Know where to go windsurfing this summer?
Be you a professional, a beginner or simply a sightseer: choose the lake that’s best for you
There are sports that you can practice whenever you want. Then there’s windsurfing where it’s the wind that decides what the day has in store. For this reason, before hopping on your board and grabbing the boom, it’s important to choose your destination carefully. It’s only natural then that every year surfers from around Europe invade Lake Garda in Trentino, in the heart of the Italian Alps. Here the Pelèr wind blows in the morning and the Ora in the afternoon, so you won’t be left adrift.
If however you’re looking for something a bit more intimate, Ledro lake, with its sustained winds and peaceful atmosphere, is not far away. Then there’s Caldonazzo lake, just a half-hour drive from Trento, with its sports facilities and social life or the lake of Cavedine which is perfect for beginners. Of course, you can also try to catch the Ander, an afternoon wind that blows across Idro lake. The choice is yours, and may the wind be always at your back!
A well-established point of reference for fans of wind and waves, conditions guaranteed on the northern shores by the Pelèr wind in the morning and the Ora in the afternoon. The main clubs are in Riva del Garda, Arco and Torbole and all offer equipment and courses for all levels.
Less than a half-hour drive from Trento, Caldonazzo lake isn’t as windy as the lakes of Garda or Molveno. This makes it the ideal spot to start windsurfing, and maybe enjoy a cocktail back on shore after an exciting day on the water.
If Lake Garda seems too crowded and you’re just taking your first steps on a windsurf, this lake is the perfect solution. Just a 20-minute drive from Riva del Garda, and nestled in a beautiful natural setting, it has schools where you can learn how to windsurf.
Less crowded, smaller and less windy than the other lakes on our list. In other words, Cavedine lake is the perfect place to start. Head to one of the local schools with their VDWS-qualified instructors and courses for all ages.
On the border with Lombardy, this lake in the south-west of Trentino is a known destination for windsurfing, kitesurfing and sailing enthusiasts thanks to the Ander, a southern wind that blows in the afternoon. Activities are concentrated around the lakeshore hamlet of Baitoni.