The windiest places on Planet Earth

Wind: Commonwealth Bay is the windiest spot on Planet Earth

Commonwealth Bay is the windiest spot on Planet Earth, with winds regularly exceeding 240 km/h (150 mph). Is there a sail size suitable for 130 knots of wind?

Can you imagine a stable, strong, and consistent wind blowing over super-flat waters? That would be the ultimate dream of a windsurfer. But what about the next frontier?

The windiest spots on Earth are an incredible life experience.

On April 12, 1934, the Mount Washington Observatory staff recorded the highest surface wind ever measured at 372 kilometers per hour (231 miles per hour).

Super Windy Locations

One of the windiest places in the world is Cape Blanco, Oregon.

Powerful winter storms generate nuclear winds that blow more than 200 km/h (125 mph).

In Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, flights are frequently canceled due to strong winds.

This is also one of the best windsurfing spots in Australasia, with 173 days above 32 knots and 22 days over 40 knots.

Rio Gallegos, in Argentina, easily gets above 26 knots/day or even 53 knots on a winter afternoon.

The average wind in Rio Gallegos is around 16 mph (26 km/h).

St. Johns, in Newfoundland and Labrador, is the foggiest, snowiest, wettest, most cloudy, and windiest (24.3 km/h or 15.1 mph) location in Canada.

Punta Arenas, not far away from Rio Gallegos, is the windiest city in Chile and averages a wind speed of 14.5 mph (23 km/h) year-round.

The city, once named Magallanes, offers great conditions for speed windsurfers.

Dodge City, in Kansas, offers great business opportunities for wind farm developers.

With an average wind speed of 14 mph, it can be a challenge for wind skateboarding or street windsurfing.

Port Martin, an abandoned French research base in Antarctica, averages more than 64 km/h (40 mph) on at least 100 days each year, making it overall the windiest place on Planet Earth.

Today, these locations may not necessarily be the best windsurfing spots in the world, but with technology, new designs, and innovative materials, windsurfers will raise the bar and sail in ultra-extreme winds.

Are you addicted to the wind? Discover the most famous winds in the world, or get yourself a portable anemometer.

Take a look at the Beaufort Wind Force Scale and understand how the wind is formed.

  • Dutch environmental activist and windsurfer Merijn Tinga, also known as the "Plastic Soup Surfer," has made an audacious journey from Oslo to London, braving the North Sea's currents and winds, to call attention to the pervasive problem of plastic pollution.