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EL MEDANO, TENERIFE 2017
INTRO WAVES AND JUMPING CONTROL
WINDSURFCOACHING WITH COLIN DIXON AND GUEST COACHES: MARCO WEDELE AND LUKE BAILLIE
El Medano is a charming village with a real surfy, laidback atmosphere, great food and most importantly epic sailing. It is an extremely popular windsurfing destination and it’s not hard to see why, there are 3 sailing spots catering for different abilities from learning to wave sail up to throwing aerials and big loops. Launching and sailing off the main beach offers a great teaching area and playground for those learning to launch and get comfortable in the waves, the harbour wall provides a step up and some good wave riding and jumping, then Cabezo beach just around the corner is a little more extreme and even hosts a PWA wave event during the summer months.
We coach 6 days out of 7, with a day off depending on the forecast and transfer.
We will be on the water as much as possible and if not sailing or refueling you will be soaking up the WindSurfCoaching Jedi knowledge.
The bonus is we have two coaches, Colin and the Guest coach, this means that we can split the group into different abilities so we can go where the group desires and where suits each level.
The level we ask for to join the clinic is ‘water starting and sailing in both foot straps’. We can help you with getting faster, starting in waves, building confidence in the waves, first jumps and all the way up to cracking your first loops, forwards and backwards. For those looking to improve their wave sailing ability we can guide you with timing on the wave right through to your first real smacks.
We will be doing several video sessions, as we believe this is the best way for us to show you how you look on the water and where you can improve. Please bring a USB stick or a hard drive so you can take the footage home.
We will also show you the town of El Medano as we know it, take you to all of our favourite places to eat and drink and enjoy the company of the other guests.
We hire equipment at Tenerife Windsurf Solution (TWS) Playa Sur, El Medano. We use this centre because they offer over seven different brands using the latest gear all with the right carbon masts and carbon booms. It makes our job as coaches a lot easier. It means us and you can not blame the kit!
FLIGHTS AND ACCOMMODATION
Flights are really good and cheap at this time of the year and range from £80 return all the way to £200. You can fly from lots of UK airports to Tenerife South Airport and once you land it’s only a ten minute transfer to El Medano.
We have secured three apartments next to each other, each has 2 bedrooms, sleeping 4 people, right on the sea front for 200 Euro per person per week. There are also plenty of online booking apartment options, make sure stay within town as pretty much anywhere in Medano is only a 10 minute walk to the centre, they start from around 40 Euro per night for a two bedroom place. Deposit 200 euros per Apartment
https://www.facebook.com/apartmentsmedano/videos/270051250060311/ For a qucik video showing the apartments
BOOKING & COSTS
March 12th– 18th in association with Puravida
KIT RENTAL: Wave & Freeride gear: 325 Euro
Wave, Freeride and Slalom gear: 374 Euro
All gear and bike: 399 Euro
COACHING: one week of tuition is £300, to book a place you we ask for a 50% deposit, payable via pay pal or bank transfer or via the website ww.windsurfcoaching.com.
JUST EMAIL INFO@WINDSURFCOACHING.COM TO BOOK YOUR PLACE, THERE IS LIMITED AVAILABILITY!
Hope to see you out there getting ready for an epic summer ahead!
Check out our store from the comfort of your own home. You can browse the rails, check out the boards…. the only thing missing is planet rock (or tunes from the hearty next door) and Puravida Coffee!
To browse follow the arrow and double click to move round corners, climb the stairs and head out into the street.
The weekend is nearly upon us and we’re excited to confirm that all the major UK Brands will be on Tenby beach with more windsurf & SUP kit than we’ve ever had out before!
Thanks hugely to everyone that has turned out the past few years and supported the The Caldy island relay over the August Bank Holiday! The money we have raised for Cancer Research has been greatly received and it’s been a real pleasure to hang out at the Tenby Windsurf & Lifesaving club to help them run these events and demo the kit with some of our top UK distributors! It’s also been a great time for welsh windsurfers from years gone by right to the young hot shots and all their families to hang out at such a great beach!
After some good fun racing on windsurf boards all shapes and sizes, on SUP’s and in fancy dress – the Caldy Island Relay has run it’s course and will be taking a break for now! The focus is now purely about having fun, getting all the family on the water…..and trying the latest kit! To grow that side of things we are very pleased to be working with Windsurf Mag as part of their UK demo tour visiting only 4 locations each year!
This august bank holiday weekend the ‘Windsurf Mag Demo Tour’ will be visiting Tenby with all of the top UK brands there to let you check out and try the latest windsurfing and SUP kit – and as always, there will be something for everyone to have a go on!
