As soon as the wind is up, the guys are kiteboarding. With our son, Devan, visiting, Dave decided to teach him how to kiteboard. I made a video of his lesson. It may look like he fell a lot, but he caught on really quickly and was standing on the board on his first day! Amazing! He’s a natural.
If the Guna Yala had gotten their act together and decided what to do about kiteboarding, we may well have spent the rest of the season there. The guys found a great kiting location at “The Hot Tub.” Totally protected by islands and reef all around, there were no boats anchored in these shallow waters and our kiters had it all to themselves. Without boats to dodge (or to bother if they don’t like kiteboarders), it seemed like the perfect spot. However, the Congreso of the Guna Yala had decided to charge a permit fee for recreational water sports –which the guys would have happily paid if the Congreso had not changed their mind. Unfortunately, they decided to ban kiteboarding until they could get a better grip on the economic value of the sport. With kiting banned, our time in the San Blas was limited. Of course they still kited some and only got busted once. Rebels!