When you strike it lucky, the UK can have some of the most fantastic, and varied, conditions for getting out on the water, with some of the windiest places up in the far reaches of Scotland, on the island of Tiree. Every year windsurfers flock to this isle for the annual BWA competition, and many more make the long journey up throughout the year.
Here's a quick run down of just three of the many awesome Tiree spots:[splitpost intro="true"]
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This beach is perfect for first timers, and on quieter days gives ample opportunity to learn to ride the wave. With the wind in a westerly direction, conditions are ideal – make sure to avoid the only hazard of a sunken wreck, which should only be a problem at low tide.
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With no hazards and few major swells, Balephetrish is great for any level of experience, and is ideal for freeriding or practising some new tricks. You’ll be greeted with easy conditions to adapt your style to, an easy option for training or brushing up your skills.
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Despite there being no hazards and smooth sand surface, experts only need apply. With a common north-west wind it makes for pretty gnarly conditions. Ideal conditions if you’re skilled with your board, amateurs are best suited for something a little calmer. Keep an eye out for the famous Skerryvore Lighthouse too, which can be seen on clear days.
Despite the conditions once you’re there being ideal, some locations are a little trickier to get to. Being off the beaten track is a major bonus for tranquillity and awesome water sports conditions, but avoid a hectic journey by getting all the gear into a van for easy mobility. There’s a wide range of vans at Hertz which should suit your equipment and team numbers making everything easy. Make sure you check out the surf forecast before you head out too, to make the most of your wave based weekends.