Guide to Windsurfing in Turkey with Maps: By a Windsurfer

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As a Turkish windsurfer, I wanted to prepare you with a comprehensive guide on windsurfing in Turkey. In this guide, I reviewed 10 spots and 57 windsurf schools.

At the end of this post, you can also find the contact details of 57 windsurf schools in Turkey.

If you like this guide, you may also want to check out my guide about Kitesurfing in Turkey.

Review of Windsurfing Spots in Turkey

The most popular place to windsurf in Turkey is Alacati. The main spot, Alacati Bay, may be crowded, especially at weekends, yet there are many options nearby for different levels of windsurfers.

Alacati is regarded as the capital of windsurfing in Turkey and a world-class windsurfing center.

Urla and Seferihisar are also gaining popularity, and they are less than half an hour’s driving distance to Alacati.

Datca, Saros, Buyukcekmece (Istanbul), Bodrum, and Gokceada are other developed windsurfing spots in Turkey.

Windsurfing is also expanding in other regions of Turkey, but the other spots are still developing.

I also listed some good spots where there are no schools where you can not rent surf equipment but enjoy the spot with your own equipment.

If you can bring your equipment, then Turkey is heaven for you. Countless windsurfing spots are waiting to be discovered.

Map of 10 Best Windsurfing Places in Turkey

Here is my review of the windsurfing spots, I marked all the spots on the map.

10 Best Windsurfing Places in Turkey

1. Alacati – Cesme Izmir

2019 IFCA – Alacati Bay – Izmir

Alacati is the mecca of windsurfing in Turkey, and it is possible to windsurf in Alacati every month throughout the year.

Alacati has around 330 windy days a year, suitable for windsurfing.

The bay is located in a natural valley that funnels the wind. For this reason, the wind is steadier and stronger than in other nearby areas.

The water is mostly flat with no waves. These conditions provide an extremely nice environment for speeding.

In Alacati, the wind usually starts at low speeds early in the day and gets stronger as the day progresses. For this reason, all windsurfers can find a wind speed suitable for them on the same day.

This feature is also true for Ilıca and Pırlanta, but these beaches are not that beginner-friendly because they are deeper and are not flat like Alacati.

In Cesme, the best winds are between May and September when the weather is hot. In the windsurfing season, winds with a speed of 15 – 20 knots are common. You can also experience winds reaching 40 knots on rare days. 

I and my friend Anıl in 2010 in Alacati, where we were practicing as a newbie. I spent countless hours in Alacatı enjoying the wind and the sea.

Alacati also has a protected and shallow area with a sandy bottom, which provides an excellent area for beginners.

More than 12 windsurf schools are located all around Alacati Bay and the schools are marked on the map below between 28-39.

This is an area where I spent a lot of time. The Alacati windsurfing area is very family-friendly, with many facilities and activities.

2. Ilıca – Cesme Izmir

Cesme Ilica Beach is a long sandy beach. (From the top of Sheraton Hotel)

Though Ilıca spot is not a beginner-friendly area, this is the place where I learned windsurfing.

Arkas is the only windsurf school here, yet you can rent equipment from Alacati windsurf schools to use on the spot.

Arkas’s starting area is deep water, and the sea waves have moderate-level waves, which may be hard for beginners. The wind conditions are similar to Alacati.

Additionally, the shallow beach is full of people enjoying the sea.  As a beginner, you may harm others if you can not control your windsurf. Luckily, when I was learning, it didn’t happen.

Overall, Ilica has more waves and less wind than Alacati. Yet, this place is one of my favorites. The spot offers excellent conditions if you are like me, enjoying the bumpy rides and moderate waves.

Thermal springs are in the sea. For this reason, seawater is warmer than any other beaches in the area. Ilıca’s name also means “warmer” in Turkish.

3. Pırlanta – Cesme Izmir

Pırlanta beach is for high-level windsurfers with strong winds and strong waves. This spot can be tiring even for experienced windsurfers, and mostly Pirlanta Beach is popular among kitesurfers.

There are no schools on the beach because it is located in the environmental protection area.

Yet, some Alacati windsurf schools organize trips to Pirlanta Beach. Even if you do not have your equipment with you, you may ask for assistance from the windsurfing schools in Alacati.

4. Akkum Teos – Seferihisar Izmir

This is me in Teos Seferihisar.

Akkum, Teos is also one of my favorites. My sister also learned windsurfing here. Teos has a very nice sandy and shallow beginner area. It is perfect for learning windsurfing.

