Windsurfing is one of the best water adventures you have to try this summer. It is a sailing and surfing combination that requires both winds and waves, simple to learn and easy to fall in love with. In this article we’ll go through some of the best windsurfing spots in the world. Some are easily reachable, for some you’ll have to work to find it, some are popular worldwide, others are in the range of local myths, but each and every location we’ll check out in this article will give you real and one of the most amazing chances to feel the real windsurfing atmosphere.
1. Up For A Mythology Lesson? Greece Is Calling!
What is amazing about the Greece is the fact that each and every island has its own legends and stories, starting from ancient times with Zeus and the Olympus mountain gods, up to World War I and the tragic story about Corfu and Serbian army. This solely is more than enough to make you feel like you’re stating at the location where the history of the world has been written.
Now add the Meltemi winds, beautiful and warm sea, and amazing cuisine to equation and you’ll get the idea why this country is one of the most popular among the windsurfers. The best time to visit Greece if you’re into windsurfing is from mid-May to mid-October, although you should know that Greece is one of the most popular summer vacation destinations for basically the whole Europe and it can be crowded during July and August. If you prefer peace and the chance to enjoy your windsurfing experience without having to deal with other tourists, you should book your trip somewhere between mid-May and the end of June, and from the second week of September up until the middle of October.
The most popular islands for windsurfing in Greece are Naxos, the largest island in Cyclades, its neighbour Paros, the host city of many Professional Windsurfers Association World Cups, Rhodes, Kos and its Kefalos bay, and if you love crowded beaches, or if you’re a beginner, Vassiliki beach on Lefkada island.
2. Welcome To The Hotel Portugal
Located on the other side of the Europe, Portugal has a bit different climate than Greece but it is also the best to visit from May to October, during the summer time. It is not as crowded as Greece, so it will be easier to find calm places and enjoy your windsurfing experience. Portugal has one of the windiest coastlines in the world, especially during summer, and some of the best places to visit are Cascais, Guincho, often referred as a windsurfing paradise, tricksters’ heaven called Baleal and legendary Supertubos, one of the most popular big-waved locations near Peniche.
If you’re a newbie and would love to learn how to windsurf, check out Albufeira and Sagres, but these two may be also good choice for experienced windsurfers, because the winds most often are strong in the afternoon, so it is possible to catch some good speed. Portugal coastline is sometimes called “European California”, and not without a reason – you can check in anytime you like, but you’d probably never want to leave.
3. Spain And Its World Famous Tarifa Winds
After Portugal, Spain should round up your Iberian half-island windsurfing adventure. Southern part of this country known as Tarifa is famous around the world for its strong winds/choppy waters/big waves combination. It is not recommended for the beginners, but there are windsurfing schools if you want to learn it somewhere where it can be challenging, and if you’re an experienced windsurfer, this should be one of the “must visit” places. Great climate, warm temperature and windy conditions mean it will be possible to enjoy windsurfing anytime from March to November, although you’ll need full windsurf wetsuit during autumn and winter, because the water temperature is somewhere between 55°F (13°C) and 68°F (20°C) during this period. The places to check are Valdevaqueros Beach if you’re advanced windsurfer and Las Dunas, all-purpose place enjoyable for experienced and beginner windsurfers at the same time. Also, check out our guide on how to buy a wetsuit.
4. Off To Asia – Philippines Are Calling!
Actually, the island of Boracay, to be more precise. Famous for its Boracay International Funboard cup, Boracay island owes it to wind speed that could reach 30 mph (50 km/h), and all of that on a beaches filled with palm-trees and clear-turquoise waters.
The places to visit are Bulabog beach, one of the most popular windsurfing destinations in the world, both among professional windsurfers and the beginners. The inshore lagoon is protected by a reef so the choppy waters remain at the bay, creating perfect and calm place for beginners, while all the more experienced windsurfers have to do to enjoy the choppy waters is to go beyond the reef.
