Hi and welcome to Vela Baja
Actually it isn’t really “about us” at all – it’s all about YOU!
You are looking for an exciting, fun-packed and hassle free vacation where you can practice, learn or improve your favorite adventure sport and all in glorious Baja sunshine and scenery.
That’s where we come in
From 15th November to 10th March each year our team of dedicated, qualified, experienced and friendly personnel are here with one goal in mind – to ensure your vacation not just lives up to but exceeds your expectations.
What We Offer
We offer rentals, qualified instruction or guiding for a range of exciting action sports including
- STAND UP PADDLING
- MOUNTAIN BIKING
Working with local specialist partners we also facilitate SCUBA DIVING – WHALE WATCHING AND SEA KAYAKING.
All-round windsurfing at its best. Sandy beach, port tack side-shore wind, safe entry and exit.
Conditions at Vela Baja are perfect for windsurfing.
You’ll find an uncrowded sandy beach that stretches for several miles in each direction.
Typically the wind is side-shore, port tack (from left to right). Early morning breezes are often light favouring beginners and improvers. Then later on due to a local thermal effect the “El Norte” wind increases resulting in stronger winds with a typical day ranging 18 to 23 knots.
Seas build to a decent size rolling swell giving the spot its famous “bump and jump” conditions. Even on days when shore-break increases, there are safe entry and exit points just a few metres upwind and downwind of Vela Baja.
Los Barriles has long been famous for the regular strong “El Norte” winds that sweep down the Sea of Cortez in the winter months creating ideal conditions for Windsurfing and Kiteboarding.
Winds are typically side-shore from the left (Port Tack) frequently blowing from around 11am until late afternoon. The spot is very safe due to the shape of the bay. On calmer days the clear waters of the Sea of Cortez are perfect for Stand Up Paddling and Free-diving.
The surrounding countryside hosts a highly developed network of scenic and challenging single-track mountain bike trails.
The Baja crew
Peter-Paul Boot – “Pedro”
Originally from Holland and now a Mexican citizen, Pedro has lived in Baja for several decades and has been managing the business for around ten years.
Pedro’s easy going style is imprinted on the ethos of the business and it’s success is evidenced by the very high number of returning customers.
An avid water-man, Pedro can still be seen windsurfing, kite-boarding or stand up paddling at every available opportunity.
Neil qualified as an RYA Windsurf instructor in 2004. Since then he has continuously taught windsurfing year round across the globe.
Known for his technical understanding of the sport, Neil is in high demand especially for more advanced lessons and has helped many a windsurfer take their skills to the next level.
As well as windsurfing and kiteboarding Neil is now an avid fan and instructor for the exciting and relatively new sport of wind foiling.
From Barcelona, Eric speaks fluent Catalan, Spanish and English.
A complete all-round waterman, Eric is an experienced and competent Kiteboarding, windsurfing and Freediving Instructor.
Eric is also an excellent Surfer and photographer specialising in professional quality “in water” shots – many of which you will see displayed elsewhere in this website
Kiteboard / Windsurf instructor
Patrick ( “Pat” ) Flynn
From the Uk but with his distinctive Irish heritage, Pat is always the life and soul of every party. A total people-person Pat is tremendously popular with clients and his fellow team members.
But don’t be fooled – an IKO level 2 kiteboarding instructor and RYA qualified windsurf instructor with numerous years experience in both – Pat takes his instructor role extremely seriously with close attention to safety and best practices.