We’ll have the top windsurfing legends like Nik Baker, Farrel Oshea, Dave white and Andy ‘Bubble’ Chambers on hand to give you there top kit and tuning advice as well as launching some of the 2017 gear in the UK for the first time!
We will also have Mark ‘Sparky’ Hosegood on hand to give some free coaching and clinic time all weekend!
If you cant get to NWF……you have to come to this!! In fact, you’ll get a batter chance to actually take the kit out here……right on the beach!
Here are some brands you can expect to see:
We look forward to catching up and chatting over the weekend, and getting on the water with a good crowd!
If you have any specific requirements for kit or queries (except accommodation) before the weekend please drop me a mail email@example.com
Saturday and Sunday August bank holiday weekend at the beautifull Tenby in Wales. All the suppliers will be there in force with the latest kit to try. You can expect all the usual fun and action on the water with latest Windsurfing, Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) and windSUP’s to try out. There is camping locally so come down and make a weekend of it.
Tenby South Beach Car Park, Water’s Edge, South Beach, Tenby SA70 7EGParking is pay & display, please make sure you buy a ticket!
Don’t miss this!
Sometimes there is just a graphic change with board brands, or another similar wave board released…..that’s pretty much as good as the last! But the most recent developments in board design, especially with shapers like Sebastian Wenzel and Keith Taboul leading the way…….really have brought us something special. Battling against steady price increases, we have actually seen these boards cover a much bigger wind range and more conditions with stacks more ‘ease of use’ built in, so you simply need less boards! Maybe the cost isn’t so bad after all?!
The new materials are light and strong, feeling amazing under foot with better planing characteristics for each size! At Puravida we see almost no warranty claims any more – so it’s a good time to buy a board in my eyes, especially if you can snag a deal before the 2017 price increases!!
Stubby concept boards are probably one of the most important shapes of modern wave sailing!! It’s the easiest wave board I have ever used, so much so that Fanatic have just released a FREEWAVE version that I’m pretty certain will change the free wave concept completely and Quattro now have the SUPER MINI that is the only other board on the market that comes close to the stubby in terms of that kind of easy to use format with such a huge/fun wind range!
The stubby concept works unbelievably well, and what makes it so good is that it is SO EASY to sail in the conditions we actually get 90% of the time, and I can guarantee you will get more turns on a wave than you think, plus they are so efficient to get going and tank upwind! Don’t think of this as being a rad wave board that’s hard to sail, it’s more like a free wave that makes you shred – there’s no question that I plane quicker, go upwind easier and ride waves better on this board than anything else I’ve used before! The wind range is massive from one board and it would probably make the ultimate first time or one wave board quiver for anyone!! I can hit the road with just the stubby 88 (for my weight), a 5.3 and 4.7 with one mast & boom, having 90% of wavesailing covered on a minimal quiver of kit, intact that’s exactly what I took with me on a recent trip to the canaries in just one board bag weighing less than 30 kilos……..wave sailing is getting closer to surfing all the time, there’s nothing like keeping it simple!
Here’s a great little vid from local ripper and ace camera man Screamer Dave with a few of the local boys enjoying the new style wave boards from Fanatic, Quattro, simmer and Goya – I had a lot of fun that day in the little waves on the stubby making the most of the conditions!!
I’ve tested the stubby 88 in conditions from 1 foot onshore much to mast high down the line in Mauritius and it’s delivered some of my best see ions of all time hands down!
At Puravida we have the 88 & 77 stubby available to demo and the Freewave Stubby 95 is on it’s way as I write this.
Now, don’t just take my word for it, you can demo these boards yourself and there are plenty of reviews out there saying the same thing, if anything perhaps some of them are a little under stated on just how good the new style boards are. Here’s a great write up from Adrian at Boardseeker who is known for his honesty! It’s very well written and also helps you place the boards in there range in terms of which one to use for the conditions and riding you want to do.
The board specs from fanatic and some great vid clips are available here:
QUATRO SUPER MINI
The quattro super mini is the other board to consider that is of a very similar concept. The main difference with the SUPER Mini is the bigger sizes (94 and 104) are better and easier to sail for bigger guys (say 95 kilos and over) as it has a the volume concentrated further back and under the straps. This board is so smooth and well behaved it’s perhaps even easier to sail than the stubby (and that’s saying something) but a little less lively and more relaxed off the back foot with more volume in the tail. This board really has the best acceleration of any wave board I’ve tried and is already selling well straight off the first delivery only a few weeks ago. We have the bigger sizes in 94 and 104 available to demo now and the 84 will be coming very soon.
