Active + Adventure

Adrenaline High

by Sarah Tuff

The dream: Kicking tricks in the sky with a kite board
Get to: Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
And enroll at: Carib Kiteboarding

Imagine strapping your feet to a board and being pulled over the water by a kite, catapulting over waves. Now imagine learning in chilly waters with second-rate instructors. Enter the bathtub-warm bay in the Caribbean's Virgin Gorda, just off the beach of the Bitter End Yacht Club. Pros here show clients the ropes on high-tech Slingshot boards and kites, and winds blow consistently, ensuring nobody's caught in the doldrums. Even if the skills are slow in coming, beginners can dry off with a rum Painkiller at the resort (which bills itself as a "nautical village"). Even better are the comforts at night inside one of the Bitter End's teak-outfitted villas or an estate house. The phrase "yacht club" isn't just whistlin' Dixie: It's nice enough to entertain such clients as America's Cup sailor Russell Couts—who knows a thing or two about wind power.
Kite-boarding classes from $75; double rooms, including meals, $800

Carib Kiteboarding
Tel: 284 495 7740

Bitter End Yacht Club
Tel: 800 872 2392

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