1.1 Question : How do I get to SunSet Surf Camp ?
1.2 Question : How do I get to your camp from metropolitan France ?
1.3 Question : How do I get to your camp from Canada ?
1.3 Question : If I'm taking a daily lesson where do I meet you ?
2.1 Question : What's the weather like in Guadeloupe and at Saint François ?
2.2 Question : Are there set dates to the surf camp ?
2.3 Question : What are the services that you provide at SunSet Surf Camp ?
2.4 Question : What kind of facilities does Saint François have ?
2.5 Question : Can you describe the lodging and accommodations ?
2.6 Question : What kind of supervision is there at camp for minor children ?
2.7 Question : What do I need to bring ?
2.8 Question : How many surfers can you accommodate at one time ?
2.9 Question : What is the possibility for internet access in the camp ?
2.10 Question : Do you have pictures that you can show me ?
2.11 Question : Can you send me printed material (folders, brochures) about SunSet Surf Camp ?
3.1 Question : How do I make reservations ?
4.1 Question : What are your rates at the camp ?
4.2 Question : What types of payment do you accept ?
4.3 Question : What if we just want a place to stay ?
4.4 Question : Do I get a discount if I bring my own equipment ?
5.1 Question : What are the waves like in Guadeloupe ?
5.2 Question : What time of year is the best for waves ?
5.3 Question : What is the water temperature like ?
5.5 Question : Does the surf camp include surfing courses ?
5.5 Question : Does it include surfboard rental ?
7.1 Question : Is surfing dangerous ?
7.2 Question : How long does it take to learn how to surf ?
7.3 Question : What if I can only take 1 or 2 lessons ?
7.4 Question : Do I have to be a good swimmer to take a lesson? Do I have to know how to swim in the ocean ?
7.5 Question : Why take surf lessons
7.6 Question : Are the surf instructors qualified ?
7.7 Question : What is the average age of those who attend the program ?
7.8 Question : How many people are in the surf classes ?
7.9 Question : Are surf lessons only for beginners ?
7.10 Question : Do you teach children ?
7.11 Question : What do I need to bring ?
7.12 Question : How long is each lesson?
7.13 Question : Can we rent or use the boards after the lesson ?
7.14 Question : Do you provide all the equipment ?
7.15 Question : What should I do if I wear contacts ?
7.16 Question : What should I do to get ready ?
7.17 Question : What is the best time of the year to learn in Guadeloupe ?
7.18 Question : I have never been on a surfboard before, should I be nervous ?
7.19 Question : Where can I stay if I'm not attending at SunSet Surf Camp ?
9.1 Question : What is the kite-surfing ?
9.2 Question : What is the difference between kitesurfing, and kiteboarding ?
9.3 Question : Can I start kitesurfing alone ?
9.4 Question : How will learning with an instructor help ?
9.5 Question : Do I need prior experience in any other water sport before starting kitesurfing ?
9.6 Question : What kind of equipment do I need for starters ?
9.7 Question : What size of kite should I buy ?
9.8 Question : How many fins should I have on my board ?
9.9 Question : How long will I be able to use my kite ?
9.10 Question : How do you keep your kite in good condition ?
9.11 Question : How old must I be in order to start ? What about minimum weight ?
9.12 Question : Do I need a license to practice kiteboarding ?
9.13 Question : Is it a risky sport ?
9.14 Question : How soon will I start enjoying myself on the water ?
9.15 Question : Is it easy to relaunch the kite when it falls in the water ?
9.16 Question : Can a kitesurfer go upwind ?
9.17 Question : How do I switch directions, either using the board or the kite ?
9.18 Question : How can I jump ?
9.19 Question : How high can I go ?
9.20 Question : What if I am a beginner and jump involuntarily ?
9.21 Question : How do I control the power of the kite ?
9.22 Question : What is the “aspect ratio” ?
9.23 Question : What is the “power zone” ?
9.24 Question : Can I kitesurf among other ocean users ?
9.25 Question : How many kite surfers can kitesurf in a space that can normally accommodate 50 windsurfers ?
9.26 Question : Are the instructors of the kite center certified?
9.27 Question : Where is the kite surfing center ?
9.28 Question : How are the wind and weather conditions in Guadeloupe ?
9.29 Question : Which kite sizes do you suggest to bring ?
9.30 Question : What do I need to bring ?
10.1 Question : Whay is the locall currency ?
10.2 Question : Where can I find an ATM machine ?
10.3 Question : How many people live in Saint François ?
10.4 Question : What kind of population live in Saint François ?
10.5 Question : What if we want to go out at night ?
You set your own airline reservations, and send us the information so we can arrange your airport pickup.
