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windsurfing Holidays

Planet Travel is passionate about windsurf holidays to the very best windsurf holiday destinations on the planet. We always go to all the destinations we offer as often as possible to ensure we are only working with the best windsurf centre in each resort. We ensure that the equipment is the best available and the level of instruction is of the highest standard. 

In each windsurf holiday location, we have also sourced the best accommodations by visiting the resort and personally checking. You can be sure if you select a Planet Travel 'verified' property, you are getting great value and a good standard for the class of accommodation. We have direct contracts with the best properties in each windsurf holiday location, so we can negotiate the very best prices and offers. We also connect with over 50 hotel providers to instantly compare prices, ensuring we offer you the best rates to be found anywhere. 

But it is not just about getting the best prices; it is about making sure we get you to the best windsurf location for your travel period and windsurf level. We will only offer you windsurf locations that are in the best wind season for your travel dates, but sometimes it is best to speak to an expert. Just pick up the phone, or live chat with us, and a windsurf holiday expert will be on hand to give you expert, impartial advice on the perfect windsurf holiday just for you. 

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Learn To Windsurf Holiday

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. Beginner courses vary from as little as 2 hours, which only covers the very basics, and will only just leave you able to practice on your own, to comprehensive 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 an 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 learned, with the instructor's guidance. This is one of the best things about learning to windsurf as opposed to other wind orientated sports, you are 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 your 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 from the shoreline, which is crucial for when you begin to sail in areas with shore break (waves that 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.

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Top learn to windsurf holiday locations

Boa Vista

Cape Verde

From £428 1 wk hotel + Lessons

11 Hotels, 1 Windsurfing Centre

Learn To Windsurf Holiday

Kos North

Greece

From £545 1 wk hotel + Lessons

13 Hotels, 2 Windsurfing Centre

Learn To Windsurf Holiday

Soma Bay

Egypt

From £500 1 wk hotel + Lessons

7 Hotels, 1 Windsurfing Centre

Learn To Windsurf Holiday

Langebaan

South Africa

From £543 1 wk hotel + Lessons

6 Hotels, 1 Windsurfing Centre

Learn To Windsurf Holiday

Naxos

Greece

From £714 1 wk hotel + Lessons

6 Hotels, 1 Windsurfing Centre

Learn To Windsurf Holiday

Alacati

Turkey

From £664 1 wk hotel + Lessons

12 Hotels, 1 Windsurfing Centre

Learn To Windsurf Holiday

Dakhla

Morocco

From £882 1 wk hotel + Lessons

10 Hotels, 2 Windsurfing Centre

Learn To Windsurf Holiday

Dakhla

Morocco

From £882 1 wk hotel + Lessons

10 Hotels, 2 Windsurfing Centre

Learn To Windsurf Holiday

Bel Ombre

Mauritius

From £1049 1 wk hotel + Lessons

6 Hotels, 1 Windsurfing Centre

Learn To Windsurf Holiday

Lemnos

Greece

From £801 1 wk hotel + Lessons

1 Hotels, 1 Windsurfing Centre

Learn To Windsurf Holiday

St Martin

Dutch Antilles

From £1544 1 wk hotel + Lessons

6 Hotels, 1 Windsurfing Centre

Learn To Windsurf Holiday

Le Morne

Mauritius

From £1431 1 wk hotel + Lessons

9 Hotels, 1 Windsurfing Centre

Learn To Windsurf Holiday

Improver Windsurfing Holiday

How it works

Improver windsurfing sessions are typically tailored to the individual and can include equipment or you can use your own. Using the centers equipment means you don't have to travel with all your own gear while you are also presented with the opportunity to try out all the latest boards and sails. Improver courses can be as quick as one hour, take place over a few hours, or even several days, especially if you are looking at a specific wave sailing course or something similar. These courses can also include a combination of lessons and rental so that you have the time to practice the new skills you learned with your instructor in your own time.  

What you will learn

During an improver course, you can run through a variety of new techniques such as beach starts, water starts, harnessing, foot straps, stance, early planing, tacks, non-planing, and planing gybe techniques, and more. You will be given the opportunity to polish up your understanding, muscle memory, and overall ability! It is recommended to book an improver course with one on one instruction as then you are ensured that any requests you have will be tended to and you can learn those specific techniques you're trying to overcome or develop.

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Top improver windsurfing holiday locations

