A Night On Baby Beach: Kiteboarding, Camping and Amazing Memories
Baby Beach…even the name sounds enticing. A few days ago, a group of us went camping on Baby Beach. It was one of those nights that you always want to remember…
Let me introduce you to the crew:
Jos (Friend and fellow Vela Aruba Kite Instructor)
Sanne (Jos’s girlfriend, cool girl here on an internship)
Mariah (My room mate!)
Jesper (Vela gear guru, windsurfer, budding kitesurfer, traveler)
Thom (the baby of the group at 18)
Daniel (Vela Groupie and all around awesome guy!)
Coen (Vela Groupie and I am really happy when I get him to talk!)
I can’t say that I was very organized about camping-although Jos showed up at my house packed and ready to go. We stopped at the store and then headed out. It was much farther than I expected, so Mariah, Jos, Sanne and I arrived after sunset to the beach.
Jos and Sanne came complete with tiki torches, mattress, coolers and flags to block the wind (although, admittedly we ended up needing to park the cars around our campsite to block it). Mariah and I brought the tapas (olives, cheese, sundried tomatoes, hummus, bread and meat)!
By the time everyone arrived, we had settled in and decided it was time for some night kiting. The moon was full, but there was also an event occurring a little farther down the beach. They had set up big spotlights that shone down onto the lagoon (perfect for us)! Baby Beach still has offshore wind, but the lagoon is protected by jetties. It creates a shallow, super flat spot to kite.
Jos and I went out and, admittedly, I had a rough start. I had a center line snap and then a deflate after switching out my bar within 20 minutes of kiting (Many thanks to Jos for saving my kite from drifting out into the ocean)! Once I sorted all of that though, it was amazing! Everyone waded out into the water to take pictures and watch us and Jos and I formed a nice rotation. The area is quite small, so the timing needs to be good with the riders. The wind was great and I was able to get a lot of really nice, floaty jumps on my TS (Nothing too crazy in offshore wind…at night…coming off of a back injury)! It was a great experience to bond with Jos on the water, get some great pics and video jumping over the group and just enjoy one of my last nights in Aruba.
After kiting, we all changed and gathered around under the palapa (Tiki hut for those of you who don’t know what a palapa is!). It was very simple and amazing. We didn’t need anything more than the beach and good people (and maybe some Champagne…and rum and coke!).
Waking up on the beach after sleeping in the open air is thrilling. If you’ve never slept on the beach, I would highly recommend it. Baby Beach is…beautiful. The sun was out, the sky was clear and that bright, stunning blue and the water was so clear and flat. Jos and I headed out for a morning session. It wasn’t as windy or steady as the night before, but it was a great way to start the day!
We were slow to leave the beach, relaxing and laying around for a while before we packed up and left.
As I said in the beginning, there are some nights that you always want to remember. This night on Baby Beach was one of the best nights I have ever had. Everything was perfect at that moment-great winds, great kiteboarding, warm and flat water, great people, great conversations…it was an experience…