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Windsurfing holiday and clinics in Bonaire, Caribbean - Stunning progression and a perfect lagoon

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WHAT YOU GET

It’s the most beautiful and productive Windwise coaching location. The bath like flat water, creates a super easy learning environment, you’ll learn so much with us in Bonaire – Do it!

Get in touch now for March-April 2025!

  • Caribbean Hotel B&B or Villa accommodation

  • Swimming pool + Chill out area 

  • Group airport transfers (only 5 minutes)

  • Truck daily beach transfers (15 mins) Bonaire Style 

  • Fabulous socials & stunning cocktail sundowners

the coaching

  • Full Windwise Skills Training System

  • Professional quality photo and video analysis

  • Pro-proven coaching in perfect learning conditions

  • Jibe City kit hire for the course

  • 100% guaranteed progression & life time memories

LACY BAY Bonaire

Travel dates:
7-15th March 2025 (Fully reserved)
15-22nd March 2025 (Possible place)
29 March-5 Apr 2025 (Get on the list)
Style: Freeride
Level: Improver - Advanced
Availability: Contact us before booking
Coach: Simon Bornhoft
Price from: £1949.00

Based on shared room & excluding flights

Single supplement £299.00 

Non-windsurfers £899.00 

WHAT TO EXPECT

The trip of a lifetime

Book early for this one

location and conditions

Conditions: Simply perfect learning conditions
Water state: Flat, shallow, bath like turquoise water
Wind direction: E-SE
Wind strength: F4-5+
Sail range: 4.5-7.5m

Windsurf centre: Jibe City – Severne / Fanatic

Freeride course criteria: Beachstart + harness

Family Freeride: Be able to go out turn round and come back

Non-windsurfing partner rating: Perfect!

Other activities: Worlds best diving + snorkelling + swim with turtles + SUP + winging + horse riding + eBiking

Freeride Heaven

PERFECT PROGRESSION

Guaranteed blasting & gybing

WHY BONAIRE

IT's SIMPLY STunning

The azure knee-to-waist deep super flat water, creates the perfect blast and gybertorium. We’ll help you develop your existing skills and truly make fabulous progress! 

Plus a very welcoming social side, fabulous restaurants, an easy chill out vibe and stunning, feet in the sand sundowners. 

Beautiful blasting, quicker waterstarts and our Warrior ethos ensures dry fast tacks, all levels of gybing and a complete tune up.

1-2-1 Feedback in paradise

Simon Bornhoft’s expert coaching system

GET READY TO PINCH YOURSELF…

GUARANTEED PROGRESSION 

The Windwise Way

NON WINDSURFERS

The trip of a lifetime

A stunning Windwise experience

SERIOUS BROWNIE POINTS

Bring your partner, they’ll love you for it!

The Hang Out Bar down at the beach next to Jibe City windsurfing centre has a great vibe for sun lounger chilling out, watching the windsurfing world, sipping cocktails and sampling fabulous food.

In the evenings you can choose to do your own thing, but we plan loads of Windwise socials, adventures, truly fabulous restaurants, BBQ’s, cook offs and other island experiences. Families of 3 or more will need to hire their own vehicle.

I don't know why it took us so long to experience Bonaire as a family .. Graham

  • Windsurfing + SUP + Winging

  • World class diving 

  • Cultural Tours + Horse riding

  • National Park & Flamingoes 

  • Swimming with turtles 

  • Lifetime of memories

  • Taste sensations at Sebastians

  • Sundowner cocktails

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your COURSE

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learning with WINDWISE

Simon Bornhoft’s expert experience, 1-2-1 guidance and the proven Windwise Skills Training System provides the very best in professional coaching.

  • Personalised and dedicated assistance to help you boost your skills base

  • Increase confidence, efficiency and enjoyment on the water

  • Local knowledge and advice to make your time in Bonaire a great experience

1-2-1 INSTANT  FEEDBACK 

Identify how YOU really can progress 

WHAT you'll get

THE WINDWISE SYSTEM

Plus the perfect learning environment

Check this out

In brief

Windwise expertise throughout your holiday, all at a pace to suit you.

