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!
Closed Due to Beach Repairs Post Hurricane Irma.
Plan to Re-Open 4 Days for the Fall: Thursday thru Sunday
10:00 – 6:00 (last rental at 5:00)
Closed Mondays. Open Labor Day, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day
Group availability 7 days a week.
Mile Marker 6.5 on Rickenbacker Causeway Miami
GPS Coordinates: N25.74569 W80.192368
Coming South from Ft. Lauderdale:
Take I-95 South to Exit #1A (Key Biscayne). Follow the natural flow of traffic through the toll plaza. Stay in the farthest right lane and travel 7/10 of a mile to mile marker 6.5. Turn right into parking lot. We are along the water's edge.
Coming North from the Keys/Grove/Gable:
Take US1 North. At the I-95/US1, bear right. Follow sign to the Rickenbacker Causeway/Key Biscayne. Follow the natural flow of traffic through the toll plaza (SW 26th Road) Stay in the farthest right lane and travel 7/10 of a mile to mile marker 6.5. Turn right into parking lot. We are along the water's edge.
Coming Key Biscayne:
You will need to pass us, exit the Causeway, come back through the toll, and then follow the above directions from the toll plaza.
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- Jacopo Testa is the 2017 European Freestyle Pro Tour champion - SurferToday
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- IMOCA vs Windsurfer: who's fastest? - SurferToday.com - SurferToday
- Intermediate Windsurfing Instructor (Upgrade) - Flying Fish (press release)
- Windsurfing Instructor Fast-Track - Flying Fish (press release)
- Gap Year Windsurfing Instructor Course - Flying Fish (press release)
- On Board with Robby Naish - Sailing World
- Stability on Day Two of the RS:X Windsurfing Worlds : World Sailing - International Sailing Federation
- Sarah-Quita Offringa triumphs in Windsurfing World Cup - euronews