Archive for the 'Training' Category

Brutal Firestorm Winter

Each winter I monitor forecasts and track every major storm that sweeps our Garden Route coastline, hoping to ride the most furious ones that come through. In early June I saw a massive 40 – 50 knot storm on the radar. I was determined to ride it and started to get my body, mind and gear ready. There was a feeling of some chaos and disruption on the day of this storm and there were some logistical issues getting to the beach from Knysna. I had heard that there were a few fires in the morning and was concerned due to the magnitude and duration of the forecast storm. But I had no idea of just how devastating it would be. I did my yoga and meditation practice and headed out for a quick ride. It was a bit gusty but nothing really too intense. Nothing over 40 knots when I rode and I was quite comfortable on a 5.5 m kite. After my session I did a quick trainer kite flying lesson with my assistant. Then someone in the Sedgefield Myoli Beach car park said the road to Knysna was closed and the fires were raging out of control. What a devastating disaster it turned out to be. Deep condolences to those who lost lives. Material things can always be replaced. We let go of what we have lost, we learn and we move forward.

Spring to Summer!

Kitesurfing Lessons Garden Route

Spring is here and so are the spring winds! It’s the perfect time to learn kitesurfing here on the Garden Route.

Join coach Stuart Barnes for lessons at Myoli Beach in Sedgefield and many of the other beaches, lakes and lagoons along this pristine coastline.

From Plettenberg Bay to Knysna lagoon to Lake Brenton to Buffels Bay to Myoli Beach, Sedgefield to Wilderness to Great Brak to Little Brak to Hartenbos to Mossel Bay – we have all the spots covered. We ride, fly and coach at all of them.

The mostly moderate winds make it a magical place to safely introduce yourself to this awesome sport.  For intermediate riders, the conditions are also perfect to comfortably work on your jumps and turns in the waves or at one of our local flat water spots.  Waveriding conditions along the coastline are truly epic and our uncrowded downwinders are almost endless!

With over 9 years of kitesurfing coaching experience in the region we pride ourselves in strict safety standards and expert world class coaching. Our training is super fun and it will accelerate your learning.

email onreturn@gmail.com for more information, to chat about your lesson or make a booking.

Winter Fun

Winter Fun

Kitesurfing and surfing lessons continue throughout the winter season here on the Garden Route. Conditions are excellent for safety training and beach-based flying lessons – brilliant preparation for the coming summer winds. Soon it will be spring.

It’s wonderful to get outdoors and keep active through the mild winter and the weather is still fair and warm most days.

email onreturn@gmail.com for further information, to chat about your lesson or make a booking.

See you on the beach and in the water!

 

Autumn in South Africa

Stuart Barnes Wakeboarding in Aqaba  Shot by Jolinda Cath

Stuart Barnes Wakeboarding in Aqaba
Shot by Jolinda Cath

I’m back (a little earlier than expected) in South Africa and available for lessons in Cape Town and the Garden Route.

The Middle East was wonderful for yoga, meditation, diving, kitesurfing and wakeboarding.

The autumn is one of my favourite seasons and it’s great to be back.

I’ve been testing some of the latest kitesurfing gear over the past few months. 2015 has seen some giant leaps in performance and some wonderful subtle and sophisticated refinements to the kites and boards that I ride and teach with.

email onreturn@gmail.com for further information, to chat about your lesson or make a booking.

See you on the beach and in the water!

Wakeboarding on the Garden Route

Stuart Barnes Wakeboarding Swartvlei

It is well known that wakeboarding is essential training for efficient kitesurfing progression across all levels. It accelerates development of riding as it allows us to isolate board skill from kite skill. And the harder you work on it, the more rewarding the results. The benefits for all board sports on any surface are good. Regardless of your level, it’s just super fun.

We offer world class kite-specific coaching with an epic boat at awesome spots. The main wakeboard training venue is Swartvlei lake near Sedgefield. It’s a vast open semi-saline estuarine lake, that’s completely uncrowded for 95% of the year. It’s extremely warm in the summer and wind conditions are zero to light most mornings, offering great riding on nice smooth water surfaces…

For core wakeboarders we offer coaching and riding too.

