Best spots for Windsurfing in the UK

by Mason Hiestand

Windsurfing is a thrilling water activity like standing on a surfboard, but instead of just riding waves, you've got a sail attached to a mast catching the wind! When the wind blows, you can steer yourself and move across the water by adjusting the sail and leaning your body. It's like a mix of surfing and sailing, where you use the wind's power to glide over the water and have a really cool time. No matter where you are around the UK, you can find a spot to windsurf. Check out our top places to windsurf around the UK.

Camber Lake, Rye

During the summer, Camber Lake often experiences sea breezes ideal for learning to windsurf. The winds during the summer months are often moderate, which can be pleasant for beginners, dusting off some rust, or those just starting. Camber Lake is also close to Rye Harbor, the perfect spot to grab some food after all that windsurfing.

If you’re near Camber Lake or headed there for the day, we recommend taking water sports lessons with Rye Watersports. They not only offer windsurfing, but also sailing, wind foiling, SUP, powerboat hire, and more! Their amazing training courses will have you windsurfing like a pro in no time.

a group of windsurfers in the ocean at sunset

River Itchen, Southampton

The River Itchen is a beautiful chalk stream full of picture-perfect views to enjoy while windsurfing. The River is cherished for its natural beauty, supporting various recreational activities including windsurfing. In addition, nearby attractions like historical sites or parks are super fun options for your family’s outing before or after exploring the river.

With immediate access to the River Itchen, Southampton Water Activities Centre is the perfect place to learn different waterpots or hire the equipment you need. Their amazing windsurf lessons allow people of all ages to learn windsurf and develop the skills necessary to windsurf all around London.

person surfing on sea waves during daytime

Mersea Island, Colchester

Mersea Island is a charming island located off the coast of Essex, England. Mersea’s stable winds make windsurfing a very popular activity with the locals around the island. Additionally, their mid to low-level waves make it perfect for beginners or those just getting used to the sport.

Mersea Island Watersports is conveniently located on Mersea Island, and they have several different watersport courses but their passion lies with windsurfing. Mersea Island Watersports also invites you to have a party at their place! Whether it’s a child’s birthday party with fun treasure map games or an adults-only vibe, they have it all sorted.

a person surfing on the waves

Swanpool Beach, Falmouth

Swanpool Beach, known for its stunning scenery, golden sands, clear turquoise waters, and lush green surroundings, is situated just outside Falmouth, one of Cornwall's most vibrant seaside towns. The strength of the wind at Swanpool Beach can range from gentle breezes to stronger gusts- perfect for building up some speed out on the waves. The waves at Swanpool Beach are generally small to moderate in size, so you don’t have to worry about getting destroyed by massive waves.

If you live in the area and are looking for something outdoorsey for the family, head to Elemental UK. They are Cornwall’s ultimate beach adventure group, and their watersports courses will give you a fresh new perspective of Swanpool Beach from the ocean. Participating in watersports with Elemental UK will ensure that everyone has a day to remember at the beach.

a person riding a surf board on top of a wave

Llandegfedd Reservoir, Wales

Llandegfedd Reservoir is situated near the town of Pontypool, approximately 11 km north of Newport. The reservoir offers plenty of real estate for windsurfers to explore, covering an area of about 176 hectares. The reservoir's size and occasional breezy conditions make it suitable for all windsurfing enthusiasts, or those just learning.

Llandegfedd Visitor & Activity Centre is located on the Llandegfedd Reservoir. Windsurfing with them will allow you to feel the wind in your hair, and fly through the water with ease!

yellow and white sail boat on sea during daytime

Arnside Beach, Arnside

Arnside Beach is a picturesque stretch of coastline located in Arnside, a village in Cumbria, England, situated on the southern edge of the Lake District National Park. The beach welcomes the waves of Morecambe Bay, famous for its extreme tides, among the highest in the world. The Bay’s high tides make it super fun to jump around, or to feel like you’re on top of the world on your board!

At the Arnside Sailing Club, they are thrilled about windsurfing. Their amazing instructors will have you comfortable riding the waves, and you’ll want to keep coming back for more. If you are in the area, headed to the beach, or are just interested in watersports, we recommend checking them out.

a couple of people riding surfboards on top of the ocean

Looking for a booking system to help you run your windsurfing activities? eola is dedicated to helping windsurfing instructors and windsurfing centres share their passion for watersports with more people. We reduce your administrative burdens, so you can have more time to spend on the water, doing what you love. Find out more at our watersports page.


Need a booking system to help you run your outdoor activities? eola is dedicated to helping instructors and outdoor activity centres share their passion with more people. We reduce your administrative burdens, so you can have more time to spend doing what you love. Find out more at our watersports page.

Searching for other fun places to do outdoor activities with family and friends? Check out our surfing page for more information.

If you’re looking for more ideas, check out 10 of the best places to go surfing in Cornwall and 7 places to paddle in Essex.

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