  • Group and 1-2-1 dedicated Windwise coaching

  • Perfect new techniques and discover your strengths

  • Try out different kit, and try my Severne gear too

What level do you need to be

For the Freeride courses, provided you can sail out and back to where you started you’ll be fine in Bonaire. You can literally walk everywhere! 

how do we teach

Flexible teaching method

Our approach to guarantee a professional coaching experience that includes:

  • Fully proven progression with an easy to follow system

  • Breakaway individual sessions/tuition to focus on skills

  • Video and photo analysis

  • 1-2-1 feedback and personal progression plan

  • Windwise Skills & Drills  with easy to follow demos on and off the water

BE MORE WARRIOR 

The game changer to make your moves

Your Progression

in the Caribbean sea

Our unique Windwise system helps you all the way 

SKILLS WE COVER

proven progression

We’ve improved 1000’s of windsurfers

Freeride Core Skills that make the difference

We’ve develop a Windwise ethos and skills training system, that is the DNA of windsurfing progression.

We’ll help you learn it and use it for your level. It’s the missing link for all your windsurfing moves!

  • Kit tuning and setup for the conditions

  • Develop and improve your shortboard skills

  • Fast tacks + Stance + Super early planing + Quality control 

  • Build up your gybing skills base and variations

  • Rig@90 Beach Starts + Upwind downwinders + Touch points

  • Full Windwise 'Warrior' training for all transitions

WINDWISE WAY

VISION

Become better looking!

OPPOSITION

How to create your ultimate counterbalance.

TOUCH POINTS

Specific consistent foot & hand placements

BE MORE WARRIOR

Learn the DNA of how to turn a board

ENHANCE YOUR '7'

Learn how to truly use body mechanics

SKILLS & DRILLS

Rig@90 + Talk to the mic + Rig rotators + Upwind downwinders

a typical day

how does a day go

Each day is bliss

We fill the day with a mix of personalised and group coaching, freesailing, fabulous lunch, professional photo and video feedback, plus some stunningly playful  sunset sessions.

Dedicated to increasing your knowledge and abilities together with loads of personal attention to get the most out of your time on the water.

  • Bonaire style truck ride to the beach

  • Grab a  morning coffee with a team talk and day plan

  • Windwise skills & land drills + kit selection

  • Hit the water, to put things into practice

  • Get some 1-2-1 feedback and tips

  • Break for re-fueling and maybe check some video

  • Afternoon session and  check out the turtles or

    rays

  • Well deserved sundowner and evening feast

SAIL FROM 8am-6pm

Windy a.m + Light lunch + Powered-up p.m

eat sleep live

Loving Bonaire life

Situated in the Dutch Antiliies, Bonaire is unlike many other Caribbean Islands.

It has a very safe, mix of Caribbean-European vibe  and the heavy Dutch influence means that it’s pretty organized, efficient and well presented feel about it.

The food, the place and the atmosphere are so easy and laid back.

Tropical Relaxing Easy

Everyone wants to go back

BONAIRE LIFE

The trip of a lifetime

Some cool places for sunset sundowners

What's it like

You’ll spend the whole day at the beach, windsurfing and chilling.

As the day closes, you’ll head back to your hotel, to get showered, relax, enjoy a BBQ or head out for a meal.

Expect Ridley Scott style sunsets and an abundance of delicious places to eat and experience..

  • Varied restaurants, bars and chill out areas right on the beach

  • Swimming pool and chill out area at the accommodation

  • Beach massages for post sailing recovery

accommodation

SONRISA hotel

March 2025

For our March sessions, we base ourselves at the Sonrisa Hotel which is just on the edge of  Kralendijk. It’s a 10 minute stroll into town for eating out and a island style 15 min truck ride to the best windsurfing ever!

