Windsurfing & kitesurfing
The Polish record for speed gliding – almost 62 km per hour – was set on Pucka Bay. To achieve this you need to be an advanced windsurfer. For those amongst you who are mere beginners an hour with an instructor is enough to learn how to stand on the board, set off from the shore, and make it back by yourself.
It is best to take your first steps on the surf board in shallow waters; the learning process is less painful when you land in waist deep water. The best conditions can be found in the shallow waters of the north-east shore of Śniardwy Lake and on Pucka Bay, near Chalupy, Kuznice and Jurata. Windsurfer beginners also like the Baltic Lakes: Sarbsko in Leba and Miedwie near Szczecin. There are vast shoals there some of them which can go as deep as 200 meters from the shore into the lake.
You should choose licensed schools, which have professional instructors. You can also rent the equipment from the schools. Licenses are given by the International Association of Water Sports and the Polish Association of Board Surfing.
The experienced surfer needs only the wind and an open space to gather speed to be happy. Real enthusiasts claim a one-and-a-half kilometer long lake or bay is enough. Zegrzynski Bay (where the Polish medalist Wojtek Brzozowski has trained), almost all of the artificial lakes in the south of Poland, the lakes of the Warmia and Mazuria district, the Drawsko and Kaszuby regions are dotted with sails during the season.
The windsurfers in the Lubuskie Lake District are also well organised, the elongated shape of the rivers allows incredible speeds to be achieved. If the weather permits, a New Year’s party on surfboards takes place on the Niesłysz Lake. During winter the frozen lakes are used by ice-yachts and ice-boards.
Kite-surfing requires more space, and is therefore performed only in a few places in Poland – Zegrzynski Bay, Wislany Bay and Pucka Bay, where a separate Kite Zone has been created, so the kite-surfers don’t collide with windsurfers.