Login / Register

BOARD SPORTS

Situated in the middle of the Irish Sea and with beaches on all coasts, the Isle of Man offers great conditions for plenty of windsurfing, kite-surfing and even on occasion surfing opportunities.

The majority of Manx windsurfing takes place in three bays in the south of the Island. Castletown, Derbyhaven and Gansey.  However, being an Island there are other beaches available in various wind conditions. The conditions range from flat water to large swell and even occasionally full on waves.

You can meet up with other Manx windsurfers or just get advice by contacting them on the project windsurf website 

LOCATION GUIDE

Derby Haven

Derby Haven is an enclosed harbour, which is good for windsurfing and kitesurfing. SW winds blow offshore from the main launching area on the road to the Golf Links Hotel. SW winds therefore provide perfect offshore, flat water blasting conditions. Easterly, and NE winds provide for bump and jump conditions. There are a few area of rocks exposed at low tide, so make sure you know the whereabouts of these before venturing out. Other than the rocks, it is a fairly safe place for beginners too.

Castletown bay

Castletown bay provides some good bump and jump windsurfing conditions. However, its proximity to the airport of Ronaldsway means that kitesurfing here is out of the question. Don't even attempt it, the planes really are very low as they fly out across the bay. At low tide a sandy beach is revealed and launching from the small car parks by 'Hango Hill' at the end of the runway is easy. Even when the wind is howling onshore at this location, the waves are small at low tide. At high tide, the waves seem to increase in size and tend to dump onto the pebble bank. In such situations or when the wind is SW and directly onshore, it is probably better to launch from the little track that crosses the golf course from Derby Haven. The shorebreak is less viscous here and the wind will be cross-shore when SW.
There is also a little reef break off the rocks near the harbour wall.

Gansey

Following the destruction of the sea road several years in a row, huge boulder rip-rap sea defences have been placed along the high tide line to protect the road. This means that it is now not really sensible to take to the water at high tide. A sandy beach is exposed at low tide though and bump and jump windurfing is good. SW winds are onshore. Kitesurfing is also possible at low tide, and surfing is also fairly popular here.

Port St. Mary

The rocks of Callow Point in Point St. Mary can provide some good surf when a decent swell is running. NNW winds are offshore.

Port Erin

The well protected beach of Port Erin can provide some nice waves in big SW storms. SW winds are offshore, but the hills surrounding the beach tend to make the winds swirl in all directions. There is also a surf/windsurf shop on the beach.

The 'North'

The long sandy beach along the islands NW coast provides good windsurf and kitesurf conditions...Currents along this stretch of coast are fairly strong and could be dangerous though. The beach at Ramsey should also provide good conditions.