ION Club Golf de Roses
ION Club Roses
ION Club is a full-service windsurfing & kiting centre located right on the beach at the Bay of Roses.
They offer rental gear for virtually all disciplines of kiting and windsurfing as well as for all ages.
They have a designated kiting area and windsurfing area for safety and during the summer months they move the windsurfing rentals about 1 km north up the beach to another centre to give each discipline even more room.LOCATION:
The centre is located right in the beach in front of the La Ballena Alegra camping park (which is huge accommodating 6,000 people).
It is a bit confusing to find as you either have to park outside of the camping ground and walk through to the beach or alternatively park at the southern end of the camping ground and walk along the track to the beach. There is a small unofficial car parking spot right near the beach along this track however word is that due to its remoteness cars are often broken in to so better to park up near the main road.
The sandy beach is very wide making it ideal for rigging kites.FACILITIES:
The centre itself doesn't offer food & drinks however there is a great cafe right next door on the beach with shady seating areas and sun lounges. The cafe also has free wifi available.
They offer salt water showers and have a small retail outlet where you can also purchase 2nd-hand kites & windsurfing gear.
At the time we visited they didn't have any lockers to store valuables however they can keep these in a safe place.
If you are staying at the camping ground next door you have access to more restaurants, bars, swimming pools and much more (see "where to stay" for more information about the camping ground).GEAR RENTALS:
ION Club offers premium rental equipment for both kiting & windsurfing. They turn over all of the popular gear every year so you can be assured that you are riding the is the latest and greatest. They also have beginners gear available at reduced prices.
Gear can be rented by the hours (min 1 hour for Windsurfing & 2 hours for kitesurfing).
It should be noted that kiters need to be at a good level before they can rent gear. You must be able to ride up-wind as a minimum.
They have some great package deals for rental equipment. For example, if a family member rents gear for a week, other family members can share the rental equipment during that period.
Another great option is to purchase a 5 hour or 10 hour ticket. This enables you to use your credits by the hour to choose the best conditions suited to you.
All rentals also come with the use of helmet, buoyancy vest, wetsuit, use of SUPs when the wind is light and insurance cover for damage.
During summer gear books out so it is advisable to book in advance; particularly if you are after something specific.OTHER RENTAL EQUIPMENT:
The centre also offers SUPs (which are included in windsurfer & kitesurfer rentals), surfboards and wing foils (which is a new craze - sort of like a combo or windsurfing & kiting)
Catamarans, scuba diving and other equipment can be arranged through the campsite next door.LESSONS & COACHING:
ION Club provides the full-gamete of tuition services for ages 6 years old and upwards and for all abilities by qualified instructors.
Coaching is done using 2-way radio helmets where the coach operates from the beach communicating with the students.
They offer private group teaching or you can join a group as a solo, couple or small group.
Lessons can be by the hour or you can book a multi-day package.SAFETY:
In addition to the centre's safety observers, the beach is patrolled by lifeguards in towers.
The centre has its own rubber duck for rescues.
Learners stay close to the shore and are in contact with their tutors via 2-way radio helmets so help is not far away should someone be in need of assistance.HANG OUTS:
Right next door to the centre is a very nice beach hang-out offering food, drinks (including alcohol), free wifi to customers and some really nice seating areas in the shade and under the trees.
This is a really nice place to hang out between sailing.
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- Premium Gear Rentals
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- Walk-Up Rentals
- Hourly Rentals
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- Adults Lessons
- Kids Lessons
- Kids Club
- Safety Observers
- Rescue Craft
- Kitesurfer Storage
- Photo Service
- Walk from accommodation
- Beach Bar
- Changing Rooms
- Shady Seating Area
- Sun Beds
- Retail Shop
- Equipment Washing
- Long Boards
- Radio Helmets
- Bouyancy Vests
- Impact Vests
- Equipment Insurance
- Surf Boards
- Wing Foils
- Licensed Instructor
- Group Lessons
- Private Lessons
- Radio Coaching
- SUPping Lessons
- Open Ocean
- Small Waves
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1 Review on “ION Club Golf de Roses”
EQUIPMENT – the centre has a great range of quality gear covering most disciplines of kiting & windsurfing. The most commonly used gear is turned over each year ensuring the latest & greatest.
STAFF – The staff were very professional and knowledgeable. We are very confident the would be able to provide the right advice and tuition you are looking for.
SAFETY – Overall the safety is good with observers and a rescue craft at the ready. We deducted 1 point here as we feel that centres with rescue craft actively operating on the water offer the greatest degree of safety.
LOCATION – the centre is very well located on the beach however we deducted a point due to it’s difficulty to get to i.e. you can’t drive up and park next to the centre. However is you are staying in the camping park next door the location is perfect!
HANG-OUTS – the cafe/bar next door is definitely one of the better ones we have seen and offers a good variety of food & drinks. Bust most importantly it has a good vibe and some lovely areas to lounge around on a hot summer’s day.