EXTREME HOLIDAYS - FUERTEVENTURA
New in 2002, Extreme Holidays offer tailor-made adrenaline-driven windsurfing,
surfing and/or kitesurfing packages to one of the most respected and reliable
locations on the planet - Fuerteventura. We couldn't leave it long before paying
them a visit, and now can't wait to tell you about it - look out for a piece
in an imminent issue, but meanwhile here's the brief...
All the Toys: F2 boards (75L - 190L; wave, freestyle, freeride & beginner
designs) / Arrows rigs (4.2-7.1m; wave & freeride designs) / BiC surfboards
(6'7"-10') / more kitesurfing kit than seems entirely healthy (mainly Naish,
with Flexifoil & Cabrinha) / wetsuits & harnesses for all / a jet-bike
and wakeboard (for rescue and no-wind/wave action) / 3 luxury Nissan Patrol
4WDs (complete with air conditioning & multi-CDchanger) / 3 bloody great
big trailers ... all, miraculously, kept to an 'almost new' standard.
All the Breaks: Extreme Holidays windsurf (surf or kitesurf) at locations all
over the island from Cotillo in the north to Sotavento in the south, including
Glass & Flag Beach and many lesser known (but equally classy) flat water,
bump'n'jump & surf spots along the way. Caleta de Fuste (a mere roll out
of bed as it's your home for the week - mid-way down the east coast, minutes
from the airport and less then an hour from anywhere) provides all that anyone
might ask for, with an offshore reef, a small inner reef and completely safe
flat water for freestyle, beginners and improvers.
All the Options: You will be picked up every morning in a Nissan Patrol by
your (British!) instructor/guide/Fuerte-guru. Dependant on conditions (usually
swell in the morning with wind picking up in the afternoon, invariably hot!)
you'll be given the choice of what you want to do and where you want to do it:
Surfing, big-board freestyle, sightseeing, wakeboarding, sunbathing, sleeping
or a leisurely breakfast in the morning; then maybe a hectic off-road adventure
to a quiet lunch; then it could be wavesailing, freestyle, freeride (or, if
you're that way inclined, kitesurfing) - whatever your ability or preference,
there's a location to suit...
No Worries! A stress-free, week-long surfari - let your instructor take the
guesswork out of exploring Fuerteventura. 3 groups are kept down to an absolute
maximum of six people in each, all of a broadly similar bent and standard -
enough for a good social, but not so many as to produce conflicts of interest
and there never seemed to be a problem with kit selection. Crowds too can be
avoided - why sail a stacked break when you can drive to and park up (literally
on the beach) at one of many 'secret' spots? With conditions perfectly suited
to surf-sports, and kit perfectly suited to the conditions, this has to be one
of the best bets around for as much quality time on the water as you can handle...