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Windsurfing in Bol

Bol is best destination for windsurfing on Mediterranean

Bol is one of the best windsurfing destinations in Europe and is the best location for windsurfing in Croatia. During summer months, there is daily thermic wind called Mistral. Mistral is steady wind that is on average 4bft strong. Windsurfing in Bol is for all levels, from first time learners, beginners to pros. There are 3 windsurfing schools in Bol where you can have full range of lessons for beginners and advanced. They also offer wide range of windsurfing equipment for rent. Brands offered are Fanatic, Gaastra, Tabou, Bic and others.

Bol windsurfing conditions

Usual summer day of windsurfing in Bol looks like this: there is a light eastern wind Levanat every morning that is ideal for beginners. Then around noon there is no wind to allow for a lunch break 🙂 In the afternoon, west wind starts, the famous Mistral, and it is heaven for advanced and pros alike.
Windsurfing with mistral wind in Bol, the sea surface is choppy with no swell. Ideal equipment for windsurfing in Bol is freeride, free style, slalom and racing. Mistral is strongest in front of the famous Zlatni rat beach and all windsurfing centers are in the area.
Levanat and Mistral are both side shore winds, both allowing easy entry and exit from numerous Bol beaches.
Occasionaly, when weather changes, you may experience the north wind called Bura. This is strong wind blowing off shore and is very gusty. It is not reccomended for anyone to windsurf, except you are well aware that if anything happens you must have someone ready with the boat to pick you up! This is characteristic, but not very often, in autumn and winter seasons. It is extremely rare in summer season when the weather is stable.
For experienced windsurfers who want stronger winds, best time to come is from end of April to July, when there is better chance for north-west wind called Tramontana. Tramontana, due to sea channel configuration between islands Brac and Hvar, is simmilar direction like Mistral. Difference is that Tramontana is stronger wind with bigger waves. It also blows side shore, so it is safe to windsurf.

Windsurfing on island Brac

Apart from Bol, there are few other spots on island Brac for windsurfing. For extreme windsurfing, when there is northern wind, Bura, locals go to Povlja (35km from Bol) where Bura is strongest in this region and it blows on shore with big waves. Outside summer season when there is south east wind called Jugo, there are two spots for windsurfin g on island Brac. One is in Sumartin (26km from Bol) and other one is in Supetar (36km from Bol).

Windsurfing centers:

  1. Big Blue Windsurfing – recommended for beginner lessons (VDWS certificate)
  2. Zoo Station – recommended for experienced and for equipment rental
  3. Johnny’s Windy Way

Windsurfing competitions

IFCA Grand Prix Series 2017, organized by international windsurfing association. It will take place in Bol, 22-26. August 2017. It consists of IFCA Women Slalom European Championship and IFCA Men Master Slalom European Championship.

Slalom is one of the most spectacular and powerful windsurfing disciplines. The short races of 3 to 5 minutes can be raced in compact areas close to the spectators. The races are high speed with short legs and close mark rounding’s. The format is elimination which also requires an efficient Race Committee. In some events 40 starts a day are no exception!

Join us and windsurf in Bol

Windsurfing in Bol has a long tradition and windsurfers are the ones that keep coming back to Bol on regular basis.
We locals are also windsurfing as much as we can and we love meeting new people from around the world. We invite you to come and enjoy the perfect windsurfing conditions with us. See you on the water 🙂

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