TRAVEL INSPIRATION

Although, we’re not allowed to travel these days, we can still daydream about future trips. Teamriders Rita Arnaus, Sanne Meijer and Sarah-Quita made a list of their top 5 kitesurfing, wakeboarding and windsurfing spots around the world. So get inspired and start dreaming about future trips!

RITA’S TOP 5 KITESURFING SPOTS

1. Cumbuco, Brazil: Every time, I have an incredible good time in Cumbuco. It’s a spot where lots of kiters and riders go to enjoy the perfect conditions in the ocean and lagoons. My best memory is from last November, when I competed in the GKA Kite World Tour and got a 3rd place finish! ​

2. Los Roques, Venezuela: This is definitely the most beautiful spot I’ve ever seen. Los Roques has many kilometres of crystal blue water, and delivers great winds. I never thought a place like this existed, until I saw it with my own eyes. The best memories I have are from my last trip while filming the video Alegria y Sal with a bunch of friends.

3. Dakhla, Morocco: Dakhla is a spot located in the middle of the sand dunes, the (super) strong winds make it a magical place. My best memory is from 2014, when I competed in my first global kitesurfing competition! ​

4. Union Island, Grenadines: I only went once to Union Island, but I had an amazing time cruising on a sailing boat while shooting the Stance Kiteboarding video. ​

5. Le Morne, Mauritius: Le Morne is also a really special place, I (kite)surfed my first proper wave here and I got a second place at the GKA freestyle stop last year!

SANNE’S TOP 5 WAKEBOARDING SPOTS

1. Bali, Indonesia: Bali is definitely my favorite spot. Not just for wakeboarding, but for everything: the surf, the nature, the food, and ACAI BOWLS FOR DAYSS! Back in 2018, my friends and I went to Bali for the Plastic Playground World Series, so we also added some wake-action to the trip. ​

2. 2. Sidewake, Portugal: My all-time favorite spot for boat wakeboarding. The good vibes, the flat water and the awesome canyons make this place so cool! This is also the spot where my video was made in collaboration with Brunotti, here you can see how awesome the nature there is.

3. Buenos Aires, Argentina: Last year, I went to Buenos Aires for six weeks to stay with my wake friend Martina. It was my second trip to Argentina, but this time I was staying with a local. This definitely made a difference, because she showed me what the real Argentinian life was about! There aren’t that many full size cable parks in Argentina, so Martina and I visited a few 2.0 parks. I had so much fun riding these parks, because they all had home made obstacles, which I had never ridden before! And of course besides wakeboarding, the ‘’asados’’, also known as Argentinian barbecues, were amazing! ​

4. Playa del Carmen, Mexico: I always enjoy going to Mexico, because I love the Mexican food haha! And there is just so much to do: fishing, diving, exploring, wakeboarding, and like I said eating Mexican food! 😀 What do you need more?

5. Aussie, Aussie, Aussie Last February, I went to the Gold Coast, Australia, for the first time. I expected it to be like America, but I was wrong! I guess it’s more a mixture of Europe and America. Australia is one of the best places to combine boat and cable wakeboarding and also going to the beach for a little surf!

SARAH-QUITA’S TOP 5 WINDSURFING SPOTS

1. Barcadera, Aruba: Aruba is not only my home spot, but it’s an incredible place for windsurfing. There are different spots that cater to people with different levels. At the Fishermen’s huts, it’s shallow and easy for beginners. Barcadera has stronger winds and bigger chops, which is more challenging for freestylers, and then you also have some wave spots for more advanced sailors. It’s a blast to sail around this island and the locals are warm and welcoming!

2. Cape Town, South Africa: Woaah! I don’t even know where to start. I’ve always said I could move to Cape Town. It’s a melting pot of cultures, and coming from a very mixed island myself. Every time, I feel right at home there. Coffee is a very important factor in my life, and in Cape Town you can never go wrong! A nice lunch at Carlucci’s, while watching the waves at Blouberg beach and imagining the next session. It just doesn’t get any better than that.​
I love having the option of going for a freestyle session at the Rietvlei in the morning and then within the next 15 minutes I’m at the next spot to go for a wave session. There are just soooo many spots there and the fun in Cape Town is never-ending. ​
The sunsets are magical and every 30 minutes drive you feel like you’re in a different country, due to the varying landscapes.

3. Sorobon, Bonaire: Even though I started windsurfing in Aruba, I think I really fell in love with windsurfing after my first windsurfing competition in Bonaire, back in 2001. ​
The locals have an infectious love for the sport and sailing with them is just so much fun.​
Sorobon bay is on the far end of the island and it is an incredibly beautiful and peaceful place.​
Whether you go for windsurfing, snorkling, swimming or just reading a book at the beach, you will be able to relax totally. Moreover, it’s one of the easiest places in the world to learn how to windsurf and improve your skills. The wind is very consistent and soft. It’s shallow for hundreds of metres, so if you fall you can get back on the board easily. You will see kids as young as 3 years old holding up a sail!

4. Perth, Australia: I’ve been to Australia a couple of times now. Every time, it’s a little bit of a struggle, but somehow I keep going back. When in Australia, I live in a van and I have to drive for hours to get from one spot to another: it’s proper outdoor lifestyle. Australia delivers powerful waves, and the idea of sharks swimming around you makes the sailing quite challenging.​
Margaret river, a 3 hours drive from Perth, is the cutest village ever, which is known for wine, but more importantly, yep you already guessed it, Margaret has great coffee!​
The wave at the main break is big and mean and requires the perfect timing to hit the lip, which I haven’t mastered yet!​
Gnaraloo, which is 12 hours up north from Perth, probably has the most consistent wave I’ve sailed in my life. I think I caught 50 waves in 1,5 hour over thre. ​
AEsperance is 14 hours south from Perth and has super blue water, incredibly white beaches, and kangaroo’s that will come and eat out of your hands. Overall, Australia is a beautiful place and it’s refreshing to live the simple life. I end up flying back there every time, because every trip has been the greatest adventure!

5. Jericoacoara, Brazil: Jericoacoara definitely deserves a place on this list, for the same reasons: amazing windsurfing, great people and the lifestyle is laid back and easy over there! Did I already mentioned the Caipi’s during sunset? Ultimate vacation feeling!