just on the south side there is a small stretch of beach where you can launch your kite and get out over the rocks. You can also take a walk down to the north side just past all the hotels and launch your kite in that open area. Please be carful of the docks/piers and swimmers again. 

   All the beaches have the same rules of how far you can kite from the beach and all normal safety measures you should take at any spot you go to. Remember to ask the locals for advise if you catch them!

   We offer trips around the Riviera Maya to discover these locations along with others further out to the south and to the north. We provide transportation and a professional instructor as a guide, you can also hire the instructor for the day to help you build confidence and learn some new things along the way.

Contact me for more information if needed, see what group and trip we have going out next that you can join!

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viernes, 4 de marzo de 2016

Wind in Playa del Carmen / Wind Forecast Playa del Carmen

How can you find the most reliable wind forecast for Playa del Carmen?

We always use WindGuru.com for the most accurate wind reading in the area. Before you go checking WindGuru Playa del Carmen forecast there is something you need to know.
2 years ago WindGuru Playa del Carmen was working just fine, and it was what we would look at for all winds in this area. Suddenly, from one day to the next the forecast did not look like it was going to be good, the wind stats dropped from 14-19 knots to 8-12 knots. :(   The next day to our surprise the wind was still good, and much more than the Playa del Carmen wind guru was predicting. This was the case for the whole week, and the next! This is still the case. For some reason, the WindGuru started to grab data from an unreliable source in Playa del Carmen. 

    So, for all wind updates and for best results we, at Playa del Carmen Kiteboarding, always look at WindGuru Isla Blanca Cancun.  Although this is the forecast for Cancun, we get the same winds and strength, since we are along the very same coarse and only 60km away. For sure there are days we get more wind and Cancun gets less wind or vice versa, its just a predicted forecast. I have been following the forecast and been on the beach almost everyday for the past 2 years, and WindGuru Isla Blanca Cancun is the most accurate forecast for Playa del Carmen winds.  
I will never look at Windguru Playa del Carmen as it is way off! 

HERE is what Playa del Carmen wind Guru is predicting for this week.
Wind starting to come from the NE on sunday and turning to the South east till Friday.
If you notice the wind says 8-12 knots on Sunday and Monday!
Lucky for us this forecast is incorrect. 
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Link mentioned this is the forecast from Isla Blanca Cancun, it has a much better reading of the wind.
This is the wind we will also get in Playa del Carmen.

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As you can notice the wind direction is accurate and both predict the same, its just the wind strength for Playa del Carmen prediction is off.  

So please disregard all readings from Playa del Carmen wind  forecasts as they are incorrect. 
We are losing kiters around our area, and some kiters are leaving their gear at home because of viewing the wrong forecast with low inaccurate readings.

I hope this clears some things up for all wind lovers traveling to our area that are worried that we have less wind then the areas around us! 

Hope to see you soon :)

I hope to also be posting more useful kite travel info for Mexico in the near future :)

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If you have any questions about anything, I am more than happy to help :)

domingo, 22 de noviembre de 2015

First Isla Blanca trip of the season !!

Hey happy kiters and future kiters!

Tomorrow we are having our first Isla Blanca Lagoon trip for the "El NORTE"!

This north wind is blowing off shore along the coast, which is a no go for us! Not only will this wind blow you off shore, its also very gusty along the coast due to many buildings and trees. So what we do for every north wind, is go to a flat water lagoon most of you have heard of called Isla Blanca.
Isla Blanca is in the north of Cancun, this is there the North wind is best, much more clean and assessable to all of us in the area!

   Its a great day! The north wind is a cold front, so it normally packs a little bit of a punch! The  North winds can range from 18-30 knots. Tomorrow we are looking at around 20-22 knots :) thats a pretty nice start to our first proper cold front. Its nice to go up to the lagoon for the day, since its the only place to kite in the area, every kiter that is free, will be there!

  I will have 2 car loads of people and equipment tomorrow, we start out trip at 8am to get a good start and be on the water by 10-10:30am :) We normally will spend the whole day there enjoying the good winds and ideal conditions for all our clients.

We have had many GREAT times at the lagoon, and great success teaching all of our students up there! Its great to hang with the whole kiting community from the area, since we all get along and have a great time fooling around and flying together :)

For all the people joining us, See you in the morning !!! :) For those of you not here yet, join us on the next trip for sure!
Contact me!


Dylan :)

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