Since windsurfing requires specific conditions, it would help if those interested in taking up the sport knew what the best locations are. Are you one of those people? Then this article is for you. Here are the best places to learn to windsurf for beginners.
Although EverythingWindsurfing already has a directory on in-depth articles on where to windsurf, not all of these are for beginners. That being said, many of the famous spots already have established schools that offer windsurfing lessons. However, you should also make sure that the conditions are right for somebody who’s still learning the sport.
I would suggest going to your nearest windsurfing school and learning the basics there. After knowing the basics, you’ll know what the hazards are and can then venture out into the many locations made famous by windsurfers.
The following are a few of the best locations for those hoping to learn the sport or are just looking for a vacation spot that offers beginner windsurfing lessons.
Relatively inexpensive compared to other locations, Morocco is an excellent place for vacationers who would like to try to windsurf. Beginners would want to visit Dakhla which offers windsurfing lessons, a friendly atmosphere, and a bay perfect for learning the sport.
The southern tip of Spain is another region where windsurfing lessons are commonly given. If you’re a windsurfing beginner, you should check out the small town of Tarifa. With a strong community, the conditions here are excellent for anyone looking to pick up the sport. Be sure to see the official local beginner windsurfing packages available. Not only for beginners, Tarifa and the southern coast of Spain are both some of the best places to windsurf for all skill levels.
Southern France, near the border of Spain, boasts some fantastic spots for windsurfers of all skill types. The town of Leucate is right by the water and has become a prime location for windsurfers around the world. With its many windsurfing schools and shops, a beginner windsurfer would truly excel in this bustling environment.
Hood River, Oregon
Windsurfing is an incredibly popular sport in Hood River County. The county’s Chamber of Commerce publicly calls it the “windsurfing capital of the world” because of its conditions and ample windsurfing schools. Since the sport is increasing in popularity, you’ll find many of likeminded peers if you come here to learn to windsurf.
Hood River also boasts some very cheap schools which offer windsurf boards for beginners if you don’t have equipment.
Saving the best for last… Maui is the best place to windsurf, period. This magical island offers perfect bays for beginners and strong winds for experts. Overall, this island has it all and is consistently one of the most popular destinations for windsurfers around the world.
I would suggest Maui for a vacation anytime, especially if you want to learn to windsurf in one of the best environments for the sport on Earth. Be sure to read our guide on where to windsurf in Hawaii here.
These are some of the best places to learn to windsurf for beginners. So, I would suggest checking out windsurfing locations near you and once you learn the basics, be sure to head out to one of these spots.
Need information on windsurfing boards for beginners? Please read our article on How to Choose Your Windsurf Board.