Windsurf N Mountain Bike – Nevis

Winston Crooke is quite an operator’biking, windsurfing, kayaking, and training for triathlons, that is. And then there is the yearly Cross Channel Swim, spanning the 2.5 mile cut between Nevis and St. Kitts. Winston organizes this too. He is a bundle of athletic energy, a personal motivator, and proud to be West Indian. If you mention his name to Nevisians, they all agree that Winston is the ‘ambassador of adventure sports’.

Born in England of Nevisian/Kittitian parents, Winston moved to Nevis in the early 1990s to open a windsurfing center. Nevis gets plenty of northeasterly trade winds, and with a channel separating it from sister isle St. Kitts, it was a natural location to develop the sport. Windsurf’n Nevis has established the island as a mecca for enthusiasts of the board.  And for novices, Winston guarantees that anyone can learn to windsurf within two hours or less with instructions from his trained staff.

But if you want the back roads beauty of lush rainforest, then Bike Nevis offers several tour options for all athletic levels. First get fitted with a bike and helmet from Wheel World Cycle Shop, at Winston’s Oualie Beach headquarters. Tours are available for all level participants.

 A meandering two-hour tour of local villages and historical sites is perfect for a family with varying ages and experience. Or get more serious off-road challenges straight up and around Nevis Peak on Upper Round Road.  This tour is for hard-core mountain bikers in excellent condition, as they wind their way along the 1600s sugar cane trail connecting Golden Rock Plantation to Nisbet Plantation on the northern shore. Biggest trail hazard’ Vervet monkeys bounding across the track.

  • Guided bike tours can be arranged for any size or age group, personalized to meet your individual levels of ability. Guides are highly recommended for all off-road exploration.
  • If you want to be on the water but don’t want the challenge of the wind, consider a kayaking circuit along the coast, with stops to snorkel and enjoy thermal hot springs releasing into the sea. Winston’s guides offer a slightly more leisurely exploration of Nevis’ coastline.
  • March 2012 marks the next 2.5-mile Cross Channel Swim. For anyone in training or just up for a personal challenge, this is a great swim competition. Last year 112 swimmers finished the race, from ages 9 to 65. Snorkel, mask and fins are allowed.
  • Winston and the members of the Nevis Cycle and Triathlon Club invite you to train with them while you are visiting on island. For their run, bike, and swim schedules see www.neviscycleclub.com.
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