Dursey Head is the windiest kiteboarding spot in Europe

October 14, 2011 | Kiteboarding
Dursey Island: windy and green | Photo: Creative Commons

Ireland has the windiest spot in Europe for kiteboarding. Dursey Head was considered the kite arena with the highest number of days with more than 4 bft winds (Beaufort Scale), in 2010.

The Irish wind heaven registered 274 days in those conditions. Europe is a fantastic continent for kiteboarding.

The analysis made by the German magazine "Kiteboarding" covered 15 countries.

Dursey Head registered an average wind speed of 15 knots during the entire year, which proves that the land of Guinness beer pints is perfect for wind sports.

In second places comes Vlieland, in Holland, with 270 days of winds above 4 bft.

Germany's Kiel comes in third with 259 days.

Karpathos, in Greece, places in fourth place, while the famous Spanish windsurfing spot of Tarifa only secures a ninth-place between 15 countries.

The beautiful town of Sagres, in Portugal, stays in the 13th position and the Polish spot of Leba ranks in 14th.

One Beaufort is the equivalent of 1-3 knots, 2 bft equals 4-6 knots, 3 bft means 7-10 knots, 4 bft is the same that 11-15 knots, and 5 bft equals 16-21 knots.

The European Above 4 Bft Wind Ranking | Top Spots

1. Dursey Head (Ireland) 274 days

2. Vlieland (Holland) 270 days

3. Kiel-Lighthouse (Germany) 259 days

4. Karpathos (Greece) 248 days

5. Romo (Denmark) 245 days

6. Isle of Portland/Weymouth (England) 237 days

7. La Hague / Normandie (France) 234 days

8. Capo Carbonara / Sardinia (Italy) 226 days

9. Tarifa (Spain) 193 days

10. Izmir (Turkey) 190 days

11. Split (Austria) 193 days

12. Podersdorf / Lake Neusiedel (Germany) 161 days

13. Sagres (Portugal) 142 days

14. Leba (Poland) 139 days

15. Geneve-Cointrin (Switzerland) 52 days