Windsurfing, also known as sailboarding, is the ultimate combination of two favorite San Diego activities: surfing and sailing.
More than just hanging back on a surfboard with a sail, windsurfing in San Diego is not an easy sport to master. As all windsurfers will tell you, windsurfing is a rigorous activity that requires stamina, balance, and the ability to understand and maneuver in the surf. But once you've mastered the art of windsurfing in San Diego, there's nothing more exhilarating and exciting. Just ask any windsurfer you see along San Diego and La Jolla beaches.
Windsurfing dates back to 1948 when a Pennsylvania man named Newman Darby invented the sailboard. He did not patent his invention, but is considered father of windsurfing. Windsurfing became an Olympic sport in 1984 and now includes many freestyle maneuvers such as jumps, spins and loops, which cannot be done on a sailboat or surfboard.
Experienced, professional windsurfers ride the ocean waves from many beaches in San Diego. But they also enjoy the calmer waters of San Diego's Mission Bay, San Diego Bay and Snug Harbor in Carlsbad. These are also excellent locations for beginning windsurfers to test the San Diego waters. Depending on your experience level, you can rent various windsurfing board sizes.
For more information on buying or renting windsurfing equipment or taking lessons, visit one of the following surf shops:
Mitch's Surf- 631 Pearl Street, La Jolla. (858) 459-5933.
Clairemont Surf- 6393 Balboa Avenue, San Diego. (858) 292-1153.← Activities Home