You've got to love Ireland - if you've ever been to the Emerald isle you'll know what we mean and agree: Nowhere else offers such a welcoming, friendly crowd of people, who'll greet you in the friendliest way, no matter if you meet them in the line-up, at the beach or in the pub after your session. The nature and overall scenery is sheer breathtaking and last but not least: These incredible conditions on the water, the waves, the power..! Everyone who hasn't been: Check out the video above to get an idea of what to expect.
After years of trips to Ireland it was last fall that everything finaly just fell together: We were able to offer a guided tour and an intensive wave coaching for kiting in waves held by Ozone teamrider Marc Ramseier at the westcoast of Ireland. And as customers, coach and organizers enjoyed the trip alike we decided to have another go at it in winter 2016 - this time in English language.
Join us from 1st to 8th of April 2017 for an intensive wave coaching followed by an adventurous trip along the westcoast of Ireland.
We'll start off our journey with four days of stationary, very intensive waveriding coaching. The coaching implements live coaching on the water with instant feedback, theory sessions and daily video analysis to help you to focusing on the small and big mistakes you're doing - as well as your progression.
After the stationary coaching and acclimatization in Ireland we want to visit the best kitespots of the famous "wild atantic way" with you. We pack our gear and decide as a group which spot will be the first on the list. This part of the journey is supposed to enable you to get to know more of this beautiful island, it's people and the pub-culture - and, of course, to apply what you just learned in a different terrain. There won't be anymore theoretic lessons but the coaching on the beach as well as the video coaching continues. It's all about water-time during the last two days of the camp.
Please note: In order to make the most of the days we want to hold the first few days at that spot that has the most promissing swell- and windforecast. We have three different locations on the westcoast in prepared for you but will make the final call for the location you come to only a few days prior to the start of the event.
Don't worry: Wherever in Ireland your plane lands it'll never take you more than 5 hours to get to any spot that we have in mind.
While conditons and spots in Ireland are amazing - they are also fickle. Ireland has massive tides and it is not rare that a spot that used to work great a year ago isn't working at all a year later. To be at the right place at the right time we're happy to be able to rely on a crew of locals who know every part of the island and leave no wave unridden:
Are you an experienced kiter in waves? You're keen to progress and are hoping for some support and a challenge? You are not afraid of honest feedback, intensive exchange of knowledge and you want to hear about the small tricks and tweaks which you should work on to progress your waveriding? The idea of intensive personal coaching right on the spot appeal to you as much as daily video coaching session? Well, then this coaching is for you!
This intensive six day wave coaching is solely layed out to suit riders who already have solid expericenes with kite and surfboard in waves and who have the aim to focus on their weak spots by the help of video coaching and an expert rider. We limited the group to ten participants to ensure we have a lot of time for individual support.
Ozone teamrider Marc Ramseier started to kitesurf in 1998, turned professional two years later and has ever since dedicated his life to Kitesurfing. After numerous years on the freestyle tour, Marc has since then been devoting his focus on riding waves and to push that side of the sport.
Originally from Switzerland, Marc has been spending most of his time abroad getting familiar with surf breaks all around the world.
Marc also brings in extensive experience from the instructing and coaching side and will make sure that you are going to understand how you need to improve your wave riding skills when attending his clinics.
Marc: "The reason i came up with the format of the Wave Clinics was to establish a way that would make it as easy and as quick as possible for everybody to learn how to ride waves - in my opinion the most rewarding, but also the most complex discipline you can do with a kite.
The idea was not to just gather at a wave spot and give a few random tips, but i wanted to create a way to pass on the fundamentals and build up a know-how that will speed up your progress so much more than by trial and error, not speaking of the increased safety and reduced risks involved.
Usually it takes years to master and get better at wave riding because there is a lot of experience involved. I cannot replace the experience, but i can make sure you know what to do and how to adapt to certain conditions so that you can learn much quicker and raise the quality of your experiences fast. Would be great to be able to welcome you at any of the future clinics.!"
