Aruba is a completely different place to learn or practice windsurfing and kite boarding than any other place across the world. The island offers all year round trade winds of 15-20 knots, sunny tropical weather, little rain, crystal clear flat-water locations as well as shallow and turqouise waters and beautiful sandy beaches. Whether you're a beginner, an expert, or anywhere in between, in Aruba you can find a suitable location for your skill level.
Plus, Aruba counts a handful of very good kite board and windsurf schools. All of them are located right across from Boardwalk Hotel, at a place which is best known as the Fisherman’s Huts. It is an area with turquoise waist deep waters for hundreds of feet, making it one of the best places to learn either sport for any age. The Fisherman's huts kiteboarding and windsurfing spot is located north of Palm Beach, right next to Marriott Stellaris and Ritz Carlton hotel. It is an exciting and ideal windsurf and kite board spot for beginners to learn the basics and for advanced sailors to blast their way over the water.
Hence, it comes as no surprise that Boardwalk Hotel Aruba has a long history of attracting windsurfers and kiteboarders looking for a relaxing and active vacation on Aruba. Boardwalk hotel's proximity to Aruba's best kiteboarding and windsurfing spot make it their ideal place to reside! Moreover, Boardwalk's casual yet luxurious Casitas and ambiance attracts kite boarders and windsurfers of all ages to relax and unwind. From the casitas on the first level you can even see the kites flying back and forth against the light blue sky. Each casita has a private porch, with a hammock and charcoal barbeque.
The first owners, Geert and Julia, started Boardwalk in 1987 when they were actually managing a windsurf business. Since then Boardwalk has always been associated with windsurfing and kite boarding. Back in the days the front desk even existed out of a windsurf shop where you could buy gear, shirts and other goodies. It was even because of kiteboarding that the new owners, Kimberly and Stephanie, discovered and fell in love with Boardwalk. Nowadays the shop has moved, but Boardwalk Hotel keeps on attracting lots of windsurf and kiteboard enthusiasts! Moreover, the hotel is an active sponsor of one of the largest annual kiteboarding and windsurfing competitions of the Caribbean; the Hi-Winds event!
Did you know that windsurfing is a sport you can practice your entire life and that it is for everyone? And that both experienced and true beginners can have a blast practicing it? It just never gets boring, as there is so much to learn! And, of course, it's a way to go as fast as you'd ever want (the world record is over 55 mph).
Windsurfing provides a way of connecting you with the wilderness again. It forces you to be sensitive to your natural environment as you skim across the surface of the water. When you start worrying about something you stop paying attention and SPLASH, you crash. In windsurfing it doesn't matter if you make mistakes: you can sit on your board and float, you will stop moving if you let go of the sail and when you are ready you pick up your sail and gain speed again.
The shallow and vast waters of the fisherman’s huts offer one of the most beautiful and pleasant spots to windsurfers, no matter whether you are just learning to sail, or can rip with the best. No wonder Aruba is amongst the top-rated spots of the world for windsurfing.
Just imagine yourself on Aruba: the board beneath your feet, the sail in your hands, the water in your face and the wind through your hairs…
Aruba is a perfect location to either learn the sport or play around with your board. At the Fisherman's huts there are a lot of rental shops where you can get the best gear. They also provide you with lessons from pro instructors. The many years of surfing has tought them a lot. They can teach you everything you need to know. They are good with their customers, they know what they're doing and most of all, you can see that they love their job. This is also one of the places where the Hi-Winds surf contest is being held.
Kite boarding is the fastest growing water sport in the world. A sport beloved to be watched and the thrill of blasting along, sending a flume of water in your wake, to then effortlessly fly 20 foot out of the water and spin or loop has attracted thousands to learn and practice the sport. It is an awesome experience like nothing else on earth! Although it is a relatively young sport it has significantly developed and nowadays equipment and teaching methods are safer and accessible.
With its shallow waters and all year round wind, Aruba is one of the best places in the Caribbean to learn or practice kiteboarding. The island has all year round wind, beautiful beaches and shallow waters. The best time for kite boarding in Aruba is January to September with the North East trade winds in the 18/27 knot range. The rain season is not bad at all. The different spots offer different conditions, making it ideal for both beginners and professionals.
The Fisherman's huts is home to several kitesurfing schools. It has flat shallow water and offer ideal circumstances for teaching. Boca Grandi is another spot South on the island. With its waves and constant onshore wind, its the preferred playground amongst experienced kiteboarders. The different spots offer different conditions, making it ideal for both beginners and professionals.
Boca Grandi Beach is by many kite surfers regarded as the number one choice for riding in Aruba. It is located at the very bottom of the southeast side of the island. Boca Grandi bay is huge and has a little chop to small waves conditions most of the time. The wind is side on shore, providing constant winds. This beach, or playground as some people call it, is preferred amongst experienced kite boarders. Several of Hi-Wind's kite boarding contests take place at Boca Grandi.
Although kite boarding is without doubt the most fun you can have on the water, it is essential to learn the basics with the guidance of an instructor who can ensure your safety. All of the kiteboarding schools are located at the Fisherman's Huts, right across from Boardwalk Hotel Aruba. The school have the latest Cabrinha equipment and they offer boat-guided lessons for all ability levels and at getting beginners up and riding in the fantastic flat-water conditions Aruba has to offer.
Founded in 1987, it was a world renowned competition part of the world tour of the Professional Board Sailing Association. Until 1997 the Aruban government sponsored the event, which made it possible to attract the best windsurfers in the world. In 1997, however, the government was obliged to curtail its financial support to the Hi-Winds. In response, the organizing committee decided to turn the Hi-Winds from a top professional race, into a top fun amateur event.
Nowadays, amateur racers from all over the world have come to this ten day competition to have a blast on as well as off the water, making the Aruba Hi-Winds the largest and most fun amateur windsurfing event of the entire Caribbean. The 2016 annual Aruba Hi-Winds are held from July 9th till the 18th.
Boardwalk is one of the sponsors of the hi-winds event. We want to contribute to the sport and make it possible for beginners, as well as pro riders to encourage the two beautiful sports. This year Boardwalk Hotel Aruba sponsored the hi-winds competition by offering a casita to two jury members.