MANU'S WINDSURFING BLOG

This site is dedicated to my passion, the sport which keeps me fit, motivated, challenged, intrigued & fulfilled: windsurfing. Here you will find my videos, findings, tips & tricks, and blog from my latest sessions. Follow me on Facebook or Instagram!
As a father of two girls, I am fortunate to live minutes away from the windsurfing spot in Cabarete, Dominican Republic. With a background in web development, I created and maintain this website to share knowledge and entertain. Please do contact me with any requests. Happy sailing!

September 2018: My first captured speed loop! A bit more wet than my previous ones but at least this one is caught with my GoPro :) Also landed a backloop in the same session, a first!
 
Latest Sessions
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Sessions & Blog top ⇧
These are some of my latest sessions from Cabarete, Dominican Republic. I average about 200 sessions a year. Conditions vary from bump & jump (with at least 1m waves to jump, only scarce) to massive mast high side wave riding (rare). Most sessions are side-on 15-25 knots with 1.4m to 2.4m waves.
Most times I wear a rashguard (or 2!) to stay cooler, have some padding, and to put less sunscreen on, sometimes (in the winter 25-27C) I put a shortie on to be comfortable but it's not necessary. (It's easy to become used to the warmth here!)
April 2018: First time sailing at Encuentro, 2m waves, a bit out of my comfort zone (sea urchins, shallow waters, etc.) but amazing experience!
February & March 2018: My first landed backloops. The first one came as a total surprise. It was the one and only jump for the day where I sailed my 5.0 which I'm not completely comfortable with... crazy feeling!
Cabarete Storm Chase
January 2018, a low-pressure system hit Cabarete over three days. Winds varied between 15 and 45 knots in gusts and violent squalls side swiped the spot. Go to the Storm Chase page for awesome photos and videos.
January 2018: Over a year of sessions summarized in a series of videos demonstrating why I love windsurfing. Episode II.
January 2018: Over a year of sessions summarized in a series of videos demonstrating why I love windsurfing. Episode I.
July 2017: 3 days working on spin loops, Day 3 is obviously much closer with some decent crashes too!
2016-2017: 100% Crash, summary of one year of windsurfing to work on moves. White water climbing, frontside wave riding, backloops, frontloops, wymaroos, jibes, jumps and transitions, but only crashes!
December 2015-January 2016: Little wind but strong swell! From 2 to 4m high waves, it allowed me to improve my white water climbing and surf sailing skills.
November 2015: Not a whole of wind in November here, perfect opportunity to make a light wind freestyle video!
October 2015: Few waves but still windy. After realizing that I wasn't ready mentally for loops, I'm announcing the Return of the Wymaroos!
September 2015: Freestyle, wave riding, jumps, and of course the best crashes of the month!
August 2015: A little comedy but yet inspiring version of what it can be to windsurf waves with friends along with some tips too!
July 2015: Upon landing a light-wind jump, my front foot left the strap and with the back foot still in, my knee got tweaked and the kneecap got dislocated. It hurt like hell but healed pretty fast.
June 2015: With an entertainment touch, here are this month's adventures. Jibes, tacks, white water, cutbacks and heli tacks. Do you find Windsurfing HARD?
Board Tests
May 2015: After many years, I have finally purchased a new board. Read the full test of my 2013 Starboard Quad 82L here on my board tests page.
April 2015: Brief summary of the month. Huge jumps with very good wave riding hits.
April 2015: The full crew at work, Dominique, Franzie, Tiki & Tony. Surprise visit of Boujmaa Guilloul.
April 2015: April was windy but a little disappointing wave-wise. So perfect opportunity to focus on entertainment, enjoy the vid!
March 2015: After a long wait, good conditions are back! On the menu: white water, high jumps, loops (not by me... yet), tweaked jumps and front-side wave riding. Changed to 960p, athough it does flatten the water a bit, in the end more gets in the picture.
Board Tests
January to Mid-February 2015: Wow wow wooooow, so much rain! Small waves, rare wind, need to be ready to go out whenever. So perfect timing to try various boards without worrying about wasting sessions... On the Line: 2010 Fanatic NewWave Twin 86, 2010 Starboard Quad 86, 2011 and 2012 JP Single Thruster 82, 93 & 99, 2012 Starboard NuEvo 86, 2014 Angulo Chango 74. Find all tests here on my board tests page. (Update 3/27/15: now with even more tests!)
 
Cabarete, Dominican Republic top ⇧
Here is a little bit about Cabarete, the spot where I live and sail. Located on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic. We pretty much have good winds from late December to end of April, and mid-May until October. Side-on-on to almost side waves, temps in the 80s. Live music on the beach. The center of town is based on the beach pretty much with a strip of restaurants and businesses, as well as a decent-sized grocery store. Smaller (getting bigger) hotels, overall not a huge town (yet).
September 2018: One day this little 4-year-old girl decided to try front flips in the pool after watching me and basically nailed them instantly! Then, she'd been trying backflips from the bench inside the pool and decided to throw them from the pool's edge. Sure enough, nailed them on her first day and this wasn't from watching me as I can't do them! Amazing ability to learn at such an early age.
March 2018: A large swell generated by a huge low-pressure system East of the US reached the North Coast of the Dominican Republic and damaged the beached. Sand level dropped and little by little the beach is shrinking.
September 21, 2017: Hurricane MARIA at high tide. Waves were reaching even higher up than Irma. Winds were gustier varying between 5 and 55 knots!
MARIA at low tide and peak winds blowing close to 60 knots. Here is a link to the aftermath and beach clean-up.
September 7, 2017: Hurricane IRMA decided to pass 65 miles north of us, generating large swell and gusty winds. I wandered outside in the morning before it got too windy.
September 7 & 8 2017: This video is from the afternoon and the next day when rebuilding was taking place. Cabarete didn't sustain much damage, only weak or old wood structure, the odd tin roof, and some trees got affected. Some sand was moved around but overall, things remained unchanged and most importantly didn't flood!
Cabarete Shorebreak
In the summer, this is often the size of the shorebreak even though we can have 4.2/4.7 winds.
Cabarete Shorebreak
Exceptionally, we can have huge shorebreak (here close to 2m at times) where timing is important especially on semi-sinking wave gear. Even then a strong intermediate can go through, the reef waves can be brutal as seen in the photo below.
Bottom turning on small swell
This is about as small as it gets here. Note the few people at the peak!
Windsurfing Cabarete Swell
Days like these, the reef can be challenging to go through. There is a channel on the East (right of the reef) where waves are easier to go around but can still form quickly. Also, on the lower part of the reef (more on the West) waves can lose some power and make the whitewater more manageable.
Windsurfing Cabarete Swell
Sometimes visibility can be an issue ;o) !
Cabarete Jazz Festival
There's an awesome four-day jazz festival which starts in Puerto Plata and ends in Cabarete. It's usually early November.
Cabarete Fish
There's lots of fresh fish, crab, lobster, prawns, available right out of the ocean. Doesn't get better than this!
Cabarete Sunset
Sunsets in the summer can be fabulous, they are more to the right (to the North) while in the winter it sets more to the left behind the coconut trees, always amazing when sailing out on the water though!