THE SPOTS ON SYLT

GREAT CONDITIONS FOR WINDSURFING, KITESURFING, WING FOILING & SURFING

THE SPOTS ON SYLT

FLAT WATER AND WAVE SPOTS

Sylt, also known as the German Hawaii, is one of the windiest places in Northern Germany and a paradise for water sports enthusiasts. Whether you're a seasoned surfer or just starting out in water sports, the North Frisian island has a spot for every preference and skill level. With its two coasts, Sylt offers both great wave conditions on the west side and beginner-friendly shallow water areas on the east side in the gentle Wadden Sea.

Whether you can surf at a spot or not is heavily dependent on the tides. With a tidal range of about 2 meters, the landscape is constantly changing, and it's important to keep an eye on the times of low and high tide. On the west side, the biggest and most powerful waves form between half tide and high tide, while at low tide, the waves near the shore are often gentler, and the lineup shifts to the sandbanks in front. On the east side, some spots can dry out at low tide. Moreover, there are clear regulations on when you can enter the water to protect the Wadden Sea.

The surf season on Sylt starts around the beginning of April/May when the water temperature exceeds 10 degrees Celsius and ends in October. The best wave conditions are found especially from late summer to autumn. Low water temperatures (< 20°C) necessitate wearing a wetsuit throughout the year. Outside of the high summer months, when a 4/3 wetsuit is sufficient, we also recommend wearing a hood and shoes.

Sylt offers numerous spots for kitesurfing, windsurfing, wing foiling, stand-up paddling, and surfing. With our excellent location at the Brandenburger Strand, we already have one of the best surfing spots right on our doorstep. Our kite, windsurf, and wing foil courses take place 20 minutes away by car in Rantum and Hörnum at beginner-friendly shallow water spots.

 

Photo: GKA - Lukas K. Stiller

Brandenburger Strand is undoubtedly the best German wave spot. Nowhere else in Germany will you find the swell and up to 3 meters high waves as you do here in Westerland. Every year world champions like Matchu Lopes or Victor Fernandez compete right in front of our center at the Kitesurf or Windsurf World Cup.  The spot is generally for advanced surfers and only navigable with western winds: North, Northwest, West, Southwest, and South.

The spot in front of our center is very challenging, so we can only recommend it to advanced surfers. The wave is usually 1 to 2 meters high and the spot only works with westerly winds e.g. North, northwest, west, southwest, and south. Especially with West wind (onshore), the shore break can sometimes become 2 to 3 meters high and seem nearly insurmountable.

The Möwennest near Hörnum, the southernmost municipality on Sylt, offers a fantastic kiting area with a standing area around low tide. Due to the offshore sandbank, this spot offers waveless shallow water and thus provides perfect conditions for all freestylers, foil kiters and beginners. It should be noted that this is a spot in the Wadden Sea National Park (nature reserve). Kitesurfing/windsurfing is only allowed two hours before and after low tide, tolerated is a maximum of three hours. ptimal conditions are found with East wind, but the spot also works with wind from Southeast and Northeast.

Kitesurfers are trained and instructed at the most beautiful spot on the west coast. The spot Sansibar 2 (kilometer 4 from Hörnum). The spot is located one parking lot south of the famous Sylt beach restaurant Sansibar. The advantage of this spot is that smaller tideways with shallow water areas are formed around the low tide time. Suitable wind directions here are all winds from the orth, South, and/or West. Please be aware that even at this rather remote spot swimmers can be in the water, from whom you should keep a distance of two line lengths.

Our windsurfing and wing foiling classes take place at the Rantum Harbour. Here, there is a beautiful shallow water area that works very well with eastern and southern winds. The water is very shallow near the shore, becoming deeper further out, allowing you to glide smoothly over the water. The spot is navigable only 2.5 hours before and after high tide. There are small shells, stones, and remains of stakes in the water, which is why we recommend wearing shoes.

WESTERLAND
WESTERLAND - ADVANCED SPOT
- UP TO 3 M WAVES
- PERFECT CONDITIONS FOR SURFING
- IN FRONT OF OUR CENTER
WESTERLAND
RANTUM HARBOUR
RANTUM HARBOUR - FLATWATER SPOT
- WINDSURFING & WING FOILING
- 20 MIN BY CAR
RANTUM HARBOUR
MÖWENNEST
MÖWENNEST - FLATWATER SPOT
- KITESURFING
- 20 MIN BY CAR
MÖWENNEST
SANSIBAR 2
SANSIBAR 2 - FLATWATER SPOT
- KITESURFING
- 20 MIN BY CAR
SANSIBAR 2

SPOT CHARACTERISTICS

FOR KITEBOARDING

Beginner FRIENDLY?
INTERMEDIATE WILL YOU PROGRESS HERE?
EXPERT DEMANDING ENOUGH?
KIDS & YOUNGSTERS READY TO START?
FLAT WATER FOR RACERS AND FREERIDERS?
FREESTYLE / BUMP & JUMP FLAT AND CHOPPY
WAVES MEDIUM TO HIGH WAVES
KITEFOIL DEEP ENOUGH?

SPOT CHARACTERISTICS

FOR WINDSURFING

Beginner FRIENDLY?
INTERMEDIATE WILL YOU PROGRESS HERE?
EXPERT DEMANDING ENOUGH?
KIDS & YOUNGSTERS READY TO START?
FLAT WATER FOR RACERS AND FREERIDERS?
FREESTYLE / BUMP & JUMP FLAT AND CHOPPY
WAVES MEDIUM TO HIGH WAVES

Testimonials from our team riders

VINCENT LANGER (3X WORLD CHAMPION)
“Sylt is historically the German Mecca of water sports. From surfing, windsurfing, wing foiling to kiting, the Brandenburger Strand offers conditions for beginners to professionals. This is also the reason why for decades the biggest water sports events in the world have taken place precisely at this sport.”
VINCENT LANGER (3X WORLD CHAMPION)
“Good vibing people combined with the DPC surf spirit on Sylt makes this place so special.”
Maria Behrens (Vice Wave World Champion U20)
Maria Behrens (Vice Wave World Champion U20)
Niclas Nebelung (German Freestyle Champion 2022)
“WITH SYLT BEING THE BEST-KNOWN ISLAND AND BRANDENBURGER STRAND THE MOST FAMOUS SPOT IN GERMANY, HOME TO SOME OF THE BIGGEST NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL EVENTS, IT'S CERTAINLY ONE OF THE MOST LEGENDARY PLACES TO SAIL.”
Niclas Nebelung (German Freestyle Champion 2022)