Q&A: Bananaway

What kinds of tours do Bananaway specialize in?

Bananaway specialize in organizing adventure-packed stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) & kiteboarding trips in Slovenia and around the world!

Slovenia stand up paddling adventures are active sightseeing tours that are combining stand up paddling with other sport activities, #mustsee sights and culinary delights. They are intended for enthusiastic stand up paddlers and outdoor-loving travellers.

Kitesurfing camps are kitesurfing oriented adventures, organized at the most windy spots in the world. They incorporate local culture and culinary delights and are designed for anybody who loves to explore the world in good company while experiencing the best of what the local scene has to offer.

Bananaway is not only a team of instructors, it’s made up of people who are passionate about all kinds of sports and active lifestyles. We understand that every person is different and we adapt our teaching methods to every individual so that they are easily understandable, efficient, safe and fun. Instructors rely on thire internationally recognised ASI and IKO licences, which we are constantly upgrading, and their own extensive experience in kiteboarding, SUPing, slacklining and other sports we all enjoy doing.

What is the average group size with Bananaway tours?

Bananaway team works in small groups – 2 to 8 people. This is because we want to prioritize safety and because we find that the strongest bonds between participants are formed in a relaxed atmosphere, which can only be achieved in a small group setting.

What kind of training do Bananaway guides have?

Bananaway SUP instructors have international ASI (Academy of Surfing Instructions) certification. ASI is the world’s leading stand up paddle accreditation and training organisation. Intructors have been trained in Portugal, Spain and Slovenia and poses lever 1 and 2 (enclosed and exposed) or 1,2,3 (enclosed, exposed, surf) centification.  

You can read about ASI programs here: http://www.academyofsurfing.com/

Bananaway KITE instructors have international IKO certification. IKO is the world’s leading kiteboarding organization specializing in kiteboard education, promoting safe practices and enhancing the highest standards for the industry. Kite instructors poses level 1, 2 or even level 2 senior certification.

You can read about IKO programs here: https://www.ikointl.com/

What are some of the reasons why someone would want to book a tour with Bananaway?

With us you can experience everything from small town life in Brazilian fishing villages to swimming in the crystal clear waters of Bled Lake.

Bananaway SUP tours are organized by SUP experts, who don’t just guide the sightseeing tour, but also give you a proper introduction to the activity (a SUP lesson) while giving you insights into local life at the same time. SUP instructors are totally enthusiastic about SUPing, so they are working with special energy and positive attitudes. Some SUP tours are coloured with SUP games or SUP workouts (that also depends on group specifics – age of participants and location of tour). In our 3 & 5 day Slovenia SUP Tours we are connecting with other local providers (food and bike tours, small farms, etc) to create a truly local experience. SUP instructors use GO PRO cameras to capture special moments, which are then sent to participants after the tour. 

Bananaway SUP instructors in Ljubljana

We also offer Kite Camps which are integrated kite travels that combine kiteboarding in the best spots around the world with discovering authentic local culture. We don’t only indulge in water activities but also speed over sand dunes, marvel at ancient temples, cook with wonderfully weird spices and find our inner zen during morning yoga on our mats or SUPs. Solo travellers will find themselves a new circle of friends who are just as obsessed with wind and adventures as they are.

During these adventure-packed kite camps we take care of everything: we book the flight, arrange transport to the airport, prepare an accommodation package tailored to different needs, wishes and pockets, choose best additional activities, encourage good vibes and offer an insight into local secrets. The only thing participants need to do is pack a bag, pump a kite and jump on a board.

How did the company start and what is the story behind Bananaway?

It all started with Kiteboarding Slovenia in 2007. As Kiteboarding Slovenia has been following surfing trends it recognized paddle boarding as a water activity with great potential. So we started with paddle boarding activities in 2012 and the Bananaway brand was born, covering KITE and SUP school and adventurous trips in Slovenia and around the world.

Matija Pivk and Spela Zupanc can be credited with creating Bananaway. Bananaway represents the energy that we take with us whether we’re kiting or paddling or biking. This is who we are, we are totally in love with sport activities, spending time in nature with friends who share the same passions. We take every chance to go on the water, and keep our bodies and minds healthy. Basically I am talking about a whole new way of life, the Bananaway.

Bananaway camp Brasil

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