Kiteboarding and kitesurfing are two expressions for the same activity but now I have also seen for myself what surf-kiting is all about! I guess most surf kiters are initially good surfers who pick up kitesurfing and then combine the two – although I guess it could also work the other way around… Have I confused you enough?? The surf-kiters have smaller kites and boards that are shaped for surfing the wave and these boards have no footstraps! They use their kites to get to the waves and then rather ride the waves. Check out how it is done on this link http://vimeo.com/38347849 here you see Ben Wilson and friends surf-kiting. The beginning of this week brought ideal conditions, we had high winds which we check out on the Windfinder website for our area http://www.windfinder.com/forecast/kadhdhoo . 7 guests from Japan, Holland, Canada, Italy and Germany came to join famous surf-kiting champion Ben Wilson from Australia here at Six Senses Laamu for a week of action. Yin Yang is a well known wave in the Maldives but as we are that far south and the only resort in this atoll, we are the only surfers on the wave most of the time. We had a boat stationed by the wave to look out for the kiters safety while the kiters pumped up their kites here on the beach and kited over to the wave by themselves. Ben kited with the group on the wave and after each session gave his expert advise on how to improve skills. Towards the middle of the week the forecasted wind just didn’t materialize which gave everyone some time to enhance their surfing skills. For the last 2 days the wind picked up and the kites came out again. Oliver Jacobsen was the team videographer and Stuart Gibson, who specializes in surf photography joined as the teams photographer. Check out his website http://www.thecollective.net.au one minute he takes a beautiful shot of a wave and the next minute… you wonder how he gets out of the waves that he takes pictures of. I love his images. As surf-kiters have to be and keep fit – Nikki Fogden-Moore a vitality coach from Australia also came along to support them and her view of “life’s a gym”. Ben Wilson and Nikki Fogden-Moore are toying with the idea to be back with another workshop next year – we would love to see them back!!!
Andras and Eszter from On the Spot
Andras Takacs and Eszter Cseke from Hungary are well know travel reporters with their own TV show back home. Usually they cover more troublesome subjects but this time their assignment also involved a lot of pleasure. They came to Six Senses Laamu to shoot a promotion video for a Nikon under water camera. We went diving together to find nemo, mantas, turtles, napoleons and many more. They took a lot of footage, now I am curious to see the final video! We wish you a lot of success with this project and your future one and of course come back to the Maldives for some more diving!
Lucy and Petra
Lucy Verasmay, UK Meteorologist, TV news weather presenter and journalist came to Six Senses Laamu to write a piece about our in house Astronomer Dr. Parag who offers informative slide show presentations plus of course sun gazing and star gazing sessions with specialized telescopes to our guests. While here she could not miss the opportunity to go snorkeling and what is the next step once you are infected by the “bug”? DIVING of course. Lucy joined us for a Discover Scuba Diving Adventure in our lagoon and house reef and was amazed to discover a whole new world out there. I am sure this was not the last time….
Neopren Mask Strap
It started with the 2 black and white sharks on a t-shirt that we have for sale here in our dive shop. These sharks symbolize Yin & Yang which of course is also the name of the famous surfing wave here in the Laamu Atoll just a 5 minute boat ride away. Now we had those 2 sharks printed on our new neoprene mask straps. No more pulling of the hair when you put your mask on or take it off and it is easily adjustable to your size. To get these mask straps you have to come to Six Senses Laamu Resort and the Ocean Dimensions Dive Shop.
Coral Planting Project
In December 2012 our engineering team build a metal structure which was placed on a sandy bottom along our house reef at a depth of about 16 meters. When the location was chosen we considered easy access, sandy bottom as not to damage any coral, healthy reef in the surrounding area and coral blocks to protect the structure from sediments coming from the lagoon. On 11.12.12 Simona, the Six Senses Marine Biologist, started planting some Acropora coral fragments. More fragments were added later on and a regular cleaning of the structure was started to remove sand and algae. Unfortunately some of the smaller fragments died after about 1 month but many fish are coming around the structure. The coral planting project has become a point of interest and we will keep monitoring it on every dive. In this photo you see our marine biologist at work.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Blind wine tasting, Zero Carbon Dinner, Cocktails at the Sandbank, Christmas Movie, Christmas Stocking Treasure Hunt at the house reef, Christmas Buffett, Cookie Making, Stargazing, Fullmoon Yoga, Fullmoon Nightsnorkeling, Fullmoon Kayaking Adventure, Cup Cake Making, Volleyball Match, Bonfire, Gala Dinner, Barefoot Beach Party, Champagne Breakfast are just some of the activities during Christmas and New Year. As you can see it won’t get boring on this island.
We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a successful start into the year 2013.
PADI 5 Star Dive Resort
We have been awarded the PADI 5 Star Dive Resort status. Officially a PADI Five Star Dive Resorts excels in providing traveling scuba divers with memorable scuba diving experiences, customer satisfaction, scuba diver safety and underwater environmental awareness by providing professional and outstanding service. We are happy to have received this recognition and look forward to take you diving and show you the underwater wonders of the Laamu Atoll.
Daggi with Shark
Dagmar Ott has been working together with us on Six Senses Laamu for more then a year. She made a famous entry to our facebook page with one of her underwater modeling photos – the ballerina on a tight rope. Here is another shot of here doing the underwater magic that she does. She made many friends and happy divers here on Six Senses Laamu. Dagmar, thank you so much, we wish you all the best and we will miss you for sure.
You can already insure yourself online before you get here but if you don’t want the hassle to look through the different policies and options we take care of it here. Since last month we offer the possibility to insure our divers on a daily basis with the international DAN insurance specialized in divers insurance. Dive with peace of mind and protect yourself against the unexpected.
Ladies Dive Team
Meet Barbel from Switzerland, together with the Ocean Dimensions ladies dive team on the stairs of the dive school jetty. Barbel is the lucky lady who saw the dolphins during the safety stop a couple of days back. You can see the photo she took on our facebook page www.facebook.com/oceandimensions Her camera was already packed away and she had to be quick to pull it out again to take the shot. Barbel is already been diving with us here in April. On her second visit she got more lucky and saw mantas on nearly every dive and of course the dolphins. We hope to see you here again sometime soon.