LEARN TO WINDSURF

Learning to windsurf can be a really frustrating experience as the learning curve is a really big one, especially with no previous wind sport experience. But going on a dedicated learn to windsurf holiday can make the experience quicker, and more fun.  

How it works

To learn how to windsurf we would recommend taking a course lasting around 10 hours over several days. Each centre differs with the courses they offer, and beginner courses vary from as little as 2 hours which only cover the very basics, and will only just leave you able to practice on your own. Whereas other centers offer 10 hour courses which are perfect for ensuring you are completely independent and having fun. You will also have a lot more structure to your learning by taking a long course as a structured plan will already be written. With this we would also recommend equipment usage hours, which usually come with the course, giving you on average of one hour of practice for every hour of instruction.

Learning to windsurf involves being taught both the physical and practical parts of windsurfing. The physical section is learning to be in control of the board and rig (sail), and to understand how to make your windsurf kit respond in the way you want it to. On the theory side you will learn about the wind, conditions, and choosing the right equipment. You will cover how to increase and decrease your power and speed using the correlation between the direction you are sailing in and the direction of the wind. In this section any previous wind sport experience will rapidly speed up your understanding, and awareness of which direction the wind is blowing from.

What you will learn

Your first lesson would begin with the instructor spending the first 10-20 minutes on land with you. Most centers use an old windsurf board and sail as a simulator, which they use to show you the basics of windsurfing, how to get on the board when in the water, stance, and how to perform a simple turn called a ‘Tack’. After that it’s straight on to the water to practice what you have learnt, with the instructor's guidance. This is one of the best things about learning to windsurf as opposed to other wind orientated sports, your up on the board and having fun within the first 30 minutes.

After your first 3 hours you should have gained a really good understanding of windsurfing and the factors that affect it. A few hours of solo practice is now recommended to sharpen you new skills and get you ready for the next step.

If you are feeling confident by your next lesson, you can discuss with your instructor about learning to beach start and harness. Beach starting enables you to step on your board and sail away form the shore line, which is crucial for when you begin to sail in areas with shore break (waves which break on the beach). The harness is what helps you to sail in stronger winds. Your instructor will show you how to wear the harness, hook in and out, how to use it safely and the new stance you need to adopt.

After more solo practice with your new skills, if you are feeling happy sailing with a harness, and can hook in and out, it’s time to start speeding thing up. Your instructor will start helping you to pick up speed, and begin planing. This stage is often referred to as getting the ‘bug’ because once you have experienced the incredible feeling of planing you just can’t get rid of the desire to windsurf, it happens to the best of us. Planing is what happens when you skim the water because you are going so fast, and a wake occurs behind you. This happens by using a bigger sail and smaller board in stronger winds. It may sound as though this would pull you over, but in actual fact, once planing the rig becomes really light. Once you have begun planing your instructor will introduce you to the foot straps, and teach you to control your new speed. This is now the point where you really need to put in the hours to practice, and remember what you have been taught, and eventually learn to control the sail with your arms and the board with your feet.

This varies between people, as some people may get to the planing stage in 9 hours, whereas some people take longer. The plan above is not set within a certain time period, and each centre and it’s instructors differ with their teaching methods slightly, there is not a specific ‘right’ or ‘better’ structure. But you can be sure that we only work with centers that use effective methods of teaching.

Learning to windsurf can be done as either private or group lessons. Needless to say private lessons will ensure quicker progression, but group lessons are a great way to have fun and meet new people. It is also a really good way to spend time with people, and can be done from as young as 6 years old, so is something that the whole family can enjoy and participate in!

There are many factors which affect the speed of learning, with the biggest one being the chosen destination. We would recommend you a destination with flat water, no shore break, and shallow water. Warm water is also good as you will feel more comfortable, and won’t tire so quickly. The centre is also a big factor, the chosen center needs to offer a course which suites you, and any previous experience. The centre must also stock good quality beginner equipment. We have all learnt at one time or another, and are able to work with you to choose a destination and centre which will fit your requirements. All the destinations that we offer have been visited by at least one Planet consultant, and we are therefore able to recommend you the very best choices.

BEST DESTINATION FOR ‘LEARN TO WINDSURF’

TOP LEARN TO WINDSURF HOTELS

Alacati, Turkey
  • (5 Star)

Alacati Beach Resort

The best hotel in Alacati offering true 5 star service and facilities second to none
from

£ 1,200

Includes Flight & Transfers
DETAILS
Alacati, Turkey
  • (4 Star)

Alkoclar Alacati Hotel

Conveniently located just 300m from the windsurf centre
from

£ 500

Includes Flight & Transfers
DETAILS
Alacati, Turkey
  • (3 Star)

Yucca Pension

A small hotel in a great location walking distance to the windsurfing centre
from

£ 650

Includes Flight & Transfers
DETAILS
Anse La Raie, Mauritius
  • (5 Star)

Paradise Cove

Stunning property catering specifically for adults
from

£ 1,290

Includes Flight & Transfers
DETAILS
Anse La Raie, Mauritius
  • (4 Star)

