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Things to Do in Aruba

Attractions and Activities Near Amsterdam Manor

There are always relaxing and thrilling things to do in Aruba, and our calendar of events compiles them together to help you plan your next trip around the many exciting Aruba attractions coming up in the next few months. With concerts, festivals, and seasonal traditions, there's no shortage of notable events on our tropical island.

Aruba Hi-Winds Kitesurfing & Windsurfing Tournament

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Aruba Hi-Winds Kitesurfing & Windsurfing Tournament

From Thursday, July 2, 2020 to Monday, July 6, 2020 July 2, 2020 July 6, 2020 Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort Aruba

Thanks to our highly favorable wind and water conditions and year-round pleasant weather, Aruba is a windsurfing mecca, and for more than three decades, the sport’s largest amateur competition has been held right here on the island. Along the way, kiteboarding was added to the competition events. Our local community embraces this sport, with many of our youth spending afternoons and weekends on the water with the wind in their sails, joined by the adults (we are all still kids at heart, after all!) who love to escape the stresses of everyday life for an exhilarating session on the water. In fact, the reigning PWA 14-time World Champion is local darling Sarah-Quita Offringa.

Every year, thousands of vacationers come to the island just to windsurf, while many others have enjoyed their first experience with the sport, learning from one of the several windsurf schools on the island. And just about anyone can learn—a 30-minute session on land to learn the basics, followed by another 30 minutes of instruction in the water will have you sailing on your own the same day!

The Aruba Hi-Winds is dominated by amateur competitors classified by sex and age, but there is also a PRO category. Race events include slalom and long-distance courses for both windsurfers and kiteboarders. All events are held at Fisherman’s Huts. Events include slalom, long-distance, and freestyle for windsurfing, and freestyle and long-distance for kiteboarding. Kiting events take place primarily at Boca Grandi on the southeast coast.

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