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Atins Progression Kite & Yoga Camp - Barreirinhas, Maranhão. Brazil

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5 DAYS OF PERSONAL COACHING IN ONE OF THE MOST VERSATILE KITE SPOTS IN THE WORLD

Freestyle, wave, downwind, speed: here you’ll find everything incl. guaranteed wind. Combined with daily 1 ½ hours of Yoga in a peaceful boutique bed&breakfast.

 

You are comfortable at your current level of kiting and are looking to make a step up, boost your riding, expand on your tricks or want to progress in the waves? You are looking for an adventurous yet chill spot, off the trodden path?

 

A team of experienced, multi-lingual coaches will show you the ropes, help you to move safely out of your comfort zone, push your limits and guide you to reach your new skills goals.

 

Steady winds, flat and warm water, lots of open space, versatile and breathtaking scenery is what makes Atins one of the best spots in the world for your kiteboarding progression.

 

Your base is a stylish small hotel 200m from the spot set in a lush garden with lots of Kite amenities.

To start off the day you can join Swiss Yoga teacher and kitesurfer Fluri for an early morning stretch that will find you well prepared you for the tasks ahead.

THE ACCOMMODATION

A peaceful boutique bed&breakfast in the tranquil village of Atins on the edge of the mesmerizing Lençóis Maranhenses – only 200m from the spot. We wish you will enjoy the tranquility and peace of a unique home away from home!

 

Main house

  • Three rooms
  • Two doubles
  • One large suite with a double bed and two single beds
  • Sleeps a total of eight people
  • We also rent these rooms individually

Chalets

  • Four chalets each with its large private veranda.
  • Large double bed and two single beds
  • Ensuite baths
  • tastefully arranged and decorated

Services

  • Breakfast will be served on the main house’s veranda
  • Rooms are cleaned on a daily basis
  • The kitchen is ready for you to prepare meals at your own convenience.
  • Upon request we can also arrange meals to be prepared for you in the house.

Note: just be prepared to bring some essentials from Barreirinhas or São Luís as the choice of groceries in Atins is very basic. 

 

Rooms

Guercino (Sleeps 2, ensuite)

The front room. Large windows, one Double bed with mosquito net and a tasteful decor with a spiritual vibe. Ensuite bath and well ventilated. You have full access to the kitchen and 1/2 hectare of garden. Breakfast is included and the beach a mere 100m distant.

Herder (Sleeps 2, ensuite)

The rear room closest to the beach and the dining and kitchen area. One Double bed with mosquito net, lots of storage and a tasteful, spiritual decor. Ensuite bath and well ventilated. You have full access to the kitchen and 1/2 hectare of garden. Breakfast is included and the beach a mere 100m distant.

Poussin (Sleeps 4, ensuite, 35m²)

Our suite of 35 m² with a Queen size double bed and two Singles, all with mosquito nets and a large ensuite bath. Tasteful Eastern spiritual decor. Very peaceful and very well naturally ventilated. Well suited for a family, a small group of friends or if you’re simply after a little extra. You have full access to the kitchen and 1/2 hectare of garden. Breakfast is included and the beach a mere 100m distant.

Sannazaro (Sleeps 6, private veranda, 50m²)

One of the two roomy chalets up on the dune with beautiful views from the large private veranda. One Queen and two Single beds with mosquito nets and artistic decor. Another 2 singles on an mezzanine. Huge ensuite open-air bathroom and super ventilated. You have full access to the kitchen and 1/2 hectare of garden. Breakfast is included and the beach a mere 100m distant.

Sidney (Sleeps 6, private veranda, 50m²)

One of the two roomy chalets up on the dune with beautiful views from the large private veranda. One Queen and two Single beds with mosquito nets and artistic decor. Another 2 singles on an mezzanine. Huge ensuite open air bathroom and super ventilated. You have full access to the kitchen and 1/2 hectare of garden. Breakfast is included and the beach a mere 100m distant.

De Vega (Sleeps 4, private veranda, 50m²)

The most private of the chalets with beautiful views from the large private veranda. One Queen and two Single beds with mosquito nets and artistic decor. Huge ensuite open air bathroom and super ventilated. You have full access to the kitchen and 1/2 hectare of garden. Breakfast is included and the beach a mere 100m distant.

von Kaulbach (Sleeps 4, private veranda, 50m²)

The most private of the chalets with beautiful views from the large private veranda. One Queen and two Single beds with mosquito nets and artistic decor. Huge ensuite open air bathroom and super ventilated. You have full access to the kitchen and 1/2 hectare of garden. Breakfast is included and the beach a mere 100m distant.

Entire House (3 rooms w/ ensuites, sleeps 8)

The entire resort consisting of the main house with two Double bed rooms, a suite with one Queen size double bed and two Singles, as well as three chalets each with a Queen size double bed and two Singles. Each room comes with its private bath, mosquito nets, artistic and spiritual decor and well ventilated. Well suited for multiple families, a large group of friends, kitesurfers or Yogis. You have full access to the kitchen and 1/2 hectare of garden. Breakfast is included and the beach a mere 100m distant.

