At just 17 years old, Maika Buckley has decided to finish her senior year of high school online so she can move to Cabarete to train. Maika said, “I love Cabarete. All of my friends do not understand how I could leave high school my senior year and go live in a third world country. I think how could I not?”
Sherman Island is not just a kiteboarding spot, but is home to a very strong and passionate kiteboarding community. It has a unique history and is not a spot where all kiteboarders can ride as the launch sites are small, crowded, and full of obstacles.
Kitesurfing on a strapless surfboard is one of the most rewarding things you can do while powered by a kite, but before you head to the waves you have to first learn how to get up on a surfboard without straps.
An off the lip turn is basically just a heelside carve timed to happen on the face of a wave. This is the simplest way to begin having fun in swell. Practice this turn in small waves before moving up to the big ones as mistakes will hurt a lot less.
Every kiteboarder has been approached by someone on the beach and asked, “What’s that sport called? How much does it cost? Is it hard?” The first two questions are easy to answer: It’s called kiteboarding and it costs about $2000 to $2500 to get started. Is kiteboarding hard? Well, that depends.
When I learned to kiteboard, my first board was a 171 cm Liquid Force Picklefork. It was big, heavy, and had four sharp corners that were always trying to murder you. I thought it was the coolest piece of equipment ever. We all laugh at the Pickleforks now, but the design helped kiteboarders shift from directional to twin tip boards.
When it comes to shaping, the teacher always judges the apprentice. And even though Pat Rawson is a highly regarded shaper in his own right, legendary craftsman Dick Brewer was on hand to critique his work and ultimately award Rawson top honors during Sacred Craft's "Tribute to the Masters Shape-off".