Youri Zoon Coaching Experience 2024
- June 9th to 15th, 2024
- Number Of Guests:
- Only 6!
- Camp Pro:
- Youri Zoon
Making his way back to the warm sunny shores of the Dominican Republic is world champion Youri Zoon for our 7th annual coaching experience June 9th to 15th, 2024. After 15 years on the pro kite surf tour, Youri retired from competition and now is a proud father. He’s also changed his focus to triathlon, and to more full time coaching. One of his great joys is passing on the information he’s obtained as one of the most successful kiters of all time to everyday kiteboarders who share the love of kiting just like Youri.
Youri is a passionate kiter who is genuinely one of the nicest riders on the planet. His soft-spoken style works fantastically for coaching as his calm demeanor puts guests at ease as they try new tricks and bigger airs. Known on the pro tour as Mr. Freestyle, Youri is a technically gifted master. He understands the maneuvers necessary to accomplish new goals, and he has the skills to explain it in a way that makes it easy to understand for any level of kiter.
Join Uncharted Kite Sessions in our home on the best property and accommodations on Kite Beach. Uncharted Villas are your own little slice of paradise in Cabarete with stunning views of the ocean and direct access to the beach. These sprawling luxurious condos are located in the heart of the action. Spectacular ocean and pool views from the expansive balconies help you relax after an amazing day of coaching and kiting with Youri.
As always all meals are included in the camps. As we are all staying in the same location, we bring in a private chef to cook breakfast and lunches for all our starving kiters during the camp. And as always we’ll have professional videographers AP Visuals on trip filming every session for our valuable video review every morning, and spectacular images captured by a professional photographer for our scrapbooks and memories.
We know that no two riders are the same, and every kiter has specific needs based on their riding level. Even though this is a ‘kite clinic’ with multiple riders, each guest receives custom coaching to their individual desires, skills and kiting goals. We ride with each guest one on one to insure tailor made coaching just for you. You’ll ride on the water with Youri always in clear communication via bbTalkin two-way bluetooth headsets. Youri and Uncharted will walk you through step by step any maneuver you want, while explaining it in real time, crystal clear in your ears from the excellent bluetooth technology. Combine the on the water live instruction with the daily video review, your skills are guaranteed to skyrocket.
The Dominican Republic is home for Uncharted Kite Sessions due to its reliable and varied conditions. The north coast in June never disappoints, providing amazing conditions for Youri to personally coach you to your kite dreams.
The Dominican Republic in June 2024 will once again be home to one of the best kiteboarders on the planet for an exceptional five day kite camp aiming to improve kite technique for all levels of riders who are passionate about kite surfing, want to improve their skills, desire to learn from the best, and are looking for a fantastic adventure. Join Youri Zoon, one of the most talented athletes in the world to perfect every aspect of your riding and have an amazing adventure along the way that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.
Reserve your seat today!
• 6 night accommodations in one of Uncharted Villas massive two bedroom ocean front condos.
• 5 days of coaching with World Champion Youri Zoon and Uncharted Kite Sessions.
• Private Chef
• All food and drinks.
• 5 Day structured coaching program.
• bbTalkin 2-way bluetooth headsets during coaching.
• Advanced kite-flying course.
• All local transport during camp.
• Guided down winders.
• Professional photography & video. We have professional camera crew AP Visuals joining the camp that will shoot photo and video that will be used in the coaching program. A complete personalized video is available for purchase for $150USD.
• Water and snacks between coaching sessions.
• Demo of Slingshot kite gear.
About Your Accommodations at Uncharted Villas
Each guest will enjoy 6 nights accommodation at Uncharted Villas with their own room in a massive shared two bedroom & two bath beautiful condominium style boutique villa located on Kite Beach. With only a handful of units, this small oceanfront hotel residences offers the convenience of direct beach access for our camp, spacious bedrooms, central air conditioning, spacious living rooms, flat screen televisions, large ocean view balconies that face the open Atlantic ocean, lush gardens, elevators, 24 hour security, and a beachfront pool with breathtaking ocean views that will astound.
