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Marsa Alam 19-26 March 2014
Run By : Simon Bornhoft Windsurfing Clinic
Join the 2014 Simon Bornhoft windsurfing clinic to the southern Red Sea beach resort of Marsa Alam.
"Superb, flat, shallow water that is accompanied with extremely reliable wind. It’s the perfect place for early to advance intermediates and higher level sailors wanting a training ground to advance their level." say Simon. "Isolated, idyllic, quixotic windsurfing, get there before it’s too late!" Warm & windy, the perfect place to polish those skills up!
With a slant towards more experienced intermediates covering shorter board sailing in planing winds, covering everything from waterstarts, stance control, gybing. We’ll encourage you to try some Feasible Freestyle to take you to the next level. The coaching is broken down into specific SB Windwise topics to focus on your particular requirements. Using rewarding effective Windwise Skills Training, special demos, digital video and plenty of on water coaching, you’ll get all the encouragement and assistance you need to ensure you improve.
Typical Course Level
Intermediates to Advanced
Provided you can use a harness and plane, you will be able to join the group. Although please contact us with details of your level and requirements so that we can advise which week might be best for you. For those of slightly different levels and abilities will be split into smaller groups, so that specific topics can be covered to suit your requirements. If you have any concern about your level for the week, please do call us and we’d be only too pleased to help.
Simon Bornhoft windsurfing clinics have been going to Egypt for nearly 20 years and it’s become a real favourite, due to the lack of crowds and the fantastic wind. Easy launching, plentiful, consistent, cross-shore right to left winds, warm blue, flat waters and maximum 20-25 people out at any one time, you can’t ask for much more. It has been home to many of our photo shoots. Yes it’s distant, remote and peaceful, but we make our own entertainment, Rum & Cokes and friendly atmosphere. It feels like it’s your own centre.
Marsa Alam is possibly the best and closest option to the UK for winter windsurfing! The local effect, mixed with reliable hot, desert winds, funnels a vibrant wind across the bay – left to right , starboard tack. It is quite feasible that you will be using a range of sails from 4.0-7.0m. But more often than not you’ll end up on something around a 5-6m. In Marsa the wind is stronger in the morning than afternoon. If your body can handle it, you often get a good six-eight hours of solid wind a day. It’s a dreamy and dynamic short board venue.
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Land only price £795pp (Includes above except flights)
Here are Simon's top reasons and tips for travel to Marsa Alam:
"As ever there's loads of great windsurfing, skills training, video feedback and a very enjoyable week on and off the water. Plus you’ll have the opportunity to take away DVD footage of your skills training sessions.
If you are unsure about what board is right for you, we are only to pleased to assist you in that choice. Simon Bornhoft suggests 85-105L depending on weight and ability. If you need to speak with Simon regarding your choice of board give us a call and we will put you in touch with him.
What you get
• Windwise pre-course pack with fitness and preparation advice.
• 5 days of expert coaching, video playback, on and off water coaching.
• Skills Training, 1-2-1 help with what you're trying to achieve.
• Insightful, effective coaching dedicated to your level and aspirations.
• Local knowledge, care and service for a superb holiday.
Airport: Gatwick/Marsa Alam
Transfer: Approximately 1 hour.
Here’s some recent feedback from Marsa Alam.
"Great week, achieved everything that I set out to do in good company and a great location. Will definitely be doing another course in the near future. Not hard to see why so many people come back for more. Had I done this before I could have saved many a fall in the gybe. There must be a way of calculating the time spent on the course as a ratio of time saved by not falling in so often. Call it The Bornhoft Quantum." Many thanks and see you again soon. Cheers, Steve G
"Although Simon hasn’t yet found a way to guarantee the wind he always knows how to use what wind we have to work on improving the skills we need when it is windy! I wanted to sort my downwind 360’s out but with only one 5m day I worked on my upwind 360 in the light wind, improved my tacks and heli’s etc. Lots to work on next time it’s windy in the UK! Great location, hotel, windsurf centre and staff, would love to come back soon. My wife also had a nice relaxing time enjoying the warmer weather, relaxing atmosphere and uncrowded hotel/beach." Roy
"Muchas gracias Simon por una semana increible!
