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wyattmiller



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2016 12:19 pm    Post subject: Anybody know anything about windsurfing in Cuba? Reply with quote

Tyson Poor, Bryan Metcalp-Perez and I are planning to fly to Cuba mid April with windsurfing gear for a film project.

Anybody know where to find the best wind and maybe some other windsurfers?

Gracias.

Wyatt
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carl



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2016 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Until last year, trade between the USA and Cuba was shutdown since the Cuban embargo of 1960. That's why you'll see so many classic 1950s American cars there and nothing newer, (except Russian cars).
Most Cubans probably never heard of windsurfing. It's a wide open market for you guys!
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2016 3:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

pure speculation, you want to go east, yet find some tall mountain closest to the water that will compress the trades a bit. seen it in other spots. side on winds can create venturi effects when they encounter large land masses. good luck
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2016 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wyatt- Not sure about any true windsurfing hot spots, but Varadero Beach should be on your list to check out. Sort of a Cancun of Cuba, sensational beach, and there is always some sea breeze there (sometimes stronger).

Not sure if you will spot other windsurfers on the water, but there are said to be windsurf rentals at hotels such as Blau Varadero.

Several Cubans have defected to Florida by windsurfing -- including Raydel Armas, who's colorful presence graced us here on these forums for a few years, until he enlisted in the US Army -- and Varadero is generally the beach of choice to launch from, to brave the journey across the Florida Straits.

Varadero current wind & forecast:
http://wx.iwindsurf.com/spot/18705
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2016 1:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think I remember a Cuba story from Phil Soltysiak. He might have some tips for you guys. Can't wait to see what you come up with!
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2016 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought there was an old Windsurfing Magazine article about Cuba by Brian Talma? Perhaps I'm confusing the islands, but I seem to remember pictures of colorful classic cars.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2016 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All anyone has to do is Google "Windsurfing in Cuba" and there is a lot of stuff there, lots, pics and everything!
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dllee



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2016 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wonder of those websites actually help anyone new the to area.
My experience is with Puerto Rico. The websites are useless, most gone out of business or switching to other sports or just plain mid 90's information.
I guess any information is better than none at all.
Spring is the best time to windsurf the Caribbean. Winds on the N shores, and also wind on the S shores, but tamer. Almost a can't miss proposition if you can stay for at least 3 weeks.
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westender



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2016 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you take your own gear it should be all good.
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wyattmiller



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2016 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ya we are definitely bringing our own gear. So thats not an issue. Saw some info on Verdadero bech, just wondering if anyone knows any epic spots that we should try.
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