Whilst we eat out often, they also do special dinners for us, which are perfect for video debrief and when you’re just too tired to move from a full day on the water.

Facilities

The Sonrisa is run by a lovely Swiss couple and they’re very welcoming to Team Windwise during our stay.

It’s super convenient to places to eat and local shops and supermarkets. It’s nicely done out, recently refurbished and works really well as our Windwise base.

  • Just 15 minutes from the beach Jibe City

  • 10 minute stroll to local restaurants 

  • Swimming pool + Chill out area

  • Sunset local restaurants + secret bars

OCEAN VIEW VILLAS

April 2025

For our April session we offer a lower budget Ocean View Villas which are good value  individually styled self catering apartments in one big villa which is 200m from a swimming spot and sunset views.

Situated 2km out of town and 5km to the windsurfing area, we use this as a base for our April sessions. Families of 3 or more will need to hire their own vehicle.

Facilities

Ocean View Villas act as a really nice base and are at the end of a completely straight 5km road to the windsurfing area.

Each room has a lounge and kitchenette and they are ideal for individuals, couples, families and those on a budget wanting to do their own breakfasts etc.

  • Just 10 minutes from windsurf beach Jibe City

  • 10 minute drive to town 

  • Swimming pool + Chill out area

  • 200m from a sunset beach + local restaurant 

BLOOZZ APARTMENTS

April 2025

We also offer an upgrade to the Bloozz Apartments which are a new development that we’ve been using. They are next to Ocean View Villas but offer a slightly more upgraded accommodation. Families of 3 or more will need to hire their own vehicle.

Situated 2km out of town and 5km to the windsurfing area, we use this as a base for our April sessions.

Price is based on a shared room in two bedroom apartment with shared bathroom. If you want a private single studio please contact Windwise.

Facilities

Bloozz Apartments has a very modern feel with contemporary rooms, large swimming pool, views over the sea and an onsite dive centre, restaurant bar and chill out areas. 

Each room has a kitchenette and they are ideal for individuals, couples, families and those on a budget wanting to do their own breakfasts etc.

  • Just 10 minutes from windsurf beach Jibe City

  • 10 minute drive to town 

  • Swimming pool + Chill out area

  • 200m from a sunset beach + local restaurant 

other activities

DIVE, SNORKEL, SUP, WING & more

There’s plenty to do on and off the water.
  • SUP + Winging + Snorkelling

  • World class diving 

  • Cultural tours + Horse riding

  • National Park & Flamingos

  • Swimming with turtles 

  • Taste sensations at Sebastians, La Cantina & ......

  • Sundowner cocktails with your feet in the sand

Check out the island 

Swim, dive, chill or get active

GALLERY

LOCATION

Lac Bay Lagoon

Windsurfing in Lac Bay in Bonaire offers quite possibly the most  perfect windsurfing location to match the style of our Windwise coaching ethos.

It’s possible to save masses of time and energy getting back up and going.

You can easily walk upwind, rest, recover and get instant  feedback in one of our most beautiful Windwise offices.

JIBE CITY

Welcome to Bonaire life 

BEAUTIFUL BLASTING

Shallow easy windsurfing

Tell me about Bonaire windsurfing

Straight off from the Jibe City beach is a wonderfully inviting flat-water lagoon stretching as far as you can see.

It’s protected by a distant reef so never gets any waves, making it perfect for our Windwise Skills Training, perfecting those gybes and much more.

What about rescue?

You can walk everywhere! Energy saving and a super easy place too sail. 

This is paradise

SUPER FLAT LAGOON

Try run after run and gybe after gybe!

JIBE CITY

OUR WINDSURFING BASE

We base ourselves at Jibe City, where they carry a wide range of Fanatic/Duotone and Severne kit. They really welcome us and there’s loads of up to date boards and sails available for us to use.

It’s a great Windwise base and it’s possible to try and change gear to suit your level, the wind conditions and your progression.

