- 14 August 2013 | Windsurfing
Commonwealth Bay is the windiest spot on Planet Earth, with winds regularly exceeding 240 km/h (150 mph). Is there a sail size for those wind conditions? That's 130 knots, you know.
Can you imagine a stable, strong and consistent wind blowing over super flat waters? That would be the ultimate dream of a windsurfer. But what about the next frontier?
The windiest spots on Earth are an incredible life experience. On April 12, 1934, staff of the Mount Washington Observatory recorded the highest surface wind ever measured at 372 km/h (231 mph).
One of the windiest places in the world is Cape Blanco, in Oregon. Powerful winter storms generate nuclear winds which blow at more than 200 km/h (125 mph).
In Wellington, capital of New Zealand, flight are frequently cancelled due to strong winds. This is also one of the best windsurfing spot in Australasia, with 173 days above 32 knots and 22 days over 40 knots.
Rio Gallegos, in Argentina, easily gets above 26 knots/day or even 53 knots in a winter afternoon. The average wind in Rio Gallegos is around 16 mph (26 km/h).
St. Johns, in Newfoundland and Labrador, is the foggiest, snowiest, wettest, most cloudy, and windiest (24.3 km/h or 15.1 mph) in Canada.
Punta Arenas, not far away from Rio Gallegos, is the windiest city in Chile and averages a wind speed of 14.5 mph (23 km/h) year round. The city once named Magallanes offers great conditions for speed windsurfers.
Dodge City, in Kansas, offers great business opportunities for wind farm developers. With an average wind speed of 14 mph, it can be a challenge for wind skateboarding or street windsurfing.
Port Martin, an abandoned French research base in Antarctica, averages more than 64 km/h (40 mph) on at least 100 days each year, making it overall the windiest place on Planet Earth.
Today, these locations may not be the best windsurfing spots in the world, but with technology, new design and innovative materials, windsurfers will raise the bar to sail in ultra extreme winds.