If you’re an experienced windsurfer, you might be looking for windier windsurfing locations to catch the best waves. The locations mentioned here as the top ten windiest places on earth for windsurfing are not only windy, but also have the perfect waters for windsurfing.
Boracay is a small island in the Philippines known for its beauty, but it also a premier location for windsurfing. During the months of December to April, the wind speeds reach 30 mph.
If you’re interested in slalom, the high-speed variant of windsurfing, then this is the location for you. Its famous winds and waters bring the International Funboard Cup here each year for windsurfers.
However, Boracay also boasts an inshore lagoon called Bulabog Beach which is an apt location for beginners since the reef protects the riders from choppy waves. Advanced windsurfers can go further into the waters to catch the waves.
Portugal is comparable to the coast of California with its waves and strong winds. Its coastlines are one of the windiest places on earth and Guincho Beach is known among windsurfers who are looking for big waves.
Receiving sunlight almost all year-round, and a warm climate, Guincho beach is ideal. However, all of Portugal’s south side coastline receives strong winds during the summer months thanks to northern winds, which is why many kitesurfers and windsurfers flock to Portugal during the summer months.
Namibia and the Skeleton Coast
The Skeleton Coast might a bit unnerving to some, but it’s a well-known spot that has been adored by windsurfers across the world. The most famous spots along this coast are Swakopmud, Walvis Bay, and Luderitz.
Walvis Bay is one of the few locations in Namibia with windsurfing infrastructure and instructors. The picture-perfect coastal city of Swakopmud also attracts windsurfers all year around, but Luderitz is the location for only the fastest windsurfers. The annual Luderitz Speed Challenge is held here which pits top-speeding windsurfers in a month-long contest. These winds are no joke.
Bear in mind, however, that since the waters of Namibia are extremely cold, you will need a wetsuit all year round.
Southern France has many locations with some of the strongest winds in Europe, especially Gruissan which has been dubbed a “windsurfing paradise.” It has been called one of the windiest places for windsurfing by multiple athletes.
Every year, Gruissan hosts an international windsurfing competition called Défi Wind which is held May 10th to 13th. See the 2017 competition for yourself to get an idea of these windy conditions.
Greece boasts some of the best locations for windsurfing with its beautiful collection of islands. If you were ever interested in a windsurfing, island-hopping adventure then this is your place.
The islands of Naxos, Paros, and Rhodes are all known for windsurfing and their strong winds. Naxos is the most popular and is thrashed by the powerful winds of the Aegean Sea almost all year round. During the summer, these conditions are too good for most windsurfers to pass up. Check out the Naxos-Surf Club.
Pistol River, Oregon
Although everyone talks about California when it comes to windsurfing, Pistol River in Curry County, Oregon is a location known for its winds and a place for big jumps.
Every June, the American Windsurfing Tour hosts the Pistol River Wave Bash at this location. Because of its excellent windsurfing conditions and scenic beauty, many windsurfing athletes have expressed opinions that this is their favorite spot. If you can tame the rough seas and handle the cold waters, this location is ideal for experienced windsurfers.
Lake Arenal, Costa Rica
Lake Arenal is the best place to windsurf in the Caribbean and all of Central America. Located near the Arenal Volcano, a very active volcano, one can just imagine windsurfing with the backdrop of a massive active volcano: pretty insane thought, no?
Winds here average around 25 mph and these create speeds only an experienced windsurfer can muster the strength to endure. The waves here reach high heights as large as 5 ft., so Lake Arenal is a location for all you daredevil windsurfers out there.
We already mentioned Portugal’s southern coast as being a popular location for windsurfing with its strong winds, but Tarifa in Spain matches that same spot and more.
When windsurfing took off during the 1980s, it was Spain that was the place to go. Located on the southern tip of Spain, the winds that pass through the Strait of Gibraltar create some impressive waves. With strong winds almost all-year round, and a strong community of windsurfers and instructors, Tarifa is commonly known as the windsurfing capital of Europe.
Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
Feurteventura quite literally means “strong winds” and it lives up to its name. Part of the Canary Islands, the island is still partly undeveloped which means there are plenty of uncrowded areas where you can let yourself go and windsurf.
Fuerteventura is excellent for slalom and high jumping. Its reputation as a prime location for windsurfing is well-known among windsurfers and it is also where the Windsurfing World Championships are held each year.
Fuerteventura also has many locations for beginner windsurfers as well. For example, Flag Beach and El Cotillo suit beginners as well as more experienced windsurfers. Overall, it is an excellent location.
If you’re an experienced windsurfer, then this location does not need any explanation. And if you happen to be a windsurfing beginner, I suggest you come here at least once because the area offers plenty of instruction, equipment, and locations for windsurfing at all levels. Maui tops our list not only in windiness, but also because it is the best windsurfing location. If you want more information on Maui, be sure to check out our article here.