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Simon Winkley Windsurf Clinics

Sportif Travel are delighted to welcome Simon Winkley to the team and to introduce a new collaboration of windsurfing clinics for 2021. Designed for intermediate to early advanced windsurfers, Simon will be coaching groups in Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, Alacati in Turkey and Prasonisi in Rhodes. More >

Simon brings over 20 years professional experience and is a team Rider for Starboard and Severne, a qualified RYA Instructor Trainer, a RYA Wind Foiling Instructor, a technique writer for Windsurfing UK Magazine and a contributor to Stand Up Paddle Mag UK Magazine.

Simon Winkley Windsurf Clinics
Simon is a windsurfing coach and a Team Rider for Starboard and Severne with over 20 years of experience. UK based, with global experience as a trainer of instructors, he is an expert in the delivery of intermediate to early-advanced coaching. As a dedicated freerider Simon has an unwavering connection to the real windsurfer – the one who wants to work towards a solid skill set which they can take to any freeride location. Building on the success of his many clinics in Vassiliki, Greece he now joins Sportif to offer clinics in South Africa, Canary Islands and the Red Sea. 

A Friendly and Supportive Approach
When Simon originally stumbled across watersports he had to learn to windsurf without any real guidance yet the confusion he experienced ultimately shaped him into a considerate coach who enjoys helping others to progress unimpeded. He has been a marine industry professional for over 20 years and has creatively worked with thousands of individuals in that time.

After a number of seasons instructing in Greece, the Caribbean, the UK and the Red Sea, he acted as Sailing Manager for Queen Mary Sailing Club (one of the busiest clubs and RYA Training Centres in the UK) for 10 years before going freelance in 2011. He writes 'Fundamentals' coaching articles for Windsurfing UK Magazine and sponsors include Starboard, Severne, Bray Lake Watersports, Spinlock and Flymount.

A Dedicated and Hardworking Coach
Quickly gaining the trust of the learner, understanding their needs and maintaining a close and effective working relationship with them are some of key factors that guide Simon's thoughts and actions as a coach. He will use his deep understanding of not only the core windsurfing skills but also of the learning styles of the individual to improve performance whilst keeping the delivery humorous and enjoyable. He knows how to use the very smallest detail to create breakthrough moments in someone's skills progression.

Simon Winkley Clinic Locations
Simon’s Sportif clinics have been to Langebaan (South Africa), Safaga (Red Sea) and now Costa Teguise (Lanzarote), Turkey (Alacati) and the Greek Island of Rhodes (Prasonisi). These locations have been specially selected to provide a solid learning platform in warm, flat-water locations with the best prospect of consistent planing winds. These weeks are ideal for regular windsurfers as well as holiday windsurfers or those who have been away from the sport for a while and want to be guided right back into the heart of it whilst feeling confident and well supported on modern equipment.

What's Covered in a Simon Winkley Clinic?
There will be a mixed group of intermediate to early-advanced windsurfers looking to up their game whilst having a great time on and off the water. That means no beginners or aerial freestylers. That means a focus on real-world core skills to include any of the following: harness, footstraps, planing and speed control, beach starts and water starts, non-planing freestyle, faster tacks, heli-tacks, non-planing gybes and carve gybes plus variants, chop hops and jumps, carving tricks, body drags etc.

Kit set up and tuning are always included to help you make the most of your time afloat. Shore-based coaching prepares for the action afloat where Simon will sail with you and the group, observing and making small tweaks to your technique. When not on the water he will be there for you on the beach to mentor and advise.

Simon makes use of GoPro POV cameras with both Flymount mast/boom mounts and head mounts, a HD video camera and a DSLR camera. Content is used in debrief sessions ashore and to provide you with those all important memories of your time on the water. His coaching will arm you with all the right ingredients for further improvements long after the holiday is over. Most of all – your time on and off the water will be fun and the holiday a pleasurable one!




Simon Winkley Windsurf Clinics

Lanzarote 21-28 March 2023

Lanzarote 21-28 March 2023

The 2023 Simon Winkley Pro Coaching windsurfing clinic to Lanzarote in the Canary Islands is rom 21-28 March 2023. For adventurous Intermediates to Advanced windsurfers. Covering everything from beach and water starts, tacks, gybes and more advance skills with choice of flat water, slalom to small waves outside the bay. Based in lively Costa Teguise, with group dinners. Non clinic friends and partners welcome. BOOKING UP NOW!

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Prasonisi September 2023

Prasonisi September 2023

The 2023 Simon Winkley Pro Coaching windsurfing clinic to Prasonisi on the Greek Islands of Rhodes is for adventurous Intermediates to Advanced windsurfers. Covering everything from beach and water starts, tacks, gybes and more advance skills with choice of flat water, slalom to small waves outside the bay. Based right on the spot, with group dinners. Non clinic friends and partners welcome. 16-23 September 2023 PRE REGISTRATION OPEN!

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