Golf De Roses

Spain

From £450 1 wk hotel + Lessons

8 Hotels, 2 Windsurfing Centre

Improver Windsurfing Holiday

Northern Sardinia

Italy

From £391 1 wk hotel + Lessons

13 Hotels, 1 Windsurfing Centre

Improver Windsurfing Holiday

Boa Vista

Cape Verde

From £432 1 wk hotel + Lessons

11 Hotels, 1 Windsurfing Centre

Improver Windsurfing Holiday

Soma Bay

Egypt

From £518 1 wk hotel + Lessons

7 Hotels, 1 Windsurfing Centre

Improver Windsurfing Holiday

Langebaan

South Africa

From £540 1 wk hotel + Lessons

6 Hotels, 1 Windsurfing Centre

Improver Windsurfing Holiday

Alacati

Turkey

From £682 1 wk hotel + Lessons

12 Hotels, 1 Windsurfing Centre

Improver Windsurfing Holiday

Dakhla

Morocco

From £673 1 wk hotel + Lessons

10 Hotels, 2 Windsurfing Centre

Improver Windsurfing Holiday

Dakhla

Morocco

From £673 1 wk hotel + Lessons

10 Hotels, 2 Windsurfing Centre

Improver Windsurfing Holiday

Bel Ombre

Mauritius

From £723 1 wk hotel + Lessons

6 Hotels, 1 Windsurfing Centre

Improver Windsurfing Holiday

Lemnos

Greece

From £757 1 wk hotel + Lessons

1 Hotels, 1 Windsurfing Centre

Improver Windsurfing Holiday

St Martin

Dutch Antilles

From £1440 1 wk hotel + Lessons

6 Hotels, 1 Windsurfing Centre

Improver Windsurfing Holiday

Le Morne

Mauritius

From £1396 1 wk hotel + Lessons

9 Hotels, 1 Windsurfing Centre

Improver Windsurfing Holiday

Holidays with windsurf rental

How it works
At most centers, windsurfing rental equipment is done on an unlimited basis. What this means is that you can swap out your equipment for different size gear if the conditions change, or you want to try something new. Most of our windsurf centres will also allow 'fixing' a specific board. This means that during the booking process we will ask you about your preferred size and style of board so we can set aside the best available options; you will have full access to all other available equipment. We highly recommend booking your base equipment well in advance if you want to be guaranteed a board or sail of a specific size.

Windsurfing rental conditions
In order to rent equipment, you will likely be required to leave a deposit, or your passport, for the duration of the rental. The center may require you to do a competency test to determine your windsurfing skills and may even require a refresher lesson if necessary. Windsurfing rental typically includes rescue services. Many of the windsurf centres will offer an insurance locally against damage of the equipment, on average around Euro 45 per week. We strongly recommend you take this if you do not have alternative cover a part of your holiday insurance. 


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Top holidays with windsurf rental locations

Golf De Roses

Spain

From £511 1 wk hotel + Equipment Rental

8 Hotels, 2 Windsurfing Centre

Holidays with windsurf rental

Northern Sardinia

Italy

From £456 1 wk hotel + Equipment Rental

13 Hotels, 1 Windsurfing Centre

Holidays with windsurf rental

Rhodes North

Greece

From £491 1 wk hotel + Equipment Rental

7 Hotels, 2 Windsurfing Centre

Holidays with windsurf rental

Boa Vista

Cape Verde

From £493 1 wk hotel + Equipment Rental

11 Hotels, 1 Windsurfing Centre

Holidays with windsurf rental

North Portugal

Portugal

From £595 1 wk hotel + Equipment Rental

8 Hotels, 1 Windsurfing Centre

Holidays with windsurf rental

South Fuerteventura

Spain

From £497 1 wk hotel + Equipment Rental

10 Hotels, 4 Windsurfing Centre

Holidays with windsurf rental

Gostoso

Brazil

From £577 1 wk hotel + Equipment Rental

8 Hotels, 2 Windsurfing Centre

Holidays with windsurf rental

Soma Bay

Egypt

From £570 1 wk hotel + Equipment Rental

7 Hotels, 1 Windsurfing Centre

Holidays with windsurf rental

Langebaan

South Africa

From £679 1 wk hotel + Equipment Rental

6 Hotels, 1 Windsurfing Centre

Holidays with windsurf rental

Lanzarote (Costa Teguise)

Spain

From £580 1 wk hotel + Equipment Rental

3 Hotels, 1 Windsurfing Centre

Holidays with windsurf rental

Naxos

Greece

From £681 1 wk hotel + Equipment Rental

6 Hotels, 1 Windsurfing Centre

Holidays with windsurf rental

Alacati

Turkey

From £660 1 wk hotel + Equipment Rental

12 Hotels, 1 Windsurfing Centre

Holidays with windsurf rental

Dakhla

Morocco

From £773 1 wk hotel + Equipment Rental

10 Hotels, 2 Windsurfing Centre

Holidays with windsurf rental

Dakhla

Morocco

From £773 1 wk hotel + Equipment Rental

10 Hotels, 2 Windsurfing Centre

Holidays with windsurf rental

Bel Ombre

Mauritius

From £841 1 wk hotel + Equipment Rental

6 Hotels, 1 Windsurfing Centre

Holidays with windsurf rental

Lemnos

Greece

From £849 1 wk hotel + Equipment Rental

1 Hotels, 1 Windsurfing Centre

Holidays with windsurf rental

Rhodes South

Greece

From £933 1 wk hotel + Equipment Rental

2 Hotels, 1 Windsurfing Centre

Holidays with windsurf rental

St Martin

Dutch Antilles

From £1297 1 wk hotel + Equipment Rental

6 Hotels, 1 Windsurfing Centre

Holidays with windsurf rental

Le Morne

Mauritius

From £1452 1 wk hotel + Equipment Rental

9 Hotels, 1 Windsurfing Centre

Holidays with windsurf rental

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