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Windsurfing & Kiteboarding in Vancouver

Catch the wind and enjoy the sun on an active summer vacation

Best time: May–mid-September

Windsurfing & Kiteboarding
Windsurfing & Kiteboarding
Windsurfing & Kiteboarding
Windsurfing & Kiteboarding
Windsurfing & Kiteboarding

Water and wind are all that windsurfers need and Vancouver offers perfect conditions for this kind of sport. Some of the best places to try windsurfing, especially for first timers is Jericho Beach and English Bay. Here you'll find rentals and lessons.

More advanced surfers will find themselves comfortable at Acadia Beach and the western part of Spanish Banks. Here you'll find strong north-west winds. On the windiest days, you can find waves over 2 metres high. Some of the best windsurfing conditions can be found at Squamish River, Crescent Beach, Ferry Terminal, and 3rd Ave. where you can enjoy strong thermal winds during summer.

The windsurfing and kiteboarding season usually runs from May through September, with slight differences in dates depending on the location and a specific club opening dates.

Practical info

When is the best time to windsurf or kiteboard in Vancouver?

The season for windsurfing and kiteboarding in Vancouver is typically from May to mid-September. While dates may vary depending on the club, this period offers both thermal winds and strong north-west winds. The best locations for these sports are Jericho Beach, English Bay, Acadia Beach, and Spanish Banks. Water conditions and wave heights vary at each location, making them ideal for riders at all skill levels. Show more

Where are the best places to windsurf and kiteboard in Vancouver?

In addition to Jericho Beach, English Bay, Acadia Beach, and Spanish Banks, Vancouver has several other fantastic locations to try kiteboarding and windsurfing. Included among these spots are Squamish River, Crescent Beach, Ferry Terminal, and 3rd Ave. Each provides different wind, water, and wave conditions. This variety allows for enjoyable experiences catering to various skill levels of windsurfers and kiteboarders alike. Show more

What kind of wind conditions can be found at Acadia Beach and Spanish Banks?

At Acadia Beach and the western portion of Spanish Banks, it is common to experience strong north-west winds. These winds often produce waves exceeding 2 meters in height. More experienced windsurfers and kiteboarders typically enjoy these areas, as the conditions lend themselves to energetic performances of aerial jumps and tricks. Beginners and those seeking calmer waters would benefit from investigating other locations in Vancouver. Show more

Can beginners rent equipment and take lessons in Vancouver?

Vancouver's numerous schools and rental shops provide equipment and lessons for beginners. English Bay and Jericho Beach are two particularly appropriate locations for beginners. They offer gentle winds and calm waters, with available rental gear and beginner instruction from experienced teachers. Some schools also package multiple lessons with rental gear use. Before signing up, verify the school’s quality of gear and safety procedures. Show more

Are there any other locations in Vancouver where strong winds can be found during summer?

Other locations in Vancouver that offer strong winds during summer include Squamish River, Ferry Terminal, Crescent Beach, and 3rd Ave. Like the more popular kiteboarding and windsurfing spots, these locations provide either thermal winds or strong north-west winds depending on weather conditions. Using these spots in addition to others, kiteboarders and windsurfers might experience various types of riding and avoid crowds at busier locations. Show more

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