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Los Barriles Kiteboard & Windsurf Lessons

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Looking for an exciting, action-packed and hassle free Baja Sur vacation where you can practice, learn and improve a new adventure sport in the glorious Baja sunshine and scenery? That’s where we come in.  Vela Baja offers kiteboarding and windsurfing lessons in the charming village of Los Barriles on the East Cape of the Sea of Cortez.  With long, wide, uncrowded sandy beaches, clear blue waters and glorious sunshine, we have the perfect conditions for kiting and windsurfing.

From 15th November to 20th March each year our team of dedicated, experienced and friendly personnel are here with one goal in mind – to ensure your vacation not just lives up to but exceeds your expectations.  We offer lessons for both kiteboarding and windsurfing from our experienced instructors.  Your safety is our primary concern and we provide a constant safety watch and rescue service for our kiting customers.

Los Barriles is situated right on the Tropic of Cancer where the foothills of the ‘Sierra De La Laguna’ mountains reach the Sea of Cortez. This spectacularly scenic, sparsely populated region of  “sub-tropical thorn forest” boasts unpolluted air and a plethora of natural plant, bird and animal life that thrives in the warm, sunny, arid climate.

Lesson Information

Kiteboarding Lessons

We offer courses for complete beginners as well as more advanced riders wishing to progress.  To ensure your maximum progress (and safety) we generally adopt an effective “one-on-one” approach to kite lessons. Although each course has an outline structure, you’ll find our instructors tailor each and every lesson to fit your exact needs. Kiteboarding lesson packages start at 2 hours, and will typically include some theory, as well as on-water time.  All the equipment you will need is provided.

Los Barriles Kiteboard Lessons Rate (Per Person)
ZERO TO HERO 8HRS
Designed for beginners with no previous kiteboarding experience.  One-on-one course to bring the student to not just basic riding ability but true SAFE INDEPENDENCE as a kiteboarder. Equips student with sufficient knowledge to continue practicing alone via renting or purchasing their own kiteboarding equipment.
$600
ZERO TO HERO DUO 8HRS
As above but with two students sharing one instructor.
$450
ADVANCED 2 HRS
One-on-one course designed for students that have completed a basic course and need some additional hours of instruction to attain the level of SAFE INDEPENDENCE.   Already proficient riders may also use this course to develop more advanced skills and techniques to take their riding to the next level.
$160
FOILING 1HR
This “one-on-one” course provides all the basic knowledge  – with a focus on safety – for proficient kiters wishing to try hydrofoil kite boarding.
$100

Windsurfing Lessons

We offer courses for complete beginners as well as intermediate and advanced windsurfers wishing to progress.  To ensure your maximum progress and safety we generally adopt an effective “one-on-one” approach to windsurf lessons. Furthermore, although each course has an outline structure, you’ll find our instructors tailor each and every lesson to fit your exact needs. Please also note that windsurfing lessons will typically include some theory, as well as on-water time.  Lessons packages start at 1hr and all the equipment you will need is provided.

Los Barriles Windsurf Lessons Rate (Per Person)
INTRO TO WINDSURFING
If you have never windsurfed before and are keen to give it a try then this 1.5hr one-on-one lesson is for you.
First you’ll learn the basic principles from our patient, experienced instructors on a dry land simulator.  Then we put theory into practice on the sea.  All equipment required is included in the price, plus it includes additional 2hrs equipment rental.
$90
INTRO TO WINDSURFING FULL COURSE
This 3 day course is perfect for either total novices or those with some limited prior experience who really wish to master the basics and make rapid progress to intermediate level and beyond.
Included in the price is a total of 3.5 hours of instructor time and unlimited use of purpose designed beginner equipment over a 3 day period (does not have to be consecutive days).
$240
PRIVATE ONE-ON-ONE INSTRUCTION
Private instruction is a great option, whether you are a novice ready to progress to intermediate level or an advanced rider wanting to refine your existing skills.  An hour of dedicated and focused instruction with one of our highly experienced instructors can really pay off.  Typical lesson topics can include:
Beach start, waterstart, harness, footstraps, planing efficiency and speed, carve jibe, short board tack, jumps, freestyle moves.  Lesson price is per hour and includes equipment rental.
$70
INTRO TO WINDFOIL
One-on-one course provides all the basic knowledge  – with a focus on safety.  For proficient windsurfers wishing to try hydrofoil wind surfing.
Lesson duration is approx 90min and includes 1 hour of on water practice.
$120

Looking for more outdoor adventure in Los Barriles?  Check out all of our activities in Los Barriles, Baja Sur Mexico!  We also offer kiteboard and windsurf rentals, kayak and stand up paddleboard rentals and tours, and mountain bike rentals!

