Jericho Beach, Vancouver is the perfect place to learn windsurfing! Here the wind speed typically ranges from 2 to 20 knots throughout the year, allowing for a wide range of sailing opportunities. Club Locarno has gear available for windsurfers of all skill levels, from absolute beginners to experienced high-wind windsurfers, so come fill your sails and get windsurfing!
Club Locarno members of any skill level will be impressed with our windsurfing equipment, including Wind-foiling and, soon Wing-foiling. We have top-of-the-line, pre-rigged sails of all designs and sizes and roughly 20 windsurfing boards to choose from. Our pre-rigged sails means less time rigging and de-rigging for you, and more time actually windsurfing! Each year Club Locarno makes a significant investment in new windsurfing gear to keep our fleet up-to-date. Our dedicated Fleet Captains select the best gear available for both local conditions and high wind trip destinations.
Our windsurfing fleet uses a level system which assesses your windsurfing skills and knowledge and determines what windsurfing gear you are allowed access to.Level 1 introductory skills are covered through a 6 hour Beginner Class with Club Locarno (see below). Once the Class is completed, you will be given access to the club's Level 1 gear.
Click here for full details on our windsurfing levels.
New to windsurfing?: Club Locarno offers its own windsurfing lessons. Each Beginner Course will consist of two sessions of 3 hours each taught by a certified windsurfing instructor in a group of no more than 4 people. This introduction to windsurfing lesson will take you through basic sailing theory and on-the-water training. You will also be taught how to properly carry gear and how to clean and store gear.
These lessons DO NOT include a wetsuit. Wetsuits can be rented at the Jericho Centre. It does include a PFD (lifejacket), and of course the use of one of Club Locarno's well maintained windsurfing boards and rigs.
After completing the the lessons program, you will have full access to Club Locarno level 1 gear.Prerequisites: Willing to have fun and get wet
Fast-Track Clinics: Already know how to windsurf? Just been through a ClubLocarno Class? Jump right into your season by attending one of our Fast-Track Checkout Clinics. You will be shown the club's equipment and procedures, then after you demonstrate Level 1 on-water skills, you will have access to our pre-rigged sails and Level 1 boards.
Advancement Clinics: What's after Level 1?
Level 2 give you access to some lighter, faster, but more demanding and more fragile, boards. It's easy to progress to Level 2, which includes learning to beach start and harness use.
Level 3 give you access to our smallest boards and extra sails for use in higher winds and for rentals away from Jericho. Attaining Level 3 is relatively difficult, as it includes waterstarts, footstrap use, and planing.
Clinics will be scheduled periodically throughout the season on Wednesday evenings at 6pm. Check the Windsurfing Events Calendar for the schedule and details.
The Windsurf Offsite Pass is for those who wish to take Level 2 or 3 gear away from Jericho for their personal use in other locations (Squamish, Nitinaht, etc.). Pre-approved members can purchase an Annual Pass or Single Day Rental. Sailors must be Level 2 or 3 to do this and there are restrictions on boards due to club trips etc. Note that the Offsite Annual Pass or Single Day Rental are not required if you are joining an official club trip. In cases where there is a club trip fee, members who have purchased their Annual Offsite Pass will not be required to pay the trip fee.
Please see the Windsurf Offsite Pass page for more information.
Guest are NOT permitted to use Club Locarno windsurfing gear. If you want to go windsurfing with a guest, they should consider renting gear from Windsure.