Welcome to Olya Raskina and Sveta Martynova's Windsurf Beauties camps. The upcoming camps are 16-30th of March in Cape Town, SA; 1-10th of May in Mauritius; 15-29 June at Five Square windsurf school in Dahab, Egypt.

We would like to introduce windsurfing to as many girls as possible and share our passion with them. We believe that windsurfing is the best sport for a woman, because it is fun, active, physical and bound with nature. It combines 2 basic elements: wind and water, which give you joy and freedom. Our goal is to help you learn, improve and advance in windsurfing.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Windsurf Beauties camp coming up in Mauritius soon

Dear Windsurf beauties and our supporters,
We are happy to invite you to our upcoming camps in Mauritius from 1 until 10th of May and in Dahab, Egypt from 15th until 29th of June. We welcome all levels of windsurfing ladies from beginners to advanced willing to improve their wave riding skills.
 We'll have a great team of girls all learning and having lots of fun on the water.
Apart from windsurfing, we will be surfing, SUPing and visiting a lot of amazing spots in Mauritius such as waterfalls, amazing little villages around Le Morne mountain and many other places.
Nature's amazing in Mauritius, you can go on a trip to swim with dolphins and do all other fun activities.
 Bring your kids with, they'll have a great time on the water and chilling on the beach.
 You can book your ticket on momondo.com, Emirates website and Condor website. These airlines: Condor and Emirates are the most convenient to fly with. As for accommodation and rental of the gear, it's 50 euros a day for an apartment in la Gaulette with a kitchen and double bed, 35 euros a day to rent a pick-up truck, 45 euros a day to rent a small car with automatic gear box. Hotel prices from 1 until 10th of May are:

Indian Resort (3 star hotel right next to Club Mistral, half board, transfer) superior double room Euro 731. Indian Resort superior single room Euro 1028.
Le Mornea (3 star hotel 10min walk from Club Mistral, all inclusive, transfer) Le Mornea superior double room Euro 825. Le Mornea superior single room Euro 1090.

 1 week of the camp costs 350 euros, 10 days 500 euros. The rental of the gear has to be payed extra, which is 330 euros for 10 days with Club Mistral. You are welcome to bring your own gear as well, of course.
 For all the info, please, contact Olya at windsurf.beauties@gmail.com. See you soon on Mauritius! stay tuned..

Monday, March 4, 2013

Cape Town windsurf madness in the last few days

It's very hard to post pics and news from Cape Town, South Africa, because...well...hmmm..pfff.. definitely, NOT because someone's being lazy and slow, but cos it's just crazy windy and mad waves here. After a day of 9am-8pm on and off the water, rigging/derigging, moving from spot to spot, packing/unpacking, you are just so worked and tired that you only crawl to bed at night to wake up and find out that....it's windy again! here's a pic from Haakgat on Thursday, it was EPIC! thanks to Ivan Newmark for taking pics.   
On Friday the wind came through a bit later, so we went to surf Haakgat at lunch time and it was massive again. Beautiful point break that just works and runs until it hits a few (hundreds?) italians in speedos on the beach. Honestly, i'm not a hater and i've been working in windsurf centers for the last 8 years but please guys don't wear speedos with crocs on the beach while you carry your gear here and there. thank God Cape Town is a cold water spot with wetsuits all the time, otherwise would you be even windsurfing in speedos?! anyway, let's leave that sensitive subject and check out a nice close out pic from Sunset beach.
I can't wait for the arrival of my new JP-Australia board this week. Feels like Christmas time. It's already in Cape Town International airport stuck at customs, but coming out soon. So looking forward to test that baby out.
There were a a lot of good sailors on the water these days. Even my friend David from Kommetjie drove here to rip up some nice ones at Sunset. Sick turn!
Ivan aerials are getting as good as his backloops now, sweet. 
And here's Shaun on the pic under and the reason why i'm so slow at learning and trying goiters. If something goes wrong you "eat" a lot. That's a face plant goiter by Shaun.
And that's a whole body into the gear plant goiter by Shaun..
Definitely, with my extreme luck, my goiters will looks like all the variations of those 2 pics. Well, i already tried a few and it felt nice and soft falling in the water, but once you go around, there's a nice landing on top of your gear in store for you. Well, i only got 1 more month left in SA, so rather go hard..or go home in 1 month. 
Thanks to NeilPryde, JP-Austalia, Five Square windsurf center, Roxy, Skullcandy, Baby G, MFC for supporting my windsurfing and my best amigo Fran here for supporting my stay in CT, it's been a while and time to go home soon, but hopefully still gonna shred a few nice waves before my leave.
Can't get enough of that Table mountain and Lion's head view while we sailing. such an amazing place! Anyway, lets stay tuned, check the weather, drive around and get some sick sailing done. take care and, for those, interested in windsurf clinics, it's in Mauritius from 1 to 10th of May and Egypt from 1 to 29th of June. Come over here to CT in March if you feel like as well. cheers!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Windsurf Beauties camps and Young Guns coming up soon!