Entire Resort (3 rooms and 4 chalets, sleeps a total of up to 20)

The entire resort consisting of the main house with two Double bed rooms, a suite with one Queen size double bed and two Singles, as well as three chalets each with a Queen size double bed and two Singles. Each room comes with its private bath, mosquito nets, artistic and spiritual decor and well ventilated. Well suited for multiple families, a large group of friends, kitesurfers or Yogis. You have full access to the kitchen and 1/2 hectare of garden. Breakfast is included and the beach a mere 100m distant.

THE ACTIVITIES

The Atins Progression Clinic format is meant to build your confidence and efficiently boost your skills to see quick results in your progression. What is required from you is an open mind, a drive for learning and a little bit of courage. In the Atins Progression Clinic we will focus on three disciplines: Freestyle, Freeride and Surf. You are not obliged to stick within the boundaries of only one of these disciplines however.  Prior immersing in the clinic you will have a good old chat about your goals and objectives with your coach, what it is you want to learn and where you want to get. Once you discussed your individual program with your coach everything else follows from that.

 

In total, you will have 7 training sessions and at least 1 theoretical session (including video analysis). Training sessions last 1 to 2 hours, and the theoretical session at least 1 hour. In between sessions you will have lots of time to practice and solidify your newly acquired skills and knowledge. Pending participants’ skills levels and the tide table your training sessions may be 1-1 or or you may be grouped with one other person of a similar skill level.

 

In the mornings you start your day with a serene yoga session and we finish the day with a stunning sunset riding session. Throughout the day your focus will be on kiteboarding. Allow the coaches to guide you and the results will follow.

 

The icing on the cake? A downwind trip along the endless beaches of the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park and a Kite session in a lagoon in the middle of the dunes. Bring a camera, it will be worth it!

 

The last day is dedicated to finishing up your experience and for eventual spill over sessions. We’ll round up everything you covered during the previous days. Then it’s time for you to enjoy your newly acquired skills and check up on any details you may have missed previously. We will also do circle back to see how you track against your intended goals and objectives. Your coach will give you a little plan on the way on what you might want to continue training beyond the Clinic.

 

And remember, Kiteboarding is an extreme as well as a nature sport, so the schedule of your individual program may vary subject to conditions (especially tides and currents), your individual skill level, as well as physical and mental fitness on any given day.

 

Agenda

Day 1

Day 2

Transfer to Atins, approx. 14:00 arrival

15:00 – 17:00 Spot exploration & rider assessment

07:00 – 08:30 Yoga

08:30 – 09:30 Breakfast

10:00 – 12:00 1. Session

15:00 – 17:00 2. Session

Day 3

Day 4

07:00 – 08:30 Yoga

08:30 – 09:30 Breakfast

10:00 – 12:00 3. Session

15:00 – 17:00 4. Session

18:00 – 19:00 Theory & Video Analysis

07:00 – 08:00 Yoga

08:30 – 09:30 Breakfast

10:00 – 12:00 Downwinder (20km)

13:00 – 15:00 Kiting in the Lençoís

Day 5

Day 6

07:00 – 08:30 Yoga

08:30 – 09:30 Breakfast

10:00 – 12:00 5. Session

15:00 – 17:00 6. Session

07:00 – 08:30 Yoga

08:30 – 09:30 Breakfast

10:00 – 12:00 7. Session

Day 7

 

06:30 Departure via boat Atins – Barreirinhas and onwards to SLZ

 

The Coaches

Rashko Batov, 29– IKO Level 3 Instructor

Speaks English, Bulgarian and a little Spanish

 

Native from Bulgaria Rashko started kiting in 2012 and was immediately hooked. It was through the sport that he got to travel all over the globe and and quickly moved into teaching. At his young age he’s already been giving lessons to over 100 kiters across Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, Kenya and Brazil. Teaching Kite turned into a real passion for Rashko. He absolutely loves the vibe and stoke and draws a sense of fulfillment from working with kiters of all skills.

 

His bag of tricks mastery includes:

  • Freestyle: Raley, Back-to-blind, Surface pass, S-bend, F-16, Double S-bend
  • Old school: Rotations front, back, inverted, grabbed, multiple spins, Darkslides, One footers, Hand-drags, Tabletops

 

 

Viktor Dimitrov Valkanov, 38– IKO Level 2 Instructor

Speaks English, German, Russian, Bulgarian

 

As certified kiteboarding instructor Vikor traveled and worked around the world for the past 13 years. He started out teaching Kite in places such as Hurghada , Bulgaria, Turkey, Vietnam, Philippines, and Greece. For the last four years Viktor moved into private lessons and camps on Limnos, Fuerteventura and Zanzibar as well as managing a station in Limnos/Greece.

