Like its close relative, wave surfing, windsurfing puts you in touch with the elements and arouses something deep, something almost primeval, within your soul. From hard-core experts, to casual sun-and-fun thrill-seekers, windsurfers experience the exhilaration of riding an ever-changing sea, sailing the sky and chasing the perfect wave. Requiring a combination of co-ordinated moves and balance skills, strength and agility, there’s no sport quite like it.
Windsurfing sees you working with the elements - not against them. It’s you and the forces of nature, wind and water, working together to have some of the best, most memorable times of your life.

 

The 5 best places to windsurf  

When it comes to windsurfing, all you really need is wind and water. But it takes more than just a couple of waves to make a top destination, so if you’re looking for the next hot spot – or perhaps a great place for beginners to learn – here are our 5 recommendations.  

Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
Fuerteventura offers a range of wind conditions for all levels. In the summer, the trade winds bring ideal slalom conditions; in the winter, there are swells. On the island’s north side, experienced windsurfers navigate the jutting rocks to tackle barrel waves in the Shooting Gallery. In the south, Costa Calma is, as its name suggests, a beginner’s paradise.

Paros Island, Greece
The Professional Windsurfers Association World Cup has been held on Paros for the last few years. Why? The Meltemi, an Aegean wind that blows hard over the island in July and August. With two large bays and dozens of smaller ones, it’s easy to find a sheltered inlet or roaring surf that will suit your skill level.  

Boracay, Philippines
If you fancy surfing fast across a calm lagoon on a monsoon wind, surf  Boracay. The lagoon has a reef that keeps out choppy water but not the wind, which reaches speeds of 30 miles an hour from December to April. For big waves, experienced windsurfers can head out beyond the reef; whilst those less advanced can hit calmer spots on the other side of the island.

Tarifa, Spain
Known as the ‘Wind Capital of the World’, Tarifa’s season is year round but best from the beginning of March to the end of November. However, even outside these months you can still windsurf.  Conditions are different in spring, summer (when flat water is most common) and autumn and can also vary widely during the day.

Maui, Hawaii
Maui is often cited as one of the best windsurfing spots in the world, and unquestionably this beautiful island really is a windsurfer’s paradise. There’s something for everyone on every level; beginners and children will appreciate the tranquil waters in Maui’s bays and coves, whilst advanced windsurfers can hit the waves on the many reef breaks and speed fiends glory in the wind of over 40 knots in Ma’aleaa Bay’s Speed Beach.

 

The 5 best tips  

Forget everything that happens on land. From the first time you’re propelled by the wind over the water, you’ll be hooked. What’s more, these days, you don't need to be super-fit and strong to do it. Modern equipment is light, stable and easier to manoeuvre than ever. Just follow our tips to get on board with getting on board.

1. Use a small sail
If you’re just starting out, always go for a smaller sail. Bigger sails are harder to control, take more effort to pull out of the water, and will make you go faster than perhaps you're equipped to deal with.

2. Perfect your stance
It's important to have a relaxed stance on the board - don't hold yourself too stiffly, and keep a slight bend in the knees at all times. If your head comes in front of your toes, you’re more than likely to lose your balance.

3. Find your way around the board
One of the first things to get right is find out where to put your feet and stay balanced. Do this by moving around on the board, keeping your weight over the centre line (do ensure your body is stable before moving your weight around).

4. Don’t be afraid of falling
Remember you’re falling into water. It's fun, harmless and won’t hurt. If you get pulled off balance, or the wind shifts, just go with it: throw yourself into the water, cool off, climb back on and start all over again.

5. Don't go barefoot
Some people like to windsurf barefoot, but we don’t advise it. Instead, we recommend that you wear neoprene shoes or boots with a rubber sole. This will prevent you slipping on your board and help protect your feet from any sharp rocks or stones in the water.
 

The best way to go  

With the wind in your hair, and crystal-clear water under your board, it’s easy to see why  windsurfing is such a popular holiday experience. And what better way to take to the board than by taking to the ocean? Charter a private, live-aboard boat to get to your chosen destinations in style. You can choose from any of the beautifully equipped vessels.   
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