Taking windsurfing into the streets of Kaunas

December 7, 2016 | Windsurfing
Kaunas, Lithuania: the birthplace of downhill street windsurfing

A windsurfer has ridden the streets of the city of Kaunas, in Lithuania. The good news is that he didn't get a speeding ticket, and he was wearing a helmet.

When you think about windsurfing, you don't always put Lithuania on the top of your dream destinations. But the truth is that the southernmost nation of the Baltic region offers plenty of sailing opportunities.

Lithuania has roughly 6,000 lakes covering up to 950 square kilometers. Additionally, the European country features a generous 262-kilometer coastline with splendid conditions for wind sports enthusiasts.

Traditionally, windsurfing is a daytime sport, but the 21st century has brought new practices, and habits. In the second-largest city in Lithuania, local windsurfers decided to try something utterly different.

On March 16, 2016, Tadas Sirvidas and Darius Daraska installed four skateboard wheels under a windsurf board, grabbed the sail, and decided to hit the streets of Kaunas, the second-largest city in Lithuania.

"We have been waiting for windsurfing season to start, but the cold weather didn't want to leave. So, we decided to build something from the equipment we had and ride the streets," explained Sirvidas.

The urban windsurfer ended up "sailing" the Savanoriu Street, one of the main arteries into Kaunas' city center.