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Windsurfing holiday and clinics in Feelviana, Portugal- Freeride bay, optional waves & multi activity

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what YOU GET

FeelViana is our playground on the west coast of Portugal. The eco spa hotel is on a stunning sandy beach and is perfect for our Windwise coaching experiences.

Expect full Windwise coaching, Freeride blasting, optional wave sailing, multi-sport activities, spa and taste sensations – Perfect for non-windsurfing partners too.

  • 5 nights luxury spa hotel B&B

  • Gym + Spa + Sauna + Sunset pool

  • Windsurfing kit hire North/NP/JP

  • Group airport transfers (Porto only 50 mins)

  • Fabulous socials & stunning cocktail sundowners

On the water

  • Windwise Skills Training System

  • Professional quality photo and video analysis

  • Guided coaching sessions in the stunning bay

  • Guaranteed progression & support

  • SUP + Foil + Winging + eBiking

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Travel dates:
May-June 2025 (Get on the list)
Style: Freewave + Freeride
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Availability: Get on the 2025 list
Coach: Simon Bornhoft
Price from: £1499.00

Based on shared room & excluding flights

£599.00 for Non-windsurfers

£199.00 Single supplement

WHAT TO EXPECT

Windsurfing & Multi-Sport

Feel fabulous on and off the water

location and conditions

Conditions: Huge bay, with a mix of flat water, potential down-the-line-waves
Water state: Flat water & waves if swell is working
Wind direction: Northerly thermal
Wind strength: F4-5++
Sail range: 4.5-6.5m

Windsurf centre: JP/Pryde/North

Course criteria: Waterstart + sail sub 130L board

Non-windsurfing partner rating: Perfect!

Other activities: SUP, surfing, winging, horse riding & eBiking

Freewave Adventure

A PORTUGUESE PLAYGROUND

Windsurfing + Foiling + Winging + eBiking + Spa

WHY FEELVIANA

windsurfing & much MORE

FeelViana on the West Coast of Portugal is really something special. It suits our windsurfing adventure style trips perfectly.  

The mornings are always light winds, so we mix things up with our coaching programme and optional sports adventures.

It’s ideal for those traveling with non-windsurfing partners who want a luxurious spa hotel and plenty of extra entertainment.

Fabulous windsurfing, multi activities, gastro dining and great hotel.

GORGEOUS BAY & SPA HOTEL

Windsurfing + Surf + Foiling + Spa + Yoga

A fabulous playground…

FLAT WATER & WAVES

Freewave Adventure

NON WINDSURFERS

SWIM + SPA + YOGA

This trip ticks every box

KEEPING EVERYONE HAPPY

Your Windwise experience in FeelViana will be a mix of super welcoming socials,  proven professional coaching. We’ll develop your knowledge, confidence and skills on the flat water and offer optional wave experiences in the waves.

Additional adventures and activities include: 

  • Stand up paddleboarding

  • Foiling + Winging + Surfing

  • Our favourite eBiking venue

  • Gym + Yoga + Classes

  • Spa + Sauna + Massages

  • Gorgeous views + Pool side cocktails 

  • Best breakfast anywhere we go

  • Beachside cafe & bar

  • Guided visits to fabulous restaurants 

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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

  • Expert local knowledge and advice in FeelViana

Expert Guidance

Gain confidence and new skills

WHAT you'll get

Make Your MOVES

Nail those corners

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In brief

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

  • Group and 1-2-1 dedicated Windwise coaching

  • Try out different kit, and my Severne gear too

  • Perfect new techniques with plenty of memorable sessions!

What level do you need to be

Need to be able to water start and sail a sub 130L board. If you can sail on the sea you’ll be fine. 

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, easy to follow demos on and off the water

Learn To Ride Waves

It’s easier than gybing!

Freewave Skills

PLUS MULTI-SPORT ADVENTURES  

Freeride blasting and very accessible waves

SKILLS WE COVER

Pure Progression

We’re with you all the way

the windwise method

Freeride or wave skills – It’s your choice

We’ll develop this fundamental Windwise skill and ethos, that is the DNA of windsurfing progression. It’s the missing link for all your windsurfing moves!

  • Kit tuning and setup for the conditions

  • Use the Warrior for all transitions

  • Improve your shortboard control

  • Work on gybe variations

  • Develop wave selection and timing

  • Improve your jumping and wave riding

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 windsurfing transitions 

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 the day work

Each day rips

Action packed with Windwise skills and drills to suit your needs, increase your knowledge and abilities together with loads of personal attention to get the most out of your time on the water.

Light wind mornings so we do a mix of either windsurfing or alternative sports like Foiling + Biking + SUPing + Winging options too.

  • Morning team talk & objectives for the day

  • Windwise Skills & Drills on land + Kit selection

  • Hit the water, to put things into practice

  • 1-2-1 'On-the-fly' feedback and diagnosis

  • Break for re-fueling. Maybe check some video

  • Afternoon sessions to suit the conditions

  • Well deserved sundowner, debrief, and evening feast

great location and socials

The Windwise Way

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Feel amazing

We checked out FeelViana in May 2022/2023 and had an absolutely amazing time. So much so, it’s now on our annual tour and we feel it’s the perfect location for our Windwise Adventure style trips. 

