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Welcome to Boracay

Boracay is a small island in the Philippines located approximately 315 km (196 mi) south of Manila and 2 km off the northwest tip of Panay Island in Western Visayas region of the Philippines. Boracay Island and its beaches have received awards from numerous travel publications and agencies.[Note 1] The island comprises the barangays of Manoc-Manoc, Balabag, and Yapak in the municipality of Malay, in Aklan Province.

Welcome to Boracay

IKO comes to Asia

Ocean Republic was the brain child of a windsurfing explorer and yacht captain Rob Grimm. His vision was to bring the professionalism of the IKO to Asia in the infancy of the sport. In 2002 Rob formed Ocean Republic with local windsurf partners. He flew out one of the UK's only qualified IKO/BKSA instructors who began giving Asia's 1st IKO lessons on Bulabog Lagoon late that year. At the end of its 1st  season Ocean Republic with IKO Head Trainer & guru Neil Godbold hosted the 1st IKO Instructor Training Course in Asia. Wannabe instructors/ school owners from Thailand/ Vietnam and Indonesia attended. Even Boracay's own legendary Asian Champion Ken Nacor of Freestyle Academy was on that very successful course that saw the seed sewn for the IKO thoughout Asia. January 2004 saw the owners of Boracay's Hangin Kiteboarding, Isla Kite, Windpia, Alice, Habbaggat Kite, as well as Silvaplana in CH and Kiteschule in DE complete the ALL OWNERS IKO ITC course with us which then increased the understanding locally of the importance of managed/ structured lessons in a professional manner. Sadly many since forgot the importance's taught. 

New Era

2004 saw ex Aircraft Engineer and now keen kitesurfer Glen Parsons take over the management of the school for the next 10 years+ and begin to grow the reputation of Boracay as a "must experience" kite destination. 2006 the school moved to larger premises due to rising popularity and a new alliance with Slingshot Kites and Nobile Boards. The next year with external  investment Ocean Republic saw the building of stylish accommodations overlooking the kite lagoon to accommodate the more discerning kitesurfing traveler.  

2008 saw another move to our current site and custom built premises as well as a tie in with Reef Retreat Resort ( a luxury boutique hotel situated behind the beach front school). Minor improvements each year keep us at least 1 step ahead of the crowd and we aim to keep progressing.

Next Chapter & OUTLET kite shop

Melvyn Good now manages the kite center. Chosen for his depth of knowledge and passion for the sport, Melvyn brings to Ocean Republic close to 20 years in the business as an instructor, shop and school owner himself. Melvyn loves a good talk about the sport and is never stuck for something to say or to pass on a snippet of invaluable knowledge.

What does this season bring? Our new angle on providing premium equipment at OUTLET prices will see us to prefer to stock last years models as well as this years so we can pass on huge savings to those not needing the latest from the greatest brands around.  

Boracay Weather Today

Live weather report coming very soon!

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