 

His trickery comprises:

  • Freestyle: Blind Judge, Unhooked Loop 313, S-bend, F-16
  • Old school : Rotations front, back, inverted, grabbed, multiple spins, One footers
  • Big Air : Consistent jumps and Kiteloops in the 8-12 meter range
  • Strapless : Tacks, Jibes, Basic Jumping, Downwinders, Big wave riding

 

 

Karolina Michniuk – Kite Coach

Speaks English, German, Spanish and Polish

 

Karolina was born in Poland and grew up in Germany. She started Kiting in 2014 and since 2016 competes both on snow and on water. Karolina spends half of the year working in Hamburg and the other half traveling and kiting the world (Brasil, South Africa and the Philippines). In 2017 she founded the social project “Give it to a local” to equip the natives of the Philippines and Brasil with donated kite gear and kite skills. Some of her students will soon reach a level to join their first competitions!

 

Her mastery of tricks includes:

  • Freestyle: Raley, Surface pass, Unhooked Backroll, S-bend, Raley-to-blind
  • Old school: Rotations front, back, inverted, grabbed, multiple spins, One footers, Tabletops, Downloops
  • Big Air : Consistent jumps in the 10-meter range
  • Strapless : Downwinders, wave riding

 

 

Maximum attendance

6 participants

 

Equipment

This Progression Clinic is focused on your individual progression using your personal equipment. We recommend bringing Kite sizes between 7 and 12 during this period. If you require specific equipment please do let us know upon booking and we see what we can do.

 

Yoga

Every morning you’ll be invited to early morning yoga classes with the charming Fluri. Flurina is 500 RYT certified and a passionate kitesurfer from Switzerland. She instructs Vinyasa Krama inspired by Katonah Yoga including asanas, breathing techniques and meditation. Her background as a physiotherapist and craniosacral therapist influences her teaching as she focuses on correct alignment and supports with probs and hands-on assistance.

“Practicing Yoga for many years has made a change of my physiology and psychology”, Flurina shared with us,” helping me to take the things I love, like kitesurfing, to the next level and to live a joyful life. This wonderful experience I love to share with my students, friends and family. I feel passionate about inspiring people to connect more with their physical body and to integrate their Yoga practice into a joyful life.”

LOCATION & GETTING HERE

Location

Atins

Flatwater Paradise
Named as one of the Top 4 Kiteboarding flatwater spots in the world Atins guarantees constant cross on-shore winds of 15 to 30 knots from mid July to mid January. The strongest winds can be encountered in October and November. The flat and shallow water offers ideal conditions for all level of kiters.

Waves & Downwinders
Once you ride out to the ocean waves and endless downwind opportunities along the coast are awaiting. And then there’s the natural miracle of the Lençóis Maranhenses where you kite the lagoons in the midst of a great sand desert.

Getting Here

The nearest airport is São Luís where you can fly via Fortaleza, Recife, Natal and Salvador (all popular holiday destinations Brazil’s Northeast). Of course you can also take a flight passing through São Paulo or Rio de Janeiro, however that will mean having to fly back the direction you came for a cool couple of 1,000s of miles.   

 

International airlines (from Europe)

 

National airlines

  • Air Europa
  • Condor
  • Edelweiss
  • KLM
  • TAM
  • TAP
 
  • Azul
  • Gol
  • Latam

 

Planning for a night’s stop-over in São Luís is almost indispensable. The historic Old Town of the city is well worth a visit for a night, there is always a bit of musical action on the cobblestone streets and squares. We’ll happily organise the transfer from São Luís to Barreirinhas and from there to Atins. Prepare yourself for another 5-6 hours of transfer time with an early morning departure as well as including a most marvellous river trip. Total cost will be around R$ 150 – R$ 350 depending how many people share into it.      

 

For whom going back the way (s)he came sounds like a boring proposition, you can continue your trip from Atins towards Fortaleza and explore any number of Kite spots along the coast. The nearest are  Macapá, Barra Grande, Jericoacoara and Preá. The further you get towards Fortaleza the more (over)developed you’ll find your surroundings. The return flight to Europe could then easily be planned from Fortaleza. In a second week you could thereby discover two more spots. We can help you organise some of your transports along this route.

 

On your departure date your flight from São Luís  should not take off before 14:00 so you can make the transfer on the day.

PRICES & PACKAGES

Prices for the Clinic vary according to your choice of rooms and occupation rate.

 

Double

Double

Chalet

Suite

Chalet

Chalet

Chalet

Guercino/Herder

Guercino/Herder

de Vega/ v. Kaulbach

Poussin

de Vega/ v. Kaulbach

Sidney/Sannazaro

Sidney/Sannazaro

1 guest

2 guests

2 guests

3 guests

3 guests

4 guests

5 guests

R$4,697

R$4,135

R$4,986

R$4,106

R4,390

R$4,220

R$4,015

€962

€1,162

€955

€1,021

€981

€934

Exchange rate R$4.30 = €1

 

Half board

R$ 314

6 x dinner

Full board

R$ 576

addtl. 4 x lunch + 1 lunch bag for the trip into the Lençoís

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