WINDSURFING

Come and play with us on the Sea of Cortez

From November through April each year the East Cape region of Baja California Sur is blessed with frequent “El Norte” winds that blow down the Sea of Cortez. The wide plain laying just South of Los Barriles bay has an accelerator effect on the wind drawing in and boosting its strength typically from mid-morning to late afternoon. The El Norte winds tend to come in spells lasting several days with a few calm days between. Obviously winds can vary from year to year but typically we can expect 55 to 60% windy days each season.

Conditions

With a wide sandy beach facing due East, the North winds blow cross-shore from left to right (Port Tack). On windy days there is moderate to heavy shore-break directly in front of the Centre but there are easy friendly launch spots just a few yards both up and down wind. Sea conditions vary from small chop on lighter wind days increasing to sizeable (mast high) swell on stronger wind days providing some of the best “bump and jump” sailing on the planet.

Safety

The sea is free from submerged hazards (e.g. rocks and reefs etc) there are no strong tides or currents. The shape of the bay and the wind direction ensure even in the worst-case scenario that ultimately all sailors will be brought to shore. (We do of course also provide a safety lookout and assistance)

Equipment

Vela Baja prides itself on offering an extensive range of modern well-maintained windsurfing equipment to suit all conditions, sailor size, ability and type of preferred sailing.

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Boards

Boards are from world leading brands JP Australia and Starboard.
The extensive fleet of more than 50 boards ranges from small wave boards to large free-ride boards including full carbon editions as well as purpose designed Young Gun boards for kids, Gemini tandem and even a hydrofoil!

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Sails

Sails are exclusively from market leader Neil Pryde.
We have in excess of 60 fully rigged and ready-to-use adult sail sizes ranging from 3.2m2 to 8.2m2. The range includes models from all categories including wave, freestyle, free-ride and free-race. All sails are rigged with X6 Neilpryde masts and S-shape profile booms. In addition we have specialist light weight “Dragonfly” rigs with super-light masts and booms for kids.

Windsurfer Blasting Along

Windsurf Rental

We offer as flexible approach as possible to rentals to suit all customer requirements.

Rentals are on a “time purchase” basis leaving customers free to chop and change either to try out alternative equipment or to suit prevailing conditions.
Rentals start at a minimum of 1hr with prices being discounted for longer rental periods when booked in advance.
Rental equipment must be returned to the Centre by close of business each day and for safety reasons all material must be checked out and in with a member of staff.
Rentals are on a “per-person” basis and are not transferable. ( We do offer some special “share packages” designed to accommodate parents with children that may not be left unattended)

Included

  • The rental includes unlimited use of board and sail during normal business hours for the duration of the rental period.
  • P.f.d’s (Personal flotation devices) if required, are included at no extra charge.
  • Our staff will provide assistance with carrying the gear to those who need it.

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Not Included

  • The rental does not include wetsuit, harness, booties or helmet. These items can be rented at additional cost or purchased from our on-site shop.
  • Insurance. The renter is accountable for any loss or damage to the equipment in use (excluding natural wear and tear as determined by the Manager or Assistant Manager). Insurance cover for up to $100 with no deductible may be purchased at the rate of $20 to cover the rental period.
  • Instruction. Our team of qualified instructors is on hand and lessons and courses are available at additional cost.

Windsurf Lessons

Whether you are a total beginner an improver ready to take it to the next level or an advanced rider wanting to further hone your skills, our team of qualified, experienced and patient instructors is on-hand to help you achieve your goals.
We generally adopt an effective one-on-one approach to lessons ensuring maximum progress (and safety).

Whilst lesson and course content does have an outline structure, our instructors will tailor each and every lesson to fit the individual students exact needs.

Lessons will typically include some theory, land based “simulator” practice as well as on-water time.

Lessons are available for a minimum 1hr and are discounted for extended or multiple lessons or courses.

Some specific courses include equipment rental and for others equipment rental is extra – please check our price list for full details.

Beginners

For complete beginners offer very cost effective courses that include some extra “free” rental time as part of the package price.

We have specialized beginner boards and sails designed to ensure rapid progress for new comers to the sport.
Basic courses start at 1.5hrs for those with limited time or simply wanting to “give it a go” but we would encourage a full course over several days for those serious about learning the sport.

Improvers

For those ready to take the next steps e.g. learn to use the harness, footstraps, get planing or beach / waterstart we have “next step” courses designed with you in mind.

Advanced

Wanting to learn (or improve your success rate) on planing jibes, duck jibes etc. Or perhaps get really serious and start nailing some big air or even loops! Then our advanced 1 on 1 lessons are right for you.

windsurfers on sandy beach

Storage

Prefer to use your own gear?
We can provide covered storage for your gear right on the beach.
Sails may be left fully rigged and there are fresh water hoses available to rinse your gear after each session.
We also provide on site hot showers and safe storage for wet-suits and harnesses etc.
Transfer of gear to and from the airport can also be arranged.

For full details of storage rates, please consult the price list below.

Prices

Beginner Equipment Rental

  • 1 hour
    30$
  • 1 day
    60$

Standard Equipment Rental

  • 1 hour
    35$
  • 1/2 day
    60$
  • 1 day
    75$
  • 2 days
    125$
  • 3 days
    180$
  • 1 week
    410$

Special Equipment Rental

  • hydrofoil windsurf - 1/2 day
    75$
    board only

Windsurfing Lessons

  • Beginner - 1.5hr instruction
    70$
    plus 2 hour beginner equipment rental
  • Beginner II - 3.5hr instruction
    200$
    plus 3 days beginner equipment rental
  • waterstart - 1.5hr lesson
    90$
    includes equipment rental
  • private lesson - 1hr
    70$
    includes additional 1hr rental
  • private lesson - 3hr package
    190$
    includes 3hrs additional rental
  • Hydrofoil - 1.5 hr lesson
    125$
    includes all the necessary equipment

Storage

  • 1 week
    50$
    including use of facilities
  • 1 Month
    160$
    including use of facilities

“Special bonus exclusive for guests of Playa Del Sol or Palmas de Cortez with 3 or more days Windsurf or Kitesurf rental package a FREE Upgrade to the Premium Super Sports Package when purchasing a Standard Sports Package – click here for details”