BWSURF & Ben Wilson Kite Weeks
For the last 5 years I’ve worked with kitesurfer, Ben Wilson across his kite brand and trips. I manage social media, marketing and each year I join Ben and the crew for his Fiji Kite Weeks on Namotu Island and now Matanivusi Resort on the Coral Coast.
These high-end watersports trips are the absolute pinnacle in luxury adventure travel and I’m honoured to be a part of them. Here’s a bit of information on both the Fiji trips. Find out more on Ben Wilson and BWSURF online.
Namotu Island Kite Weeks, Fiji
The philosophy behind the Namotu Island Kite Weeks is simple, “to provide kiters and their partners a bucketlist experience.” Ben and his team offer theory and practical kite coaching sessions plus beginner to advanced surf instruction. Sessions are practised, fine-tuned and geared to provide you the tools you need to succeed out on the water in Fiji and at your home break. Ben has been coming to Namotu for over 20 years and knows the area like few others so you know you’re in good hands.
Namotu Kite Weeks attract wave kiters and surfers who are looking for the ultimate watersports holiday. The wide expanse of flat water and sandy beach provides an incredible platform for learning plus the boat support means you’re never stranded miles from a hot shower and cold beer. Namotu’s surf breaks also provide a range of options for all level of surfer and stand up paddle boarder.
Namotu boasts a range of activities such as kayaking, surfing, snorkelling, wakeboarding, SCUBA diving, sailing and fishing so even non-kiters will have plenty to do. Get up early and join the fisherman as he catches food for the island or maybe try the pool-side yoga class with me. Later you can head out SCUBA diving witht the local tour company – the area is renowned for some of the best dive spots in Fiji. Of course, if you’d prefer to simply unwind, then check out one of the pools, relax on the beach or have a drink at Waqa’s Beach Bar and be a part of it all without even getting wet.
Built into our kite weeks is the crucial R&R. Once you hit the sand you’re on Namotu Island time. Kite when it’s windy, SUP when it’s flat and glassy, or surf when the waves are pumping – nature sets your agenda.
Each morning’s class is held outside overlooking Namotu Lefts so if the surf is looking good I’ll encourage people to get out there and grab a few waves before breakfast as well. After all, it’s a watersports trip, not a yoga retreat!
Matanivusi Kite Week, Coral Coast, Fiji
The Coral Coast is situated on the south-eastern (windward) side of Fiji’s Viti Levu island, about 2 hours’ drive from Nadi International Airport. The area is renowned for consistent Trade Winds throughout July-September and offers a multitude of surf breaks ideal for both surfing and kiting. Ben has been fishing, surfing and kiting along the Coral Coast for over 15 years and first went to Matanivusi a couple of years ago after becoming intrigued by the area’s potential as a kite destination.
Matanivusi’s owners, Brian & Donna, found this amazing piece of coastline some 11 years ago and have sought to delevop a sustainable eco resort amid the area’s incredible breaks and reef fringing the turquoise waters of the lagoon. The natural rain forest to the white sandy beach line, the creek and the untouched beauty have been maintained and their love of the area and local Fijian villagers is a real highlight.
2017 will be my first trip here and I’m looking forward to teaching in the resort’s beautiful studio.