Surf’s Up: Caribbean Winds, Online Reservation System, Sets Sail

First Online Reservation Site to Bring Together Water Sport Adventure Destinations, Lodging & Equipment

MARGARITA, Venezuela, Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ — Caribbean Winds (CW), the only online reservation system offering kitesurfers and other water sport enthusiasts one-stop shopping for adventure travel arrangements, officially took to the water today. The launch occurs on the heels of the Professional Kiteboard Riders Association (PKRA) World Cup competition in Sardinia, Italy (Sept. 25-Oct.2). With kitesurfing soaring in popularity, the demand for a centralized reservation system has never been greater.

“As an avid kitesurfer, I was personally frustrated by the fact that there was no centralized, online source of reliable information about water sport destinations,” said Paul Caswell, president and co-founder of Caribbean Winds. “So I began venting my frustration to a travel industry expert, Paula Young, and we thought, ‘Why not create one?’”

The new site, www.caribbeanwinds.com, not only enables hotel, equipment, and instruction clinic reservations, it offers first-hand information about destinations. The difference between Caribbean Winds and many travel reservation behemoths is that its management team personally visits and evaluates each location.

“It’s a true partnership. When we visit, I head to the hotels to examine their rooms and amenities, while Paul hits the beach to look for water sports centers, and to test the water and wind conditions,” explains Young, co- founder and managing director of the company. “And when I say ‘test,’ I mean he’s out there with his kite and board, making sure the wind and waves will satisfy our customers.”

If surf and turf pass muster, hotels and other vendors are invited to join Caribbean Winds as partners. Just this summer, the CW team traveled through Europe, negotiating with potential Mediterranean partners while simultaneously participating in PKRA World Cup kitesurfing competitions. Kitesurfers from around the world have been logging on to the Caribbean Winds site for daily updates by CW team members, including expert commentary, results and action photos. Previous coverage can be found in the archives.

Customers also enjoy the safety of a secure site. Drawing upon expertise gained from seven years as an AOL executive, Caswell installed security measures rivaling those of the online travel reservations giants.

Caribbean Winds (CW) is a unique online travel reservation system specializing in one-stop shopping for kitesurfing, windsurfing and other water sport adventures in the Caribbean and Mediterranean. Co-founded by a world- class kitesurfer and a hospitality industry expert, CW forms partnerships with water sport centers, equipment outfitters and hotels, personally visiting and evaluating each one. In addition to providing adventure travelers a single site to book accommodations, lessons, rental equipment and excursions, CW offers insider tips on local dining and nightlife. The U.S. company is headquartered on the Caribbean island of Margarita. For more detail, to book a vacation, or to become a vendor, visit http://www.caribbeanwinds.com/.

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