Guincho: the best windsurfing spot in Portugal | Photo: PWA

Consistent and steady winds, clean water surface, sun, beautiful scenery, windsurf shops and tasty food. The perfect ingredients for the ultimate windsurf spot are cooked, but does it really exist? Fortunately, the answer is affirmative.

Planet Earth has several outstanding windsurf spots, from Oceania and Europe to Africa, Asia, and America. In the GPS and mobile phone era, there's no need to embark on endless searches. However, if you enjoy exploration, you can still travel without a plan.

The best windsurf spots in the world deserve to be explored. Whether you're traveling with friends and family, staying in luxury resorts or camping sites, going for air tricks or speed sailing, anything is good to boost the stoke.

Bonaire is great for windsurfing. You'll find crystal-clear waters, steady breeze, white sands and incredible places to stay. Windsurfers should experience this Caribbean island, at least once in a lifetime.

For many, Maui is the Mecca of windsurfing. Despite the sharks, this is one of the best wave spots for windsurfers. It also delivers extreme weather conditions.

The Columbia River Gorge is a wide water arena where young and experienced windsurfers can share their experiences all year round.

Tarifa is the European capital of windsurfing. There are few days without wind near Cadiz, in the South of Spain. The spot is packed with windsurfers, kitesurfers, and even surfers. Fuerteventura, in the Canary Islands, is another windsurfer's paradise surrounded by an incredibly arid scenario.

In Greece, Karpathos is an excellent choice. Good-to-strong winds hit the spot on a regular basis, and there's plenty of windsurfing shops and schools. The food is great, and party animals should have loads of fun here.

Sun and wind are an everyday condition in Guincho, Portugal's most windy surf spot. The sandy beach is wide and beautiful. You can go for speed sailing or waves and enjoy the hospitality and quality food the country has to offer.

In Western Australia, you can't miss a couple of windsurfing spots. The Lancelin Ocean Classic is a downwind marathon held since 1986, while Margaret River pumps an endless left-hand wave.

Luderitz, in Namibia, is a trademark. Home to the famous Luderitz Speed Challenge, the spot offers a super fast and shallow speed strip for those who seek world records.

In the sandy island of Sal, in Cabo Verde, the average 350 days of sunshine a year and the Northeast winds attract windsurfers from the four corners of the world.

Sylt, in Germany, has a mean temperature of 8.5 °C, but the quality of the winds and waves are the reason why windsurfers from Central and Northern Europe hit the road to enjoy its ideal sailing weather conditions.

The frequent exposure to salt, sun, and sand can easily stress your skin. Even if you're using a good sunscreen to prevent skin damage, it's important to hydrate your skin after each surf session to keep it supple and healthy.

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