profile of kitesurfing instructor AJ watson


Aj profile
level 2 IKO instructor and school owner operator
age 36

home town
Melbourne Australia borne in port of Spain Trinidad and Tabago

where I live and ride and teach
Nassau Bahamas and the islands of the Bahamas
with 3 kids (who would of thought)
years kiteboarding 9

Worst thing that ever happened to me kiteboarding:
Getting Tea bagged on some rocks..I lost a lot of blood and ego that day and was truly humbled by nature. and it made me take a step back and look at what was and is important to me. I have a gnarley scar on my forehead to remind me to be humble.

fav trick
massive kite loops and S bends..big waves and to ride with my friends and push each other.
things I do other than kiteboarding and teach kiteboarding: chasseing my kids around and building my house. Whilst trying to answer the phone check the weather reports and email..(mad skills at multi tasking) and spend some time with my trouble and strife (wife).

what are my goals.. to spread the stoke of kiteboarding to as many people as possible. and hopefully when I?m old and to injured to to ride or teach my kids will take over the school, and have as much fun/stress as I have had through out the years. And be as ethically balanced as possible when it comes to biz ,life and my use of the environment.

Religious Views
Christian ( but a gnarley one)
Political views
None at the moment
Best thing that has ever happened to me :

Leaving Australia to go walk about. Getting lost and finding myself

kite camp spanish wells November 2009

cross-shore crew (ausie matt)
cross-shore crew (ausie matt)

Kite camp Spanish wells nov 2009
Explore the islands of the Bahamas and shred it up kiteboarding.
See the real Bahamas . Kite Camp this winter starts in November 20th 2009 in SPANISH WELLS Bahamas.
We will be Based in Spanish Wells  We will stay in an awesome little house on the beach and spend our days island hopping.
You will have a great experience of real island culture and see the best of the Bahamas with our experienced friendly local crew from Cross-Shore Bahamas Kite Boarding School.
We are proud to have guest Pro Rider (Bucky Ashcraft) with us coaching advanced courses and showing you how to take your kitesurfing to another level.
Don’t worry you don’t have to be an advanced rider to join us on this great camp. Beginners and Intermediates are also welcome.
Take Nothing but Photos, Leave nothing but Wake. Details Price USD2,500.00 p/p book before july1st and get 10% OFF. There may be  variations in the above price depending on if you would like a separate room. Please contact us to confirm exact price.
Price Includes All island transport in spanish wells  BY van and dune buggy Meals, Snacks and Drinks Use of latest 2009/2010 school gear and Instruction High res digital Pics and Video Accommodation IKO rider certification
::Price Excludes::
Alcohol! Sunscreen Flights Travel insurance for kiteboarding Spanish Wells, Bahamas.
Duration 7 days 6 nights  to 10 days 9 nights Suitability / Level ..All Levels from beginner to advanced rider
Minimum Age14
Max Group Size 10
Available only for November 20th to 30th.
Itinerary & Highlights we are limiting the group size to 10 students/riders ( per 7 to 10 day trip) so the trip will not lack in the personal touch .
You will get the most out of riding ..and instruction .
Also the riding area will not be crowded. if your wondering what the food will be like Spanish wells …it’s a world renound fishing village. fresh seafood daily from stone crab claws to a fish so nice the named it twice mahi mahi..
You will see the real Bahamas with the local crew cross-shore Bahamas kite boarding school Accommodation & Center Details We will be staying in a beautiful newly renovated house which is 8 footsteps away from one of the best kiting beaches on Spanish Wells! The house sleeps 8 comfortable….. shared bedrooms and Kitchen. Wifi internet access cable tv. Compressor for pumping up kites.

Nov 20 – 27
$2500.00 for total beginner  intermediate to advanced riders with there own gear will be $1900.00
Nov 20 – 30
$2800.00 for total beginner ,intermediate to advanced riders with there own gear will be $2500.00

2009 Kiteboarding season is here .

Well it’s winter time already, the water temp has dropped about 4 deg to 74 deg it’s so cold I have to where a rash guard.

kite camp Spanish wells is just around the cnr ,while I’m on the subject of kitecamps, we at cross-shore love to explore the Bahamas as much as anyone eles..kitecamp is not a bunch of tents on the beach ,we rent a nice house ,cook good food ,have good vibes and great kiteboarding,I love to show tourists and new visitors to the Bahamas the islands of the Bahamas,and we do so in style (affordable style).

the ease of travel whether is be a charter plane, boat ,Bahamas feries makes it easy to travel from the Free port ,the berry islands ,Abaco’s to Nassau Bahamas to the Exuma Cays.

Cross-Shore Bahamas kiteboarding school is based in Nassau Bahamas but not limited to Nassau,as I said we love to ride and explore.

here is a link to some hotel option In Nassau Bahamas ..

if you need any help with travel plans and kiteboarding trips to the Bahamas give me a hail,I answer emails with in 24hr and because I am on the water most of the day I can’t return phone calls until after 5 pm so leave a message and I will get back to you asap.

cheers AJ Watson  owner operator cross-shore Bahamas Kiteboarding school

(242) 362-4702

yes I’m still kitesurfing and teaching lessons.

