A typical day at an ABK camp begins with morning stretches. After a brief informational meeting, everyone splits into groups with their leaders and it's off to class. Each morning session starts with a lecture, followed by on-land simulator work and/or on-water demonstrations, and then on-water drills and sailing with the instructors.
At mid-day, campers break for a healthy lunch on the beach, where they relax or ask the instructors questions. After lunch, the afternoon lectures begin and individual group work continues. Lecture topics increase in sophistication as the camp progresses and are often tailored to the specific conditions of the day. Each group continues to specialize and refine techniques that fit the individual needs of the camper. After a full day on the water, it's time for video analysis where campers can see themselves in action, laugh, and most importantly, learn from their mistakes.
The centerpiece of the ABK experience is instruction. The ABK Staff is comprised of some of the finest world-class windsurfers in the United States. Staff members have been hand-picked for their windsurfing expertise and teaching ability. They are trained to help campers with specific needs in the fundamentals of windsurfing, including sail trimming, tacking, jibing, speed, water starts, freestyle, racing and beyond.
ABK is the oldest professionally run windsurfing school in the United States. For over 33 years and in more than 994 multi-day camp sessions held across the United States and the Caribbean, the ABK teaching method and program has been developed and refined by professionals with expertise in recreational windsurfing, World Cup racing, and equipment technology.
Campers will be divided into small groups according to ability level to maximize access to instructors and stress individual technique development and personal improvement. New sailors will learn the basics through lectures and on-water instruction to ensure the best educational foundation. Experienced sailors will learn advanced techniques tailored to their specific interests and needs, while continuing to perfect their on-water skills. For a full camp of 40 people, there will be a minimum of eight instructors on site.
ABK prides itself on providing the best windsurfing instruction in a friendly, non-intimidating atmosphere. The camps are designed to incorporate education, fitness, relaxation and fun. No matter what your age or previous windsurfing experience, an ABK windsurfing adventure will give you fun-filled days in an encouraging learning environment and the tools for many hours of sailing enjoyment. Each location is suited for all ability levels, unless otherwise noted.
The ABK method relies on extensive video feedback as an important component in the comprehensive instructional program. Daily videotaping sessions allow you to analyze sailing techniques with the instructors. In addition, footage of ABK's instructors provide you with closer-up examinations of correct methods.
Unless noted otherwise, the camp fee includes all lectures, instruction, video analysis, T-shirt, ABK instruction manual, lunches and one group dinner. Please note: Rio Vista and San Luis Reservoir camps include all meals and camping.