Spain is considered the Mecca of windsurfing in Europe, and for good reason. With just under 5,000 kilometres of coastline, fantastic summer weather for beginners, and fierce wind conditions and huge waves during the winter months. Windsurfing in Spain is an awesome experience closely matched with other popular water activities such as surfing and jet skiing.
Windsurfing in Spain, Top Spots & Locations
This fantastic sport originated in the mid 1960’s and has grown from strength to strength ever since. Windsurfing is best looked at as a combination of surfing and sailing. Consisting of a surfboard, with a moveable sail, attached to a mast that is then attached to the board using a pivoting ball joint, the windsurfer does actually look like a mini sail boat. Combining the laid back free style stunts of surfing with the more disciplined art of operating a sail boat.
The beauty of windsurfing is that it can be enjoyed on any body of water so long as there is wind. There are different sizes and shapes of both board and sail, depending on the persons skill set. Windsurfing in Spain is just one of our posts dedicated to Water Activities, we also have a Water Sports in Costa Blanca & Spain category that contains many more informative posts for you to enjoy.
Windsurfing For Beginners & Learning To Windsurf
As quite a few surfers do, beginners to the sport can choose to practice without any help, but need to be prepared to spend more time in the water and climbing back onto the board than actually piloting the windsurfer. This is not as easy as it looks and after a few spills, and the effort of re-mounting countless times, those that aren’t fit will soon tire and end up just getting frustrated. Wherever there is windsurfing in Spain, there will always be someone that offers paid lessons, or if you’re lucky, an experienced windsurfer that will take pity and offer a few pointers and advise. Paid lessons or a fee to enjoy water sports in Spain is big business, so it’s easy to find plenty of operators offering windsurfing and similar activities such as scuba diving or water skiing to name a few.
Top Windsurfing Spots In Spain
As we mentioned before, it is possible to windsurf anywhere there is water and wind, and a lot of enthusiasts that don’t live in the coastal regions of Spain, will take their rigs to local lakes and reservoirs on windy days. Fortunately for most of Spain there is the glorious sea. Most of the top surfing spots in Spain are perfect for windsurfing too. Although some will not have the best wind conditions or may be difficult to launch a windsurf board, so novices and those with limited experience should choose a beach area without shallow reefs.
Fuerteventura is the least developed of the Spanish Canary Islands and therefore a perfect place for windsurfing without crowded beaches full of party goers with hangovers !!.. The beautiful island of Fuertevenura regularly hosts windsurfing championships and tournaments due to it’s perfect windy conditions and magnificent beaches which go on for miles. The south side of the island, especially around Costa Calma, is ideal for beginners, with relatively small waves and few reefs. The northern parts of the island around Corralejo especially have rougher seas where the more experienced surfers take their chances with the rocks and reefs to catch that perfect barrel wave.
Gran Canaria is another great windsurfing spot with pleasant water temperatures and warm trade winds. The trade winds are at their best in the east of the island around Playa del Ingles and San Agustin beach. Although crowded in the summer months, Gran Canaria is an ideal choice for windsurfers who wish to combine some time on the water with a family holiday.
Mar Menor on the Costa Cálida is often mistaken as an area of sea but is in actual fact the worlds largest salt lake connected to the sea by fishing canals. Bordering the extremely popular holiday resorts of the Costa Blanca, the Mar Menor is a huge shallow lagoon, perfect for novice windsurfers, and one of the best destinations in Europe for practicing and learning the sport as well as many other water sports. The area is famous for its curative mud baths and after a day’s windsurf training the mud baths are a great way to sooth those aching bones and muscles.
Windsurfing is one of those sports that after a few lessons, novices will kick themselves for being stubborn and trying to go it alone. Initial paid lessons will take beginners through the most important aspects of learning the sport such as where to place your feet for optimum balance, how to read wind and wave conditions, and how to angle both the board and sail for the best results. This can often be accomplished after just a few lessons.
Tarifa is a town situated on the southernmost tip of Spain and the world’s most popular destination for wind sports. Due to its location where the Strait of Gibraltar and the north African coast are so close they almost touch, a tunnel effect occurs, accelerating the wind and creating perfect wind conditions all year round. Be prepared during the peak months of July and August to share the beaches with a multitude of other wind sports enthusiasts.