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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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What an amazing place!!! Fun for all ages and experience levels.

My son attended several weeks of summer camp at Calema and still talks about his experience weeks later. He has attended a lot of camps over the years and Calema is by far his... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 4, 2015
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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

My son attended several weeks of summer camp at Calema and still talks about his experience weeks later. He has attended a lot of camps over the years and Calema is by far his favorite. Friendly/knowledgeable people, high end equipment, and the perfect location to enjoy all types of watersports.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Bought Groupons for 3-hour SUP trip. Awesome experience. Friendly and helpful employees. Paddle to a remote island in the river and saw manatees, dolphins and turtles, stingrays and horseshoe crabs. Would definitely recommend trying this out. Can't wait to come back and do it again.

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Okatie, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

Tinho Dornellas is an outstanding instructor and in his 3 day course the students learn the how to harness the "balance power" of the sail to windsurf with less effort and more confidence. A variety of skills (proper stance, tacking, jibing, harness, footstraps, waterstarts, etc.) are taught through dry land demonstration & practice with various devices/simulators. The on water implementation... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

After some exploring, and willingness to get OUT of Cocoa Beach, we found Calema and so glad we did. Tinho was so welcoming to our family, made daughters 13 and 9 feel a part of the learning process. They were so excited about their SUP boards and the gear and learning techniques. My daughter remarked that she really felt the... More 

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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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Randolph, NJ
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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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