"What a week, packed full of learning from a god of a coach. If you like learning using a step by step process Simon nails it. I never knew light wind windsurfing was such fun. . I can’t wait to put it in to practice back home. The crew at the mistral centre were also so helpful. The group were great fun and the hotel perfect for the wind surfing crowd. Then there was this excellent Italian restaurant, a total surprise and a real treat. Simon, awesome week. Look forward to seeing you in April at Hayling."
Quote of the week “It’s never too late to be the person you thought you might be”
"First time in Egypt and in love with Marsa Alam, the hotel is clean and comfortable but more importantly the centre is truly exceptional. The spot takes a few days to get your head around but once it all made sense it really is a great sailing location. Simon is consistently brilliant, his explanations of the components of each move are clear and logical whether he is going through it with you for the first time or the hundreth. His real skill, however, is how he manages to engage every single person on his course regardless of their level and their commitment to ensure everyone progresses further than they would have thought possible. Thank you again for all your help." Steven
"Second time here in Marsa Alam and I had another truly wonderful time made even better by the consistent planning wind conditions the efficiency of the club Mistral staff, the comfortable and clean hotel and of course the master of patience Mr Bornhoft."
Weather: Wall to wall sunshine and 5.5 days good wind out of 7! Hotel: Best Egyptian hotel I’ve stayed in. Club Mistral: The best! Great crew. When I was in trouble, the boat was on its way within 2 minutes of my distress signal. SB Windwise: Usual fantastic coaching with patience, good humour and, ultimately, great results Lessons learned: LOOK, LEAN, LEVER! KEEP LOW! All the best, Bruce
"My first time in Marsa Alam, and I doubt that it will be the last. The centre is very well run and the boards which I used were almost new (although I wasn’t keen on the sails – they felt heavy, and it would have been nicer if they’d been on skinny masts and smaller diameter booms). The weather was excellent; warm and windy – planing conditions every day if you were prepared to use big kit, and a couple of fantastic days when the smaller boards and sails came into their own. The hotel also is very well run; the rooms were clean, there’s plenty of hot water, and the staff are all friendly and helpful. The food was adequate rather than brilliant, but there was plenty of it and I had no digestive problems (unlike previous visits to Egypt). Simon’s coaching was as good as ever; my tacking has improved and he’s given me lots to work on when I get home. All in all, a fantastic holiday and I look forward to returning next year." Graeme
"My first trip overseas with Windwise and a cracker! The centre is well run and the whole team so very helpful and friendly. The whole place works well and lets you relax and concentrate on those moves. I came over here unable to turn a short board around and whilst the carve gybe is still an aspiration, I am closer than I have ever been and have the basics nailed. The blasting & waterstarts are so much better as well! I Simon’s approach to coaching is really tuned to the individual and for me, breaking the move down to its components really helps me understand it. The video doesn’t lie either! The hotel, hire centre and tuition really come together to make a fun and instructive holiday with a good atmosphere among all the Windwise crew. Coming gain? You bet!" Richard
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Flatwater : Suitable for beginners, intermediates and improvers.
Flatwater / Slalom : Suitable for slalom sailing and speed.
Wind Chop / Wind Swell : Suitable for hi-wind slalom and bump & jump.
Steep Chop : Suitable for wave jumping and wave riding.
Waves / Swell : Suitable for wave jumping and wave riding.
Great Reasons to go to Marsa Alam, Red Sea
|Best Time: Spring and Autumn.
Launch: Sandy beach with shallow training area with some coral heads.
Wind Direction: Cross shore
from the left.
Wind Type: Thermal. Strongest early
in the day.
Water Conditions: Flat water inside
bay. Ideal for training. Slight swell
Suitability: All levels.