5. Egypt – Another History-Driven Area
Best to visit from April to October, Egypt is another ancient location with around 300 windy days and crystal-clear water combined with thermal winds. Following the coastline and heading north, the windsurfing conditions will only improve, and it offers the chance to learn windsurfing in Hurghada or Marsa Alam, while you could also enjoy Soma Bay and Safaga.
6. Namibia – If You’re In For Adrenaline Rush
Starting from September up to March, Namibia and its Skeleton Coast are known as “windsurfing paradise”. Place called Luderitz is famous for Luderitz Speed Challenge, while if you’re up for the challenge Atlantic Ocean can provide, you should most definitely check out Swakopmud.
What it is important to know is that Namibia has only one place dedicated to windsurfing and kitesurfing, bay called Walvis, filled with windsurfing schools and shops. Useful information is to know that you’ll be needing wetsuit, no matter when you visit Namibia because the Atlantic waters in Namibia are cold all year long.
7. Morocco – Up For a Freestyle Challenge?
Morocco has more than 2,200 miles of shoreline, which in combination with steady winds, warm climate and pleasant water temperature is itself enough to seriously consider it. And what separates it from the other options from the list is the fact that it is the same all year long, from January to December.
If you opt for Morocco, check the towns called Essaouria and Dakhla. Essaouria is like made for beginners, while Dakhla, with its flat waters and consistent winds, is a place you could practice and participate in freestyle windsurfing challenges.
8. Fuerteventura, Canary Islands – If Speed Is What You Need
Starting from June and ending in September, Fuerteventura, or “strong winds” in translation, is a “must visit” place for every windsurfing lover around the world. Located in Canary Islands, it is famous for its speedy winds and Windsurfing World Championship, held in Sotavento Beach every July. Other places to visit in Fuerteventura are Corralejo, Flag Beach and El Cotillo, where you could also learn and practice your windsurfing skills.
9. Central American Representative – Costa Rica
Starting from December and up to May, during its dry season, Costa Rica and its Lake Arenal under the Arenal Volcano offer unique and thrilling experience. Volcano is still active, it is actually one of the most active volcanoes in the world, so it will occasionally feel like you’re windsurfing under the fireworks. Arenal lake winds have the steady speed around 25 mph, which makes this lake suitable for experienced windsurfers, along with the 5ft waves. So, if you’d love to try out windsurfing slalom with volcano rumbling behind you, don’t wait up!
10. Last But Not The Least – Aloha, Hawaii!
Or, we could say – the last place on our top 10 list of windsurfing destinations is reserved for the best one.
Maui is a great windsurfing location all year long, with two windsurfing seasons – the windy season that starts in May and lasts until October, and wavy season. It is by far the most popular windsurfing place thanks to its water temperature that rarely goes under 80°F (26°C), combined with strong and constant winds that blow from May to October.
Favourite windsurfing location for tourists is Ho’okipa Beach located at the north coast of the island, and it is also one of the most favourite locations for basically everyone who visits Hawaii. When the winter comes, waves could rise p to 20 feet in height, which makes it perfect for extreme windsurfing.
Hawaii has something in its windsurfing pocket for beginners, too, and it comes in the shape of Kanaha Beach, with a deep bay, sandy bottom and with the reef as protection from choppy waters and large waves. Calm, beautiful and warm – perfect place to learn something new or to master what you already know about windsurfing.
But, that’s not all. Maui as a windsurfing destination offers something absolutely unique and the chance to participate in an activity probably not imaginable anywhere else – sailing alongside whales. Typical timeline for whale watching starts December 15th and lasts until May 15th; although it is possible they will arrive early and leave at later date. Though, there are some rules to follow – at least 200 feet away from them and don’t sail toward the whales, or you may get fined, go to jail, not to mention the fact you could end up getting injured.
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Windsurfing is an amazing activity and there are many interesting and beautiful places you could visit to participate in it. This list concludes top 10 most popular around the globe, but if you have one you prefer better, feels free to share it with us! Now grab your windsurf board and go – adventure awaits!