Explore the Red Sea Windsurfing destinations

Windsurfing inDahab

Dahab , is where it all started

The small city of Dahab, one hour by car from Sharm el Sheikh, is probably the oldest and best known windsurfing destination in the whole Red Sea. The wind blows almost all day long! Depending on your position around the famous lagoon south of Dahab city, the wind blows cross-offshore to offshore and also sideshore. The best months for windsurfing are May, June and September.

Here, we find different windsurfing spots: the wonderful blue lagoon, with a shallow and protected bay with a sandy bottom, is a perfect place for those who want to try out windsurfing for the first time or enrol in a complete course.

Experts and freestylers will have a lot of fun outside the protected lagoon in the area called “speedy”: a perfect shallow water area with stronger winds and with some choppy waves. The third spot is ‘napoleon reef ‘and suitable for wave freaks. The swell is up to four metres high but has no breaking waves; the direction is perfect and creates fantastic jumping conditions.

Practical Advice on Windsurfing

What do bring along – Equipment rental / storage

Windsurf equipment is usually a bit bulky and heavy as other surf equipment and usually not easy to fit into an oversized bag including boards and sails. However, you had better check with your airlinecompany if excess weight and luggage are allowed, in most cases, you will have to pay an extra fee for yourextra luggage! If you would like to rent you will find huge centers at all windsurfing destinations in Egyptwith a verity of equipment suitable for a free ride, freestyle, wave ride, and beginners, it is recommended tomake a reservation with the Windsurf center in advance, to make sure that your favorite board and sail isavailable.

Bring along as well plenty of sun blockers, maybe your personal wetsuit or rash guard, depending on the season. Keep in mind that the water temperature can drop to an uncomfortable 20 degrees in February andMarch, whereas you do not have to worry in the late summer months when the water warms to as much as29 degrees. If you do bring your equipment along, you can store it safely at the professional centers,subject to certain storage fees.

Professional centers will offer the latest gear, suitable for beginners up to advanced windsurfers. Board sand sails come in different sizes, depending on your experience level and wind strength and you might find brands like North, Neilpryde, and Fanatic.

Windsurfing Conditions

Windsurfing is possible in winds from 8 to 10 knots, about 3 Bft, to a maximum of 20 / 27 knots, or 6 to 7
Bft, depending on the size of the sail you choose and your level of experience and skills. For beginners slight
wind breeze could make a lesson, The wind direction from cross-shore is considered to be the best, and the
coasts of Egypt have plenty of it, especially in the summer months! If you ride with offshore winds – this
means the wind comes from the land – make sure to stay close to the coast, or that there is a rescue boat
patrolling; otherwise you might have a hard time coming back!

Like with many other water sports activities, beginners will prefer shallow lagoons with a sandy bottom,
sheltered from the waves and with no obstacles such as rocks and stones in the water, you might be taken
to appropriate lagoons or deserted bays not far from the centre.

If you are a beginner, you do not need to bring anything, the centre will provide you with all you need. A
good idea, however, is bring along booties, a lycra shirt and some shorts in the summer are fine (from
April to November), or full long sleeve surf suit for the colder months. Always bring plenty of sunscreen.

Windsurfing Courses in the Red Sea

Training courses comprise the fundamentals of theory, practise and safety on the water. Beginner courses usually include the training material (board, rig, accessories); a complete beginner course can take around 8 hours (for instance with the international association VDWS which is widespread in Egypt) and achieve an international surfer license. Advanced students who wish to get to the next level, can enrol in courses of an average of 4 hours, on request, it is possible to have group courses. Private lessons are available for instance if you wish to learn a special loop or master some spectacular jump. There are also specialized courses for slalom and free riding, power jibes and many other specialties. The material has to be rented, however, for advanced courses or private coaching. Even children starting from 8 years can start with discovery programmes and even full courses. And since the Red Sea is just a fantastic place, offering numerous options to discover its wonders, why do you want to stick to only one sports activity? With some combined programmes, it is possible to mix windsurfing with kitesurfing or scuba diving. If you pick up a day or so of no or only light wind, no other place than the Red Sea can offer you great alternative activities such as snorkelling or diving!

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