The driver will pick you up from the airport and bring you directly to the camp.
You can also taxe a taxi, but be carreful, the camp is at 45 minutes far away from the airport an it will cost a lot.
If you want we can arrange a car rental for you, email your requirement, the location of the camp is indicated on the map of Saint François.
There is a daily fly from Montreal to Pointe à Pitre.
Email us the information so we can arrange your airport pickup.
As the lessons are not at the same place every day, the more simple is to join us at the camp.
You will find a map on the Web site.
Inform us before so we can reserve place for you.
Guadeloupe has a tropical climate, dry from november to jun with an average of 29°C, and more wet and hot from july to october with an average of 31°C. These temperatures are easily supported due to the wind « Alizée » which blow regulary from the west.
Saint François has micro-climate more dry that Guadeloupe in general.
-Breakfast : café, milk, chocolate, tea with baguette of the day, butter, jam, srambled eggs, and tropical fruts salade.
-Dinar : to be ordered before 12 am ; our food consists of healthy portions of local recipe with grilled chicken or super-fresh fish (vivaneau, dorade, thazar,…), barbecue every two days. All meals are accompanied with rice, salad and bread. Plenty of water and drinks are also available onsite.
-Cooking facilities with equiped kitchen and barbecue if you want to cook by yourself.
-Lodging : rooms with large fans have three beds, which can be organized in twin-bed. Each room have its own toilet and dressing room with shower.
-Hight speed Internet station and wifi network.
-Resting place with video, chairs and hammocks.
-Secure board storage.
-Local knowledge : always a little advice on the best surf breaks, tides and etc. for the days conditions. We even keep an eye on the swell forecasts for you.
-Surf and kite-surf lessons for all ages and skills.
-Surf and kite equipement rentals.
-Bicycle at free disposal
Saint François is at the same time an old traditional guadeloupean village and a sea side resort.
There are plenty of restaurants and shops at all prices, but also bars, doctors, pharmacies, banks, supermarkets, …traditional market, … night clubs and the casino.
For sports activities there are an 18 holes golf, a parachutim club, several diving clubs, marina for selling and fishing, many places for bathing and snorkeling and many site to visit by foot or bicycle.
Our rooms are large (15m²) well ventillated in pur carribean style with their three orthopedic beds, furnitures and large fan. The rooms all have tile floors and a private toilet and bath facility with hot water.
For surfers, wax, extra leashes, sunscreen, lycras, insect repellent, beach towels and a few boards. But if you want you can find all that localy.
Regarding medicine you can find all in the Saint François parmacies. Guadeloupe is an healthy destination whithout tropical complaint.
If you want to fish or snorkel, bring the appropriate equipment with you. The same goes for any special activity you plan on doing while in the country.
Pictures are on our web site at the « "Gallerie" » page.
If you email your adress we will send our flyer printing to you.
Confirm your reservations with your choices on our web site at the "booking" page and if you have any more questions, you can email us.
We will send to you a proposal with price, your reservation will be definitively confirmed as soon as we will received your payment on account.
This is fine, your choice can be limited to just lodging, check our rates at the "rates" page on the web site.
The area of Grande Terre in Guadeloupe is surrounded by coral reef, most of the waves break on coral.
All these spots are all very beautiful and tropical, and waves range from easy beginner surf to more hollow and powerful waves.
It is possible to surf all the year in Guadeloupe, but the swell is more consistantly active from november to jun.
North spots of Grande Terre, Port Louis and Anse Bertrand, are regulary active from december to april when swells of north atlantic break on our coastline.
East spots at Moule and Saint François run all the year but are more active from september to november when cyclonic depressions send their powerfull north swells and from december to april with north swell.
South spots and Pointe des Châteaux spots are active when Alizée blow and produce east swell, mainly from december to jun but also from august to november when tropical depressions run open sea.
For beginners their are all the year the right wave to put under the board.
Of course we organize lessons and stages with skilled graduate instructor.
You can look at the rates on our web site at "rates" page.
Equipement is include in the rates of surf school but not in the daily sur trip.
You can look at the surf board rental rates on our web site at the ""rates" page.
