Windsurfing

From mid-October to April/May, La Ventana offers great conditions for a Baja California windsurfing vacation: warm water, good wind, and a variety of sailing sites well-suited to anyone from beginning waterstarters to freestyle experts. The north wind here is more consistent than other Baja locations due to the Venturi effect created by Cerralvo Island to our east, and the thermal suction from the rising hot air from the desert peninsula to our south. The wind usually starts in late morning, light at first; typically building to 15-25 mph in the afternoon. It usually blows all day with calm mornings and evenings for other activities or relaxing.
Then there are the epic days of the big Nortes; these days are peppered throughout the season and provide great high-wind sailing and swell for those who are up to it. There are even a few spots for the wave sailors on those big days.

Sailing conditions are uncrowded. Our location is in the best area in La Ventana with a big, sandy beach to launch from and negligible shore break most of the time. There are some rocks in the launch area, but many local sailors still sail barefoot. During the months of December, January, and February you probably want a full suit with short sleeves (3mm/2mm), especially if you get cold easily. For early and late season sailing a shorty or spring suit is fine. We have a limited selection of rental wetsuits and harnesses. Bring gloves, booties and a helmet if you want them for sailing or kiting.
Windsurf and Stand up Paddle gear is available onsite from our beachfront watersports center. Ventana Windsports guests have priority on rental gear but we have lots available for walk ins as well.
Offsite windsurf rental also available... contact us for details.

Equipment Rental

We offer top-quality windsurf and SUP gear from Fanatic, JP, Exocet, RRD, & Chinook. We feature sails from Severne, and custom sails from Northwave. Sail sizes range from 3.2 to 7.5 in wave or RAF slalom styles. All equipment is rigged and ready in our bodega on the beach.

If the wind changes, just switch to the appropriate sail and board. All of our sails are on RDM (skinny) carbon masts if appropriate for the sail. Our guests have priority on the gear but we also provide rentals on a walk-in basis. Ventana Windsports is in an ideal location for beginners in that we are close to the beach downwind (in case you break down or just can't get back upwind!) Our location is in the best area in La Ventana with a long, sandy launch and negligible shore break most of the time.

Windsurf equipment rentals:
Rental TimeCost
2 hours or less$45USD
Daily$65USD
5 or more days$45USD/day
* Boards and sails can be swapped during rental period as desired. All gear is rigged and ready.

Multiple day discounts do not need to be consecutive. All prices include IVA tax. Pay w/cash (U.S. or Peso) or credit card (visa/mc). Guests and daily renters are responsible for loss or damage to equipment. We do not have insurance available and expect you to treat the equipment as though it were yours. Use implies acceptance of responsibility for any gear damage. All prices are in US dollars and include VAT, Pesos taken at current exchange rate. Renters must sign risk waiver and provide credit card prior to rental.

Instruction

Windsurfing is a subtle sport that demands a combination of balance and finesse. It can also be a very long and frustrating road when you are trying to learn on your own.

Qualified instruction can really shorten the learning curve and keep you from establishing and reinforcing bad habits. Lessons can be the best investment you make for improving your sailing ability.

We have Bernardo Fontana on site to provide instruction in Spanish or English and also 2 pro sailors (Tyson Poor and Wyatt Miller) are available locally for lessons, November through February.

There are some rocks in the launch area, but many local sailors still sail barefoot. We do have a good selection of booties for guest use. We also have a few loaner wetsuits but recommend you bring your wetsuit and harness.

During the months of December, January, and February you probably want a full suit with short sleeves (3mm/2mm), especially if you get cold easily.

For early and late season sailing a shorty or spring suit is fine. Bring gloves and a helmet if you want them for sailing or kiting.