The foil revolution is still growing! What started as a sit-down activity in the 80’s, to a few guys pushing it on waves in snowboard boots in the early 2000’s. Now we’ve got the likes of guys like Adam Withington who are pushing the freestyle and big air side of the sport well beyond what anyone thought would be possible, and almost household names like Kai Lenny foiling on just about anything in all kinds of conditions, be it kite, surf, sup or even windsurf. The progression is undeniable.
But this sport isn’t just for the freaks and daredevils anymore. Sure, it can be intimidating with that much material under you sharpened to cut through the water effortlessly. Even trying to get set up with the board in the right place can be a seemingly impossible task the first time. But it gets better. And it’s getting more attainable every day. The Otherside and Slingshot sports are here to help!
Slingshot has been a pioneer in our sport since the beginning. Never one to grow stagnant, they have strived to stay ahead of the curve, and want to take all of us with them! They’ve developed a video series that breaks down the learning process of foil boarding to the fundamentals, giving you all the tools you need as a competent kiter to start foiling, all before you’ve even gotten wet! Watching this series is the first step to becoming a foiler.
2/1-2/28, Otherside Boardsports will be partnering up with Slingshot Sports to help you take your second step, riding a foil board!
Anyone that has successfully completed the www.foil-academy.com courses will be eligible to sign out a Slingshot foil board for FREE for 24hours to put their new knowledge to the test. This is a great way to get your feet wet on the industry’s first stepped program designed to help you efficiently and safely progress through the first stages of foil boarding.
For anyone that wants the full immersion style of learning, with hands on instruction, and access to a whole range of foil gear, we will be running a full on Foil Camp at the end of the month. Check out http://othersideboardsports.com/pages/february-foil for more details on this great program. This is for anyone who is serious about learning how to foil in the safest way possible under instructor supervision, getting help along the way. This camp is not limited to just beginners either. Our coaches can help you progress through not only your first rides, but successfully turning around, jumping and beyond! This will be an intense course from Friday to Sunday, including an intro session on our Sesi 2.0 Cable system, taking the kite variables out of the picture so that you can just focus on what is new first, before bringing it to the ocean. We have found that this is the easiest way to learn to get the foil in place, get up on the board, and start riding up on foil in a safe, controlled environment.
We will have 2 sessions on Saturday, with a lunch break in between and time to catch up and compare notes and watch some of the video for an outside look.
Sunday morning we will have another coached session in the morning, followed by lunch at the Bayside Gourmet attached to the shop where anyone having to leave to catch an early flight can scoot. We will be offering a bonus session for anyone with their own gear that wants to get out one last time with the coaches and play around. Don’t have your own gear yet? No worries! We will be offering exclusive deals on all the gear for any of our campers, ranging in budget from school/demo gear, up to the custom carbon foils the pro’s use! Already have your own gear, perfect, we reward that too!! You’ll get a discount on the camp price for bringing your own foil.
Come on down to the keys for a great time, and leave with a skill for a lifetime! Guaranteed to be warmer than where you’re coming from, so bring the family and sit em by the pool!! We’ve got a list of accommodations on our website at http://othersideboardsports.com/pages/florida-keys-watersports.
Prerequisites: Must be an intermediate or above kiter with all of your own kites and gear. No need to bring a twin-tip if you don’t want, but kites/bars/harnesses/booties and helmets are all required, and available for purchase at the Otherside. We recommend generally 9-15m kites, with our winds ranging from 12-26kts typically, depending on weather patterns.
Price: $1495 if you don’t have a foil
$1195 if you bring your own foil
If before, during or immediately after the camp you decide to buy a foil, you will be credited the $300 difference.
Dates are Friday 2/24-Sunday 2/26.
Friday noon-2 meet and greet at shop, talk about gear over lunch at bayside.
Friday 3pm-6pm cable coaching on the Bahn.
Saturday 9-12pm Morning coaching session.
Saturday 12-2pm lunch break at Postcard Inn Tiki bar with video review
Saturday 2pm-4pm Afternoon session
Sunday 9-12 Final Coaching session
Sunday 12-2 Lunch at Bayside
Sunday 2-5 Beers and Gear at Shop
Bonus sitter session for anyone that has/buys their own gear.
Spring is here in the Florida Keys and yesterday we definitely felt it at our paddle shack at Lorelei Restaurant! BOTE boards was on site doing a demo with their entire 2016 line. I have to say I was tempted to buy one! We showcased a variety of different paddleboard models each with their own unique style and purpose. The BOTE Rackham is perfect for our paddleboard fishing enthusiast and equipped with the latest bote innovations. The BOTE Traveller is made for long paddles, as it moves quickly and efficiently in the water. We also demoed our best selling board, the BOTE HD. It is known for its unique hull design, which is a hybrid between a surf style and a displacement touring hull. Fast, stable and compatible with all of Bote’s paddleboard fishing accessories. If you're interested in learning more stop by our Islamorada shop or the paddle shack at Lorelei and ask us some questions, and be sure to follow our social media for dates of the next on the water demo!
