Re: Windsurfing in Orlando??

From: Ed Scott (
Date: Fri Dec 04 1998 - 14:16:10 PST

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Subject: Re: Windsurfing in Orlando??
Date: Fri, 4 Dec 1998 14:16:10 -0800
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>I'm going to be in Orlando, FL next week and am wondering if there is
>some descent windsurfing in the vicinity. I've heard that FL gets good
>wind in the winter, but no nothing about it. I'm there on business, and
>am wondering if it's worth packing a wetsuit and harness! A referal
>to a good shop would be helpful too.
>Thanks in advance,

Go to Kelly Park, at the tip of Merritt Island just before entering Cape
Canaveral/Cocoa Beach off the Beeline (I forget the number, but I believe
it's either State Rt. 528 or 520). Kelly Park is immediately south of
the Beeline before you cross the last causeway over to Cape Canaveral.
It's about 50 miles east of Orlando International. I was just there
about a month ago for two weeks, and it was dead as a doornail. Great
jetskiing weather though (bleh!). You sail on the Banana River, so look
where 520/528 crosses the Banana River before the barrier island to Cape
Canaveral/Cocoa beach.

The guy who runs the windsurf concession is named Tinho Dornellas
(pronounced "Tinyo") and the place is called Calema Boardsailing. He's
always got a piece in WS mag, and I think they have a website now. It's
area code 407 I believe. They've got two buildings - a shop and a
warehouse. He's a really nice guy, but don't get your hopes up on wind.
I saw lots of longboards in his storage shed, and he said that the best
wind they have ever had there is 4.0-4.5. I saw lots of 7's and 8's, and
that's for guys my size, Jim. Best wind is an easterly when a low sets
up in Gulf of Mexico, and there's a high offshore in the Atlantic. He
told me the best months of the year are Feb. and March, but you might get
lucky now.

The water is very toasty, and as of Oct. 15, the weather was in the 80's.
 I can't imagine wearing a fullsuit, but maybe bring a shorty? I've
never been in Dec. but it can't be that much colder compared to around


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