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“Windsurfing in a different, challenging spot” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Vela St Martin

Vela St Martin
Orient Beach, Orient Bay, St Maarten-St Martin
800-223-5443
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Ranked #6 of 9 Attractions in Orient Bay
Type: Water sports, Adventure
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Madison, Wisconsin
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“Windsurfing in a different, challenging spot”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2012

The guys at Vela are helpful and nice . . . But there is not a lot of equipment, and many of the boards have all of the "grip" worn off, so we slid right off! There is significant shore break, and big wind shadows from two big off shore islands. The blue water and swells are fun to sail, but probably not the best place for less than advanced windsurfers.

Visited February 2012
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demanez e, Manager at Vela St Martin, responded to this review, September 5, 2014
Hi,
The center has more than 35 boards (25 shortboards from 84 liters to 150 liters), JP australia and Neil Pryde riggs (50 riggs from 1.5 sqm to 9.5 sqm). Most of our sails are riggs (25), due to lack of space, we have to rigg sizes according to the wind conditions. Sorry if you had a bad grip, just let us know we would have changed it (all our booms are from the year, sometime it can quickly be destroyed by a beginner who doesn't pay attention to the gear). We do have some gear for beginners at Club Orient, a flat water spot on the right of Orient bay, no shorebreak at all, perfect to learn beach start and waterstart. Windy regards Emmanuel
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