Julie is passionate about outdoor adventure, wildlife and conservation. She spends her free time mountain biking, hiking, paddleboarding and snowboarding, and she also loves to challenge herself with new outdoor adventures. Julie spent 15 years in Retail, Merchandising and Finance, leading teams and growing large businesses before she co-founded TripOutside with her husband Reet.

Where to Paddle

The Sea of Cortez is world renowned for kiteboarding and windsurfing, and is one of the top places on everyone’s bucket list.  We offer lessons at our base near the Playa del Sol Hotel, which has the perfect conditions for learning. For launching and landing there is a wide, sandy and uncrowded beach that stretches for several miles in both directions.  The wind usually fills in around mid-morning and blows until late afternoon. Winds vary from a steady breeze to very strong with a typical windy day ranging 18 to 23 knots.  The side-shore winds from the left ensure there is ample space for all kiters. When a strong “El Norte” blows, sizeable swell can build giving great conditions for kitesurf style riders.  Early morning breezes are often light favouring beginners and improvers. Then later on due to a local thermal effect the “El Norte” wind increases  resulting in stronger winds with a typical day ranging 18 to 23 knots.  Seas build to a decent size rolling swell giving the spot its famous “bump and jump” conditions. Even on days when shore-break increases, there are safe entry and exit points just a few meters upwind and downwind of Vela Baja.      

Q Is kiteboarding/windsurfing safe?

Your safety is our primary concern and we provide a constant safety watch and rescue service for our kiting and windsurfing customers. Furthermore the location is fundamentally safe for the following reasons:

There are no strong tides or currents.
There are no submerged hazards.
The shape of the bay and wind direction enable easy self rescue.
The majority of the beach is wide, sandy and free of obstacles.
The beach is far from roads and traffic.

At certain times small stretches of beach may be subject to heavier shore break and small rocks near the shore. These can easily be avoided with a little local knowledge. The Vela team will coach you on the spot before you head out for the first time.

Q Why Pre-book?

We recommend pre-booking to secure priority of instructors and equipment versus “walk-up” clients.

Q What are the conditions like in Los Barriles?

Conditions at Vela Baja are perfect for all types of kiting and windsurfing.

For launching and landing there is a wide, sandy and uncrowded beach that stretches for several miles in both directions. For kiteboarding, the wind usually fills in around mid-morning and blows until late afternoon. Winds vary from a steady breeze to very strong with a typical windy day ranging 18 to 23 knots.

The side-shore winds from the left ensure there is ample space for all kiters. When a strong “El Norte” blows, sizeable swell can build giving great conditions for kitesurf style riders.

Conditions at Vela Baja are perfect for windsurfing too. Typically the wind is side-shore, port tack (from left to right). Early morning breezes are often light favouring beginners and improvers. Then later on due to a local thermal effect the “El Norte” wind increases resulting in stronger winds with a typical day ranging 18 to 23 knots.

Seas build to a decent size rolling swell giving the spot its famous “bump and jump” conditions. Even on days when shore-break increases, there are safe entry and exit points just a few metres upwind and downwind of Vela Baja.

Q Is equipment or personal insurance included?

Personal insurance is not provided. All activities are undertaken entirely at the customer’s own risk. No local insurance is available for kite equipment rentals. All riders do so at own and 3rd party risk. Any equipment damage or loss will be charged for.

Q What are the opening hours of the business?

The Center is open from 9:00am to 5:00pm seven days per week from 15th Nov to 20th March.

Q What other amenities are at the center?

All customers may use the free wifi, outside shower, hotel pool, hotel bar.
There is on-site Cafe Grill Bar with excellent menu and expresso style coffee.
There is an on-site shop which stocks clothing and gloves and other accessories
A weekly beach bonfire is held to which all customers are welcome.

Q How may I pay?

Activities Payment may be made locally in Cash in $USD or Mexican peso calculated at current exchange rate. We offer a 5% discount for cash payment. Payment may be made via Credit Card for minimum transaction amount of $50 USD. Credit Card payments incur a 5% Card handling surcharge.

Q Do I need to bring harness or wetsuit?

Nope! All the equipment you need is provided when booking a lesson.

Q What's Los Barriles like?

Los Barriles is a great little town with a mix of friendly locals and permanent ex-pat residents.

The town retains its charm but has developed sufficiently to offer a good range of services. For example there are

Health Centres including emergency services
Dentist
Pharmacies
Banks
Supermarkets
Wide range of restaurants and bars
Car rental services
Quad/ATV rental services
Gym
Yoga Studios
Saturday Market
Los Barriles is typically very safe and free from both petty and organised crime.

The town is small enough to explore on foot.

Free wifi is widely available.

Q What else should I bring?

Good sunscreen (hard to find locally)
Eye glass retainers

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