If you’re looking
to get away from the bite of winter, to bask in warm
sun and surf, North Beach Windsurfing School and
its owner, Britt Viehman are awaiting your arrival.
Located in Tampa Bay, Florida, North Beach Windsurfing
School teaches and assists all levels of windsurfers.
From those just testing their skill, to those who
want to progress to the next level, Britt and his
staff will put all their energy into equipping each
visitor with the techniques and skills to become
an excellent windsurfer. Britt and his staff are
passionate about the sport. Not only do they really
care about what they are teaching; they are very
capable instructors as well. Britt has 12 years of
surfing and teaching experience, and is U.S. Sailing
certified, as are his comrades.
North Beach offers
multi-day windsurfing lessons and clinics. Beginners
can take a 4-hour lesson, using
a three-foot wide board and lightweight sail. The
lessons teach sailing straight across, up and downwind,
well as turning so that surfers will be able to get
back to shore when necessary. The drills start on
land and progress to the water. Small group and private
lessons are available.
Britt respects beginner
windsurfers, for just getting out and trying it.
He says, though, the people who
make the most significant impression are those
who are very determined to show that they can be
at windsurfing. These people, Britt says, usually
catch on and develop quickly. One could guess it’s
due to their determination.
Britt’s most memorable experience with a beginner
is, without a doubt, with Ms. Cleo Robertson. He says, “In
October, I was blessed to have Cleo Robertson come
out and go windsurfing a bunch of times. She had tried
to learn somewhere else and had a miserable time. However,
at a raffle for the Women's Club, she bid on a windsurfing
lesson with me. She won it and came out for her lesson.
I remember that we would take a break every ten or
fifteen minutes so she could rest. It was completely
fine. After all, after waiting 66 years or so to learn
windsurfing, taking a break is not bad. She felt more
relaxed and confident when I was riding on the front
of her board and she would get aggravated when she
made a mistake. Thinking she was doing great, I tried
to reassure her. She would say ‘I know, I just
want to be perfect.’ ‘Good luck,’ I
would say.” To make the experience even more
memorable, Ms. Robertson brings her dog, Rhino, on
the board with her.
are invited to take a private lesson with Britt.
The instruction involves the use
of land simulators for balance and technique. Learn
to carve jibe more effectively and use your harness
While lessons are designed
to show you how to windsurf, Britt’s clinics demonstrate why windsurfers do
what they do. For the intermediate, a Sail Easy Clinic
is the way to go. Attendees will learn tacks and jibes
as well as weight transfer, among other fundamentals.
For beginner lessons
and clinics, North Beach Windsurfing School provides
the equipment at no additional cost.
Advanced lessons come with, or without equipment.
They use the latest and greatest gear from such reputable
companies as Fiberspar and Starboard. Visitors can
rent gear on-site, if needed. Group sizes are kept
to a minimum so each participant will have ample
Britt has a clinic
approaching next spring. The clinic is appropriate
for beginners or intermediate surfers,
and is made up of three-days of classes over a weekend.
Britt expects that the Beginners Clinic will catapult
participants to an intermediate level.
A Beginner Lesson package
includes 3 hours of instruction and a free rental
for the next day or next visit. Costs
are reasonable and a tremendous value. A private
lesson is $150 and a small group of 2-4 people is
Britt declares, “Basic skills are learned quickly,
and in the first hour people are sailing around. The
remaining time is spent learning more basic skills.”
North Beach Windsurfing
School can help individuals of all ages add more
purpose to their lives, through
the learning of windsurfing as a new sport, or the
development of skills and techniques in the sport
today. Visit Tropical-Adventure.com
to learn more or arrange your visit with North Beach
LOCATION: St. Petersburg Beach, Pinellas Central Florida
ACTIVITIES: Kite Surfing, Sailing, Windsurfing,
DESCRIPTION: All North Beach Windsurfing instructors
are certified by the US Sailing Association of America.
Britt Viehman, Mike and Maria are 3 young working professionals
who love to windsurf.
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