MAYBE A RETURN TO YOU KNOW WHAT NEXT WEEK
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Which will tie in nicely with going back to France on Tuesday!
Though I'm a little concerned with the recent prolonged spell of hot weather that the neccessary temperature differential between the sea and land for "You Know What" to really work might no longer be there.
Madagascar was bonkers and I'll be going back, maybe going down to the South where this great video was filmed, though it really is hard core down there.
I'll post some more later but we just skirted round the edges of the Big Island, for instance did not venture down South and there are some truly amazing locations down there. Google "Flaming Bowls"
Out here in Madagascar we're now back in Nosy Be after a bonkers 9 days in Sakalava Bay, Northern Madagascar, where we decided to stay on for a couple more days, relinquishing flying back to Nosy Be in exchange for a nine hour car journey on the Saturday.
You would simply not believe it was the main highway from Madagascar's main city in the North we spent the night on the mainland and then in the morning a speedboat back to Nosy Be where we are now ensconced in a villa that is in the most of luxurious settings, at least we got to see more of the "Big Island"!
Conditions were excellent for most of the trip with morning and afternoon sessions, totally maxed on an 8 whilst others were on 6's and 5's and one guy on a 4!
The stronger winds tempted quite a few sails out on to the reef and they were on around 4's 4.5's
I took these pictures one of the reef on the horizon then zoomed in so you can get an idea of the distance / and waves out there, though the pics do not really do it justice, plus looks a lot further than it actually is, which is about a km.
Links open up Strava GPS tracks so you can see exactly where we are
Prior to going out yesterday went in to the one of the other kite centres, this one being next door to where we are staying as some of the guys from there help land kites and have spoken to a few people from there, and a really friendly crew at the Eugene Kite School Mada run by brothers Eugène et Derick.
I get by here with my basic French and was then introduced to Flo, who turned out to be English and works there and is from Brighton, small world or what!
I've kited and windsurfed in a fair number of locations (excl Hawaii / S Africa has to be said) and this has something for everyone.
I never seen such a perfect location for learning, the lagoon at low tide is split in two by a 750m sandbar which at low tide is just superb for flat water blasting in anything from 10 - 20cms in the most glorious translucent water at around 25degrees and air temp 30. Then as the beginners progress they can blast out and still be in only thigh deep water.
And wind seems to blow constant 8m weather
Two hours off high tide and it's deeper but not too bad, and you can buzz back and forth across the bay.
To get the adrenalin going the reef offers a great playground around a km off shore, should anything untoward happen, as in getting it wrong on a wave, then you get swept into the lagoon.
Standard of strapless boarding is pretty high, though not too much in the way of air time and tricks.
At the airport I met a young Californian couple from San Francisco and they had been here 4 weeks, kited everyday never more than a 9. He had done a lot of research on where to go in the world not only to satisfy his lust for waves but a location where his girlfriend could learn, and here ticked all the boxes with her jumping 4m by the end of thier stay!
And then of course there are the Lemurs, these are regular visitirs to our bungalow.
There is a negative, and that is actually getting here, and it can take up to three days from the UK!
For those that don't know I'm kiting in quite a remote spot, Sakalava Bay in the North of Madagascar kiting from, Royal Sakalava, where there's around six centres in the bay.
And for those that think I'm continually on holiday this is payback for a big project we're working on for Air Madagascar and their Publishing partner, Prime Magazine
Our base for the week.
Sports and Body Massage Special Offer
Daughter is now back practising in Town in our Chapel as a FHT Qualified Sports and Body Massage Therapist, and is offering a Special Offer for all kiters and windsurfers - £35 for an hour's Sports Massage and £30 for an hour's Body Massage. Call Siggy on 07854 332 667 and mention Another Hard Day At The Office.