Once you pass the beginning level, you may try an open sea adventure. The spot has moderate waves and excellent wind.

Akkum is not as good for speeding as Alacati, yet the area is much larger. You can go for miles without changing your course. Waves in Seferihisar also add an extra challenge.

In Alacati, the bay area is limited, so even if you speed quickly, you must maneuver very often to change your direction.

There are two windsurfing schools in the area. I always go to Atlantis Windsurf Club.

5. Bitez – Bodrum Mugla

Bitez Bodrum Photo Source: Boges Surf School

Bitez is the best windsurfing spot in Bodrum and an excellent location for advanced windsurfers.

The spot also has a good training location for beginners and a sandy, shallow beach.

This spot has three well-equipped windsurf schools. These are Boges, Bitez and Rush windsurf schools. (52-53-54 on the map below.)

6. Akyarlar – Bodrum Mugla

Akyarlar has moderate waves which make this place harder for beginners.

Yet, once you reach an intermediate level, these waves will add challenge and fun to your windsurfing.

The only school I know in Akyarlar is Fener Windsurf Center. It is 57 on the map below.

7. Datca – Mugla

This windsurf spot has very powerful winds. Especially in July and August, the winds may be too powerful for beginners in the afternoon.

There are two windsurf schools in Datca. Flow Surf & Beach Club and Surf Holiday Village. Surf Holiday Village is a full concept dedicated to surfing and water sports.

8. Saros – Canakkale

The Guneyli Village is the only windsurf center in Saros. The windsurfing season starts in June and ends in September.

The place is a regular stop for windsurfers from Istanbul, but I have not found a windsurf school here.

You need to come to this Saros prepared with your equipment; otherwise, you may not find suitable equipment here.

9. Gokceada – Canakkale

There are many windsurfing schools in Gokceada. Surf Hotel Gokceada is a hotel dedicated to surfing and water sports.
Photo source Surf Hotel Gokceada

Gökçeada is one of the best windsurfing spots in Turkey.

Even though it is a remote island from the Turkish mainland, Gokceada has attracted many windsurfers. It is a very developed windsurfing spot with many schools.

Aydincik beach offers a sandy and nice environment for all levels of windsurfers.

10. Buyukcekmece -Istanbul

Surfing is a fantastic way to escape Istanbul’s chaos and heat in the summer.
Photo Source Beylikduzu Windsurf

Buyukcekmece is the most popular spot for windsurfing in Istanbul.  The best winds are between July and October.

There are two windsurf schools, Buyukcekmece Yelken, and Beylikduzu Windsurf. They are 23 and 24 on my map below.

Turkey Windsurfing Season

There are always winds on the Aegean Coast, yet in the warm weather, winds are stronger. Months starting from April to September are the best months for windsurfing in Turkey.

If you are okay with cold weather, it is also possible to windsurf in winter.

Wind directions may change, especially in the season-changing months of April, May, and September. During seasonal changes wind strength is unpredictable.

Windsurf Shops

Usually, windsurf schools sell their second-hand equipment at the end of the season. This way, you can buy the cheapest and best equipment.

There are several shops like Myga Surf Shop in the Alacati area.

Map of 61 Windsurf Schools in Turkey

Here is the list of places where you can find a windsurfing school in Turkey. In these places, you can rent windsurfing equipment as well as take courses to learn windsurfing.

On the map, you can find all Turkish windsurf schools pinned down. I also included 2 windsurfing schools from Turkish Cyprus.

If your school is not added, please contact me in the comments below, and I will include your school on our list.

