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Address: | On the beach right between the Ritz-Carlton and the Marriott hotel, Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba (Formerly Vela Windsurf Kitesurf and SUP Center)
Phone Number:
+297 5863735

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kite lessons and rental

I was very impressed with Jos at Vela after talking with him about learning to kite. he was very patient and polite with me as a new student. he took the time and did not hurry... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Kelly L
Rhode Island

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I was very impressed with Jos at Vela after talking with him about learning to kite. he was very patient and polite with me as a new student. he took the time and did not hurry. he covered all the grounds of safety and practiced re-enforcing the skills to control the kite and how to use it. following me in... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I are beginner kiteboarders. We took a few semi private lessons from Jos Waterreus at Vela Sports Aruba who was so patience with us. Jos taught us within our comfort zone and safety always comes first. Aruba has flat water and no shorebreaks so easier for beginners except that the wind can be a little gusty. Also... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

I had a fantastic time doing kitesurf with Vela during my stay in Aruba. It was my first time ever, and my instructor Tymo was amazing and got me hooked to the sport!! I highly recommend Tymo to anyone looking to take kitesurfing lessons, but rest assured that everyone at Vela is very friendly and that they are excellent at... More 

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Babylon, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

Definitely recommend them for yoga - both beach yoga and SUP yoga. Their yoga teachers are great (shout out to Adriana!). The beach yoga mats are actually attached to wooden boards, so you have a very stable surface. The SUP yoga is amazing!! We also used their stand up paddleboards just to paddle around the beach everyday. Service was always... More 

Thank A P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

the amount of energy that AnnaBelle gives off in this class is unparalleled..... for sure if you are on the island you should treat yourself to a class with her.... FYI not only is she for sure the best yoga teacher on the island she as well is the number one female kiteboarder in the world.... thats right something that... More 

Thank Arias S
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Friendly staff and excellent location to practice and take a SUP or yoga on the SUP. Instructors were great ( thanks Annabelle). They also have kitesurfing, windsurfing etc End of eagle beach next to Ritz.

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Huntington Woods, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

This is a really nice crew, from Abby and the other staff at the desk to the instructors. After trying SUP (fun, but a little slow for me), windsurfing with Henri- a very patient guy (hard to keep falling off!) I decided to try kiteboarding. I wish I had started with that because for someone on the older end, four... More 

Thank hwattorney
Evanston, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

I went to Aruba to windsurf and had a great trip thanks to Vela. They have the best windsurfing equipment on the island, I spent most of my time on pro edition (carbon) JP magic ride boards that were not brand new (I think from last year) but still in great condition. They have a fantastic selection of boards from... More 

Thank Gerry C
Saint Louis, Missouri
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

My husband and I had never windsurfed before, being from the middle of the USA there aren't opportunities for us to do so. We wanted to try it, we were on vacation! We were told we would have an hour instruction and an hour in the water. The instructor didn't introduce himself, still have no idea what his name was.... More 

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VelaAruba, Manager at Vela Sports Aruba, responded to this review

Dear kndn1987, First of all: our sincere apologies for this disappointing experience. Naturally, this is something we take very seriously as we honestly all want to share the fun and excitement we all have with windsurfing and our other water sports. In addition, this reply comes later than ideal as we have changed management in the meantime. However, we had... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

My son and I had great fun taking up windsurfing for the first time when we visited Aruba. While I'm a middle-aged mom who is not good at any type of sports, Astrid from Vela conveys the basics clearly and patiently and was very encouraging. We both had lots of fun and returned there many times during our stay at... More 

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