The Cabanas proudly launched the Surf & Soul Watersports Centre on Lamu Island in 2019. The centre is inspired and managed by world-renowned professional kitesurfer Shawn Richman from Hawaii and his Kenya-born wife Anna who spent much of her childhood on Lamu Island. Both have competed internationally at kitesurfing and wakeboarding. With their skill sets combined and inspired by the world class conditions at their luxury eco-resort, they decided to make the sports they love more accessible to others visiting the island.
The Surf and Soul Watersports Centre is an integral part of The Cabanas Lamu, sited in a beautiful beachfront cabana in the centre of Kizingoni Beach, Lamu Island. It offers a wide range of water sports activities, equipment for hire and lessons to suit all ages and stages.
The centre has its own classroom for theoretical lessons and a kitesurf/wakeboard bar to help simulate the tricks for more advanced riders. Attached to the centre is an island style smoothie shack where you can hang out in style, drink a protein punch smoothie and get feedback from the days lessons or discuss the next tricks you want to master with the pro’s.
As a guest at The Cabanas you can take part in activities such as long uninterrupted beach runs and walks, kitesurfing, windsurfing, water-skiing, wakeboarding, kneeboarding, SUP boarding, personal training, yoga, fishing, donkey riding and our famous ‘Kizingoni Kilometer’ swim across the channel or better yet try our ‘swim-mill’.
Watersports develop self-confidence, physical health and also encourages an appreciation for being out in the natural elements. Our family have always had watersports and activity at the heart of our holidays. It provided a healthy, fun way to fill vacation days whilst opening up social connections and travel inspiration. We are passionate about teaching people the sports we love in a safe and professional environment so they can enjoy the thrill of water sports for years to come. Our island location, experienced instructors and a wide range of activities provide the perfect destination to do all the above. We look forward to getting on the water with you and encourage you to pre-book lessons ahead of your stay to avoid any disappointment in availability.