Wind shortage grounds surfers


Mother Nature literally took the wind out of kitesurfers’ sails and played havoc with an international tournament that was due to be held in Cayman late last week and over the weekend. 

The Rock International Open, also known as TRIO, a kitesurfing event that attracted some 40 international competitors, was stalled by a shortage of wind. Organizers say riders struggled to make any progress due to a lack of strong breezes. 

“It was all there on the plate to run a top-class event,” said Jhon Mora. “People were here from places like Uruguay, Italy, Germany. It was a big selection of people. We were looking forward to this. Unfortunately, the wind didn’t show up. But, as usual this week’s forecast is looking great. That’s typical for Cayman. 

“We can’t do it without Mother Nature. We couldn’t do nothing official with the athletes because of the lack of wind. Most of the riders felt frustrated. But all the riders enjoyed the island. We kept them busy and they had a great time going to Stingray City, going to the beach, going to the clubs and just enjoying the place as tourists.”  

TRIO was billed as the only Caribbean competition officially sanctioned by the International Kiteboarding Association – the sport’s world governing body – which also falls under the International Sailing Federation.  

Initially, action was to be centered on Barkers Beach in West Bay, but organizers used three other sites: the Holiday Inn Resort Grand Cayman (formerly the Grand Caymanian), Starfish Point in North Side and Public Beach on Seven Mile Beach over the four days allotted for the tournament.  

Some riders left Cayman early but most remained to perform exhibition runs Sunday at Barkers.  


Kitesurfers struggled to get enough wind at various locations. – PHOTO: MATTHEW YATES


Kitsesurfers finally find some wind Sunday at Barkers Beach in West Bay. – PHOTOS: JAMES WHITTAKER


Horseriding and kitesurfing are both popular activities at Barkers Beach. – PHOTO: JAMES WHITTAKER


With the wind picking up, surfers exhibit their skills.


The wind finally picked up enough to allow for some surfing. – PHOTO: JAMES WHITTAKER


Up, up and away. – PHOTO: MATTHEW YATES


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