REFRESH & REFUEL

The Hang Out Beach Bar

It’s only a masts length from Jibe City and you can feast on light snacks, seafood lunches, invigorating smoothies and carve-inducing coffees.

Then after a day at the Windwise office, there’s always time for post-sail Mojito or Bonaire Blonde to celebrate yet more gybes.

Sebastian’s On The Beach

We also use Sebastian’s on the beach (50m from Jibe City  for their carb-loading Italian pastas and healthy Poke bowls. 

They also have some banging tunes on special nights too.

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PLEASE READ THROUGH

Below is a list of everything you need to  know about your holiday in Bonaire.

Go step-by-step through everything and use it as a checklist: Flights – Transfers – Accommodation – Communications – What to Bring.

1. BOOK YOUR FLIGHTS

flights & transfers

  • The KLM Flights listed below are the suggested ones we recommend so you can join the group transfers. You can take different connecting flights from regional airports

  • Please book your own flight & insurance as soon as possible

  • If you take a different flight or extend your trip, it's a $10-15 taxi to the accommodation

7 – 15 March 2025

Group flights

Outbound

KLM: Heathrow-Schiphol-Bonaire

Dept: 06.30  – Arr: Schiphol 09.00

Dept: 12.50  – Arr: Bonaire 20.15

Inbound

KLM: Bonaire-Schiphol-Heathrow

Dept: Bonaire 21.30  – Arr: Schiphol 11.45 

Dept: Schiphol 13.05 – Arr: Heathrow 13.15

Transfers

Group Transfer

Meet up in the luggage conveyor belt area. Simon will have windsurfing kit so easy to spot.

5 min Bonaire trucks transfer to Sonrisa

Private Transfers

If you’re not on the group flight, just grab a taxi to Sonrisa (5 mins away)

Accommodation

Sonrisa Hotel

3 Kaya Finlandia, Kralendijk, Bonaire

Comms

Telephone

Simon Bornhoft +447764574201

WhatsApp

Click here to join this WhatsApp group – we’ll set up WhatsApp comms in lead up to trip.

15 – 22 March 2025

Group flights

Outbound 

KLM: Heathrow-Schiphol-Bonaire

Dept: 08.40  – Arr: Bonaire 11.05

Dept: 12.50  – Arr: Bonaire 20.15

Inbound

KLM: Bonaire-Schiphol-Heathrow

Dept: Bonaire 21.30  – Arr: Schiphol 11.45 

Dept: Schiphol 13.05 – Arr: Heathrow 13.15

Transfers

Group Transfer

SB will meet you as you come out of arrivals

5 min Bonaire trucks transfer to Sonrisa

Private Transfers

If you’re not on the group flight, just grab a taxi to Sonrisa (5 mins away)

 

Accommodation

Sonrisa Hotel

3 Kaya Finlandia, Kralendijk, Bonaire

Comms

Telephone

Simon Bornhoft +447764574201

WhatsApp

Click here to join this WhatsApp group – we’ll set up WhatsApp comms in lead up to trip.

29 March – 5 April 2025

Group flights (TBC)

Outbound 

KLM: Heathrow-Schiphol-Bonaire

Dept: 08.40  – Arr: Schiphol 11.05

Dept: 12.50  – Arr: Bonaire 22.05

Inbound

KLM: Bonaire-Schiphol-Heathrow

Dept: Bonaire 21.25  – Arr: Schiphol 11.45 

Dept: Schiphol 15.45 – Arr: Heathrow 16.00

Transfers

Group Transfer

SB will meet you as you come out of arrivals

5 min Bonaire trucks transfer to accommodation

Private Transfers

If you’re not on the group flight, just grab a taxi to accommodation (5 mins away)

Please note, families of 3 or more will need to get their own car rental for the week. Try Caribe Car  Rental

Accommodation

Ocean View or Bloozz Apt

Ocean View Kaya Ir. Randolph Statius Van Eps 6 Kralendijk

Bloozz Resort Bonaire, EEG Boulevard 37, Kralendijk,

Comms

Telephone

Simon Bornhoft +447764574201

WhatsApp

Click here to join this WhatsApp group – we’ll set up WhatsApp comms in lead up to trip.