Other boards to consider in the compact wave board range that have massive all-round appeal are the Fanatic Tri-Wave and the Quattro Cube. With the 2 boards above these are by far our 4 most versatile boards on the shelf at the moment, and the ones all our testers have had the most fun with in the conditions we are most likely to actually sail in! If you think of the versatility of the stubby concept, these boards loose a little bit of the bottom end and ‘shred ability’ in poor conditions, in favour of a bit more ‘down the line’ appeal in terms of how they ride. They would make a great one boards solution or partner to a stubby in a 2 board quiver.
If you are looking for a slightly more dedicated wave board that has the edge in down the line conditions or bigger waves but still stacks of speed and all-round appeal, instead of or as a partner to one of the compact wave boards ….. our 2 most popular more dedicated shapes this year with team riders and customers alike have been the 3 Fin Quattro Pyramid and the 4 fin Fanatic Quad, both are real fast and loose, and surprisingly easy to sail too – standout boards!! There’s quite a difference in style with the Fanatic Quad riding more off the front foot with a smooth and fluid turn, whereas the Pyramid allows you to push hard off the back foot and carve around hard rather than the more slashy feel and broken out turns you can get from a quad.
(At 13 stone/85 kilos I tend to sail the fanatic stubby 88 & quad 90 as my 2 main boards or Quattro Super Mini 94 and Cube 85 as a guide from 5.6 down to 4.2 – Jim)
If you’d like to find out more about any of these boards just give me a call as I’ve been testing them for some time now and have a good range of sizes in each model on our demo fleet!
With the ‘BREXIT’ effect hitting watersports industry quite badly this year, the drop in value of the pound coupled with some increases in price ahead means we’ve got a few special offers in limited numbers that should help keep you on the right side of the deal! Also make sure you take advantage of our trade in scheme which guarantees you a minimum of £200 or more against any new board at rrp no matter what you have – why not bring us classic?! Puravida Boardriders want your used boards!!
Don’t forget that the Fanatic Stubby and Quad shapes are so good that they carry through to 2017, making the 2016 graphic board a killer deal for the moment!
Here’s our latest SPECIAL OFFERS in limited numbers with FREE DELIVERY on first come first served basis:
2016 Fanatic Stubby 88 TE – rrp £1799 – Ex-Demo – £999 BUY IT NOW
2016 Fanatic Stubby 77 & 88 TE – rrp £1799 – NEW – £1349 BUY IT NOW
2016 Fanatic Quad 81 & 90 TE – rrp £1799 – Ex-Demo – £999 BUY IT NOW
2016 Fanatic Quad 81 & 90 TE – rrp £1799 – NEW – £1349 BUY IT NOW
2017 Quattro Super Mini 94 & 104 – rrp £1649 – Ex-Demo – £1349 BUY IT NOW
2017 Quattro Cube 85, 95 & 105 – rrp £1649 – Ex-Demo – £1349 BUY IT NOW
2017 Quattro Pyramid 86 – rrp £1649 – Ex-Demo – £1349 BUY IT NOW
The New Fanatic Stubby TE 2017 board comes in 77, 88 & 99 sizes at rrp of £1849 in the new construction.
The new Fanatic Freewave Stubby TE 2017 board comes in 77, 88 & 99 sizes at rrp of £1849 in the new construction.
The New Quattro Super Mini 2017 board comes in 84, 94 & 104 sizes at rrp of £1649
The New Quattro Cube 2017 board comes in 75, 80, 85, 95 and 105 at rrp of £1649
If you’re looking to move on any of your kit (we need more used boards) or have any kit queries at all please drop me a line or pop in for a coffee – that’s always FREE :-))
O’Shea iWIND 11’0
O’Shea popped their inflatable Windsurf / Sup to Boards magazine for test .
Primarilly we designed this board as a family windsurfer , the remit was to do make the best inflatable windsurfer on the market , much improving on the sup with mast foot insert concept .Pleasantly we were surprised that the Sup element was not really compromised at all , yet as a windsurfer it out performed all the other brands offerings . A win win situation !!
Don’t just take their word for it… heres what BOARD MAGAZINE had to say…
There’s no doubt windsurfing can be a tricky sport to get into and traditional beginners boards have far from helped the cause. They are big, heavy, difficult to transport, difficult to store and when you progress they quickly become redundant.
