The Best Windsurfing Spots in Croatia
Why Windsurfing in Croatia?
There is an old saying in the surfing world, “Only a surfer knows the feeling!”
Surfing the waves has its roots in Polynesian culture, where it is mentioned in ancient times, and his development is closely linked to the islands of Hawaii. But in recent times, windsurfing is becoming accessible to all who wish to catch his wave, so in Croatia too.
The first club in Croatia, which deals exclusively with surfing on the waves, is called Kohola. The club was founded with the aim to popularize this sport in Croatia.
In recent years, surfing becomes accessible to all who want to “catch the wave”, including Croatia. A large number of lovers of water sports, especially when it comes to surfing, going to Croatia during the summer to experience the Croatian winds and sea. Croatia is an ideal destination and has numerous the best windsurfing spots for those who want to spend a holiday full of sports and entertainment. Windsurfing in Croatia starts in May with international competition in freestyle surfing.
Croatia has strong southern waves which often reach a height of over two meters, although irregular because of the winds. Due to the demanding conditions and rocky bottoms, many surf destinations in Croatia are ideal for advanced surfers.
Pula, Premantura – by many surfers it’s just the best windsurfing spots. North and south wind blow in spring and autumn, while moderate mistral are ideal for beginners and relaxed surfing in summer. It should be noted that the bora in Premantura does not create danger since blowing toward land in case of an accident.
Umag, Savurdija – a small tourist destination placed in the north-western region of Istria near Umag. Because of the favourable winds this is ideal place for surfers and lovers of windsurfing. It should be noted that due to strong south wind that blows in the fall and spring comes to the appearance of large waves and that inexperienced surfers have to be careful.
Opatija, Volosko – The waters surrounding Preluka, naturally protected bay near Volosko and Opatija is ideal for all surfers and lovers of windsurfing due to the favourable winds that blow in this area. The best time for surfing is early in the morning because of the Tramontana, which blows from the north so it is not surprising that surfers range surf at night, waiting for dawn and waves. The best conditions for surfing are in the early autumn.
Ravni – another top destination for surfers and lovers of windsurfing. Very good wind creates ideal conditions for enjoying windsurfing. Ravni are on the eastern coast of Istria, near Labin. Over the weekend there surfs half of Slovenia. Mistral is at this point significantly greater than in the area, and nearby there are spots for bora (north wind) and south. The sea in Ravni is crystal clear (the place is popular among the divers also).
Punat and Baska on Island Krk – Baska is ideal for true professionals because the bora when a strong wind blows from the direction of Senj raises waves up to 1.5 meters. Under these conditions is best to surf with short boards. For beginners and intermediate experienced surfers Krk is a much better location since it is quieter and blowing of bora is moderate.
Viganj, Peljesac Peninsula – Korcula channel (between the Peljesac and Korcula) is ideal for summer surfing. When the weather is nice in the morning blowing Levant and in the afternoon unmistakably turns to mistral. Mistral in Korcula channel reaches maximum strength in the Adriatic. The most popular surf spot on the Peljesac is Viganj. Viganj is a small town located in the south-western part of the Peljesac peninsula, which after Bol on Brac represents the second most attractive and the most visited place for windsurfing in Croatia.
Jadrija, Sibenik – this beach near Sibenik is a favourite tourist destination for all lovers of windsurfing. The winds are more than ideal for enjoying in windsurfing. During the fall and spring blowing bora and south wind and that are ideal for all professionals, in the summer blowing moderate mistral and Tramontana that are ideal for intermediate or experienced surfers and beginners.
Znjan in Split – an ideal location for all beginners who want to learn how to surf on a board. During the summer blowing a moderate mistral here while in the fall and spring blowing stronger south and this is ideal for professionals and intermediate experienced surfers.
Bol, Island Brac – the most attractive, the most famous and most beautiful place for windsurfing. Every year this beautiful place visits a larger and larger number of surfers. The main attraction of Bol on Brac is his mega popular and one of the world’s most beautiful beaches in the world – Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn). In the morning breeze blowing Levant, which is ideal for beginners. Afternoon Levant replace with mistral from the southwest, which is ideal for medium and experienced surfers. There are also a large number of schools in which everyone can learn the basics of windsurfing.
Ruskamen, Omis – located only 7 km from Omis, Ruskamen is a wonderful tourist destination with beautiful sandy beaches and promenade. Except its sandy beaches, is also known for favourable conditions for windsurfing. Every year, here come more and more tourist’s lovers of windsurfing.