Body boarders are always welcome ! Email us to give us more detailed information about your arrangement.
There are plenty of activities to do in Saint François other than surf or kite-surf (look at the "activities" page.
Of course bath in the lagon sea, snorkeling or simply rest under coconut palm.
Guadeloupe produce sugar cane and you can visit rhum distilleries and taste rhum.
You can visit Basse Terre, its volcano and numerous water-fall.
You can visit nearly islands: Marie Galante, Petite Terre, La Désirade, Les Saintes.
Saint François has also a marina for selling or fishing, a nice 18 holes golf, an airport with a parachutism club, three diving clubs, ...
It can be. If you go out for your first time without proper instruction or ocean knowledge, and with a hardboard you may find yourself in dangerous situations.
At our surf school, we make surfing as simple and safe as possible.
- We use soft surfboards,
- We go over all safety issues before you hit the water,
- We describe all dangerous ocean conditions so you can recognize them, stay away from them, and know how to handle them,
- We take you to the safest area to surf,
- We remain in the water with you for your entire lesson,
- Our staff is entirely made up of experienced local surfers, licenced instructor, and watermen who live and work at the beaches where we teach, and know the conditions.
It depends on the individual. Some students are up on their first wave, most get up during their first lesson, and some take longer.
Remember, surfing is not just being able to stand up and ride a wave, it is being able to safely and responsibly handle yourself in the ocean, and know the rules and etiquette of the lineup. This is a continual process that only comes from a lot of time in the ocean.
No problem. Many of our students just take 1 or 2 lessons.
Our goal is to teach you as much as we can in the time you are with us.
You'll learn all the basics, we'll push you into your first waves and help you catch waves, we'll show you exactly what you need to do to stand up and ride the wave, and the rest is up to you. Nearly all of our students stand up and ride waves in 1-2 lessons, and everyone will experience surfing and riding waves no matter how many lessons you take.
You must be able to swim, but we don't expect all students to know how to swim in the ocean as many do not live near the beach. You should be able to keep your head above water and to swim. It is a good idea to be a good swimmer before learning to surf.
So you dont hurt yourself or others...Our quality instructors have developed lessons, know the local conditions and surf community, and use safe learning equipment so your chances of getting hurt are minimalized and your first experience will be a positive one.
- Cut the learning curve by months or years with the knowledge you'll get from our experienced surfer/instructors in your lessons.
- Tap into the experience of professional instructors who has taught thousands of students and can assess and address bad techniques so you can improve and move forward on your surfing path.
- Find the right equipment for you. Our school stocks many types and sizes of beginner boards and wetsuits so you can try a few and find what works for you before you go buy.
- You'll have a fun and safe surfing experience with talented and friendly surfers who share what they've learned with you, and are stoked to see you improve and have fun surfing.
First you have to know that french legislation require only formely licended and skilled instructors to deliver sport lessons.
Surf instructors are experts in teaching you everything you need to know about surfing, from simply learning to stand up and ride, to advanced surfing and competition tactics.
Ben, our surfing instructor surf Guadeloupe waves for a long period of time, he knows all spots and local surfers.
Most of the lessons are for beginners, but we also teach intermediate, advanced and competition surfers.
Keep in mind that our class surf instructor team represents some of the best teaching and surfing talent to be found anywhere.
Saint François is a very very safe area. With a few exeptions of some specific districts of Pointe à Pitre, Guadeloupe in general is very safe ; however if you are not conscious of your surroundings and paying attention to potential dangers, traveling anywhere can be dangerous.
As all french department, Guadeloupe have its university hospital in Pointe à Pitre. There are also several and good private clinics. There is four generalist doctors and three pharmacies in Saint François.
Kite surfing, involves using a power kite to pull a small surfboard (on water), a wheeled board on land, or a snowboard over snow.
Generally, the first step of kite surfing is to fly one's power kite into neutral position, in which the kite is straight overhead, and therefore not pulling except against one's body weight.
One then lies down in the shallows, and straps one's board onto one's feet. Then, in a (hopefully) coordinated movement, the kite is flown toward the water, in the direction that the board points.
If the board doesn't dig into the water or a wave, the kite pulls the surfer up into a powerful planing motion similar to water-skiing.
Kitesurfers should never venture onto the water in offshore winds, and the best direction is cross-shore.
Gusty onshore winds are equally dangerous because one can be lifted and thrown into hard objects onshore. In a strong wind with flat water, it's possible to traverse at fifty km/h (30 mi/h) or more.
