7èCiel of St. Barth
Native son Enguerrand Espinassou runs stand-up paddleboarding and kiteboarding lessons from his small stand next to Le Barthélemy Hotel along Grand Cul de Sac. (Another option is to visit Pelican Beach, but Grand Cul de Sac is more scenic.) Enguerrand is a patient teacher, and will take total novices out on the water for a one-hour or 90-minute private lesson (145 to 210 Euros). Stand-up paddle-boarders can stay closer in and to the right of the bay, where the water tends to be a bit calmer; farther out, closer to the reef, winds will whip up waves perfect for kiteboarding.