Contact us to book your session:

onreturn@gmail.com

Big Bay

Stuart Barnes - Big Bay, Little Birds, Puppetry and Kitesurfing...

You know that you really love what you do when the first thing you do when you have some time off is… exactly the same thing…

After teaching the peak Summer season on the Garden Route I picked a windless local week to chase a windy week to Cape Town for a little kite holiday. The forecast looked perfect there and, true to form, the world’s greatest kitesurfing destination delivered!

I spent many years living, studying and working in Cape Town so it always feels like home to me. It’s always great to catch up with old friends… the food, the people, the places – it really is a magic city 🙂

Downwinders in Cape Town are epic. You can start at Kite Beach or further up towards Dolphin. Then you can just enjoy the freedom of cruising downwind for miles and miles and miles… Big Bay is a great place to stop but you can just keep going if you like… lifts back are plentiful with shuttle buses, taxi’s and loads of kiters. The kite scene is so international and it’s always interesting to meet fellow travelling kiters from around the world. They are pretty much the most stoked and blissed out people you could ever meet anywhere.

Living the dream…

Back to my magic job on the Garden Route… feeling refreshed and inspired, thank you Cape Town!

Thank you to Claire Butler from What She Saw Photography for the shots at my sunset session at Big Bay.

Welcome to Summer

Welcome to Summer

Learn to surf or kitesurf this Summer!

We are celebrating 6 years of fun and successful  teaching on the Garden Route. This feels like yet another magic season and we are enjoying sharing it with old and new students.

Surfing and kitesurfing are fun and healthy sports that put you in close contact with nature. We place a strong emphasis on safety in all of our training. The goal is always to get you going as efficiently and independently as possible while keeping risks to yourself and others to an absolute minimum. We offer lessons at all the beaches along the Garden Route.

Most of our kitesurfing lessons start on Myoli beach in Sedgefield where the winds are clean and consistent. We also do lessons near Mossel Bay at Hartenbos, Great Brak and Little Brak,  Wilderness beach near George, Swartvlei lake, Knysna lagoon and Plettenberg Bay beaches and lagoon.

email onreturn@gmail.com for further information, to chat about your lesson or make a booking.

See you in the water!

2012 Spring Lessons

Stuart Barnes Surfing

After a long and cold Winter with plenty of waves for the dedicated, sunny Spring is once again here!

The Spring South Easterlies are starting to blow on the Garden Route and lessons are under way.

It’s a perfect time and place to learn to Surf and Kitesurf!

email onreturn@gmail.com for further information, to chat about your lesson or make a booking.

Surfing and kitesurfing are fun and healthy sports that put you in close contact with nature. We place a strong emphasis on safety in all of our training. The goal is always to get you going as efficiently and independently as possible while keeping risks to yourself and others to an absolute minimum. We offer lessons at all the beaches along the Garden Route.

Have fun and see you on the water!

Summer Sunday

Best Wishes for 2012 to everyone!

Here is some footage of coach Stuart Barnes kitesurfing Myoli Beach on the Garden Route last Sunday.

We have had a great Summer season teaching surfing and kitesurfing. It’s always so rewarding to see students progress with an understanding of safety and to share their stoke.

January is still busy and lessons continue throughout the year.

Have fun and see you on the water!

Freedom Fitness and Flow

Freedom
Having fun
Getting out into nature
Living in the moment
Forgetting troubles
Challenge
Rush
Bliss

These are some of the reasons why people surf and kitesurf and want to learn these exhilarating sports.

Learn to surf or kitesurf this Summer! Join us for the 2011/ 2012 season on the Garden Route.

email onreturn@gmail.com for further information, to chat about your lesson or make a booking.

Garden Route Surfing

Surfing and kitesurfing are fun and healthy sports that put you in close contact with nature. We place a strong emphasis on safety in all of our training. The goal is always to get you going as efficiently and independently as possible while keeping risks to yourself and others to an absolute minimum. We offer lessons at all the beaches along the Garden Route.