It’s also perfect for non-windsurfing partners and is a short hop from the UK. 

The hotel is super cool, plus the fab food, classy sunset cocktails, chill out spa, yoga and the whole Windwise group vibe make it a great experience.

Finish the day in style

We love this place and so will you

Castelo de Viana

Ideal for non-windsurfers

It’s a fabulous place to stay and play

What's it like

Castelo de Viana is a non-touristic town, close to Porto and Punta Lima (the oldest town in Portugal).

The FeelViana hotel (a couple of kms from Castelo de Viana town) is really something special. It’s nestled in a wooded nature reserve and right on a stunning white sand beach.

We do a mix of eating in at FeelViana, plus we’ll take you to some local eateries in Castelo de Viana that offer delicious fresh fish, seafood platers, local meats and an abundance of tapas style dishes.

  • The best breakfast you'll ever have!

  • Local restaurants, bars and cool chill out areas

  • Beautiful beach to explore and local adventures

  • Luxury Spa and treatments for post sailing recovery.

accommodation

FEELVIANA hotel

The hotel atmosphere is very chilled and relaxed, with open plan views, chilled out pool side seating decking.

We’ve always experienced truly great food/staff/service and loved the local imaginative dishes, inventive cocktails.

Plus it’s one of the best breakfasts you’ll ever have in a hotel. 

Facilities

Feelviana is where we’ll enjoy post sail beers, team talks, video playback, communal breakfasts, plus enjoy all the sporting and spa facilities.

  • Just 2 minutes from the beach

  • Swimming pool + Sauna + Spa

  • Our favourite E-biking venue

  • Fabulous restaurant + cocktail bar

  • Sunset local restaurants + secret bars

other activities

Surf, SUP Bike & more

As well as the truly stunning windsurfing location we have loads going on.

  • Gym + Yoga classes + Open water swimming

  • Surfing + SUPing + Horse riding.

  • Fabulous eBiking trails uphills or along rivers.

  • Windsurf foiling + Winging options too

FEEL ACTIVE

Light wind mornings for extra activities

GALLERY

LOCATION

The Bay

The beach is a gorgeous expanse of foot friendly sand, with a gently shelving launch. There’s a large harbour wall to windward which creates protected Freeride conditions, which is perfect for skills training, blasting, gybe practice and flat-water wave riding practice.

Then, there’s optional waves (swell dependant of course) for those who want to learn or enhance their Freewave / Wave skills. They tend to be larger the more downwind you go.

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Protected harbour & waves

Accessible easy waves

A great place to get into wavesailing

Tell me about the waves

Waves range in size depending on the swell forecast.If you can sail south coast conditions, then you can sail FeelViana.

We go end of May-early June, because you get a decent chance of getting wind and waves.

What about rescue?

There’s a local rescue boat and you’re near a coastguard station in the harbour. 

Flat Water & Waves

ATLANTIC  Ocean

Protected harbour & waves

THE HARBOUR

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Upwind of the centre is a large harbour wall that creates a protected area for Freeride blasting. This is where you can blast about and really get some decent runs in.

If the swell is large, you can get smaller waves coming in close to the breakwater, but they are rarely difficult and are well spaced out. 

THE BREAK

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Just in front of the windsurfing centre you can get some the smaller waves, which are always easy to launch through.

This makes launching easier and you can select where you want to sail, based on your experience and how you improve.  

To get the down-the-line larger waves you usually head slightly downwind of the centre, as in this photo.

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PLEASE READ THROUGH

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

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

  • Flights listed below are the ones we recommend to the group transfers to Feelviana

  • Please book your own flight as soon as possible

  • If you want to take a different flight or extend your trip, a private airport transfer is about £50-70

28 May – 2 June 2024

Group flights

Outbound

EasyJet: Gatwick-Porto

Flight: EJU8527

Dept: 09.40  – Arr: 12.05

Inbound

EasyJet: Porto-Gatwick

Flight : EZY8524

Dept: 15.45  – Arr: 18.05

Transfers

Group Transfer

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

We’ll then head to FeelViana (45 mins)

Private Transfers

If you’re not on the group flight, just grab a taxi to FeelViana

Accommodation

FeelViana Hotel

Praia do cabedelo, Rua Brás de Abreu Soares 222, Viana do Castelo, Portugal

Comms

Telephone

Simon Bornhoft +447764574201

WhatsApp

Click here to join this WhatsApp group – we’ll set up this group the week before the trip for comms.

2. INSURANCE

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.

rya

RYA insurance definitely does not cover you overseas for rental gear, third party accidental cover or kit damage.

KIT HIRE INSURANCE

There is an option to take out local insurance for damage to the hire. Or you could use Safety Tool which is about €40 per year.

https://cp.vdws.de/safetytool/

4sport

If you don’t already have third-party windsurfing insurance, you can contact Insure4Sport  for year-round cover. This covers you for kit and 3rd party insurance. 

3. WHAT TO BRING

Atlantic Ocean

Warm on the land and windy on the water!

details

  • 4-5mm wetsuit. Air temp is around 20 degree, but Atlantic water is cooler!

  • Pack your harness, but hire also available

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  • Sunblock + hat + round travel plug

  • Can be hoodie weather if outside in the evenings

  • Credit card and euros at the hotel

  • Waterproof watch (so you don’t 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

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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.