Aruba Windsurfing

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Aruba, blustered by the Caribbean winds, is regarded as one of the best places on earth to windsurf. It is almost always sunny and just as often windy, with an average wind speed of 20 knots, making for an almost a guaranteed chance of getting great windsurfing conditions on even a short trip to the island. The water temperature makes it possible to stay out in the water for hours, seeing as it rarely falls below 75°F (24°C). There are challenging, gusty spots for more experienced windsurfers, as well as calmer, more consistent areas for beginners. As a consequence the island has attracted world famous instructors and windsurfing speciality shops to cater for exponents of this exhilarating sport. Every year Aruba hosts the ten day Hi Winds Amateur World Challenge windsurfing tournament, which attracts hundreds of professional windsurfers, amateurs and spectators in late June, and is sanctioned by the Professional Boardsailors' Association.

The most popular site for windsurfing is Fishermen's Huts, located at the end of Palm Beach. Many windsurfing and kitesurfing shops and schools dot the coast here. It's important to note that the high rise hotels also located on this stretch of beach have created some quite vicious wind gusts, making the windsurfing and kitesurfing suitable for the more skilled sailors. Kite surfers are only allowed in the water early in the morning, until 10am, and later in the afternoon, after 4pm, to avoid collisions between kite surfers and windsurfers.