Ireland is pure nature. 4,5 million inhabitants, of which more than a quarter are living in the three big cities -there sure remains a lot of uninhabited space near the coasts. It's pure, it gives you space to breathe, it's idyllic. And these sensational kitesurfing and surf conditions only add to
Due to it's exposed location, Ireland is prone to profit of nearly every low pressure system brewing up over the Atlantic ocean, bringing wind and waves to the island. This makes it a fairly reliable destination for surfers and kiters in the winter months. The gulfstream on the other hand ensures water temperatures in the double digits - even in November.
The "wild atlantic way" covers more than 2500km of Atlantic coastline and offers a sheer endless variety of spots. Whether it's the 13km long beach of the Brandon Bay, in County Kerry, the reefs in County Clare and Sligo or beach- and reefbrakes near Belmullet - the spots are the top of the crop - and we just have to decide which one to pick.
It'll be nearly impossible not to find a perfectly suited kitespot for waveriding in Ireland in April. If you'd like to get an impression of Ireland in winter check out the masterpiece of Irish moviemaking "Dark side of the lens" by surf-cineast Mickey Smith.
Considering that light, waves and scenery will more than likely form an amazing backdrop: All pictures and videos of you which will be captured on a daily basis will be yours to keep after the event.
While we ask you to bring your own gear and mainly use it throughout the event, we are still happy to provide the latest wavekite model of Ozone, the REO V4 for demo and trial.
The REO is designed especially for kiting in waves. Since its release in 2012 it has developed towards an icon status and has made many a friend among kitesurfers. But just have a go with it yourself. The complete range of eight sizes between 4 and 12 sq m is available for you to test.
Talking about the weather.. Well, there is a chance it might rain the odd time. But without rain there would neither be these amazing clouds in the sky, nor the famous "40 shades of green" or these happy sheep. And generally the showers at the westcoast leave as quickly as they come. The weather is extremly changeable. Lashing rain sideways followed by blue, blue skies and sunshine - everything's possible in Ireland.
We're talking about weather, so no promises can be given. BUT. Throughout the last few years April has been a little gem of a month. It was sunny, windy and temps were in the mid teens. And we were blessed with a lot of swell too, so it was actually fairly ideal for windsports.In April we have fairly long days already allowing us to see and do lots. A well fitting wetsuit, a hood, booties and gloves should be in your baggage though - it's always better to be overequiped.
In regards wind you'll be well of if you pack a quiver of kites ranging from 6 to 10sq m in sizes.
We planned the wavecamp Ireland for the stormy November as usually November is a very promissing month for both wind and waves while water and air temperatures are still okay. The journey runs from the 1st to the 8th of April , 1st and 8th being arrival and departure days.
The cost for the six days clinic is 750,- Euro. During the first four days you're getting a full coaching including theory lessons, coaching at the beach and in the water plus a daily videocoaching. Subsequently two days of pure support on the beach and video coaching are being given. The theory lessons do not happen during the last two days which are being dedicated to as much time on the water as possible.
The journey to the island is being booked individually. Nevertheless we are happy to help you with that. It is faily easy and inexpensive to travel to Ireland. The flight takes around 1.5 hours and Ryanair and Aerlingus fly from several airports for around 100,- Euro. Surf luggage is between 35,- and 50,- one way, depending on the carrier.
Rental cars (which will be needed as we are road tripping) are relatively cheap: You can get a small car from 70,- for a week including insurance. If you need ideas where to book just get in touch. If you, however prefer to travel with your own van to extend the trip by a few days it's not very expensive either: The ferry from Cherbourg in France to Rosslare in Ireland is around 95,- Euro one way.
The general cost of living is slightly higher than for example in Germany.
We will arrange housing for the group. Hopefully all of us will stay in one big house - depending on the spot it might be neccessary to stay in B&B's. Expect approximately 35,- Euro per person sharing a room per night.
What's left to say? If you have any further questions - or if you have decided to participate in this Irish adventure and want to reserve on of the ten available slots just get in touch with me, Sanja, via E-mail. We'd be happy to have you with us!
Sanja Wiegmann, Vertrieb Ozone Kites Deutschland, tritt bei der Reise weder als Vermittler noch als Veranstalter auf, sondern bildet das Reiseangebot des Kooperationspartners Marc Ramseiers ab, der die Abwicklung der gebuchten Reisen übernimmt.