Otherside Boardsports’ “Windy Days, Sleepless Nights” Tee ($25)- This is a photograph taken of a kiter in Islamorada, and hand screened with eco-friendly ink onto a super-soft Tee.
Ion Neoprene Beanie ($29)- When the cold weather won’t stop you from that session, Ions neoprene hat is an easy addition to your cold weather kiteboarding gear. In or out of the water, riders will find this snug fitting hat much more comfortable and practical than the traditional wetsuit hood. Available in two colors.
Weatherflow Wind Meter ($39)- Who doesn’t love a little gadget? Download the free app, plug in this anemometer to your smart phone (iPhone and android compatible) and get real-time wind reading that can easily be shared with friends via text message. Connect into their network and see reading from other Weatherflow users all over the country.
Surf Shades ($69)-Kiteboarders know, the sunglass struggle is real! These polarized sunglasses feature an adjustable (and removable) strap that sits securely around the back of the head, as well as a secondary/ back-up strap that will keep the glasses connected to you even after a bad wipe out. Available in two frame shapes.
Go-Joe Board Recovery Device ($79)- Loosing your board while kiteboarding, or having to body drag upwind to retrieve it after a crash is one of hassles of learning to kite. The GoJoe is an inflatable device that sits unobtrusively between the footsteps of any kite board. When the board is dropped in the water behind you, the Go-joe with not only flip your board over for you, but will act as a sail and get the board downwind to you faster. Retrieving the board faster means less time flailing and more time riding!
Watershot Splash Phone Housing ($109-129)- A top pick from Otherside owner Mike, this waterproof housing for your iPhone features interchangable optical quality glass lens for high quality photos in either standard, or wide angle (like Gopro). Every function of your touch screen will work through their robust touch membrane and you can get killer shots without the risk of ruining your phone, or having to pack an extra waterproof camera with you. This is must-have for any waterman or waterwomen!
Volcom Storm Jacket ($129): Wind or rain won’t stand a chance with this lightweight, waterproof jacket. Cinchable hood and critically taped seams make this the perfect jacket for before or after a kite session
Ion Shelter Jacket ($199)- A favorite among our kite instructors, this zip-up Neoprene jacket can be worn alone, or over a wetsuit for an extra layer of warmth. It features an asymmetric zipper and slot for your harness to come through. Cinch-able hood and lined pockets keep riders oh so cozy both on and off the water. Available in Black or Blue
Woo Sports ($199)- This little device connects to your kiteboard and tracks your every movement including height and hang time. The data collected is sent seamlessly to your smart phone where you can see your highest jump, longest airtime, session duration and much more. Connect with other Woo users in your area and access the local and global leaderboards. Who is the highest jumper at your beach? Who has the highest recorded jump in the world? Can you beat your last session? Woo sports has the answers and can add a whole lot more fun to each one of your sessions!
Liquid Force Foil Fish Combo ($1139)- With a recent rebirth into the sport of kiteboarding, foil-boarding is the newest craze and the perfect gift for that kiteboarder in your life that has everything. The amazing sensation of flying has coined the term ‘foil face’ for the huge, radiating smile that seems to be consistent with all who try it!
Otherside Boardsports is proud to announce that we have opened a location on the beach at Lorelei Restaurant and Cabana Bar in Islamorada. This new location which we have nicknamed “The oTHErside Paddle Shack” offers top of the line Kayak and Paddleboard rentals, Kayak and Paddleboard Eco Tours and Paddleboard Lessons. The Florida Keys are a beautiful place to enjoy any activity on the water because of the calm conditions found nearly year round on the bayside of Islamorada. The clear waters and abundant sea life found around the many tiny islands just off the beach makes this the best location in the Florida Keys to Paddle.
The Eco Tours we offer have been the highlight of many family vacations for years. We spend time on the beach before heading out on the water making sure you understand the basics of Paddleboarding or Kayaking. Along the way our guide will point out wildlife and lead you through the many hidden paths in the islands off of the coast.
When renting Paddleboards or Kayaks we provide you with a detailed map of the area you will be exploring. The waters are mainly shallow and easy to navigate for even first timers. All ages are welcome and we have double seat kayaks for those who might want the extra horse power moving throughout the islands.
Thanks for visiting oTHErsideBoardsports.com! As you can see, the page is all-new in look and feel, and that’s just the start. We’ve got a lot of big changes going on at the Otherside, so stay tuned!
One thing that we don’t want to change is our dedication to exceptional customer service. We want this webpage to be an extension of the service you can get in our shop. We’re not just here to blindly sell you gear (albeit, the sickest gear on the market!). Rather our goal is to find out a little about you, and how you intend to use the gear, then make sure that you’re getting on the right stuff!
Like I said, there’s going to be a lot of changes going on around here, so stay tuned to this website, as well as our social media pages (Facebook and Instagram) for up to the minute events, specials and all around fun shenanigans.