To foil or not to foil that is the question...

What is foiling?

Foil kiting is the latest thing in the kitesurfing world. A foil board is a board with a hydrofoil that extends below the surface of the water. A foil board usually consists of 2 parts, the board (the bit you stand on) and the mast (the bit below the water)

What are the advantages of foiling?

Because the foil pushes you up above the surface of the water, the resistance is very low, making it possible to kite in very low wind. This is becoming the ideal low wind sport and is putting light-wind places like the Caribbean on the kite map. You can go upwind so easily it’s actually harder to go downwind! It’s also very easy on the knees and other joints making it better for old age. My favorite thing about foiling is the peace and silence as it glides over the water.

What are the disadvantages?

The main disadvantage is that the mast is quite long so you need at least 1m depth of water. You can quite easily hit an underwater hazard if you don’t know the spot so make sure you get informed! Gusty wind is also a bit of an issue, as it can pull you forward, making you collapse suddenly. The boards are heavy and bulky to carry into the water and to travel with. The sharp mast part also can cause quite an injury to the head when learning so its back to helmets I’m afraid.

Diani Beach as a kite foiling spot?

Oh yes. But at certain times of year and certain tides and times of the day. It makes a perfect alternative for low wind days and out of season months such as October, November, March. Because of the wind direction you could kite the entire length of Diani beach and back in a matter of a few hours.

Foilboarding Championships?

Yes its true! The first foil boarding championships are to be held in the Caribbean next year in Feb 2020. Its a fun event to all levels and disciplines.

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Kenyaways Reopens May 29th, 2019

After a very rainy and wet month of May Kenyaways have reopened our doors to the winter Season. Already H2o Extreme Water sports have had great wind and some nice swell for the kiters and surfers.

While we were closed we renovated and upgraded 6 bathrooms in the hotel guest house. With the very rainy weather and being so far from Mombasa it was no easy feat.

We also pruned and planted the Guest house garden wherever we could using red wriggly worm juice fertiliser and all the sawdust and chippings from the wood work during the Hotel renovations.

The walls were all painted and the beach sun beds repaired.

We also did alot of beach clean ups along Galu stretch and Diani Beach has never been so beautiful and pristine after all the rain and lack of people!

With a fresh new face and well rested team of staff we are ready for the year ahead! Karibuni Kenyaways Kite Village.

REOPENING 14 JUNE

REST AND RENOVATIONS 

We excited to reopen in a couple of weeks after a much needed rest half way through this busy 2018 so far. While our team has been on leave, a team of 'fundi' meaning workmen have been hard a work extending the kite school, modifying the bar and restaurant area, and tailoring curtains, nets, and covers for the rooms. We hope you like the changes!

New Shop at Kenyaways

Opened since this year March 2017 The Rafiki Shop at Kenyaways has a vast array of gifts, souvenirs, clothing, beach wear, kids items, suncream and toiletries, and jewellery. All are carefully selected from local artisans where possible, with the aim of supporting local businesses.  Some examples of these are; 

The Wild Earth Botanics range of cosmetics and oils, completely natural and made here in Diani from tropical ingredients. 

Johari Glass range of recycled glassware from bottles into beautifully engraved dishes, glasses, ashtrays and more, all made here in Diani Beach. 

Terry Bear Toto Project based in Nairobi to support impoverished women who have no other source of income. Unique designs of decorations and toys by Terry Stobbs, with intricate details and embellishments. 

Barry Koeneke photos on canvas range of beach and town scenes in and around the east african coast. Incredible value and vibrant colors would make any room a statement. 

Hand made jewellery from Lamu made from recycled silver and washed up China from sunken Chinese trade ships hundreds of years ago.

4shore organic and eco printed shirts are a range of beautifully printed light and comfortable cotton tops and tees made in Kilifi, North coast Kenya.

For those of you who remember the LALESSO SHOP at Kenyaways you can still get the garments online at www.lalesso.com or email olivia@lalesso.com for more info.