Camps commence every Monday starting in January and run through the winter season. Camps are 5 days in duration beginning on Monday and finishing on Friday. Each camp consists of two downwind runs per day with a morning and afternoon run (conditions permitting). Distance is a 10 mile coastal run from start to finish. Camps are limited to 8 participants in order to give each paddler appropriate and detailed coaching as well as for safety considerations. Each camp will include two certified coaches and safety boat. Camps are run out of the host hotel Courtyard by Marriott, Isla Verde Beach Resort.
All Equipment Provided
Paddles, life vests, leashes, boats and downwind shuttle transportation are provided. Each participant receives a neon souvenir t-shirt.
Camp sizes will be restricted to no more than 8 paddlers per camp to assure that each paddler gets personal attention, so register early to get the camp and date that works best for you.
Puerto Rico is perfectly situated for downwind paddling. Picture surfing on the open ocean in warm Caribbean waters. The consistency of the 12 - 20 knot trade winds allow for reliable downwind runs every day. The focus of our camps is on OC1 paddling and serves as an introduction to open ocean, downwind conditions.
We focus on:
1) Stroke technique with a video analysis.
2) Learning technique drills relevant to your stroke.
3) Spending time on the water practicing.
You will learn balance and stability techniques, as well as when and how to apply them. This camp will teach you how to surf and read the water. Finish the week with some fun paddling, all while reviewing and practicing the things you learned. Leave with a better understanding of what proper paddling should feel and look like, and why it's so fun.
1) Why we paddle.
2) Where outrigger paddling came from and who paddles outrigger.
3) How to handle OC-1 canoes on land an in the ocean.
4) How to assess weather conditions and ocean safety, as well as tips to avoid trouble on and off the water.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Downwind runs will start in Carolina and finish 10 miles to the West in Old San Juan. After departing from Isla Verde Beach in Carolina, paddlers will pass by the iconic Castillo San Felipe del Morro and finish in the calm waters of the San Juan Harbor
Airport - Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, commonly known as the San Juan Airport (SJU). Airport is a short 7-minute Taxi or Uber drive from host hotel.
Lodging - We have partnered with Courtyard by Marriott, Isla Verde Beach Resort, 7012 Calle Avenue Boca de Cangrejos, Carolina, 00979, Puerto Rico. Participants in Huracan Downwind Camps will receive discounted rates for the duration of their stay. To reserve your room, please contact the resort
@ Phone 1-787-791-0404.
***To acquire discount code for lodging, reserve your spot in camp. Upon nonrefundable deposit payment for camp, lodging code will be released***
Depending on the skill level of paddlers, camps will cater to those who want to step up their competitive game. For paddlers who prove they are already competent in big downwind conditions, we’ll fast forward through the basics and hit the water earlier and harder. We will have multiple coaches, on water safety staff and escort boats to allow for multiple skill levels. We will still do the video analysis as you will always learn from analyzing yourself. We will also maintain a focus on ocean safety every step of the way. We will hit the blue water and challenging conditions, practicing and refining open ocean surfing and reading the ocean. We may choose to paddle in various locations based on the weather conditions, needs and desires of the paddlers.
Camp pricing for 2021 - $950 USD per person.
Nonrefundable deposit of $500 to reserve space in camp must be paid no later than 30 days prior to camp start date. Should you need to cancel or rebook, the $500 deposit may be applied towards a future booking credit if 30 day notice is given. Safety waivers must be signed and emailed 14 days prior to camp.