Zilwa Attitude Mauritius

Traditional Mauritian-style luxury hotel
from

£ 1,275

£ 1,650

Includes Flight & Transfers
DETAILS
Aruba, Dutch Antilles
  • (5 Star)

Aruba Marriott

Great beach front location next to a windsurf and kitesurf schools
from

£ 1,350

Includes Flight & Transfers
DETAILS
Bonaire, Dutch Antilles
  • (4 Star)

Bonaire Boutique Hotel

One of the best locations on Bonaire for kitesurfing, windsurfing and diving
from

£ 1,300

Includes Flight & Transfers
DETAILS
Bonaire, Dutch Antilles
  • (4 Star)

Sorobon Beach Hotel

Resort has a private beach with that is protected by a coral reef
from

£ 1,350

£ 1,675

Includes Flight & Transfers
DETAILS
Boracay, Philippines
  • (4 Star)

7 Stones Suites

New high end luxury condo and hotel on Bulabog Beach
from

£ 950

£ 1,350

Includes Flight & Transfers
DETAILS
Boracay, Philippines
  • (4 Star)

Reef Retreat

Stunning hotel dedicated to windsurf and kitesurf
from

£ 950

Includes Flight & Transfers
DETAILS
Cabarete, Dominican Republic
  • (4 Star)

Watermark Luxury Hotel

Modern luxury hotel located directly on the kiting beach
from

£ 1,565

Includes Flight & Transfers
DETAILS
Crete, Greece
  • (4 Star)

Agathias Suites

Located in Agathias Palekastro over looking the windsurf bay
from

£ 690

Includes Flight & Transfers
DETAILS
Crete, Greece
  • (3 Star)

Casa Di Mare Apartments

Just 150 metres from the long sand and pebble beach of Kouremenos
from

£ 500

Includes Flight & Transfers
DETAILS
Crete, Greece
  • (4 Star)

Castri Village Aparthotel

Uninterrupted view over the magnificent windsurf bay
from

£ 650

Includes Flight & Transfers
DETAILS
Dakhla, Morocco
  • (4 Star)

Dakhla Club

Located on the Dakhla lagoon just 100 metres from the shore
from

£ 890

£ 1,190

Includes Flight & Transfers
DETAILS
Dakhla, Morocco
  • (4 Star)

Ocean Vagabond

Bungalows located right on the water's edge
from

£ 850

£ 900

Includes Flight & Transfers
DETAILS
Fuerteventura (Corralejo), Spain
  • (5 Star)

Gran Hotel Atlantis

One of the best hotels in Fuerteventura
from

£ 890

£ 1,150

Includes Flight & Transfers
DETAILS
Fuerteventura (Costa Calma), Spain
  • (4 Star)

Sercotel Costa Calma

One of the best hotels on the island
from

£ 655

£ 850

Includes Flight & Transfers
DETAILS
Fuerteventura (Sotavento), Spain
  • (4 Star)

Melia Gorriones

A modern resort style hotel with a great beachfront setting
from

£ 650

Includes Flight & Transfers
DETAILS
Golf De Roses, Spain
  • (4 Star)

Catalan Boutique

A great luxury boutique property set on an authentic Catalan farm
from

£ 690

£ 900

Includes Flight & Transfers
DETAILS
Golf De Roses, Spain
  • (3 Star)

The Old Farm House

A beautifully restored country estate
from

£ 650

Includes Flight & Transfers
DETAILS
Golf De Roses, Spain
  • (3 Star)

The Old Watermill

Offering a central location in the Costa Brava countryside
from

£ 650

Includes Flight & Transfers
DETAILS
Golf De Roses, Spain
  • (4 Star)

Vilacolum Boutique Hotel

A small luxury rural boutique hotel in the Costa Brava
Spa
from

£ 900

Includes Flight & Transfers
DETAILS
Golf De Roses, Spain
  • (3 Star)

Villa Tramuntana

A cosy four bedroom villa in a great location
from

£ 550

Includes Flight & Transfers
DETAILS
Gostoso, Brazil
  • (4 Star)

Gostoso Chalet Hotel

High standard of accommodation in a relaxing setting
from

£ 1,300

Includes Flight & Transfers
DETAILS
Gostoso, Brazil
  • (4 Star)

Gostoso Luxury Boutique Hotel

A boutique beachfront property offering an unsurpassed level of personal service
from

£ 1,245

£ 1,450

Includes Flight & Transfers
DETAILS
Gostoso, Brazil
  • (3 Star)

Kauli Seadi's Bungalow

A great club atmosphere for windsurfers and kitesurfers
from

£ 1,150

£ 1,350

Includes Flight & Transfers
DETAILS
Hurghada, Egypt
  • (4 Star)

Mercure Hurghada

Water sport activities offered at the resort
from

£ 599

£ 750

Includes Flight & Transfers
DETAILS
Icaraizinho, Brazil
  • (4 Star)

Villa Mango

A rustic feel with a high standard of service
from

£ 1,500

£ 1,650

Includes Flight & Transfers
DETAILS
Karpathos, Greece
  • (3 Star)

