For Ben, Namotu Island is where it all began and the place he calls his second home. This is where he first learned to kiteboard and realised he could merge his love of surfing and kiting to create kitesurfing as we know it today. Now, fifteen years later, Ben hosts his own kite camps where he can share his favourite place and his skills with guests from around the world. Join Ben on one of his annual camps for the ultimate kitesurfing getaway!
The philosophy behind the Namotu Island Kite Weeks is simple, “to provide kiters and their partners the ultimate kitesurfing experience”. Each day Ben takes kiting students through a theory session before hitting the water when the trade wind picks up in the afternoons. Ben's sessions are practised, fine-tuned and geared to provide you the tools you need to succeed out on the water in Fiji and at your home break. Over the last ten years, Ben has taught over 5,000 students so you know you're in good hands.
Beginner to advanced, Namotu Kite Weeks attract wave kiters who are looking to perfect technique and make some rapid progression. Most students want to focus on kite positioning, riding toe-side, body technique and positioning, transitioning from strapped to strapless, or twin-tip to surfboard, strapless airs and riding un-hooked. For those starting out, Ben’s instructors take charge of the beginners coach them from the ground up. The wide expanse of flat water and sandy beach provides an incredible platform for learning plus the boat support means you’re never stranded miles from a hot shower and cold beer.
All guests, including non-kiters are more than welcome! This is the ultimate kiting holiday for both you and your partner. Namotu boasts a range of activities such as kayaking, surfing, snorkelling, wakeboarding, sailing and fishing. Nikki Fogden-Moore (The Vitality Coach) co-hosts the weeks, providing alternatives for girlfriends and stretch sessions for tired muscles. The area is renowned for its SCUBA diving, an additional activity that can be booked during the week. However, if you'd prefer to simply relax, then check out one of the pools, relax on the beach or have a drink at Wanga's Beach Bar and be a part of it all without even getting wet.
Surf, Kite & SUP
The Island itself is located a 30 minute boat ride from the west coast of Fiji, positioned near some of the region’s best surf and kiting spots. Namotu is just 15minutes from Cloudbreak and at the centre of its own surrounding reef breaks. With unlimited surfboat transfers you can hop between Namotu Lefts, Restaurants, Tavarua Rights, Desperations, Wilkes and Swimming Pools in minutes.
There's a surf and kite break for most conditions and wind directions, but if you’re after a long, flat down-winder there are miles of open ocean and a friendly Fijian skipper to pick you up at the end. After something different? Why not kite down to Cloud9 and check out the famous floating bar?
Meals & Accommodation
We know you work hard out there on the water but amongst all the activities is time for refuelling. A time to get together, share stories, connect with new people and replenish for your next session. All meals are included in your package and prepared by the Island’s guest head chef who brings a special flavour to each week. Highlights are the pre-dinner snacks prepared from local catch, fusing island herbs and spices with traditional tastes. Our favourite: sashimi with wasabi mayonnaise. Rooms vary with bures suiting couples and other dorm style rooms offering a comfortable option for singles. All are air conditioned and some offer private bathrooms & additional facilities.
Legendary surf photographer Stu Gibson will be on hand across all weeks to snap your best moments and give your friends something else to envy. He’ll capture your moves and make you look like a pro. Not kiting? Stu will be roaming the island taking plenty of lifestyle shots as well, so don’t worry if you’re too relaxed to take photos, you’ll have plenty of quality shots to take home. Unlike other weeks, these professional photos are yours to take home after the Ben Wilson Kite Weeks. Check out Stu's work on Facebook or in pretty much any surf mag on the shelves…
For even more photos, check out the Facebook gallery here.