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Simon Winkley Windsurf and Wingfoil Clinics

Sportif Travel are delighted to offer pro-clinics run by Simon Winkley. Designed for intermediate and advanced windsurfers and intermediate wingfoilers, Simon’s clinics run in Sotavento -  Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands (windsurfing) and Prasonisi - Rhodes, in the Greek Islands (windsurfing and wingfoiling). More >

Simon brings over 20 years professional experience and is a UK Team Rider for Starboard, Severne and Freewing. A specialist in instructor training, he is highly qualified as a RYA Advanced Windsurfing Trainer and RYA Wingfoil Trainer and has written many technique articles for Windsurfing UK Magazine. Simon runs a wingfoiling school and coaches at Queen Mary Sailing Club, Surrey, UK and coaches at The Official Test Centre in Portland Harbour, Weymouth, UK.

Simon Winkley Clinic Locations

Simon’s Sportif clinics currently take place in Sotavento in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (windsurfing) and in Prasonisi on the Greek Island of Rhodes (windsurfing and wingfoiling). These locations have been specially selected to provide a solid learning platform in warm water with the best prospect of reliable winds. These clinics are ideal for regular and occasional participants as well as those who have been away from their sport for a while and want to be guided back into it feeling confident on modern equipment.



What's Covered in a Simon Winkley Clinic?

Simon will host a mixed group of intermediate and advanced windsurfers or intermediate wingfoilers, tailoring the coaching to suit the exact needs of the group. Simon will coach from the water, from the beach and using video footage and photography (drone footage is available locally in Sotavento and Prasonisi for an additional cost).

Quickly gaining the trust of the client, understanding their needs and forming close and effective working relationships are some of key factors that guide Simon's thoughts and actions as a coach. He will use his expertise in windsurfing and wingfoiling to improve performance whilst keeping the delivery fun and enjoyable. He knows how to use the very smallest detail to create breakthrough moments in someone's journey. Expect to work as hard or as gently as you like on the water and to enjoy relaxing socials in the evenings.

Key focus areas - Windsurfing
• Kit selection, set up and tuning tips.
• Harness, foot straps, getting going.
• Planing and control at speed.
• Beach starts and water starts including variations.
• Faster tacks, heli-tacks.
• Non-planing gybes and carve gybes plus variants.
• More advanced carving skills.
• Simple, fun freestyle (to support other core moves).
• Chop-hops and jumps (if the conditions are right).
• Relevant snippets of theory to enhance practical understanding.
• Confidence building at every turn!

Key focus areas - Wing foiling
• Kit selection, set up and tuning tips.
• Getting up on the foil early, pumping the board and wing.
• Foiling control and turns at speed.
• Foiling gybes.
• Foot changes.
• Sailing toeside (switched stance).
• Use of foot straps (optional)
• Foiling tacks.
• Non-foiling tacks and gybes.
• Use of harness and setup of harness lines (optional).
• Relevant snippets of theory to enhance practical understanding.
• Confidence building at every turn!

Level Required

The Simon Winkley Clinics will host a mixed group of intermediate and advanced windsurfers or intermediate wing foilers looking to up their game, whilst having a great time on and off the water. That means no beginners or aerial freestylers and a focus on real-world core skills.

Your Journey Starts Now

This is fully-supported, social, holiday windsurfing/wingfoiling at its best. Get in touch with Sportif to start your journey now with a Simon Winkley windsurf or wingfoil pro-clinic.





Simon Winkley Windsurf and Wingfoil Clinics

Fuerteventura 08-15 June 2024

Fuerteventura 08-15 June 2024

The 2024 Simon Winkley Pro Coaching Windsurfing Clinic to Sotavento - on the island of Fuerteventura in the Canaries - is for intermediate and advanced windsurfers who are comfortably water starting and planing in the foot straps and harness. Based right on the spot at the world-famous René Egli centre, with accommodation and group dinners in the 4* Melia InnSide Hotel, the atmosphere is very relaxed and getting on the water couldn’t be easier. Non-clinic friends and partners are welcome. Dates: 08-15 June 2024 OPEN FOR BOOKINGS

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Prasonisi 21 Sept-05 Oct 2024

Prasonisi 21 Sept-05 Oct 2024

The 2024 Simon Winkley Pro Coaching windsurfing and wing foil clinic sto Prasonisi on the Greek Islands of Rhodes is for adventurous Intermediates to Advanced windsurfers and intermediate wing foilers. 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.Week 1 21-28 Sept 2024 WINDSURF clinic Week 2 28 Sept - 05 Oct 2024 WING FOIL Clinic Limited Places!

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