[Updated] Approximately a dozen kitesurfers can be seen out this afternoon [Aug 7] along the South Shore beaches making use of the increased winds the island is experiencing as Tropical Storm Colin draws near. At 1pm [when these photos were taken] the seas were not exceptionally rough or pounding, but were more active then the normal tranquil waters that can be seen on many days.
Kitesurfing [or kiteboarding] is a surface water sport that uses the wind to pull a rider through the water on a small surfboard. It is possible to travel long distances, with one distance record being set after a kitesurfer travelled 225 km [140 miles], crossing solo from the Canary Islands to Morocco, in about nine hours on 13 May 2006.
The kitesurfing enthusiast pictured below told us there are instructors on the island, and that the kiteboards start at around $2,000.
The Bermuda Weather Service’s 12pm update said Tropical Storm Colin is 222 nautical miles south south-west of Bermuda, and its closest point of approach to Bermuda within 72 hrs will be tomorrow morning at 7am, when it will be 48 nautical miles to the west north west. For cancellation notices due to the expected storm see here, and for the official government update and advice in reference to the storm see here.
Update 7pm: A group of about 10 surfers could be seen at Horseshoe Bay at 6:30pm. We spoke with one of the surfers who said the group was mostly locals, and they don’t get many chances to surf in Bermuda. He estimated the wave height at about 8 feet at their highest point. Photos below: