Last year, the VDVS celebrated the 40th anniversary of its foundation. Established as the Association of German Windsurfing Schools with the aim of the education and training of windsurfing instructors as well as to set the standards for the water sports schools. In the following years it expanded its skills to catamaran and dinghy sailing. 2001 started with kiteboarding. VDWS became international: new branches were established in Poland, Italy and Turkey, and the training of instructors was now held at an international level.
Wind & Friends also is a member of VDWS since the beginning, supporting the association by training the interns and opens to the enthusiasts the wonderful world of water sports. After a 5-day basic course you can obtain from us in sunny Majorca the following VDWS base certificates: windsurfing, catamaran and dinghy sailing. This will certify your competence in their respective fields and pave the way for renting of material in 525 VDWS- schools in all over the world.
On 31.12.2014, the association had 3436 individual members and 525 schools, with 330 locations abroad. In the same year a total of 61,395 certificates were awarded, of which 38,655 basic windsurfing certificates, 13,920 sailing and the rest for kitesurfing. The extension of the sports followed as a logical consequence the renaming in German Association of Water Sports Schools.
Today, the VDWS is a synonymous for competence and high standards of education for windsurfing, kitesurfing, dinghy and catamaran sailing with a national and international presence is in the water sports.
SUP has conquered our planet. Stand up paddling - for old and young, easy to learn and suitable for all who want to try it. The board is bigger and more stable than a windsurfing board and you are standing up, moving by paddling.
It is similar to surfing, except that you stand up on the surfboard and you do not have to paddle with your hands, but a single bladed paddle. So exalted, standing on the board gliding over the water is just a great feeling. By having to constantly balance the board one is always in action as every single muscle in the body is required.
The environmental friendly new trend sport will give your body the right shape and a healthy lifestyle in harmony with nature. SUP can be run on all water surfaces by athletes of all ages and all abilities. SUP is also ideal for women and offers a perfect total body workout and a good figure. Even children can do it from 6 years onwards.
If you fall from the board, which can also happen, a life jacket is provided for those who don`t feel comfortable and safe in the water. Your wetsuit can be left at home when you do SUP in Mallorca. The water is warm and the wind-and wave-sheltered Bay of Alcudia offers ideal conditions for distance paddling.
The boards can your rent on the beach at Wind & Friends Sailing School for 10 € / hour.
Mallorca, home of the Ironman 70.3 Mallorca (next Saturday 10th May) will hold for first time the Ironman Mallorca which takes place on 27th September 2014.
The Ironman Mallorca will take place in the town of Alcudia in the north of Mallorca. The swim course is located in the town of Alcudia harbor next to our Sailing and Windsurfing School Wind & Friends. The bike course runs through the beautiful Majorcan countryside and offers breathtaking views for the biggest sport event of the island. The running course is along the beach of Alcudia. So first Ironman and then relax with windsurfing or sailing!