Please check out our selection of gorgeous villas here:
As always all meals are included as this is very much part of the experience. A lot of information gets passed at meals, and you actually get to know Youri off the water in a more relaxed environment. One of the most enjoyed parts of every camp has been the fantastic food. With a background in fine dining, Uncharted founder Andreas believes amazing food is the best way to cap off an incredible day on the water. Whether the giant bowl of fresh calamari & shrimp; a brilliant tuna tartar; or the sumptuous Angus steak perfectly prepared on the bbq, the food is exquisite, and the friendships that are made while breaking bread last beyond the days of the camp.
Personal expenses, local gratuities, personal video, airport transfer and airfare.
To get to Cabarete there are several different flight options.
The best option is Puerto Plata (POP). It is a smaller airport, but there are daily flights from Miami, New York and Europe. It is a 30 minute taxi and flat rate of $40 USD.
The second best option is Santiago (STI). STI is a large city and has more flight options. It is a 90 minute taxi and flat rate of $100 USD. It is a very common option.
Third option is Juan Bosch (AZS) in Nagua. It is a 2.5 hour drive and a flat rate of $150. Not as many flight options as STI.
Final option is the capital Santo Domingo (SDQ). At 6 million people, they have many direct global arrivals. It is a 3.5/4 hour drive and a $250 flat rate. You literally cross the entire country from south to north.
Uncharted Kite Sessions has a very good driver who can pick you up and drop you at our villas safely. He can retrieve you from any airport you desire to arrive.
Strength Of Wind
June is statistically one of the windiest months of the year in Cabarete with average daily winds ranging around twenty plus knots. Most people ride from six to twelve meter kites depending on weight. But as it is Mother Nature, and she is unpredictable, it is better to have a kite and not need it, than to need a kite and not have it.
Wind & Climate
With an average temperature of 30°C (86°F) in the summer, Cabarete is the perfect choice for this kite camp series as the wind is extremely consistent due its thermal effect. The wind is predominantly from the east, as is the swell. Cabarete is consistently rated as one of the best kite destinations in the world for a reason. With access to excellent flat water oases, beautiful beach breaks, and perfect barrels over the reef, it’s obvious why we chose to make Cabarete our destination choice for our annual camp with Youri. Join Uncharted Kite Sessions and Youri Zoon this summer in Cabarete and reach your true kite boarding potential.
Do You Need Your Own Gear?
Yes. UKS will have some Slingshot gear for demo, but in limited quantities. Water shoes are also a good idea if you're a beginner surfer planning a surf morning at Encuentro.
Uncharted Kite Sessions focuses on professional instruction on how to improve riding skills, but also integrates cultural immersion into our camps. We have video analysis to adjust your stance, kite and board position. We have an advanced kite-flying lesson that teaches you the finer points of kite control. We teach looping, self launching nod landing, luff recovery, and so much more. We use bbTalkin two way blue tooth headsets for on the water coaching so all instructions are clearly understood.
And we cannot fail to mention the fantastic down wind rides along the gorgeous Dominican coast. Join Uncharted Kite Sessions and Youri Zoon next summer in the Dominican Republic and reach your true kite boarding potential. From morning every day until after dinner you'll ride, eat and learn from one of the best riders in the world.
Day 1: Introduction, Video Session and Rider Evaluation. We hit the water right away, begin assessing your riding, and make improvements right on the water. We’ll also have a professional videographer on shore for our private video session where all riders are filmed and the video is edited for coaching.
Day 2: Video review and analysis in the morning, as we do every morning, followed by afternoon riding sessions to put what was learned in video review into practice
Day 3: Advanced kite-flying lesson focusing on looping, pivoting, stall, inversion recovery, luff recovery, among other things.
Day 4: Flat water session in the morning to work on technical maneuvers like transitions, big airs, jibe, tack, etc. The afternoon will be a down winder from La Boca back to Playa Encuentro. Distance of approximately 15km’s.
Day 5: Video review and analysis in the morning. Riders’ choice for afternoon session. A majority vote will decide the activity. It can be something that has already been done, or something new like a down wind session from Las Canas back to Kite Beach; a distance of approximately 25km’s. In the afternoon we'll do a final review of the week and provide feedback for future development.