Learn to windsurf on Bonaire: Lac Bay is the best place in the World for Beginners

Learn to windsurf on Bonaire: Lac Bay is the best place in the World for Beginners

In our completely unbiased opinion, Bonaire is the best flat water windsurf destination in the world and best place for beginner windsurfers. Granted we haven’t explored every destination in the world but Bonaire has a LOT going for it. Why should you learn to windsurf on Bonaire?

  • Onshore wind: You can’t really get blown out to sea. Learning to windsurf here is safe for that reason. All you need to do is stay in the light turquoise water, which is shallow, and no matter where you are you can walk you and your equipment back to shore. It is so safe that none of the windsurf shops employ a boat to bring people back. It just isn’t necessary. The wind pushes you back to shore.
  • Shallow water: When you fall off of your windsurf gear, you just hop back on. You don’t have to swim to your gear. You don’t have to swallow salt water that is washing over your head. The shallow water also means you can talk to your instructor or fellow windsurfers while standing in the water. Because you don’t have to swim to your gear your learning curve is faster. You are less tired. You can try more times. It is safer. Learn to windsurf on Bonaire in absolutely ideal conditions.
  • Warm water: See above – if it’s warm you aren’t in any hurry to get out. Some people stay in the water for hours and hours.
  • Flat water: you can learn to windsurf in easy conditions, without waves washing over your head when you fall in.
  • Sandy bottom: You fall off your gear onto sand when you learn to windsurf on Bonaire. You may want to wear booties anyway in case you land on a shell but most locals and tourists windsurf barefoot.
  • No motor boats in Lac Bay: in most windsurf destinations you need to watch out for other boats, bigger boats, motor boats. This isn’t an issue in little Lac Bay.
  • No kite surfers. Kite surfing is a very popular sport on Bonaire but it is prohibited in Lac Bay. Windsurfers got there first – and when kiting became popular it became clear that Lac Bay was too small for kiters and windsurfers. So the kiters now sail at Atlantis Beach on the west coast of Bonaire. They have to deal with offshore wind. Learn to windsurf on Bonaire without the worry about running into a kiter’s lines.
  • World Class windsurf instruction: there aren’t many places in the world where your instructors are sometimes ranked among the top in the world. If they aren’t instructing you there’s always opportunity to meet world class and ranked windsurfers. They are here year round and they are at the same beach you are at.
  • Ease of equipment rental: When the wind is high and you are just learning, you’ll want a smaller sail and as the wind dies down, you may want to try a bigger sail. On Bonaire you won’t have to figure this out for yourself. The crew at the different windsurf locations will help you change your sail and board and offer recommendations based on the conditions they’re seeing that day. There is no cost to change your sail an unlimited number of times during the day. All the gear is ready and rigged for you. You just have to ask. Don’t forget to tip the crew who take care of you at Jibe City, Bonaire Windsurf Place or Dunkerbeck Pro Center.
  • Reliable wind: the island is windy almost all year round. September through November are the months with the least wind but even then conditions are OK for learning.
  • Tranquility: The peaceful feeling of being out on the water in Lac Bay is unmatched in all the world.

 

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Sargassum invasion Bonaire at Lac Bay – update: all cleaned up!

Sargassum invasion Bonaire at Lac Bay – update: all cleaned up!

Over the course of the last week at Lac Bay a sea of Sargassum has come in over the reef and invaded Lac Bay. The invasion is being described as a disaster by STINAPA, the environmental conservation organization that runs the national park and Marine Park on Bonaire. This is the largest sargassum invasion Bonaire has ever faced.

A massive clean-up is underway as well as a donation campaign by Stinapa to collect money for purchasing supplies related to the clean-up. The Sargassum is weed that has broken off from the sargassum weed floating in the enormous Sargasso Sea. Normally the sargassum seaweed is a beneficial weed that floats in the waters of the North Atlantic.

Other mass influxes of Sargassum have hit Bonaire in recent years but not of the severity of this one. Researchers say the algae blooms have exploded in extent and frequency lately, apparently causing the largest sargassum invasion Bonaire has ever seen. It’s difficult to know what the future holds. Sargassum invasions have been causing destruction on other Caribbean islands and also in the US since around 2014.

More research will be done  to better understand the trends and patterns of this seaweed.

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Update: Lac bay is back to it’s former beauty and splendor. There are tiny bits and pieces of Sargassum weed found here and there but to the point of not even being noticeable. See photos below from July 2018. The photo of the group clean up is taken in the same spot in March 2018 as the photo below with the palm tree. It is the little pathway where windsurfer’s normally take their gear out into Lac Bay from Jibe City to go windsurfing. In March it was completely blocked by the sargassum. Volunteers worked night and day to clear the sargassum and save reef animals. Lac Bay is now looking like it’s old amazing, crystal clear turquoise water self.

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