But inflatable boards have changed all that in a really good way. They are brilliant. So brilliant, I really don’t see why anyone would buy a ‘hard’ beginners board again. The inflatables are lighter, pack down into a (large) rucksack for storage and can even double up as SUP boards. So when your windsurfing skills finally outgrow them, they still maintain a useful purpose as a SUP board, or indeed a light wind windsurfing board, conveniently stored in a bag in the back of your car. I can’t think of a single windsurfer who wouldn’t have a use for one.
The first inflatable windsurfing boards onto the market were really just SUP boards with a mast base fitting. They were followed up by dedicated windsurfing models, but as with many new technologies, prices were not competitive. The first dedicated inflatable windsurfing board I tried was over £1400 for the board only!
But a couple of years down the line, things are in a much better place and the new O’Shea iWind has pushed the envelope again. This is a board designed equally from a windsurfing and SUP perspective. You can buy it as a board only for £749 or complete with a choice of a 2.0m, 3.0m, 4.5m or 5.5m rig from £998 (depending upon rig size).
I could get all-technical here about the details, but that’s really not what this board is about. It’s designed to be simple. Whether you are an absolute beginner, still scratching your head over the difference between an uphaul, outhaul, inhaul and downhaul or even an accomplished sailor who just wants to play around in light winds and teach your friends and family, no-one needs hassle here.
Learning should be simple and that’s what O’Shea have rightly strived for with the iWind. So with the ethos of keeping it simple, here are 10 very simple things that we think are cool about the iWind –
- It’s big! Stability is key when you are learning. If you feel stable, you feel confident and can progress a lot quicker. Whilst width might seem the obvious answer, if the board is not long enough, it won’t track in a straight line very well. The iWind is both long and wide and provides one of the most stable learning platforms we have come across.
- It windsurfs well. With the center fin in place, the iWind strikes a really nice balance between being directional enough to make forward and upwind progress without squirrelling around, yet is still maneuverable enough for a child with a small rig to be able to turn with ease.
- It SUP’s well. A lot of these combination windsurf/SUP boards end up being a little too wide and short to be good for SUP’ing, but the length of the iWind again makes it nicely directional and good for covering distance with a paddle. The volume and stability are also a bonus and even allow the captain to carry a few passengers!
- It’s a good price! At £998 complete with a rig (2.0m) its hard to complain about the value on offer here. If you don’t need a rig, the board alone will cost you £749. If it costs less than £1000 to give the same pleasure to your friends and family that you get from windsurfing, and have a light wind toy as part of the bargain, that seems pretty good value to us.
- It packs down into a bag with wheels. The iWind board deflates and rolls into a stowage bag complete with wheels, making it even easier to transport around.
- The rig is ready to go. Each size of sail comes with its own unique mast and boom, meaning that there is no messing around with adjustment. Simply pull the sail to the bottom and the outhaul to the end and you are good to go.
- The rig works really well. This style of rig may look low-tech, but don’t be deceived. They are designed to compliment this style of board, being light, easy to rig, powerful in light winds and giving plenty of feel and feedback in the hands. You can also go smaller than you might think with this style of rig, making the first steps easier. 3.0m is perfect for most adults to learn on and our 10 year old test pilots were perfectly matched to the 2.0m
- This board should be durable. O’shea have gained a lot of experience and built a solid reputation within the inflatable SUP market for producing durable boards. They have applied the same technology to the iWind, so we would expect many seasons of trouble free sailing. These inflatable boards are great because they don’t scratch, dent and ding like a traditional hard board. There is of course always the potential to puncture them, but they are extremely tough, so you would have to be pretty careless/ unlucky for that to happen.
- It’s not just a beginners board. Open your mind and you will realize there are so many fun days to be had on this board. Here are a few suggestions; Learn to helicopter tack, duck gybe and fast tack. Learn the basics in light winds and you will be 90% there next time you are on your short board. Go explore. Pack some food, a mobile phone and head off downwind along the coast, exploring areas you might never have ventured otherwise. At the end of the day give a friend a call and get them to pick you up. Your inflatable board will fit in their car no problem! Give your friends a ride on the front of the board. The iWind is plenty big enough for this, giving them a sense of what windsurfing is about without them having to try! Go fishing. Sail (or SUP) out with a fishing line, a picnic and a cool beverage and let the hours pass by! You get the idea, with a bit of imagination, the iWind is a board than can open up many new adventures.
- It’s bright and colourful! Windsurfing is an exciting and vibrant sport and the equipment should reflect that. When things are going well, it’s great to be seen, even if it’s just to stop those pesky kitesurfers stealing all the limelight! And on that rare occasion that things might not be going as well as planned, it’s even more important to be seen! Either way, the bright colour scheme of the iWind keeps it visible all the time, which in our book is a very good thing.
