Arriving in Boracay in Feb 2010 for the first time, I immediately fell in love with it. From the beautiful white sand beaches to the lively night life. It has something for everyone... and the kiting is epic.
Meeting up with, Nenette Graf, informally known as the “Godmonther of watersports” on the island, and also the Cabrinha distributor for the region, I was quite sure we would get up to some fun activities. We decided to do a small “meet and greet” for some local female kiters. When I got to Bulabog beach where the Green Yard school operates at the end of this incredibly beautiful beach that morning, I found more chicks with kites than I had ever seen in one place. At this point Nenette and I had a little chat, and at the end of that day I knew what we had to do.
And So begins the ALL CHICKS KITE CAMP .
10 months later- Back in the Philippines, boarding the little prop plane that takes you to Boracay for the first leg of our 2 part camp adventure. 15 girls stationed at green yard, the 1st kite school on Boracay established in 2002.
When we landed I could tell right away we may be finding alternate activities.
The wind was down and we needed to keep the girls busy. Similar to tag, we played a traditional Philippino game called PATINTERO where you divide everyone into two teams; one team is “it” and has to try and tag the other team members that are trying to reach the other side of the field, but without leaving the lines of the playing field.
When we got too hot from all the running around acting like little kids, we did an SUP relay race.
Our sponsors were really good and supportive and we had a different venue every day for lunch and dinner.
When we did get wind, we took full advantage and hit the water of course. It was pretty fun helping the girls rig up, trim gear, answer questions and explain tricks. They were so into kiting it made all that beach caddying worth it.
On one of our no wind days, we got pampered in BODY AND SOLE where we all had free pedicures. :)
For the second part of the trip, a few of us got on a plane and flew from Boracay via Manila to Laoag and embarked on a 4 hour drive to the municipality of Pagudpud.
This is a place in the northern region of the Philippines and is pretty untouched and very stunningly beautiful.
We went to the Kingfisher, a kitesurfing paradise in the making, that, once completed, will definitely be able to rank in the top 10 kite spots in this world.
We spent 5 days in Pagudpud where we had wind and kited every day on small kites, 6 and 7s. The spot is very beginner friendly, with nice flat water on the inside and cross shore winds, but it also caters to the wave lovers and big air junkies with amazing waves on the outer reef.
I really loved being on this trip because it was one of those situations where the people, vibes and locations were so amazing it reminded me of why I’ve dedicated my life to kitesurfing.
I have never met a better group of girls, each was her own independent personality and different from the next, and there was not a single one that didn’t fit in and contribute to our little traveling circus.
Our days were filled with laughter, banter, stories and the odd boy talk and I feel exceptionally lucky to have been able to meet them and hang out with them in what is usually such a male dominated world.
The tentative dates for next year’s kite camp are somewhere in Decemeber so keep your calendars free because its going to be an event you won’t want to miss.