There are 5,000 kitesurfing enthusiasts in Estonia.
Windsurfing does not require a sea or special season, it can also be enjoyed on lakes – Harku in Tallinn, Võrtsjärv and Peipsi lake in South Estonia being the most popular. During winter, ice-surfing tracks are opened in Estonia giving the surfing a whole new feel.
Longboard and bodysurfing are not widely practiced in Estonia, as the waves are quite small and perfect days are rare.
Necessary equipment, special gear and accessories can be rented from different service providers in coastline harbours, surf-clubs and lake-side holiday resorts.
Surfing is a sport that can be enjoyed by all, both young and old, but it does require some physical fitness and skill. Courses for beginners are organised on a regular basis and completing one is required for first-timers before they are allowed out.
Best time for surfing in Estonia is from late spring (April) to early autumn (September).
Best locations to enjoy surfing in Estonia:
- Ristna (Hiiumaa Island). Known as “a surfer’s paradise”. Because of almost constant heavy winds, Ristna is very popular among skilled surfers. Equipment rental and windsurfing school is also available in Ristna.
- Vääna-Jõesuu (25km from Tallinn). A beautiful beach with very good wind conditions.
- Roosta holiday camp (near Haapsalu, 115km from Tallinn) is perfect choice for a longer all-in-one surf vacation for beginners. Equipment rental is available and a surf school is open during the summer.
- Beaches in Tallinn and Pärnuare best for beginners and intermediate level surfers. It is possible to rent equipment and take surfing lessons at a number of beaches, for example Pirita and Harku in Tallinn.
- Kaberneeme harbour (30km from Tallinn) provides you a beautiful beach with a view over tiny islands and historic fishing villages. Windsurfing equipment rental is provided on the spot.
- Saaremaa Island has their own surf school. It is the largest island in Estonia, with a proud culture and traditions. The most notorious of Estonian Vikings came from Saaremaa and the “tall, strong blonde” is still the common ethnic type there.
If you want to spend 3-4 days in beautiful nature together with almost all Estonian surfers and surf lovers, check out annual surf summer camps: annual Surf Camp for windsurfers and Kitecamp for kitesurfers.