A tropical Fijian Island home to 24 Women for 8 days, and all with one thing in common- a love for kiteboarding!!! Main land Fiji was our rendezvous point before we all headed out on the journey to Ono Island, which consisted of a 40 minute plane trip and a 65 minute boat ride to get to our final destination, Kenai Resort. Our homes for the week were beautiful little Bures (grass huts) built right on the beach with the sea at our front door and lush green hills at our back door. Most of Kenia Resort was built especially for us to stay there, and we were made to feel very welcome by the local villagers with their speciality food and drinks, and the neighbouring children entertained us with singing and dancing at their school. What more could you ask for??........ Wind!
Only 1 day out of the whole trip was not windy enough for us to go kiteboarding and so we filled the day with snorkelling on the reef, checking out the surroundings rock jumping and taking a trip to the waterfall on Kadavu Island. Followed by an evening of sitting round the beach bonfire drinking rum punch!
The rest of the days were windy and so were taken up with freeriding, downwinders, expressions sessions, races and clinics for the social girls taken by the pro riders. The social girls all had things that they wanted to learn and improve on and it was great to be out there helping them to try new things!!
We all had some expectations of what it would be like and this is how most of the reactions came back- “Better! Not only was it a kiting trip, but also an adventure that had us dipped into the Fijian culture." Su Kay from New Zealand
The week was fun, exciting and challenging all rolled into one as many of the girls tried things for the very first time! I don’t think there was one girl that didn’t have an amazing time and we were all quite sad to say our goodbyes back at the airport in Nadi.
Cindy’s concept of wanting to bring together women kiteboarders from all over the world to experience a different kind of culture and lifestyle, and to push their abilities worked brilliantly. Cindy thought of every tiny little detail for this entire trip to make sure everyone was comfortable and had fun and it could not have been more amazing. Thank you Cindy for putting your vision and your dream into reality, we were all so stoked to be a part of it! Looking forward to doing it all again next year!!!
Over the next couple of months check out the kiteboarding magazines as there will be articles and loads more photos of this awesome trip.
A huge thank you to our boardseeker correspondant Miss Emma York (Takoon and Alpine Stars) - Check her website out on www.jekiteboarding.com. It\'s the shizzle!
Photo Credit: Ian Trafford