Four million miles on my American Airlines Advantage account, I would say I have traveled a good part of the globe, windsurfed in some of the best places in the world, and had some amazing times. I often get asked where is the best place to windsurf in the world. Here are my top ten.
Hanstholm, Denmark- This was probably one of the most fun session’s of windsurfing I have had on the Continental Europe. Maybe it was the day, maybe it was the week, but for a couple of days in a row, Hanstholm, went off. The coastline is filled with epic beauty, reminding me of Northern California. Raw beauty, it is truly amazing.
Central Coast, California- Look too hard, you might not find it. The central coast has tons of fun spots littered along highway 1. Amazing fun, small wave, and side offshore winds. Maybe not the most incredible wave I have been to, just pure fun usually with good friends.
Pacasmayo, Peru- This place for me is the Baja of port tack, perfect for learning to wave ride, perfect for ripping it to pieces. I love the playfulness of the waves here, one of the longest waves I have ever ridden.
Vairao,Tahiti- Not your most user friendly place for wave sailing, but simply awesome. I have been there three times and absolutely love it. I like the water more than the land, especially from a windsurfer, you get views of this amazing place like you have never seen before.
Omaezaki, Japan- Talk about a culture shock. Take an 8 hour flight from Maui, followed by a 5 hour drive to Japan’s countryside. Way out there, but when it is good, it reminds me of the conditions I had growing up. Usually side shore starboard tack and super fun beach break type conditions. The wind can be anywhere from 5.3 to 3.7 and sometimes both on the same day.
Punta San Carlos, Baja California- The fun factor here is incredible. It hold interest from pro’s to first time beginners in the waves, with smiles from everyone. This is one place where I have laughed from having so much fun on one wave. An absolute must for any wave rider. It is very hard to get to if you do it on your own, but if you go with the crew at Solo Sports, life is good.
Maui, Hawaii- The epicenter of where it all started. Still where most of the windsurfing industry call home. It gets crowded, it’s not the best wave in the world, but on a good day it can be the most fun place you have ever sailed.