19th – 26th August – Windriders annual girl’s camp!

June 14, 2012 | Category: Uncategorized

 

*NEWS UPDATE* The dates for this year’s Kb4 girls camp are the 18th – 26th August and we still have places available!

Like previous years all girls will be camping at the camping right next to the kiteschool. The camp will be a great way to start with kitesurf or to progress. Fun is guaranteed!

Beginners price is 625 euro. This includes everyday kitesurf lessons (including equipment and equipment insurance), everyday a kite clinic and a other activity ( hike trip, boat excursion,  yoga, volleyball, photoshoot) and Camping (tent is not included)

 

Intermediated price 500 euro. You must be able to consistantly ride upwind. You will learn your first jumps and different transitions. The first 4 days are lessons in small groups. The other days are more coaching days in bigger groups. If you do not bring your own equipment than the price is 600 euro.

Advanced riders price; 425 euro. You must be already jumping consistantly and  this week you will learn unhooked tricks and kiteloops. The price includes a coach kitesurf session everyday, a kite clinic and an other activity and the camping. If you do not bring your own equipment that the price is 525 euro. When you rent our equipment you always have the right size kite to use and you don’t have to pay for extra luggage at the airport.
The age of girls that have already signed up is from about 18 to 35.

 

Are you a beginner in kite surfing? There are two main reasons, why you shouldn’t hesitate to join the girls camp in Limone:

 

1)   The lake: It is awesome to practice in a lake, such that you do not have to swallow salty water and the waves are not too big. And it is not just an ordinary lake. It is BEAUTIFUL!

2)   People: The instructors, especially Mika, are very patient and they know how to explain kiting such that you are learning fast. The girls of the camp also support and motivate you. Fast success and fun is guaranteed!

 

For me the girls camp was a wonderful experience that I will never forget!

Maria

Last week I was a guest at the Windriders Girls Kite Camp at Lake Garda in Italy.
The Windriders school is situated in Limone sul Garda, a cute, little village that is built against the steep rocky mountains surrounding Lake Garda. It’s an amazing scenery and it was a joy to kite there.
With a total of 10 girls entering the camp we had a perfectly mixed group of beginners and more advanced riders. With the intense heat in the North of Italy, 37 degree afternoons, the wind decided to show only in the mornings. Therefore the schedule got rearranged and every morning around 6.45 we would gather at the school to hop in the boats and start our sessions.
I know it sounds early.. believe me, it was a bit of a struggle to get out of bed the first few days.. but the sunrise over the mountains was totally worth it! Slowly the lake became sunny and hot and by eleven o’clock the temperature was over 30 degrees and the wind would drop, leaving us no other option than to refresh ourselves with ice cream and lemon soda.
Yes, you’re getting the right vibe from this update.. we had a hard time, tough even.. hahaha
It was a cool group of girls, everyone with their own goals for the end of the week. From being a complete beginner to being able to ride upwind, both ways and in choppy and gusty conditions by the end of the week (respect to miss V in the P).. and for others the first proper jumps.
ION provided me with some nice sunnies for this event and Liquid Force got me a short and shirts. I decided to give the LF lycra to one of the girls who had a good week, great perseverance or made big progress… and chose ‘Lou’, who even without eating and spotting snakes everywhere, kept on going.
Trick wise .. Marjon was definitely ‘the killer’ with her jumps!
I had a great time and would like to thank Maayke for inviting me to do the clinics at the camp and all the girls for the great atmosphere!
Hope to see you guys in Cabarete in February! Nadine

My Life as an Instructor

June 14, 2012 | Category: Uncategorized

 

 

Hi, My name is Kara.  Have you ever thought about being an instructor but were not really sure what to expect? Then here is an insight into a life on the beach:

I got my IKO level 1 in 2009 and have been travelling around, teaching in different parts of the world ever since.  There are pros and cons to being an instructor but one of the definite benefits is being able to travel all over the world with your qualification.

In the last few years I have kited and taught in Brazil, Venezuela, the Caribbean, Morocco, Australia and of course Italy! I speak fluent English and French, conversational German, Portuguese and Italian.

The north coast of Brazil is a very special place for me.  I have been there 3 times now and have spent about a year in total there.  It a pretty cool life there and very chilled; not a great way to make a huge amount of money but I made enough to live and had a good lifestyle spending plenty of time in hammocks! I learnt Portuguese, made some great friends and I kited every day. The wind is great during the season and schools usually let you use their equipment so having a full range of North equipment to play with was great fun… I would get up at around 8 and teach one or 2 two hour sessions on the beach, then normally have some time for myself and would be home by around 6.

Most of the work that I have done, as in Brazil has been freelance.  This can be great but also comes with certain risks.  In Australia I was earning a really good amount per hour but then if there are no lessons, or as more often happens, no wind, then you end up with a pretty unsteady income. One week you might earn a lot, but the next two not much.  It wasn’t a great season when I was in Melbourne, there was a record amount of rain which killed the thermal winds quite a bit. I remedied this frustrating financial state by getting a second job on the weekend evenings running a bar.  This was easy to do as I was in Melbourne and there was a lot of work in the city.  When applying for jobs instructing, it is always necessary to check whether you will be freelance- paid only for exactly the hours you teach, straight salaried or low salary with commission.

There are lots of different ways that schools pay their instructors so it is important to know what you can expect before you travel anywhere.  Some companies will also help you with expenses such as flights if you stay with them for the whole season.  Accommodation is also sometimes provided for instructors together in kite houses which can be pretty good fun!

