10 tips for windsurf travel

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10 tips for windsurf travel

If you’re thinking about booking a windsurfing holiday for the first time, then there are a few things you should know. Firstly, congratulations, you’ve made an excellent choice and it’s sure to be a blast and perhaps even the start of a new lifetime’s passion. But you also need to realise that windsurfing breaks aren’t like other holidays. There are special considerations you need to bear in mind. To help you out, we have compiled a list of 10 tips to help you get the most from your time away.

1. Research is key when planning a windsurf holiday

You need to plan your trip carefully. And the most important consideration is finding a destination with conditions that suit you – and here’s the important bit – at the right time of year. Wind patterns change and alternate throughout the year, meaning that windsurfing
seasons vary in each destination. Turn up in South Africa in their summer months and you’ll be buffeted by regular winds. Go in winter and you’ll be left wondering why it’s one of the most popular windsurfing destinations in the world.


2. Get an idea before you buy the windsurf gear

We know it’s easy to get carried away before your break but it’s always a good idea to wait until you are experienced before investing in the kit. Different boards, sails, harnesses and wetsuits match different types of riders. So it’s best to wait until you get a feel for it, and seek advice from an instructor, before paying out your hard earned cash. Windsurf schools will have everything you need to use as a beginner so you can just rent the best equipment while on holiday. That way you also don’t have to worry about lugging all your kit with you while you travel.

3. Book windsurf lessons in advance

Turn up in a windsurf spot in high season and you might find all the schools fully booked. Make sure you book lessons in advance before jetting off halfway around the world on your windsurfing holiday or you could end up disappointed.


4. Pack properly for your windsurf holiday

Pack sensibly for the conditions, remember to take plenty of sunscreen, and that conditions can change during your stay. Be sure to pack a rash vest and a wetsuit even if you’re going to a tropical destination as even warm waters can feel chilly after a good few hours spent in the sea. 

5. Be prepared

Chafing, cuts and bruises all happen. So be prepared to patch yourself up along the way. A first aid kit, some Vaseline and painkillers are all worth taking. If you are windsurfing on your own try and surf near other people or at the very least let someone at your hotel know where you’re going and when you’ll be back.


6. Keep dry

A dry bag is always a good idea. Granted, you’re not taking your phone or wallet into the water but dripping boards and suits can quickly destroy a fragile smartphone in the car.

7. Learn the rules

Just like any sport, there are rules out on the water. But these may not be formalised or even written down. Learn hand signals and etiquette and you’ll avoid getting into trouble with local riders. Also be sure to chat to the local school about any tides, currents and danger zones so you don’t get into trouble.

8. Go with windsurf travel company

Not only is it more fun to windsurf with a friend or group, but it’s also much safer. Booking a guided trip can be a great way to not only improve your windsurfing but also meet like-minded people. And if you are travelling on your own, be sure to book with a reputable windsurf company that can recommend the best hotels and accommodation for your level. 


9. Don’t get frustrated

Like any new skill, learning is all about overcoming obstacles and plateaus. Windsurfing can be frustrating and you will spend plenty of time in the water or on your backside if you are a complete beginner. But keep plugging away and you’ll get there in the end.

10. Have fun

Remember that every second you get on the water is precious. And it might be a while before you get to come back. Don’t overdo it, but it’s worth maximising your time on the water so that you can truly enjoy every second of your windsurfing holiday.