KORCULA - CROATIA Windsurfing
left photo: Windsurfer surfing in the waters of Peljesac Channel (Adriatic Sea) with Korcula Old Town in the background
Windsurfing in Korcula
Due to the ideal geographical position of Korcula, windsurfing is a very popular sport in Korcula's waters. Korcula is exposed to the sun for most of the day and due to regular wind Maestral, which blows in Peljesac and Korcula channel almost every afternoon, Korcula is pleasantly windy town. Wind Maestral is created due to changing differences between the temperatures of the mainland and the sea, when air above the mainland becomes so hot by the afternoon that creates the Maestral wind which blows from the West to the
East along the croatian coast.
Wind Maestral is popular summer wind. It brings freshness and breeze to Korcula's summers as well as it creates a great windsurfers playground on Korcula's waters.
Korcula shares the same Peljesac Channel with Viganj - a tiny place on Peljesac peninsula where windsurfing regattas for the croatian championship has been held for many years. Besides it, Viganj was a host to the World Championship in Windsurfing in 1989 and to the European Championship in 1990. Click to see a MAP of PELJESAC CHANEL with Viganj and Korcula sharing the same waters.
In mid seventies, when the first windsurfing boards arrived in Korcula, brought by German tourists and windsurfing enthusiasts, Korcula youths discovered that windsurfing is the most incredible of all sports.It combines the thrills of surfing, the calmness of sailing, and puts you in touch with nature almost as good as a good trek. As soon as the first tourists with their windsurfing boards arrived in Korcula, the sport was instantly accepted and Korcula has had and still has some good amateur windsurfers - Smiljan, Kico, Mladen, Vinko, Tonci, Niko ...
In Korcula one can windsurf all by thereself for some wonderful peace of mind from virtually any spot along Korcula's coast, or you can surf every afternoon with a rest of the crowd of hundreds other windsurfers in Peljesac Channel for fun and companionship.No other sport in Korcula can give you the feeling of windsurfing - unbeatable feeling of being out in the open, gliding effortlessly over clear waters of Peljesac or Korcula channel.
Accommodation in Korcula suitable for windsurfers:
We selected a list of Korcula accommodation suitable for windsurfers. All these accommodations has safe storage for boards, masts and other windsurfing equipment, have their own parking places and all are located in near vicinity of Korcula beaches or swimming spots along Korcula coast:
The advantage of choosing Korcula as you windsurfing base is that you can windsurf in, for windsurfers, well known Peljesac Channel and still be in the sophisticated environment of Renaissance Old Town of Korcula, the birthplace of Marco Polo where you can windsurf during the day and enjoy Korcula arts and culture afterwards. In the evenings you can, beside traditional Moreska dance, even see a good film in the open-air Korcula cinema!
Windsurfing Schools in Korcula: If you are new to windsurfing and would like to learn or try you can take a lessons in windsurfing on few places in and around Korcula. Windsurfing schools are based in places where the wind is not as strong and the wind conditions are suitable for beginners. Windsurfing is a bit more complex than many sports. If you've never sailed before, windsurfing will require you to learn about wind while using your body to keep balance on the narrow board. There is no substitute to having an expert tutor nearby, who can give you lessons and save you hours of frustration.Windsurfing is one of those sports that looks so effortless that everyone wants to hop on a board and give it a try. Although it is very easy, it is extremely helpful to spend your first few hours with a qualified instructor, on equipment especially designed for beginners.
History of Windsurfing in Croatia - a short introduction:
First windsurfers in Croatia as well as Korcula were seen in along Adriatic Coast and it's Islands in the early 1970's. They were rare German and Holland enthusiasts who brought their boards to Croatian coast and sailed in, at that time, truly isolated places. Locals, old and young, were amazed by their appearance!
Organized windsurfing activities in Croatia started within sailing clubs in late seventies. Independent windsurfing clubs in Croatia begin to get organized in early eighties when windsurfing in Croatia becomes competition sport within Croatia Sailing Association.
Nowadays, there is about 12 windsurfing clubs in Croatia. Regular Croatian Windsurfing Cup and Croatian Windsurfing Championship are organised each year. The University of Zagreb from 1981 has it's windsurfing section within its Faculty for Sport and Physical Education.
Croatia is becoming in the last few years more popular travel destination for windsurfers.