Turks and Caicos with stand up paddling clinic run by Dave Kalama, Hawaiian waterman, and organized by Brody Welte.
SUP Camp Participants
All Smales After Caribbean Bliss with Hawaiian Tips
Crystal & Warm Water
Plus Stand Up Paddle Boards and Paddles on Hand
Dave Kalama in Surf Action
Kalama Pulling Into a Barrel While SUP Surfing
SUP Paddlers on Deck
Clinic Members on Deck for a Photo Shoot
TURKS & CAICOS, British Islands – Kalama Kamp Turks & Caicos hosted by Dave Kalama and Stand Up Fitness Founder Brody Welte provided the paddleboard adventure of a lifetime for eight lucky participants last month. Turks & Caicos-based Big Blue Unlimited, a private charter diving and eco adventure company owned and operated by Philip Shearer and Mark Parrish, partnered with the Kamp to feature activities that showcased the stunning waterscape of Turks & Caicos including a full moon paddle, down winder paddles and a paddleboard snorkel trip to the outer reef and mangroves. Kalama Kampers of all paddling skill levels received one-on-one instruction from industry experts Kalama, Welte and Jupiter Paddleboarding Owner John Denney.
A British Territory, Turks & Caicos is situated 600 miles southeast of Miami, FL and is the last island in the Bahamas island chain. Unique features of the island combine to make it an outstanding SUP destination including possessing the 3rd largest barrier reef in the world and a lack of mountains and limestone composition resulting in no water runoff creating crystal clear, blue waters. The all-inclusive Kamp was based out of the Club Med Turkoise Resort, an all-inclusive adults only resort. Featuring a 12-mile sandy beach, Club Med Turkoise offered elegant guest accommodations, magnificent gardens, a Wellness Centre and on-site restaurants and bars setting the perfect home base for Kalama Kamp Turks & Caicos.
Each morning of the week-long Kamp, paddlers participated in a 7:30am beach workout lead by Kalama followed by paddling excursions varying from relaxing mangrove paddles to a world class right hand reef pass. A highlight of the trip for many of the Kampers was a Monday afternoon Dave Kalama surf exhibition of perfect 8 to 10 foot right hand reef pass waves. In addition to paddling, other activities included two snorkeling trips, pick-up volleyball, basketball, ping pong and street hockey games, and even juggling and yo-yo lessons offered at Club Med. Kampers hailed from all across the country including Canada and ranged from novices to experienced racers. The adaptability of the Kamp agenda and camaraderie amongst the paddlers and instructors truly make it the ultimate SUP experience for anyone who loves to paddle.
Plans for future Kalama Kamps are currently in the works so stay tuned to www.standupfitnessinc.com for future announcements.