2. INSURANCE + VISAS

3rd PARTY COVER

It is compulsory to have third-party  and personal insurance for the duration of the course, covering injury to self and others.

Travel insurance is also recommended to cover any possible issues that may arise.

TOURIST VISAS

All island visitors must pay a tourist visa entry tax in advance ($75.00 person) – payable 1 week before departure. https://tourismtax.bonairegov.com/ 

Stinapa Marine Park Fee (all waters around Bonaire) $40 for all (diving, swimming, snorkelling, sup, windsurfing, kiteboarding etc). Includes entry into Washington Slagbaii National Park. https://stinapa.bonairenaturefee.org/

kit hire INSURANCE

There is an option to take out local Jibe City insurance for damage to the hire kit at $10 per day. Or you could use Safety Tool which is about €40 per year. https://cp.vdws.de/safetytool/

Insure 4 sport

If you don’t have third-party windsurfing insurance, you can contact Insure4Sport for year-round cover.

Contact Insure4Sport  for year-round cover.

3 . WHAT TO BRING

Pack For Paradise

Sunnies boardies & sunblock

details

  • Mostly people sail in boardies / rash vest or 1-3mm neoprene top. The water is like a bath!

  • Bring your harness, although Jibe City can provide them

  • Surf booties. Very strong sun block and hat

  • US flat pin plugs + hair dryer & towels provided

  • Can be hoodie weather if outside in the evenings

  • Credit card and US dollars taken everywhere

  • Worth chucking in some gloves or surf shoes if you have then.

  • Waterproof watch to not miss any on-water sessions

Dietary & health needs

Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements or health issues we need to know about.

Payments and Balances

  • Please complete the form and enter details into all necessary fields including names of all persons attending be they windsurfers or non-windsurfers, family or friends. You can add any medical details, allergies or questions in the comments box at the next stage.
  • You can secure your place with a 50% deposit of your total holiday price.
  • The balance will be due 12 weeks in advance of departure.
  • When booking within 12 weeks of departure a full balance is payable.
  • You must have holiday insurance including 3rd party windsurfing cover when attending the course.

Be aware

  • Windwise will do its best to ensure your safety and enjoyment on the water.
  • There will be times when you’re being coached individually, in a group or free sailing. Plus there are times when you’re free sailing.
  • You are required to sail responsibly, within the designated areas and keep to the internationally recognised sailing and windsurfing rules of the sea.
  • If for any reason, Simon Bornhoft is unable to attend, your Windwise course and holiday will go ahead with an alternative Windwise coach.
  • Any dispute before, during or after the holiday will be held under UK law in the UK.

BOOKING FORM

Travel date


FAQS

About Windwise

You get an unparalleled experience

You’re getting the knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm of one of the worlds most experienced coaches, Simon Bornhoft.

Simon has personally coached well over 6,000 windsurfers. He’s seen, tried and coached just about every single windsurfing style, tip and technique out there.

His intuitive ability to instantly identify where things are going wrong, is matched by the ability and desire to give you the exact solution, skill set and the quickest progression path to match your level, style and aspirations.

The Windwise system has been published in articles all over the world. But there’s nothing better than getting it live on the water with Simon and his team.

Check out more about Simon and his team here.

 

Which course is right for you?

Beginners to Improver

If you’re new to the sport or you’re looking to lock down the real basics, these courses are perfect for you. 

Run by our trained Windwise coaches, they can assist you through the beginning and early stages of the sport using proven Windwise windsurfing coaching techniques to speed up your learning curve. We have 1 to 2 day windsurfing courses and our very popular overseas windsurfing holidays.

