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Calema Windsurfing & Watersports

Kayaking & canoeing, Surfing & windsurfing, Boat Tours & Water Sports, Sightseeing Tours, Outdoor Activities
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Address: 2550 North Banana River Drive, Merritt Island, FL
Phone Number: +1 321-453-3223
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Description: Calema offers Instruction, Rentals and Sales for the sports of...
Calema offers Instruction, Rentals and Sales for the sports of Windsurfing, Sailing, Kayaking and Stand-up Paddling (SUP). We opened our doors in 1984 and in 1998 built our current facility located inside Kelly Park (right on the Banana River)in Merritt Island. Tinho Dornellas, owner, is one of only two Master Instructors for Windsurfing in the US - and designer of Windsurfing & SUP boards and sails for KONA brand. Calema offers instruction year for all ages - Summertime is busy with our Kids' Camps - featuring all four sports and river exploration for kids ages 8+
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Perfect place for windsurfing

Every time we come down to Cocoa beach for holidays or just for a few days of winter escape vacations we rent windsurfing equipment at Calema. It is a well-run establishment... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
Nadiya_Ko
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Every time we come down to Cocoa beach for holidays or just for a few days of winter escape vacations we rent windsurfing equipment at Calema. It is a well-run establishment with plenty of equipment for all skill levels.Tinho ( the owner ) and other stuff members are very friendly ,In addition to the great selection of the windsurfing equipment... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

I came here for the first time with only basic skills learned elsewhere. I joined on of the performance clinics and was super impressed with the progress I was making. The first thing I noticed is the quality of the equipment. Most places which teach windsurfing have either basic beginner boards on which you cannot learn more advanced skills, or... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

As an improving windsurfer, the Perfromance Clinic I attended targeted the specific skills I needed to establish a strong foundation. Tinho is extremely knowledgeable, evidenced by his explanations of the most effective technique using the best balanced position. He covers the geometry that creates the easiest maximization of forces for an enjoyable stable ride. I'm sure the lessons I learned... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

First time kayaking well in Florida in general and they were so friendly and will always come back to them!!

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Cocoa Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Tinho & his son gave my family of four (my wife & I, and our two girls ages 11 &13) windsurfing lessons. In a little under two hours, all four of us were up and windsurfing! Tinho and his staff were easy going while showing us the path to succes. They presented the concepts by breaking down all of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

I had never windsurfed before I got here. Training instructor Josh got me up in no time. Good customer service, friendly staff, and if you take lessons you get to rent a windsurf for three hours for free!

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Melbourne, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I attended the Intro class on July 4 as part of a group lesson. They had a good combination of shore instruction and practicing skills in the water. I was surprised I was able to learn all the skills needed to begin windsurfing on my own in a single class. They had lots of staff available to watch us and... More 

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Longford, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

During an extended stay in Florida I tracked down Calema for windsurfing hire. The guys are fantastic and really helped me get the right board and sail for the conditions (and my skill level!). Cost is very reasonable, location is great and as long as you watch the wind forecast (recommend 'windfinder.com') you can have a great experiance. Highly recommend... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

Calema is a wonderful location for all levels of windsurfers and paddlers. There is a shallow water launch for access to the beautiful Banana River where one can see all sorts of wildlife and if you're fortunate enough- a rocket launch ! I was there in July and experienced Kids Camps--amazing to see how easily these kids learned. The instruction... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

A bunch of locals that don't like newcomers. They think its there personal space and are rude and uninviting to others. It's a public park but they want it to themselves. The operater of the gear shop on location is they worst of all. If your not spending money with him expect a hassle. They can have it! It stinks... More 

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