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26 September 2019

2019 Namotu Island Kite Weeks

Written by Ben Wilson, Posted in Interviews

Watch the weekly videos from all our Fiji trips in 2019

2019 Namotu Island Kite Weeks

Kite Weeks are more than just kiting. During these trips we offer the best of everything, all the way from food and photography to coaching and equipment. Each of these videos are shot and edited during just one kite week. We pack a whole lot into these trips!

A step above even a normal week on Namotu, a Kite Week provides the chance to learn from the best in the best location. Our special chefs, coaches, photographer and yoga instructor take over the Island with a ton of gear to give you the ultimate experience. We have full use of Namotu's jet skis, charter boats, hire equipment and facilities. 

10 September 2019

Fishing in Fiji on Namotu's Charter Boat, the Cobalt

Written by Ben Wilson, Posted in Interviews

Exploring the Mamanuca Islands

Fishing in Fiji on Namotu's Charter Boat, the Cobalt

If you know me, you know I love fishing. And my favourite place for fishing (and kiting) is Namotu Island

In July my good friend Dyllon and I packed up the Cobalt with photographer/videographer (and kite week coach) Beau Pilgrim and set off on a few days of fishing and exploring. 

Namotu's new charter boat, the Cobalt is a super comfortable 32ft World Cat and it's speed and stability has opened up areas much further from Namotu. Pristine beaches, beautiful islands and stunning tropical water. 

Watch the mini movie and get a taste of just how good fishing in Fiji can be. 

12 May 2019

SoloSports Kite Week weekly wrap

Written by Ben Wilson, Posted in Interviews

Another incredible week of strapless kiting in remote Baja Mexico

SoloSports Kite Week weekly wrap

Photo gallery and video by our photographer for the week, Stu Gibson. The week held plenty of waves and wind but towards the end as the wind backed off we were able to find time to do some mountain biking, SUPing and surfing. Big thanks to Kevin's team at SoloSports who looked after us all so well. See you again in 2020!

24 September 2018

The when and where of kitesurfing holidays in Fiji

Written by Ben Wilson, Posted in Interviews

The best breaks and the best time to kiteboard in Fiji

The when and where of kitesurfing holidays in Fiji

Sometimes a change is as good as a holiday. But sometimes a holiday can bring change. If your kiting progression has ground to a halt you might need to rack up some hours in the water or even get some coaching. A little here and there with no advice might see some small improvements over months or years but if you want results now, a trip is in order… 

So you’ve been considering a kitesurfing holiday to Fiji. Well here’s what you need to know to get the best experience from your kitesurfing trip. 

06 September 2018

Namotu Island Kite Weeks: what you missed in 2018

Written by Ben Wilson, Posted in Interviews

Namotu Island Kite Weeks: what you missed in 2018

Each year the Namotu Kite Weeks seem to get a little bigger and a little crazier as we pile more and more into each trip. This year we had a huge amount of incredible instructors providing everything from foiling to kiting to yoga and stand up paddle. With more space opened up on the Island to bring more support staff I've been able to offer a new level of service and improve the experience for our guests. 

 

01 August 2018

Fishing the Southern Great Barrier Reef

Written by Ben Wilson, Posted in Interviews

Offshore fishing near home on the Sunshine Coast

Fishing the Southern Great Barrier Reef

Fishing is one of my absolute favourite things, it definitely rivals kitesurfing as my greatest passion. I'm lucky enough to live on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, a beautiful part of Australia with easy access to some excellent fishing. 

The Southern Great Barrier Reef is particularly good and it takes only a few hours in the car then a few more in the boat to access areas where you'll find species common in southern waters and more tropical climates - it's a kind of cross over zone where you end up with the best of both worlds.

On this trip I was joined by Dyllon Schulz and Beau Blake. Beau Blake has put together this clip so check it out. If you want to fish with Dyllon or me you can charter the Mitaia Rua operating out of Namotu Island, Fiji. Check it out at https://namotuislandfishing.com/

09 July 2018

Cloudbreak Big Swell 2018

Written by Ben Wilson, Posted in Interviews

Kiting, towing and surfing one of the biggest swells in Fiji

Cloudbreak Big Swell 2018

I was on Namotu Island for some meetings about two weeks before the swell hit. I was preoccupied with work and not really watching too carefully but about 10 days out everyone started talking. A bunch of surfers started asking me if there was space on the Island and whether this was going to be like the 2012 Volcom swell. So instead of heading home as planned, I stayed on for the ride.   

19 May 2018

SoloSports Kite Weeks: wave clinics in Baja, Mexico

Written by Ben Wilson, Posted in Interviews

The place to go for serious progression

SoloSports Kite Weeks: wave clinics in Baja, Mexico

There’s a reason why people travel to such a remote part of the world; SoloSports is a wind and wave machine.

I kited every day for two weeks during the two consecutive Kite Weeks. The degree of progression made by guests here is second to none and that effect really comes down to the consistency of the wind and gentle waves that give everyone the opportunity to practise turns again and again till they’re comfortable. 