List of 61 Windsurf Schools in Turkey

Number
on the map
CityLocationName of the schoolWebsite of the school
1AdanaSeyhan Dam LakeAdana YelkenWebsite
2AntalyaLara Belek SideAirwalkWebsite
3AntalyaAlanya SideAlanya Surf TeamWebsite
4AntalyaKemerFantastic Water SportsWebsite
5AydınDidimYat ve Yelken ClubWebsite
6BalıkesirAyvalıkKite Surf AyvalikWebsite
7BalıkesirAyvalıkCunda Surf ClubWebsite
8CyprusGemikonagiHeaven Surf HouseWebsite
9CyprusGazimagusaGucver Sports ClubWebsite
10CanakkaleCanakkaleIda WindsurfWebsite
11CanakkaleGokceadaVolkite Kiteboarding SchoolWebsite
12CanakkaleGokceadaSurf Hotel GokceadaWebsite
13CanakkaleGokceadaCelik Surf School
14CanakkaleGokceadaCagdas Windsurf SchoolWebsite
15CanakkaleGokceadaCrazy Island Windsurf and Kite CenterWebsite
16CanakkaleGokceadaRadikal Windsurf & KiteboardWebsite
17IstanbulSarıyerİstanbul SurfWebsite
18IstanbulBeykozRiva Surf HouseWebsite
19IstanbulTuzlaTuzla Mercan SportsWebsite
20IstanbulKadıköyİstanbul Windsurf CenterWebsite
21IstanbulBuyukcekmeceBuyukcekmece YelkenWebsite
22IstanbulBuyukcekmeceBeylikduzu WindsurfWebsite
23IstanbulSilivriWindsurf TR
24IzmirSeferihisarAtlantis Windsurf ClubWebsite
25IzmirSeferihisarAkarca Windsurf CenterWebsite
26IzmirCesme-AlacatiKitemaximumWebsite
27IzmirCesme-AlacatiCagla Kubat Windsurf AcademyWebsite
28IzmirCesme-AlacatiORSA Windsurf SchoolWebsite
29IzmirCesme-AlacatiION CLUB Windsurf BeachWebsite
30IzmirCesme-AlacatiAlacati Surf Paradise ClubWebsite
31IzmirCesme-AlacatiMyga Surf CityWebsite
32IzmirCesme-AlacatiKite Club AlacatiWebsite
33IzmirCesme-AlacatiBora Kozanoglu Surf SchoolWebsite
34IzmirCesme-AlacatiActive SurfWebsite
35IzmirCesme-AlacatiRedline WindsurfingWebsite
36IzmirCesme-AlacatiBubi Surf SchoolWebsite
37IzmirCesme-AlacatiNorthpoint Surf Center
38IzmirCesme-IlıcaArkas Website
39IzmirUrlaUrla Surf HouseWebsite
40IzmirUrlaUrla Surf AcademyWebsite
41IzmirUrlaGoztepe Yacht ClubWebsite
42IzmirUrlaCesmealtı Windsurf and Yacht ClubWebsite
43IzmirFocaFoca Windsurf and Yacht ClubWebsite
44IzmirFocaYenifoca Windsurf Sailing ClubWebsite
45IzmirCandarlıCandarli Windsurf CenterWebsite
46KocaeliGolcukDessatWebsite
47KocaeliKandiraDanube Surf House & AcademyWebsite
48MersinMersin Yacht ClubWebsite
49MuglaBodrum BitezRush WindsurfWebsite
50MuglaBodrum BitezBOGES BitezWebsite
51MuglaBodrum AkyarlarAkyarlar WindsurfWebsite
52MuglaBodrum AkyarlarFener WindsurfWebsite
53MuglaBodrum YalıkavakWindsurf Academy SchoolWebsite
54MuglaDatcaFlow Datca Surf & Beach ClubWebsite
55MuglaFethiye CalisFethiye Surf CenterWebsite
56MuglaMarmarisThe Wind ClubWebsite
67ZonguldakEregliEregli Yacht ClubWebsite
List of windsurf schools in Turkey

Why Should You Try Windsurfing?

If you like solitude, adrenaline or simply being on the sea, you will fall in love with Windsurfing. Yet, windsurfing is a long-term sport.  You need at least 3-4 consecutive training days just to start.

The good thing about windsurfing is that there is always something new to learn and try.

The first days of windsurfing courses will be tough. You may feel pain because you are developing new surf muscles. You should give some time to your body to adapt. It will get easier and easier as you learn.

In fact, windsurfing is not about muscle power. Initially, you cover your mistakes with muscle power because you do not know the necessary techniques. For this reason, it may be very tiring.

I have seen 8-year-olds doing amazing things while windsurfing. Yet, I have also seen men with big muscles unable to stand on a windsurfing board.

2 thoughts on “Guide to Windsurfing in Turkey with Maps: By a Windsurfer”

  1. Hello – Thank you SO much for this information! This is amazing.

    I am thinking of coming to Turkey with my family for July and August. We are a family of 4. I would like to ask, if you do not mind, if you can recommend a good company I can use to find a home to rent for my family that is near the windsurf action!

    I have found some on airbnb of course, but perhaps you may know of other companies that are not super expensive?

    Thank you for taking the time to write this amazing blog!

    Henry

    Reply
    • Airbnb, and lately Vbro are the best options, in my opinion to rent a private holiday home. I use these in my travels for holiday home rentals.

      Reply

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