Ladies and gentlemen, windsurf freaks and all our friends,

it's about time to announce our upcoming Windsurf Beauties camps (we do like to teach guys as well, so don't be shy to join us) in the next few months. We will start with SA, Cape Town from 2 until 16th of March, it's in a few weeks already but if you are thinking of coming to Cape Town, rather do it now, because then until December 2013 there won't be much wind according to the usual forecast. 
Our next camp will take place in Mauritius from 1 until 10th of May. It's warm water, no wetsuit, flat lagoons and amazing waves, so if you are beginner or an amature wave rider, join us for some fun sessions that you will never forget.  
We will be sailing and surfing all days long, from 1 until 10th of May and you don't have to bring your gear with, you can rent it out at Club Mistral there, but please don't forget to email them and book in advance. Otherwise, write to me here: windsurf.beauties@gmail.com and i'll sort everything for you.
In June 2013 we are heading back to our roots, Egypt, Dahab, Five Square windsurf center.
We will start with the kids camp, JP NP Young Guns, for all windsurf addicts from 6 until 18 years old.
It will take place at Five Squares windsurf center from 1st until 15th of June.
1 week of the camp is 350 euros, 2 weeks 680. The windsurf rental is payed extra. But if both parents are renting their gear or taking lessons at Five Square windsurf school, the kid doesn't need to pay for his gear. We've got life vests and everything for your your rippers, so don't hesitate to let your kid sail his heart out and have lots of fun times with his buddies. 
Camps for mommies and daddies are from 15th until 29th of June, also at Five Square windsurf center. Basically, June is the best month in Dahab wind and temperature wise, it's not hot yet and you can sail all day in bikinis/boardies. 
For all the info, please, email to Olya here: windsurf.beauties@gmail.com. And see you soon!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Road tripping South African and Namibian coast line

