January 2012 Newsletter:
Happy New Year! The crew here at Caribbean Paddling are wishing you the very best for this new year! And, with the new year, here is our brand new newsletter. Every month we will be giving you updates from our guests, news on what we're up to, what's going on in St Martin - St Maarten and good news about paddling and surfing around the world. As watermen, we spend a good amount of time SUPing, kayaking, kiting sometimes, windsurfing and even wakeboarding. Last month was full of good news. Take a look for yourself...
The most exciting news for us was building our new storage unit. It is important for us, because now we have an official place on the beach instead of a trailer. That also means it's easier for you to find us and get all of the information you need. And, we can offer you more kayaks and an easy, smooth way to rent them. The work is not finished, but you can follow our progress here.
In December, we had a visit from Jennifer and her friend Christina. They are from San Francisco, and they had a very nice stay on our island. Before leaving, they absolutely wanted to try paddle boarding. We decided to SUP in Grand Case, by Octopus Diving. They have a perfect area for SUP, being located at the end of the beach of Grand Case, protected from the wind and the swell. Despite the heavy winds that day, Jennifer and Christina paddled for an hour. Here are their photos.
Also, now there are several ways for us to stay in touch with you. This month, we created a new webpage to summarize all this services we offer. We are not Facebook supporters, but we do use a variety of other social tools. We have a Google+ business page, an RSS feed and we are on Foursquare. All these amazing tools make it easy for us to stay in touch while you are in St Martin, too. Imagine you are on our island with your smartphone and you want to locate us. Just search on Google Maps and you'll find us. Easy! Once you've taken a paddle around with our gear, why not sharing it with your friends on Foursquare? And leave a message on TripAdvisor? If you like us, it's very easy to spread the word now. And, we appreciate it! :-)
Lastly, here is a nice, original article made by our friends of surfertoday.com.
Maho Beach is a popular windsurfing and kitesurfing spot located on the Dutch side of the Caribbean island of St Martin. The question is: how could it be possible to enjoy windsurfing and kitesurfing in a beach where airplane make their final touchdown approach just a few meters from the sand of the beach? The Princess Juliana International Airport is adjacent to Maho Beach and the runway is only 2,180 metres/7,152 ft long, so all aircrafts must fly over the beach at very low altitude. Watch how would you sail in Maho Beach in the company of huge airliners, here. Plane spotters are now more frequent than windsurfers and kitesurfers. Interesting, isn't it? They check all daily arrivals and departures and wait for the birds to touch down. Sometimes, airplanes almost "kiss" the airport protection fence. In this strange Caribbean sailing spot, there is almost no vegetation due to the power of the jet blast. Beachgoers are also blown away by the power of the engines, as they prepare to take off. It may be possible to windsurf in Maho Beach, Saint Martin, but kitesurfing should be definitely impossible because kite lines and the kite itself would get in the way of these giant airliners. The world is a very strange place.