Windsurfing in Wicklow

Here at Avon Ri we have some excellent windsurfing and full instruction is available. Whether you want to try it out for one hour or take a course we have something to suit. We provide all the necessary equipment and instruction.

Windsurfing Courses :

All of the courses are run to the I.S.A (Irish Sailing Association) approval, which uses The Go Windsurfing Scheme.

The Go Scheme has come about because of the change to the equipment, which has become more user friendly. Boards are now wider and turn quicker, the sails have more power and are now lighter, which makes the sport fast, fun and easy.

We can run two different courses which are Get Up And Go and Go 4 It. Each course has different modules which can be worked on at the students pace.

Get Up And Go

Go 4 it

This course is aimed at the total beginner, and is designed to get you up and going. There are six modules on this course which are as follows.
    • Counterbalance
    • Flying the Rig
    • Headwork's
    • Let's Go
    • Turning around
    • Getting Back

Counterbalance Feel the power and stability as you commit your body to the support of a powered up rig.

Flying the Rig Getting the rig clear of the water using either the assisted beach start or uphauling the sail.

Headwork's Identify the information you need to sail safely in your location.

Let's Go Sail your board and rig across a short stretch of water and experience your first thrill of windsurfing.

Turning Around By swinging your rig over the front or back of the board you will turn the board around so you can face the direction you started from.

Getting Back Return to your starting point by sailing, walking, paddling or being towed.

This course teaches particular skills some of which are progressions from the basic skills covered in the initial Get Up and Go section, while some are new to the sailor. Once again this course is broken into modules so that the sailor can work on a skill in their own time.

  • Skills Covered
  • Weather
  • Tides
  • Kit & rigging
  • B4 you go
  • Self rescue
  • Tacking
  • Gybes
  • Foot steering
  • Rig steering
  • Foot straps
  • Harness
  • Stance
  • Deep Beach start
  • Beach start

Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP)

Stand up paddling began in the 1960s when surfing instructors used the technique to position themselves to for taking photographs. More recently, professional surfers used the technique for training, and has become widely popular. As a stand lone sport it has only been since 2006 that it has really taken off.  We have a number of beginner boards at Avon Rí.


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    Welcome to Avon Ri Lakeshore Resort & Adventure Centre

    Whether you are planning a weekend away with friends, a family holiday in Ireland, a corporate team building event or even your wedding, Avon Rí offers an unforgettable experience 'that's different'.

    Avon Ri is a leisure & corporate resort purposely-built in a holiday village style, situated on the outskirts of the historical town of Blessington, overlooking the magnificent Blessington Lakes in County Wicklow 'The Garden of Ireland' at the foot of the Wicklow Mountains, and only 45 minutes from Dublin City Centre and Dublin Airport.

    Our resort combines luxury Townhouse Self-Catering Accommodation, a Lakeview Bar with Rooftop Terrace, a 'really good food' Lakeview Restaurant, along with a highly reputable Adventure Centre offering an extensive range of outdoor activities and leisure facilities including Swimming Pool & Gym, all situated in a breathtaking lakeshore setting spread over nine acres of land.

    Avon Rí is also very convenient to some of Ireland's most famous racecourses, including Punchestown and The Curragh, as well as excellent golf courses, such as The K Club, Tulfarris, The European and Lisheen Springs.