Strand Horst

Speedsurfing Strand Horst
Speedsurfing Strand Horst

The Strand Horst is a great spot for training speedsurfing, but also for beginners who are looking for flat, shallow water. For that reason it can sometimes get a little crowded. I’ve witnessed days with 200 windsurfers on the water. It’s great to see so many people being into windsurfing, but you also have to be careful while surfing! The spot is easily accessible via the A28 and has a good infrastructure with a big parking lot (5€ cars/10€ longer vehicles/day), a well-sorted surfshop and a McDonald’s to get some coffee and burgers 😉 before your sessions.

The spot has the great advantage, that you do not need to worry to much about a wrong wind angle, since the speeds are done on the open lake. You do however have to look out for the water level. In summer the Wolderwijd which is a part of the Veluwemeer is rideable with fins up to 40cm sometimes even bigger. You might also want to pack a weedfin during summer, since there can be alot of seaweed at times. During winter however the water level drops to a point where you should not use fins <25cm if you stay further away from shore <30cm. This water level however grants much higher speeds. The Speed-potential here is >45kts, my personal best is 39,4 kts topspeed.

Best winddirection for this spot is SSW to SW but basically works with any wind direction since there are not many distractions for the wind. With a good NW forecast there is also a new little mole to ride behind. Some speedies already did ~45 knots there in 2015 but the mole is not ideal since it’s too short for anything but good peakspeeds. You also hit really choppy water as soon as you leave the protected area behind the mole, so stopping can get quite difficult and sometimes costly. I did do 37kts topspeed behind the mole however :-).