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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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. 

 

 

Record wind season!

THE KUSI ! 

Finally after 3 years of not great kusi seasons, the wind as we know it returned in the mysterious style of global warming. Since June to day the average wind stats were 20 knots above  85% of days. With the remaining 10% being above 12 knots and only 5% with just not enough wind to kite. This has been an outstanding season and the kiters all scored big time. H2o extreme took lessons out every day and those that were not teaching kiting were teaching surfing! YES! Thanks mother nature lets hope this continues year after year! 

25 YEARS OF Diani Rules

What is Diani Rules? 

Celebrating 25 years of Diani Rules this year on the 29 MAY 2015, 4PM at Forty Thieves Beach Bar. It ends on 31st May. 
Diani Rules is an annual 3 days sports event started 25 years ago by a few people who thought it would be a good idea to bring people to the coast during the low season for some fun and to raise money for a good cause. It is always held on the Madaraka Day Weekend.

All proceeds from this fun charity sports event come to Kwale District Eye Centre
We invite people from all over the world to partake in sports that have had their rules changed to make it more interesting. Teams are made up of eight players of which a minimum partaking in each sport must be three women
Diani Rules got its name because whatever sports are played the rules are changed to try and make it a more level playing field for people of all ages to compete in the fun. Most of the sports are played on the beach or in the sea.
A grand raffle is the highlight of the event. By buying tickets, people who may not be able to come themselves, can still support our mission to eliminate blindness in Kenya. The draw takes place on Sunday lunch time.
Come with your friends and family and HAVE FUN FOR A CAUSE! 

You can see the 2015 Diani Rules poster here 

Kenyaways is very convenient place to stay while you are participating at this great event and has special deals offered for minimum 3 nights.