About Us
Family owned and operated since 1982

It all started in 1982, on the pier of the north end of Canandaigua Lake - the fourth largest Finger Lake. Led by the passion of two windsurfers, Steve Howie and Eric Ludeman turned their dream into reality and opened the first windsurf rental and lesson shop in Canandaigua. Steve, a windsurfing fanatic [READ MORE] and the founding owner, created a shop like no other that brought the community together by giving all individuals the opportunity to get out on the water. Over the years, the shop transformed to encompass the evolution of popular watersports, expanding into kayaking, paddle boarding, diving, and more. One thing that’s never changed–the inclusive community focus. Whether it’s picking up Kershaw Park or donating our time to teach people new to the sport.

It all started in 1982, on the pier of the north end of Canandaigua Lake - the fourth largest Finger Lake. Led by the passion of two windsurfers, Steve Howie and Eric Ludeman turned their dream into reality and opened the first windsurf rental and lesson shop in Canandaigua.  Steve, a windsurfing fanatic and the founding owner, created a shop like no other that brought the community together by giving all individuals the opportunity to get out on the water. Over the years, the shop transformed to encompass the evolution of popular watersports, expanding into kayaking, paddle boarding, diving, and more. One thing that’s never changed–the inclusive community focus. Whether it’s picking up Kershaw Park or donating our time to teach people new to the sport. CDGA SAIL connects people of all skill levels through our love of watersports on the beautiful Finger Lakes.

Connecting you and water through exceptional experience.

New Family,
Same Vision

In 2020, Canandaigua Sailboarding joined the Neon Wave Family of Brands. Under the new management, we are excited to continue to evolve this community pillar. We grew up surfing on Canandaigua Lake and we're excited to support the community that raised us. We're partnering with the people that do it best and working to do it better. CDGA SAIL connects people of all skill levels through our love of watersports on the beautiful Finger Lakes.

Environment First

CDGA SAIL was founded with the core belief that we are a product of our environment and our environment is a product of the way we treat what surrounds us. In tandem with Neon Wave, we're honored to partner with global institutions like Protect Our Winters and 1% For The Planet to better our world. Beyond that, we're working with our partners on missions as large as ridding Canandaigua Lake of Cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) and tasks as minute as removing trash from Kershaw Park. Our future is only as bright as the energy we put into preserving our environment.

our services

Something For Everyone

We have one key mission at Canandaigua Sailboard–connect you to water through exceptional experiences. Whether you're looking to take a light sailboarding around the Finger Lakes, want to get up on a wakefoil, or are simply looking to kayak to the south-end of Canandaigua Lake.
sup
Stand up and relax. Grab a board and explore the lake with freedom to roam and waves at your feet.
kayak
Take a seat and grab some paddles. Fit for one or two people, you can kayak the whole lake.
WAKEfoil
Why just ride the wave when you can fly above it? With top of the line foils, we’ll teach you how to ride higher.
sup yoga
Professionally-led yoga classes atop Stand-Up Paddleboards with FL YogaScapes.
windsurf
Launch from Kershaw and experience the rush of skimming across the water with the wind at your sails.
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private lessons
First time or nautical enthusiast, we are happy to offer private lessons from our on-staff professionals.
sup
Stand up and relax. Grab a board and explore the lake with freedom to roam and waves at your feet.
kayak
Take a seat and grab a paddle or keep your hands free!  Single, tandem kayaks and pedal kayaks available.
wakefoil
Why just ride the wave when you can fly above it? With top of the line foils, we’ll teach you how to ride higher.
windsurf
Launch from Kershaw and experience the rush of skimming across the water with the wind at your sails.
private lessons
First time or nautical enthusiast, we are happy to offer private lessons from our on-staff professionals.
sup yoga
Professionally-led yoga classes atop Stand-Up Paddleboards with FL YogaScapes.

Something For Everyone

our services

We have one key mission at Canandaigua Sailboard–connect you to water through exceptional experiences. Whether you’re looking to take a light tour around the Finger Lakes, want to get up on a wakefoil, or are simply looking to kayak to the south-end of Canandaigua Lake.

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