We hit N7 very early in the morning, at 4-30am, which was maybe a bit too German but we didn’t know how the border crossing will go and how much time we'll have to spend on it. Keen to stay a day in Namibia and then surf some sick spots at the Golden mile of SA with Ivan Newmark.  
I slept the first few hours in the back of the bakkie and woke up when we were stuck in traffic, because some parts of N7 are under construction. It’s a beautiful road, the N7, so I was happy that we had to stop and wait, so that i had time to take some pics. The scenery is very special, so you can just sit back, relax and enjoy the view for the whole 7h drive.
 Mostly you drive past beautiful wine farms and dams where the nature reminds more of Switzerland and not South Africa. A lot of little towns and farms in the middle of nowhere had those funny africaans names like “I lost hope farm” and “Bitter farm”.
Drove past numerous herds of sheep, cows, ostriches and even 1 little meercat standing on top of the rock like a king.
We got to the Noordoewer border around 1pm, the lady stamped out passports, noone checked anything in the car and we just drove through. Past the SA border, there’s that Orange River which belongs to both countries (farmers from both sides use it) and after the bridge across the river you enter Namibia.  
The border procedure is very simple, fill in 1 form, pay R220 for the car and there you are in Namibia.
The first thing that strikes you is the heat. It’s not even hot like in Egypt in summer time, it’s crazy hot and moist. The lady at the supermarket told us that it was 43C outside on the thermometer that day.
The landscape is very different to anything you’ve ever seen. The desert is full of colors from yellow to back with mountains and funny hills. It could be Mars or other planet but not the Earth. Different farms, vineyards, peach and mango trees stretch all along the Orange River.
We decided to stay in the camping area not far from the border called Amanzi River Camp. There are around 20 nice camping spots inside with green grass and braai facilities. The spot that we chose was right on the river, you could just jump into the water over the little wooden fence. 
The only thing that was worrying me were the crocodiles. My best friend just told me that on the news they said 15 000 crocodiles escaped Limpopo and drifted in the river somewhere. I know Limpopo is miles away and actually on the other side of continent, but what if there’s 0.000005% chances that 1 traveling crocodile would chill at the same camping spot? The guy at the reception told us he’s never seen crocodiles there in his whole life but there’s "a little irritating wind" that might bother us. Little irritating wind? Ha! We are from CT, there’s no wind that could bother us. So we unloaded our stuff, went for a swim in the river with the craziest current I’ve ever seen and then drove to the supermarket to get some stuff. When we came back, all our stuff was lying across the whole spot in chaos. First thought, someone was looking for the money or cameras and threw everything around, but then came the gust….after that first gust, there came the second one and we realized that this “little irritating wind” is more likely to be Red Bull Storm Chase conditions hitting Namibia full power.
The Orange river was white with 60-70 knots gusts lifting the water up and hitting our car full power. That’s a real wind nature here. Forgot to say that on the way to the supermarket there were those twisters, little hurricanes, crossing the road, that i've never seen in my whole life. They could've lifted our car and brought us back to SA in a second. On the way to the river i got 100 thorns in each of my flipflops, then had to fight with a solid army of ants marching towards out food and cloths. I love camping but I don’t think I could handle more than 1 day at the Orange River in Namibia. 70 knots wind at the camping spot and all that wild nature...that's for real sunset and brandy lovers.
 When it got dark, the wind eased off and the night unfold with billions of starts so bright and close to you, it was almost unreal. Time for a braai. There was that crazy rain with wild lightening striking all over the place in the middle of the night tho, so luckily we were sleeping in the car and not in the tent. Felt like 4 seasons hit us in 1 night. In the morning we packed up, crossed the border again and went on a real 4/4 mission to the the spot called Blue Mayo and others that stretch all along the west coast.
We drove to Garis, got food for braai there and then took a gravel road towards the beach. Everything went fine until we saw a massive cold front coming from the ocean. When we got to Blue Mayo, everything was competely foggy, white, super cold and windy.

That's a ship wreck at Blue Mayo but you can't see even a white wash behind it not talking about the famous wave. Like 2C outside as well. So we decided to drive down to Elands bay and stay at a friend's place as camping in the cold front was too crazy for me, couldn't see my hand stretched out.
 That day we drove for more than 10h, left Namibia at 10am and got to Elands after 9pm in the evening. Saw Green river, Blue mayo, went 4/4 along the coast (thanks to Ivan for letting me drive his precious 4by4 through every bump i could find), rescued local people stuck in the sand and got 2 very tasty and very organic melons as a present from them. Drove in the sand with flat tyres like 2 pros, it was a sick trip. We saw a lot of amazing spots with massive killer waves all along the Golden Mile but the cold front was following us everywhere.
Misty, raining, foggy at Elands as well and no swell with onshore wind. Camping without surfing sucks but at the same time it was nice to see the west coast so wild and harsh. Happy that i got my new SA visa and i can now stay in the country until beginning of May. So definitely more surf and windsurf trips ahead, stay tuned for moooore. xx