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Kiteboarding at Cooper's Island

Just southeast of LF Wade International Airport lies 12 acres of pristine coastal wilderness that's a gem to the local kiteboarding community. Formerly an area occupied by the U.S. military and then NASA, Cooper's Island Nature Reserve on Bermuda's East End opened to the public in 2011. The sparse development here includes an observation tower and Gombey's, a popular beach bar. Kiteboarding is best here when a NNE to E wind is present. 

Part of the fun of kiteboarding at Cooper's Island Nature Reserve is getting to the beach there, said Therese Taabbel, a Denmark-based pro kiteboarder. Doing so involves a trek through the nature reserve along a wooded path – gear and all. “The nature reserve was really exceptional," she said. "We had to get on this path to get out there."

Coopers Island Kitesurfing Collage

Coopers Island Aerial Trail

Out on the water at Cooper's Island, Taabbel appreciated the beautiful views, from the sandy shore to the dramatic rock formations dotting the landscape. “It was really special to kite right there,” Taabbel said. 

It really makes you appreciate the place you’re kiting when it’s so beautiful.
– Therese Taabbel

Coopers Island Kiteboarding Collage 2

California-based pro Laurel Eastman said kiting here gave her a unique perspective of the island. “Kiteboarding at Cooper’s Island Nature Reserve was really, really fun. It was a wild landscape with those big rocks on either side kind of encasing where we were, and going back and forth, being close to airport, going out to the other side of the island, it was such an adventure to kiteboard on Cooper’s Island Reserve.”

Coopers Island Kitesurfing Aerial

Coopers Island Kiteboarding Action Shot

On the day the visiting pros kiteboarded on Cooper's Island, conditions were conducive to riding freestyle. “Cooper’s Island was awesome because we had great conditions,” said Jupiter, Florida-based pro kiter Melissa Gil. “What is so unique about it is, it’s a nature reserve, and it’s just beautiful – pristine.”

The wind was pumping, and we were able to go out, jump around, have some fun doing freestyle. – Melissa Gil

Crystal Caves Kiteboard Collage

Well worth a side trip after a kiting session at Cooper’s Island is Crystal Caves of Bermuda, an awe-inspiring series of sparkling caverns surrounded by pristine jungle. To the visiting pro kiters, a hike through the caves was yet another exploration of the pristine beauty that defines Bermuda.

The water here is just absolutely gorgeous. Even inside the cave, the water was just crystal-clear, like aqua-colored. Beautiful. – Melissa Gil