Recognized as one of the nation’s best areas to learn to windsurf, Sailboards Miami is located directly on Windsurfer Beach in Miami, Florida. With beautiful views of Biscayne Bay, Coconut Grove and downtown Miami, one can unwind and enjoy Miami’s best watersport. A steady on shore or side shore breeze makes learning to windsurf safe and easy. Our fully trained staff guarantees anyone (including children) can learn to windsurf in only two hours! With over 20 years of experience, we proudly instruct thousands of people annually in the watersport of windsurfing and enjoy serving tourists from all over the world. From beginner through advanced, we have rental equipment to meet everyone’s needs (even Kayaks and Stand Up PaddleBoards or SUPs for those lighter wind days).
Come on out and say hi. Learn to Windsurf in Two Hours-Guaranteed! Enjoy the splendor and tranquility of windsurfing and kayaking beautiful Biscayne Bay. All ages, body sizes, strength, and swimming abilities welcomed. If you can ride a bicycle, you can windsurf! Our windsurfing school teaches the beginner lesson three times daily. Intermediate and advanced private Windsurfing lessons, windsurfing equipment rental, Paddleboard rentals and lessons (SUPs), and Kayak rental are also available. Located on the South side of Rickenbacker Causeway, 7/10ths of a mile past the toll plaza. Windsurfing school and rental shop owned and operated by Ovidio DeLeon, U.S. Sailing Master Instructor. Open Fridays thru Tuesdays. Available on Wednesdays and Thursdays by appointment and during school holidays.
Our colorful sails proudly grace the entrance of Key Biscayne. We are licensed with Miami Dade County, recipient of the ABIA Windsurfing School Award of Excellence and U.S. Sailing and B.I.G. Certified. Ask us about our Swap Meets, Beach Clean-Ups, Races, Barry University for Credit Course, and U.S. Sailing Certification Courses. Available for production work.
Looking for a fun activity this weekend in Miami? Check out this great article by Laura Albritton: “5 Amazing Beach Activities in Miami: From Windsurfing to SUP Yoga.”
Check out “Going to the Beach Like a Local.” A good read for our visitors!
All paddle boards are not created equal. Basically any hull capable of some displacement can be considered a stand up paddle board, whether it looks like an old Peruvian Inca straw boat or an Italian gondola. Today, “SUP” specifically refers to a wider, floatier surf board capable of holding your weight and is propelled with a longer, stiffer paddle while standing up.
Most first timers getting into the sport don’t know to look for anything specific. Rentals tend to be a plastic board with an excessive amount of width, and can be quite heavy. Excessive weight and extra wide width are detrimental to a board’s performance, stability on the other hand is increased greatly by it.
Once a paddler tries a lighter weight (epoxy or carbon construction) and narrower board, they are surprised by the challenge they are facing. Many will go back to the easier, heavier, more forgiving boards while others will welcome the endless opportunities that being on a multi-tasking board will offer.
A light weight, well designed paddleboard will take you from beginner to advanced status if you put the time on the water. Challenges are part of the sport whether the choice is racing, wave riding or cruising along. As such, building a strong foundation is paramount.
Getting your “sea legs,” understanding your placement and body weight distribution on the board will allow you to turn quicker, go faster and feel comfortable while paddling along.
Paddlling technique or proper strokes are the engine of your power, creating momentum. Short or long strokes are all used at different times while SUPing.
Lack of awareness and knowledge of the various paddling techniques can create back problems, lack of stability, and will slow down your progress.
SUP is an easy, approachable, and fantastic sport that doesn’t not demand much from beginners to start having fun from the moment they hit the water. At the same time, it also offers challenges that will push you past your comfort zone, if you let it. See you on the water!
Now at Virginia Key Outdoor Center
3801 Rickenbacker Causeway Miami Key Biscayne FL 33149
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From I-95 or US 1 Please note - Some maps provide incorrect directions
Follow signs for Key Biscayne
Continue past toll plaza on the Rickenbacker Causeway
Continue on the Rickenbacker Causeway over the first tall bridge
Take your 1st left immediately after the MAST Academy light
Enter park and follow signs which will lead you to Virginia Key Outdoor Center:
Virginia Key Outdoor Center
Open 7 days a Week (weather permitting)
Monday – Friday 10:00 – 5:00 (last rental at 4:00)
Saturday, Sunday, & Holidays 8:00 – 6:00 (last rental at 5:00)
December 26-January 5th:
(M-F 9:00 – 5:00/S&S 8:00 – 6:00)
Christmas Eve 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Christmas Day 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
New Year’s Day 11:00 am – 5:00 pm (Super Full Moon paddle 5:00 launch)
*We happily open early and stay late for group fitness/tours & special events.
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