  • Good Locations: Bonaire / Alacati
  • UK Course: Any Hayling Beginner-Improver Courses 
 

Improvers to Intermediate Freeride Courses

Introducing, explaining and building the essential windsurfing skills using the Windwise coaching system. 

Simon Bornhoft we’ll help you develop and improve all areas of your windsurfing.  Quick beach and waterstarts, relaxed stances, quality control, the earliest of planing, controlled harnessing and blasting in the straps, better upwind sailing, quicker tacking and learning how to gybe.

  • Good Locations: Bonaire / Alacati / Prasonisi
  • UK Course: Any Hayling Improver – Intermediate Courses 

 

Intermediate to Advanced Freeride Courses

Want to break that plateau, extend your wind range, increase speed and consistency in those gybes and learn other achievable short board skills and moves? Then this is the course for you.

Simon Bornhoft will guide you through sailing smaller boards, tacking in stronger winds/lower volume boards, cranking up those carve gybes, control-jumping over chop, or having some fun with optional feasible freestyle like flat water wave riding, duck gybes, helitacks, up and downwind 360’s etc.

  • Good Locations: Bonaire / Alacati
  • UK Course: Any Hayling Intermeediate – Advanced  Courses 

 

Freewave, Wave & Loop Courses

If you’re looking to get into waves or develop existing wave sailing skills you wave then our Freewave & Wave courses are the perfect environment to take you to the next level – which is far more accessible than you might think.

We run through high wind control, sailing sub 100L boards, uphauling, tacking and hovering on semi submerged boards.

  • Good Locations: FeelViana / Mauritius & Prasonisi (has optional wave beach)
  • UK Course: Any Hayling  Freewave Courses or our West Cornwall Daymer & Gwithian Experiences

Common questions

If you’re new to the sport or you’re looking to lock down the real basics, these courses are perfect for you. Run by our trained WINDWISE coaches, they can assist you through the beginning and early stages of the sport using proven WINDWISE windsurfing coaching techniques to speed up your learning curve. We have 1-2 day windsurfing courses and our very popular overseas windsurfing holidays.

Booking conditions

Terms & Conditions

Windwise will do their best to ensure your safety and enjoyment on the water. There will be times when you’re being coached individually and in a group. There will also be times when you are freesailng by yourself, just like a regular windsurfing holiday-resort.

Windsurfing is, potentially, a dangerous sport and you must agree to sail in a responsible manner and in the designated areas outlined to you in resort.

In the event that Simon Bornhoft is not able to make the clinic/holiday or course due to illness or unforeseen circumstances, your Windwise booking and holiday are still valid and the course/holiday/adventure will still go ahead and another Windwise coach will be provided for you.

  • It is compulsory that you have third party windsurfing insurance
  • It is highly recommended to take out holiday insurance in case you have to cancel your holiday for any reason
  • Any disputes between Simon Bornhoft Windwise and it’s clients will be governed by UK law
  • Windwise balance payments for all holidays must be made 12 weeks prior to your holiday date.

 

Holiday Cancellation & Refund Policy

Being a small operation we have to pre-pay hotels and centres to get rates, plus there are associated costs for putting these courses on overseas.

So if for any unforeseen reason you’re unable to attend the clinic or experience holiday cancellation, airline cancellation, personal health issues, injury or any other personal reason or unforeseen circumstances that prevent you from joining the course, you will still be required to pay for your holiday. You can transfer your place to another person, but if you need to cancel and cannot find a replacement we will offer compensation under the following guidelines.

  • If Holiday is cancelled 3 months before departure a full refund is possible.
    (If we have pre-paid for a particular hotel or centre in your name and we cannot get a refund from them, then this amount will still be due)
  • Loss of full deposit if holiday is cancelled 2 months prior to departure.
  • 75% of holiday cost is still due if holiday is cancelled within 8-4 weeks before departure.
  • 100% of holiday cost is due if holiday is cancelled within 4 weeks before departure.