Riding the Baltic Sea swell in the coastline of Poland
With 491 kilometers of coastline, Poland is one of the most unique surfing countries in Central Europe.
Poland has many neighbours. It is bordered by Germany to the west, the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south, Ukraine and Belarus to the east, and Russia's Kaliningrad Oblast, Lithuania, and the Baltic Sea to the north.
The Baltic Sea has its secrets. In order to get waves for surfing, Polish riders have to wait for strong onshore winds to build swell followed by a brief period of cross or offshore winds.
In Poland, the wind comes from a westerly direction roughly two-thirds of the time - spring and autumn storms provide particularly good surfing conditions.
Forget groundswells in Poland, but you can expect low-salt waters and, therefore, fast moving waves. Temperatures can reach frigid conditions in the winter and fall, but summer brings warm vibes of 60-70F (18-21C).
The country's main surfing spots are located in Pomerania, between Karwia and Rowy. The Peninsula of Hel has spectacular wind conditions for kiteboarders and windsurfers.
Dabki (Koszalin), Leba and Wladyslawowo are also quite interesting beach breaks waiting for the Central European surfers. Sopot and Wladyslawowo are probably the most important wave riding centers in Poland.
Recently, Polish surfers have been exploring a new river wave, discovered on the Bobr River, which has been attracting die-hard wave riders from across the globe.
Today, the land of Frédéric Chopin has about 2,000 regular surfers, and the local surfing scene is growing rapidly. Poland is the 79th Member Nation of the International Surfing Association (ISA).
The Polish Surfing Association was founded in 2005, and the first national surfing championship was held in 2007.