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Be First Recipients Review the Top 10 Places to Kiteboard on Earth
Posted on June 27, 2011

Be First recipients Gavin McClurg and Jody MacDonald are attempting to be the first to kiteboard, surf, stand up paddleboard, and paraglide some of the most remote places on earth, which they will access by sail on their 60-foot catamaran DiscoveryAre you in pursuit of your own “first?” Our Be First program is an opportunity to get sponsored when you go for your own summit, whatever that may be. To learn more, visit Be First.

By Gavin McClurg; photos by Jody MacDonald

Here are the top 10 places to kite that we’ve found on our world tour thus far: over 40,000 + miles, 40 countries, and 131 locations.

10) Bazaruto, Mozambique. Ranks easily in the top three spots on the current expedition thus far, as the place has incredible paragliding, insane kiting, and beauty. It would be higher on the list if the wind season was longer and more reliable, but we scored some very, very nice days. Can’t argue with just flat out beauty. Check out some insane images that Jody shot from her paraglider.

9) Barbuda, Caribbean. We spent nearly a week with Shannon Best, Clinton Bolton, Stacey Fonas, and Alex Brown in this remote outpost in an otherwise very busy cruising area. If you like flat-water kiting, it doesn’t get much better.

8) San Blas, Panama. Now that I’m writing this, I’m surprised to put another spot in the top 10 that was in the Caribbean, as the clear overall favorite region is definitely the Pacific. For wind, there is hardly more reliable a setting than the San Blas, and the culture is magical. It’s the postcard spot—sand islets, palm trees, and aquamarine water.

7) Los Roques, Venezuela. This was our favorite place in the Caribbean by far and the only place that is similar in some ways to the much larger, much more remote Pacific. We didn’t score a lot of waves, but the sand cays just scream kiting.

6) Atolls, French Polynesia. We traveled through this rather remarkable area of French Polynesia (Sorry, made an oath to not give the specifics) with Moehau Goold, Mauricio Abreu, Clinton Bolton and Josh Mulcoy and scored some of the best waves of the expedition. Difficult to get to, logistically challenging, unbelievably remote, insanely beautiful and wicked sharky—it’s an awesome place to have an adventure.

5) Raivavae, Austral Islands, French Polynesia. This one is way up here in the #5 spot for two reasons—there is hardly any other way to get there except by offshore yacht, and the wind CRANKS. Add to that quite possibly the most stunning island in all of the Pacific (yes, even over Bora Bora) and absolute solitude … and a lot of Humpback whales, and there you have Raivavae.

4) Anakao, Madagascar. This only gets #4 rating for the consistency and quality of the wave. Flameballs is an incredible, machine-like left-hander, but for much of our visit the winds were too offshore. The anchorage is rolly, and without a yacht it’s a hell of a place to get to. Watch out for malaria ….

3) Micronesia (Pohnpei and Kosrae). This fertile region in the middle of nowhere holds a lot of secrets, and we can’t give them all away either. This ranks up there at the #2 slot for rainfall—in the world. But in the windy season you can expect to score some serious waves, some amazing flatwater, plenty of fish, lots of manta rays, and a heap of jet lag. Another spot on this list that is seriously difficult to get to, but worth the effort.

2) Cargados Shoals. This is the hardest to reach place on the list. Smack dab in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the only way to get in is by offshore sailing yacht. There is a small coast guard station and nearly 50 miles of shoals which, are a kiter’s playground. Flatwater galore, we blew 20 knots solid day and night for the two weeks we were there, and getting a solid, left-hand wave pushes Cargados into the #2 position. Amazing.

1) Marshall Islands. This wasn’t a hard one to choose. If it wasn’t such a difficult place to provision and get around, we might still be there. Remote is an understatement. It’s also quite an uncomfortable place to sail around—the anchorages are exposed, and the wind nukes every December through April, which makes getting back to Majuro pretty rough going. But we found our guests, who included Pete Cabrinha, Kristin Boese, Mauricio Abreu, and Moehau Goold, very willing to put up with the discomfort in return for easily the best kiting of the expedition. Radical waves, clean wind, enchanting locals, massive fish, pristine untouched coral …. The next time around on the Best Odyssey II, we may just plant ourselves there for a year!

Author: - Monday, June 27th, 2011

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