Windsurf Club Karpathos

Perfect location for windsurfers right at the windsurf centre
from

£ 690

Includes Flight & Transfers
DETAILS
Kos (Marmari), Greece
  • (4 Star)

Atlantica Marmari Beach Hotel

Located on Kos Island directly opposite the beach
from

£ 950

Includes Flight & Transfers
DETAILS
Kos (Marmari), Greece
  • (4 Star)

Caravia Resort

Close to all local amenities and watersport centre
from

£ 750

Includes Flight & Transfers
DETAILS
Kos (Marmari), Greece
  • (4 Star)

Sandy Beach Hotel

Situated directly on the dunes, just a few meters away from the beautiful sandy beach
from

£ 650

Includes Flight & Transfers
DETAILS
Kos (Psalidi), Greece
  • (3 Star)

Sun Palace Hotel Kos

Short drive to the windsurf and kitsurf centre
from

£ poa

Includes Flight & Transfers
DETAILS
Langebaan, South Africa
  • (3 Star)

Beachfront Guesthouse

Great value for money accommodation
from

£ 950

Includes Flight & Transfers
DETAILS
Langebaan, South Africa
  • (3 Star)

Langebaan Beach Guesthouse

Located right next to our brilliant partner watersport centre
from

£ 995

Includes Flight & Transfers
DETAILS
Langebaan, South Africa
  • (3 Star)

Langebaan Family Cottage

A four sleeper self-catering cottage ideal for longer stays
from

£ 890

Includes Flight & Transfers
DETAILS
Langebaan, South Africa
  • (3 Star)

Langebaan Fishermen's Cottage

One of the few remaining traditional fishermens cottages
from

£ 800

Includes Flight & Transfers
DETAILS
Langebaan, South Africa
  • (3 Star)

Langebaan Studio

Located in close proximity to the town and the closest kiteboarding and windsurfing beach
from

£ 860

Includes Flight & Transfers
DETAILS
Langebaan, South Africa
  • (4 Star)

Langebaan Villas

Premier holiday homes located on the beach front
from

£ 900

Includes Flight & Transfers
DETAILS
Le Morne, Mauritius
  • (4 Star)

La Gaulette Superior Apartment

Easy access to the city of La Gaulette
from

£ 1,050

£ 1,150

Includes Flight & Transfers
DETAILS
Le Morne, Mauritius
  • (3 Star)

Premium Apartments La Gaulette

Excellent apartment with the facilities of a small hotel
from

£ 950

Includes Flight & Transfers
DETAILS
60% Hotel Discount
Le Morne, Mauritius
  • (5 Star)

The St Regis Mauritius Resort

Family-friendly resort with one of the best kids clubs in the world
from

£ 1,645

£ 2,790

Includes Flight & Transfers
DETAILS
Le Morne, Mauritius
  • (5 Star)

The St Regis Mauritius Villa

Spectacular and elegantly furnished luxury villas
from

£ 4,650

£ 6,300

Includes Flight & Transfers
DETAILS
Rhodes North, Greece
  • (4 Star)

Blue Horizon

Located directly on the beach of Lalyssos
from

£ 650

Includes Flight & Transfers
DETAILS
Rhodes North, Greece
  • (5 Star)

Electra Palace Hotel

Situated right next to the sea near the traditional village Triantes
from

£ 750

Includes Flight & Transfers
DETAILS
Safaga, Egypt
  • (4 Star)

Imperial Hotel

Just a short walk from both kitesurf and windsurf centres
from

£ 700

Includes Flight & Transfers
DETAILS
Safaga, Egypt
  • (5 Star)

Shams Prestige

Just a short distance from the kitesurf and windsurf centres
from

£ 950

Includes Flight & Transfers
DETAILS
Samos, Greece
  • (3 Star)

Kokkari Beach Hotel

from

£ 550

Includes Flight & Transfers
DETAILS
Sardinia (Porto Pollo), Italy
  • (3 Star)

Porto Pollo Apartments

A cluster of comfortable apartments just above the beach
from

£ 650

Includes Flight & Transfers
DETAILS
Soma Bay, Egypt
  • (5 Star)

Movenpick Soma Bay

Perfect location for a multi-sport holiday
from

£ 750

Includes Flight & Transfers
DETAILS
St Martin, Dutch Antilles
  • (3 Star)

La Plantation

A charming hotel with modern amenities and personalised service
from

£ 1,200

Includes Flight & Transfers
DETAILS
The Algarve, Portugal
  • (5 Star)

Martinhal

A host of activities on offer - perfect for couples and families
from

£ 1,200

Includes Flight & Transfers
DETAILS
Tobago, Trinidad And Tobago
  • (4 Star)

Stonehaven Villa

Amazing villas on a hillside with stunning ocean views
from

£ 1,250

Includes Flight & Transfers
DETAILS
Vieux Fort, Saint Lucia
  • (4 Star)

Coconut Bay Resort

The windsurf and kitesurf centre is located on site at this resort
from

£ 1,150

Includes Flight & Transfers
DETAILS