 

One thing that all you potential instructors should be aware of is insurance.  It can be quite tricky to get insurance so you should make sure that you are covered for liabilities etc by the school.  If your students do end up getting hurt you should not have to accept any responsibility yourself if you are teaching for someone else.  This usually means that you need to have signed a contract for the school in order to be covered by their policy. When I was in the Caribbean I was asked to get my own personal instructor insurance as the school was not covering me.  In hindsight I should have said no because if anything had happened I would have been totally responsible.  That should not be the case as you are teaching for someone else with their equipment and so on.

There were some other issues there as well, such as the teaching spot being really quite small and there were sharp branches and rocks etc down wind and a wind shadow which sometimes proved quite hazardous.  You should always look into schools and make sure you know who you will be working for.  Make sure they have good/ safe equipment and will look after you.

To be happy teaching you need to be fairly dedicated and flexible as you never know the hours when the wind will be there.  Sometimes in Melbourne I would work until 9 or 10 pm on the wind as the wind came in late, in Brazil it was more like a 9 -5 and here in limone we are on the water by 7am so you never know what will happen 🙂

Boring stuff aside, teaching can be hard work as it is fairly physical but tends to be really rewarding! It is always great when you take someone who has never kited before and are able to turn them into a fellow addict! The smile on a face when they make their first water starts, start to ride upwind, turn or even land their first backroll kiteloops is great 🙂  If you are teaching somewhere where students are around for a few weeks or even come regularly throughout the season you get to see their progress and how happy it can make them.  You also are able to progress yourself.  It can be frustrating that your work is your hobby and when you want to go riding you normally have to teach but it also gives me more of an opportunity to kite than if I was working in some office job in the UK! I am travelling the world a bit at a time, doing what I love on great beaches and meeting great people along the way, what more could you ask for?!

Of course, I am currently now teaching at Wind Riders in Lake Garda and loving my time here.  I am working/ teaching in several languages again, working with a great team in a well organised school and the weather is great! If you fancy a chat come and find us on the beach!!

 

More stock in the windriders shop.

June 4, 2012 | Category: Uncategorized

 

 

We have recently had some more deliveries this week! The shop is now full with more great stuff!

 

 

We have a lot of new Ocean Rodeo Go-Joes! These inflatable devices are great for making sure that you don’t lose your board… whatever your level it will also cut down on the amount of time you spend body dragging! They attach to the top of your board in between the foot straps so that the board will stay visible above waves and also float downwind towards you faster!! Get in contact to order one today!! They are far safer than using any kind of board leash!! WE DON’T LIKE LEASHES ON BOARDS PEOPLE!!

 

We have also finally got out new ION/ North t-shirts and hoodies in the shop with our great new Wind Riders logo on them!! There are different colours/ styles for men and women…

 

This women’s racer back vest comes in shell pink/ blue and grey…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here you can see our amazing design

on the back!

 

 

We also have some awesome North hoodies for women in blue and yellow or black and purple!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out some of our men’s items!

We have hoodies in black and green and t-shirts in grey and green…

 

 

 

 

We also have some other great beach accessories that would make amazing gifts!!

Sleek microfibre towels are modern and fit well inside any travel bag! We also have bags perfect for your clothes and suncream! 🙂 Everything you need for spending time at the beach…

 

 

 

The towels come in purple/ green/ blue/ yellow and we have the bags in a range of colours too (including bright pink!! )

Take a look at our online shop or come and see us on the beach to take a look at the whole range!

 

Happy shopping!

Kids are ruling the lake!

June 2, 2012 | Category: Uncategorized

 

 

A few updates from beach life here at wind Lake Garda!!

Start them young.

Among our students in the last week or so, we have had about 7 or 8 that are all under 17 and what good students they are! The kids are certainly ruling the water at the moment! Within just a few short lessons they are flying upwind, turning and on some occassions getting a bit of air (not always on purpose 😉 ) Kids always learn so fast but these guys are doing really well! Epecially Benedict who at 10 years old, is the youngest of them all and is in the water for hours whenever he gets the chance.  With a little wakeboarding practice to help with board control we were even having to work on 180s and getting pop as they were so quick and willing to advance their skills!! Look out world there are some new youngbloods on the horizion…

Multilingual windriders

Ciao! Hello! Buongiorno! Hallo! Bonjour! Guten Morgen! Salute! Hoi!

Windriders is expanding languages spoken here every year! Now we have Samy (and me, Kara,) who speak and teach in French! Mika of course is the best linguist of us all as she is fluent in Dutch, English, German and Italian but I am hot on her heels as I am learning more German and Italian and even a bit of Dutch every day 😉  We cater for most of the major european languages so get in contact if you want some lessons and we can most likely sort you out!

 

Blow me away!

We have had some really nice strong northerly winds during the last few mornings! At one point I was teaching on and also riding a 5.5 Kahuna!  It’s a pretty quick and fun little kite! As the wind was quite strong it stayed quite nicely into late morning and we got some good long sesssions!

 

Apres- kite refreshments and comfort!

The Beach Bar Cherenquito has a new cocktail! For all those who like a bit of coffee flavour they have introduced a white russian.  Perfect refreshment for a warm evening – the White Russian has a creamy/ milky flavour with a hint of coffee that is hard to refuse!! There are also some great new bean-bags at the bar so it is now even more comfortable and relaxing to spend some time there looking out over the water.

 

Other fun stuff at the lake!

We now have new co-operations with canyoning and paragliding companies around the lake. If you do ever fancy a day doing something different or just on the off chance there is no wind check out our fun page for all the information you need or to book an exciting experience. You can often see the paragliders flying high over the lake and it is such a thrill! Check out Steven’s blog post ‘Swimming Jumping and Abseiling’ for his first hand experience of the canyoning excursions!