When you’re not kiting there’s mountain biking, surfing, SUPing and siestas. Photographer Stu Gibson who joins each year to capture everyone's progress and act as unofficial mountain bike guide. 

We’ll be back again same time next year so if you’re interested in improving your existing wave skills or moving on to a directional board then this is the trip for you. The group size is small so you have plenty of personal attention and you really won't find a better kite haven than SoloSports. 

Next available trip is 4-11 May 2019. Click here for details. 

24 March 2018

iFish TV on Namotu Island

Written by Ben Wilson, Posted in Interviews

A week filming Australia's favourite fishing show in Fiji

iFish TV on Namotu Island

Most of you probably know Namotu Island, Fiji for it’s incredible surfing and kiting, but it also has world-class fishing that’s practically within casting distance of the beach. Fishing is one of my biggest passions and there’s no better place to indulge it than Namotu Island.

Here in Australia, IFish is one of the biggest and most recognised fishing shows. Paul and his wife, Cristy, their son Jet, and the team work hard and play hard and are so passionate about fishing. We wanted them to visit Namotu so they could experience the incredible fishing and also get a taste of the other water sports on offer.

05 March 2018

Kitesurfing Cyclone Gita on Namotu Island

Written by Ben Wilson, Posted in Interviews

A few fun moments from Fiji's category 5 cyclone in February 2018

Kitesurfing Cyclone Gita on Namotu Island

In February this year (2018) Cyclone Gita devastated Tonga and was heading toward Fiji. I was on Namotu Island hosting some fishing trips and saw the pattern forming about a week out.

Cyclones are not uncommon for this time of year and I'd noticed the water was really warm, something that tends to bring both good fishing and cyclones. We tracked the weather system for about 7 days before it hit and although I had a feeling it would miss Fiji, the day before it was heading in our direction so I was forced to evacuate all the guests from the Island...

28 February 2018

How to self land your kite

Written by Ben Wilson, Posted in Kitesurfing How To

What to do when you're kiting solo

How to self land your kite

There won't always be a beach full of competent people around so it really pays to know how to land your kite unassisted! This video shows you two different ways to get your kite safely on the ground, even if there's not a soul in sight. It takes a bit of practise so try it out in light wind if you're a little unsure, especially if you don't have a lot of empty space around you. 

 

Filmed in Taiba, Brazil by Stu Gibson and edited by Beau Blake.   

22 February 2018

How to self launch your kite

Written by Ben Wilson, Posted in Kitesurfing How To

What to do when you're kiting solo

How to self launch your kite

Kitesurfing by yourself can not only be risky but a little tricky. Launching and landing your own kite takes a bit of practise and finesse but there are a few fairly simple techniques you can use. This video shows you how to get your kite in the air in three different ways that suit different conditions. In the next article I'll show you how to land your kite safely by yourself. 

 

Filmed in Taiba, Brazil by Stu Gibson and edited by Beau Blake.  

 

08 December 2017

Apply to be a Kite Week instructor

Written by Ben Wilson, Posted in Interviews

We're looking for experienced coaches to work with us in Fiji

Apply to be a Kite Week instructor

We are now accepting applications for kitesurfing instructors for the Namotu Island Kite Weeks. 

Yes, it's a dream job but it takes more than good kite skills so read on before you apply. 

Our instructors must be proficient across surf and kite with SUP and fishing experience as a bonus. We sometimes require instructors act as surf guides/lifeguards on surf breaks, so it is essential that you have a good level of surfing experience. Surf Lifesaving experience or qualification is a bonus.

 

06 December 2017

Brazil Kite Camps

Written by Ben Wilson, Posted in Interviews

Photos from two weeks in Taiba

Brazil Kite Camps
In October 2017 Stu Gibson and I spent two weeks in Taiba, Ceara in Brazil at the Vila Marola. We had unbelievable wind and met some amazing people. The contrast between tradition and technology is pretty stark here, as is the divide between rich and poor.
Here's a small selection of Stu's photos that show how incredible the kiting is and just how stunning the landscape is. We'll be back for sure.
Special thanks to Sigita Pipiriene for arranging the whole thing and Vila Marola for having us. 

05 December 2017

Battling Back Pain

Written by Ben Wilson, Posted in Interviews

Yoga and Pilates for preventing and treating back pain

Battling Back Pain
Back pain is something many of us live with. In fact I Googled some statistics – 1 in 6 Australians will suffer back pain at least once each year with 80% suffering at some stage in their lives – that’s huge! There aren’t many people who escape Scott-free but kitesurfers and surfers are at a really high risk. For years I was plagued with lower back pain that worsened after I broke my foot in 2014. I thought was just something I had to deal with, an inescapable consequence of competing and kiting for 20 years (and getting older). 2015 was my worst year; I was training hard with lots of weights and high intensity exercise at the gym but my back suffered. I was “fit” but I felt like shit. It’s only in the last 2 years have I started managing it properly with yoga and Pilates and finally found relief.
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