To get going and to be able to stay upwind you need about 8 - 10 Knots (approx. 3 Beaufort) on a big kite. (15 Square meters). In 8 - 10 knots you can have a lot of fun by doing low jumps and freestyle maneuvers. 12 - 13 knots on a 15 square meter kite will have you jumping high, while 17 - 20 knots will have you flying with the birds on a 12 square meter kite.
An instructor will teach you how to become independent in safe conditions (how to chose your kite, the spot, prepare your equipment, how to react in case of a problem…). Moreover, an instructor will keep you safe and will prevent you from destroying that new kite you’ve just bought! This happened to a lot of people who tried on their own.
No, you don’t need prior experience in any other water sport before starting. Obviously, already having good board or kite skills will accelerate your learning curve but the sport is relatively simple to learn and anyone can do it.
The kind of equipment depends on the style and weather conditions of your region.
Yet you must buy: a helmet, a harness, a life vest, and a wetsuit. As for the kitesurfing equipment, you will need a bar with lines, a board with a leash and a kite. It’s best to buy from a reputable retailer as they will give you good advice and be there for after sales service and support. Reputable instructors will advise you no suitable equipment based on your skills obtained from your lessons.
The size of kite that you can use depends on your weight and level, according to the power of the wind.
The way a kite flies may also vary from one kite to the next, depending on its type. To choose a kite, you must check the kite’s wind range, which is given by the manufacturers, ask other riders that weigh the same as you, and most of all try it before buying. Again – get advice and service from your local retailer.
Theoretically, the less fins you put on your board the faster it goes. Some boards are even used without fins.
A board’s ability to go upwind depends more on the shape of the board and the level of the rider than of the fins. Fins help when loading up to jump. On the market, there are twin tips or wakeboards with 4 fins, directional boards with 2 to 4 fins and mutants (surfboard style) with 3 to 5 fins. You can easily try different combinations and its best you do what feels most comfortable for you.
If the kite is kept properly, you will be able to use it for more than three years. Yet be careful with second hand purchases.
Check out key points such as leading edge and strut seams, trailing edge thickness, bladder conditions (inflate and wait)
Always check your kite before and after using it. Here are a few advice : always store the kite once it is dry, do not rub off the sand but rather shake it off, rinse off the fabric and the struts to prevent the sand from wearing it prematurely, don’t leave it in the sun, don’t let it flutter in the wind, don’t step on it or hold it down with your knees, and avoid putting sand inside the kite. Always remove the sand from the connecting knots before reconnecting them.
Kitesurfing is taught to children aged between 12 and 14. Some start at 8 but under constant supervision. Physical condition is taken into consideration rather than weight but a general rule is 35kg minimum.
In France, to practice by yourself you dont need licence, however it is strongly recommended because licence gives public liability insurance. If you practice in a course with an instructor you need a licence, but your kite-surfing school will be able to deliver you this licence.
To change directions you need to bring the kite from one side, gently over the top to the other side. At the same time you need to pressure the downwind side of your board at the tail, and turn it around to follow the kite. If you are using a twin tip board you simply need to transfer weight from your back leg to your front (or new back) leg as the kite starts to pull you back the other way.
In order to jump, you need to have some speed. Start with your kite at about 60degrees and send it back hard to the top or even past the top. At the same time you need to edge harder and load up until the kite overpowers you. As you get overpowered and the kite starts to lift you, release you edge and extend you legs to jump. When in the air pull down on your front hand to bring the kite back over you head and make for a soft landing. As you are about to land, extend you legs to absorb the impact, find you edge again and get ready for the next one.
It is the position of the kite that determines its power. If you are getting overpowered on the water you can edge harder to reduce you board speed. This will bring the kite round into a less powerful position.
It is the length of the kite divided by the width. A kite with a high aspect ratio (AR6) will have a big span and small strut, with a high performance but unstable. Low AR kites generally don’t jump so high or go upwind so easily, but are easier to relaunch and are more stable at the edge of the wind window.
Guadeloupe is very windy and dry especially during winter from december to may. Air temperature is constantly around 28° Celsius (80° Fahrenheit). Sun is strong. Take high protection water proof sun blocker.
The majority of the people living in Saint François come from India. They arrived 200 years ago at slavery abolition when black people refused to continue to work in cane sugar plantations.
There are also numbers of west india and european people.