- Read more at https://boards.co.uk/equipment-tests/tested-equipment/oshea-iwind-test.html#cuLxemDHzpjOchpl.99
Many thanks to Ian Manual Ross, the team down at RB sails and the BWA for another epic event down in Cornwall at the Cornwall wave classic 2015.
The weekend started out with the pro fleet on the Friday, kicking off with pumping surf and building winds. It was a great comp to watch with challenging conditions for the riders who could have done with a few more knots of wind in the big swell. Needless to say they powered through, made it look easy and put on a great show!
Congratulations to Ross Williams who came out on top after the Single eliminations with Jamie Hancock in second place, Adam Lewis in third and Steve Thorpe in fourth.
The wind didn’t come through for the later part of the weekend but the sun was shining, the swell was pumping and the BWA and RB sails teamed together to make it yet another memorable event.
A huge thanks to Mark Hosegood and the pros who offered clinics and invaluable advice in the morning. They provided some very beneficial sessions on competition, wave riding and getting the most out of your kit. They were also on hand all weekend offering tips and support.
For the afternoon on Saturday we moved over to Marizion where the BWA, RB sails and Sam Ross put on a great SUP competition for the youth fleet. They were all great candidates and fully embraced the competition spirit- definitely names to watch out for in the future!
With the heats drawn out, the lights set up and the judges ready and raring to go it was a strong introduction for the youths to the excitement of competition and heat tactics. Sam Ross was on hand – a top mentor for the fleet getting involved with the action and giving valuable tips and techniques, which added to, the great experience for all involved. Everybody was stoked to see the noticeable improvement and progression of the riders throughout the heats.
Well done to Jack Petit who came in first place nailing it on the last wave in the final, James Arnold- Smith in 2nd, Lucas Meldrum in 3rd and Jenna Petit in 4th. All the riders gave an exceptional performance including Sam Hall, Alex Hudson, Kyle Gould, Scott Stallman, Joe Trinder and Jeremy Whale.
For the final day the swell was really pumping and 12 competitors set out into the surf for a combined sup, surf comp. It was a great fun comp with all the fleets Pros, Ams, Masters and youths mixed together and everybody was on top form.
The competition took place in the format of two 25-minute heats and one 25-minute final so a real test of stamina for the riders involved!
Well done to Bubble on JP who won the final, Jack Petit taking 2nd and Sam Ross on a red inflatable and Warren Rowe on Starboard who came joint 3rd. A special mention to 14-year-old Jenna Petit who was awarded for the biggest take off and showing some exceptional skill in the swell throughout the weekend.
Luteritz speed challenge
New British record by Farrel oshea
Conditions have been firing in Luterizt and Monday was a record breaking day on all accounts! The winds blew up much stronger than predicted reaching more than 50 knots in the gusts! (creating some gnarly conditions for the riders down the channel as they battled through strong sand blasts).
Antoine Albeau started to go over 51 knots and was joined by Patrik Diethelm
Antoine Albeau broke his world record, for the first time, achieving 52.41 kts!
Then he continued to break it another 5 times: 52.50 kts – 52.76 kts – 53.1 knots and then the actual World Record which now stands at a highly impressive 53.27 kts.
Huge contratulations to Farrel O’Shea who smashed the British record and broke the 50 kts barrier with massive speed of 51.2kts- putting him 5th in the windsurf world speed rankings!!! The previous British record was 48.82 kts
The Luteritz speed challenge is an annual speed sailing event where the fastest sailors from over the globe attempt to smash speed records on the water!
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) and the world sailing speed record council overlook the event. Challengers will sail over a 500-meter distance, during which the average speed is determined. Speeds are measured with high precision by two cameras placed on the start and finish lines of the run, and computer monitored. A display at the end of the run instantly displays the riders average speed and ranking as they pass the finish line.
Its held West of Lüderitz at the Southern end of a 7km lagoon. Between the months of August and March each year
every year there is a consistent, strong wind, blowing from the south at the perfect angle of 140 degrees to the sailing course.
The course has been developed since its first run in 2007 where challengers sailed over a curved course. The following year a straight course was created by digging along the shore- this provided a uniform depth over the entire run. It was the developed further by placing sand upwind of the run and using tempory wood to reduce the chop formed from the 40-50 knot winds. The full course is 800m, which includes the launching and slow down stages before and after the official 550 WSSRC distance.