Flat water spots: a windsurfing/kiteboarding highway | Photo: Luderitz Speed Challenge/Karine Terrien

Flat water spots are the best pick for speed sailors and freestyle creatives. With 20-knot side-to-offshore wind conditions, smooth H2O surfaces are perfect for wind sports fanatics.

The best flat water spots in the world are everywhere, in all five continents. Fortunately, strong winds are there, too. All you need is the right board, sail, and a resilient harness.

Flat water spots for windsurfers and kiteboarders are available in open ocean, river canyons, lagoons, lakes, dams, harbors, bays and river mouths.

Speed, Freestyle and Slalom are the "official" sailing classes enjoying the pleasures of perfect flat water world paradises. Forget the bumpy adventure in the waves, it's time to speed up down the strip.

Nowadays, the small town of Luderitz is probably considered the "Mecca" of speed sailing in flat waters. Sitting between the Atlantic and the hot desert, Luderitz is home to the fastest sailing records.

Flat water also means learning. If you're a windsurf or kitesurf beginner, horizontal H2O is all you need and want. Calm waters and a light breeze will get you planing in a couple of hours.

Whether you're in Europe (Alqueva, Cagliari, Martinhal, Portland Harbour, Sotavento, Tarifa, Viganj), USA (Columbia River Gorge, Corpus Christi Bay, Florida Keys, Hood River, San Francisco Bay) or Australia (Cervantes, Inverloch, Lancelin Bay), great flat waters are waiting for you.

Also, take a look at the best windsurfing spots in the world.

The Sailboarder's Top 50 Flat Water Spots:

Aitutaki, Cook Islands
Alqueva, Portugal
Barra do Cunhaú, Brazil
Bulabog, Philippines
Cabarete, Dominican Republic
Cabo de La Vela, Colombia
Cagliari, Italy
Cervantes, Australia
Columbia River Gorge, USA
Corpus Christi Bay, USA
Cumbuco, Brazil
Dahab, Egypt
Dakhla, Morocco
El Gouna, Egypt
El Yaque, Venezuela
Essaouira, Morocco
Fishermen's Huts, Aruba
Florida Keys, USA
Grand Anse, Guadeloupe
Hood River, USA
Hua Hin, Thailand
Ilôt Maître, New Caledonia
Inverloch, Australia
Jinha Beach, South Korea
Lac Bay, Bonaire
Lake Nitinat, Canada
Lancelin Bay, Australia
Le Galion, Saint Martin
Le Morn Lagoon, Mauritius
Luderitz, Namibia
Martinhal, Portugal
Motu Martin, Tahiti
Paracas Bay, Peru
Petite Lamèque, Canada
Portland Harbour, UK
Phuket, Thailand
Punta Rasa, Argentina
Radio Tower, Cocos Islands
Raglan Rivermouth, New Zealand
San Francisco Bay, USA
Sandy Beach, Aruba
Sorobon, Bonaire
Sotavento, Fuerteventura/Spain
Souk el Ghebli, Tunisia
Tarifa, Spain
Temae, French Polynesia
Union Island, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Varadero, Cuba
Viganj, Croatia
Walvis Bay, Namibia