According to championship-level wake boarder and competitive kiteboarder Paul Menta, itâ€™s the Turks and Caicos.
Of course, you canâ€™t go wrong with Costa Rica, Key West, Puerto Rico or the Bahamas. But Mentaâ€™s been there and done that â€“ heâ€™s got kiteboarding schools in all four locations. Menta is a busy man these days. Aside from teaching people how to skip and soar across turquoise waters, heâ€™s setting up his newest kiteboarding school on the island of Providenciales, in the Turks and Caicos â€“ a mecca for watersports.
â€œIâ€™m always searching for a place with good winds, beautiful water and few traffic lights,â€ said Menta, who will operate his business from Grace Bay Beach, voted one of the worldâ€™s top ten beaches by Conde Nast Traveler.
Menta is founder and owner of The Kitehouse, a kiteboading Web site and school. His newest location in Provo will offer everything from two-day to two-week packages for some of the trendiest watersports, including kiteboarding, surfing and paddleboarding (featured in the April 2006 Menâ€™s Journal â€“ full-page picture of Laird Hamilton paddleboarding).
Menta says the best time to go kiteboarding in the Turks and Caicos is between December and June. There are, however, only two places in Provo that offer kiteboarding lessons, so make your reservations in advance. For information on Mentaâ€™s newest Kitehouse location, visit www.thekitehouse.com. For more information on the Turks and Caicos, visit www.turksandcaicostourism.com.
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