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40Knots Kitesurfing & Windsurfing School Antigua
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Kitesurfing Test Lesson in Nonsuch Bay
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Owner description: Our school offers high quality kitesurfing and windsurfing tuition with IKO certified instructors (International Kitesurfing Organization) with the latest and safest equipment. We are located in Nonsuch Bay, on the windward shore of Antigua, where the trade winds blow strong and constant. The bay is completely closed by the reef and offers a condition of warm and flat water, ideal to learn and progress. Updated equipment, newest teaching methods and power boat assistance make the best combination for your perfect learning experience. The kitesurfing lessons will start from the beach of Green Island, a tiny island windward to Nonsuch bay, with white sand and crystal blue water; a perfect landing/launching area for kites.
Reviewed 24 April 2014

Max and Irene are GREAT! My husband and I have been to kitesurfing locations all around the world; Brazil, South Africa, Mozambique, Bonaire, Barbados and at home in the USA.
40 Knots is in a beautiful location, and offers favorable condtions for learners and pros! I am a 53 year old woman and have been taking many lessons to learn this sport. Most of the other locations offered either very difficult conditions( big shore break, very crowded with other kiters, extreme wind) or instructors who who did not speak english very well :(
I had a lesson with Monica who is from Poland. She was very helpful and always professional and calm! Having the boat nearby is a nice sense of security as I am still trying to stay upwind and sometimes have trouble re-launcing my kite! We were staying at another location in Antigua but found it was worth the 45 minute drive to get to Nonsuch. If you are thinking about learning to Kitesurf this is the place! They have the very best equipment as well. Which is very important in this sport!
Roberta and Chuck

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Reviewed 23 April 2014

This is definitely one of the best locations to kite, especially for beginners who want to have lessons with the school. They have a great set-up using boats and small classes (max 2 people), all the instructors are friendly and energetic. They are also happy to give tips to everyone else on the beach and help with launching and rescue if needed. The spot is great for flat water just inside a reef and between 2 islands.

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Reviewed 7 April 2014

Thanks to the team for a great 4 days of learning to kitesurf, great kit, great tuition and friendly instructors. I'll be back :-)

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Reviewed 4 April 2014

I have for some time wanted to try kitesurfing and signed up for a package of three lessons. The centre provided all the equipment, with the latest safety features, and the instructors were professional and patient and all the staff at the centre friendly and helpful. With the warm sea, moderate trade winds and venue it would seem to me an ideal place to learn and progress and have fun once your are more proficient.

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Reviewed 23 March 2014

We returned January this year to Antigua for 12 days after spending only a few days last year in this gorgeouse spot. The main purpose this year was kite boarding - expanding our skills and just have a great time on the water. We knew from our last visit that 40knots provides first class instructors and the spot offers perfect conditions to either learn kite boarding, solidify your skills or just show of when you're already a pro. Check out the photos - that's Tom and Kara from 40knots and some dramatic atmosphere when the occasional rain rolls in.
The small groups (max. 2 people per instructor) are ideal to get a lot of time in the water per lesson (usually between 90 and 120min). As mentioned above, the instructors are great. They really want you to learn kite boarding. For more skilled riders 40knots offers reduced rates if you don't need instructions but want to have someone watch you closely and pick you up if you can't make it back to the beach. Even if you are using only the drop-off option (only for intermediate and higher skilled kiters) someone from 40knots is around to pull out of the water if you struggle.
The pricing is applied very fair and 40knots accomodates all kinds of special requests (gear rental, testing of equipment, preferred instructors, special lessons to practice certain skills, ...). I found it also great that they check your own gear when something is wrong or needs attention and help you out to get everything sorted out for your trip back home in case you buy any gear at 40knots. They have a good selection of ozone and crazy fly gear and other stuff, too.
The water is great - it's just a marvellous spot. The reef keeps off the big waves but you still have the unlimited view out to the ocean. Next stop Africa. The water is shallow enough to be cozy warm but only a few spots are so shallow that you might hit the ground when crashing and these spots are clearly visible. Starting from the beach on Green Island is ideal as you don't interfer with any swimmers - just watch out for the yachts! If you are not that experienced or misjudge the wind speed it can get a challenge to go back to the beach - but then the guys from 40knots will collect you if you're in distress.
We stayed 12 days and had only 1 day with too little wind for kiting, on two days the wind was boarderline, but the rest was a blast! When were there wind speeds are usually above 8m/s, mostly around 10-14 m/s. Check out windguru.cz, they have a data spot exactly on the kite beach. Best times to kite are the mornings and in the afternoon, as the wind goes down a bit around noon and picks up after.
40knots offers approx. every two hours a lift from the base to the kite beach with a big boat, holding approx. 12 persons, maybe more - this option is only useful for people who can kite independently. If you paid for a lesson you're taxied and escorted by a dhinghi (+/- 20hp) It was relatively quiet when we were there and you have tons of space to fool around and have fun with your kite. It gets busy on the weekends when the locals hang out, but after a while you notice that there's always enough room for everybody.
We would return anytime again, even if we wouldn't necessarily need to take lessons anymore - just to meet the guys from 40knots!

Thank DoNiAu
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