Windsurfing on Ringkøbing Fjord -- Ringkøbing Fjord is one of the most popular places for windsurfing in the north of Europe. The area has Denmark's excellent breezes, and the shallow fjord waters are ideal for beginners. When the wind blows from the west, it comes in directly from the North Sea. Having passed the dunes, it accelerates across the fjord, creating a strong and constant wind. A wind from the east brings heat and sun, which in turn ensures increasing winds in the afternoon, so that surfing is generally possible every day. The wind is strongest in March, April, September, and October.
The best conditions are found at Hvide Sande, the venue for international and national speed weeks. This is the largest center around the fjord, with Denmark's best shallow water area for speed and slalom surfing. The center has a well-stocked shop with a school providing windsurfing instruction, equipment for hire, and a cafeteria with wind gauge. You'll be kept up-to-date on weather forecasts. You can stop in at Westwind Nord (tel. 97-31-25-99; www.westwind.dk), where you can get an introductory 3-hour course for DKK360 to DKK895 ($61-$152/£36-£90). They also rent gear in summer months.