IMG_3237cdbw2its been a while since i have posted anything on my #bahamaskiteboardingschool blog so here it is..

yes I’m still #kitesurfing and teaching lessons, I am mainly focusing on private lessons one on one,i am #IKO #seniorinstructor now, its been 14 years of teaching kitesurfing and #watersports in the #bahamas,i think i have paid my dues.

I have been enjoying teaching #private #kiteboarding #lessons because it is time better spent for the student and the instructor,my prices are very fair for instruction and i am still #renting #kiteboarding #gear to #IKO level 3 riders and including kite caddy service (pick up from and to the hotel and help setting up and launching)  all sessions are 4hrs long.

off island instruction is more expensive because I have to allow for transport and accomidation.

for all inquiry regarding #kiteboardinginstruction and #kitesurfinginstruction through out the bahamas islands please contact me 1(242) 422 0756 I’m on whats app and Viber as well or email

Kitecamp 2010 Nassau, Bahamas

We are offering a Kitecamp in Nassau for the 2010 season. Will will book you all inclusive hotel accomodations and provide you with pick up and drop off daily plus 20 hours of professional instruction and 20 hours of assisted riding over the seven days (wind dependent). The camp kicks off with a group BBQ meet and greet and tour of the island. Guests can spend the days kiting and the nights relaxing poolside or partying the night away. This is the city version of the  very popular Spanish Wells Kite Camp. Students will learn on the latest 2010/11 school gear and high reslolution pictures and IKO certification cards are included in the package price. Packages starting at $2500 based on double occupancy for rooms with garden view. Ocean view and Ocean Front Accomodations also available for $2700 and $2900 respectively ( based on double occupancy).

For families looking for a more homestyle experience we have a poolside , fully equipped , 2 bedroom apartment (self catering) available. Apartment accomodations (sleeps four), 20 hours of instruction, 20 hours of assisted riding and all transportation to and from riding spots for $7000 (based on 4 person occupancy for 7 nights).

Bookings require 30% non refundable deposit and balance due 7 days before upon arrival.

November camp dates :

November 7 – 13

November 14 – 20

November 21 – 27

November 28 – December 4

EARLY BOOKINGS (before September 30, 2010) RECEIVE A $150 DISCOUNT.

FAQ: When is the kiteboarding season in The Bahamas?

The season runs from October ( when the first cold front comes through) until June ( the beginning of hurricane season). In season winds average 12 – 15 knots, with most days at 12 – 18 knots with higher winds during cold fronts. Water temp is average 79 F .  Cross-shore is closed for kiteboarding from June 1 – October 1 but you can still call or email during the off season to see if you are lucky enough to have picked a windy day. You can contact us year round for booking information. Office hours are  8am – 6pm EST, every day of the week. Phone Contact : 242. 362. 4702

the season so far

cross-shore would like to thank for the new new web site looks awesome.the spanish wells Bahamas kitecamp was a blast this year , good food,good crew, good times and good wind.the next camp is in spring some time,other than that it is lessons as usual here in Nassau.

when visiting riders and kiteboarding students visiting Nassau bahamas ask where they should stay I always recommend Orange hill beach inn , I love that place. if your looking for accommodation you can also check out

anyways the wind has been good and it looks like spring 2010 is going to be as good as always.and spring is just around the corner (even better).

if you need any advice on where to stay (if your a visiting kiteboarder) just give me a hail.

(242) 362 4702  email info(at)

2009 kitecamp spanishwells Bahamas

Woman’s Kite camp Spanish Bahamas wells November 2009
November 10th through 20th
November 21th to 31st coed kite camp. Spanish wells Bahamas

Explore the real Bahamas and shred it up. You will have a great experience of real island culture with our friendly local crew from cross-shore Bahamas kiteboarding school.
Don’t worry you don’t have to be a advanced rider to join the trip.

The wind direction for the riding area is good from west to East North east. 15 to 25kts
Warm turquoise water, white sandy bottom , and decent wind to shred it up in.(generally we do not leave Spanish wells because it is the best place to ride in that part of the Bahamas because of the wind direction and the flat water)
Great meals,kewl people full immersion kiteboarding.
Accommodations: newly built houses right in the waters edge dorm style accommodation…
(Separate rooms can be organized but will be more expensive.)
The group size is limited to 10 kiteboarders of all levels.
Kite boarders will have the option to stay for 7 to 10 days
7 days 6 nights $2500.00 USD
10 days 9 nights $3,000.00 USD
if you are a advanced rider with your own gear no instruction needed $1800.00 for 7 days $2300 for 10days.
all meals and drinks and accommodations are included. (No alcoholic beverages or sun screen included dose not include travel to and from Spanish wells Bahamas)
Lessons if you are a beginner to intermediate level are included .
All riders will be IKO certified to the skill level by cross-shore IKO instructors.
If you would like to travel light and use the cross-shore gear “not a problem”
If you would like more info on the kite camp please contact
Or call 242 362 4702

just cruising along
just cruising along