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Windsurf Lessons Whether you want to learn the basics of windsurfing or fine-tune your more advanced skills, Vela has highly qualified instructors on hand to be of assistance. Vela provides its students with a full range of the latest equipment from JP, Neilpryde and Starboard in various sizes and models which best suit every level or need of sailor. 

 


Located within in the Vela center and ready to show you how easy learning this sport can be. Already known for its high level of safety standards for teaching and rental of equipment at all other Vela centers, we offer private lessons focused on your specific needs. From beginners through advanced riders, the advice of our skilled instructors will make you improve your kiteboarding as you never imagined.
STEP 1: Kite Control (Introductory Course)

Basic introduction to windsurfing: safety, understanding the wind, sailing (stance, sail control, steering), tack. Price is $80 for a 1.5 Hour lesson, or $135 for for two 1.5 Hour lessons. ***All gear included during instruction time with beginner lessons.***

INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED

Duration: 3 hours

Equipment (kite, harness, life vest and a helmet)

Goal: You will learn how to fly a kite, launching, landing, safety systems, and how to be in control. Emphasis is on safety and kite control.

STEP 2: Body Drag

Duration: 3 hours

Equipment (kite + board+ harness+ helmet +life vest)

Goal: You will learn about safety systems, sheeting systems and their effects on steering. Practice on the simulator. Body dragging downwind and upwind, “searching the board”. Relaunch the kite from the water. First exercises with the board and start making short reaches.

STEP 3: Water Start

Duration: 3 hours

Equipment (kite + board+ harness+ helmet +life vest)

Goal:. Riding both ways. Ride upwind.

Private Lessons

Duration: 1.5 hours per session or a discounted package with 9 hours

Equipment: (kite + board+ harness+ helmet + life vest)

Goals: This is a customized lesson. Staying up wind, heal/toe side turns, jumping, spinning or wave riding. Check availability for freestyle/wakestyle tricks.

Whether you want to learn the basics of windsurfing or fine-tune your more advanced skills, Vela has highly qualified instructors on hand to be of assistance. Vela provides its students with a full range of the latest equipment from JP, Neilpryde and Starboard in various sizes and models which best suit every level or need of sailor.
BEGINNER

Basic introduction to windsurfing: safety, understanding the wind, sailing (stance, sail control, steering), tack. Price is $80 for a 1.5 Hour lesson, or $135 for for two 1.5 Hour lessons. ***All gear included during instruction time with beginner lessons.***

INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED

Intermediate: beach start, water start, harness, pivot jibe, fast tack

Advanced: Footstraps, Planing Jibe, Siker Tack, Helicopter Tack, Jumping

Freestyle: Duck Jibe, Donkey Jibe, Backwind Jibe, Carving Jibe 360, Ducking 360, Duck Tack, Haas Tack, Forward Loop, Vulcan, Gecko-Flaca

Price: $100 for each 1.5 Hour lesson, or upgrade to a discounted Advancing Lesson Pack for only $300 with a total of 6 Hours of lesson time.

 

*All lessons are Private one-on-one with a professional instructor. Gear not included, so separate rentals are required.

**Lessons can be booked in advance with Vela as part of your package and is recommended due to high demand. Lessons can also be booked on-site at the windsurf center, subject to availability.

SAFETY

Safety is the most important priority and that is why all our safety services are of highest standards and for free. All waterfront staff have been trained and certified in First Aid by the Life Guard Federation of Brazil. Vela Icaraizinho has a comprehensive monitoring system that enables staff to keep an exact account of clients who are sailing on the water. Guests are informed of the sailing limits in which they can sail safely inside the monitored zone and be sure of a rescue in case of injury or equipment damage. The windsurfing area also is watched over by local fisherman who are more than willing to help out whenever necessary. The shape of the coastline creates a natural downwind safety-net: in case of any problems, you will end up on the beach. From there it is just a walk back to center, albeit at times longer than you may like! We can also all help each other by keeping an extra look around. Remember it is easy to help!

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