Windsurfing is unique. It’s you with the elements of the sea — not you against the elements. You do not need a motor to make it happen and you do not need the power of gravity to pull you forward. Instead it is all up to you and the simple forces of wind, nature and water, working in sync with your tools to provide you with the best time of your life.
So, rejoice, Carlingford and the Cooley Peninsula is a great place to pursue this exquisite sport. You can have just as much fun sailing in a lake — on “flat” water — as out in the ocean. Of course, it’s also a pretty short, easy drive to the coast where there’s some really great locations for all skill levels.
The Lough is beautifully positioned, geographically speaking, to catch the higher, steadier winds of cold fronts during those seasons we could advise you tackle the waves of Gyles Quay. These fronts almost always sweep across the area within several compass points of a northwesterly direction. One of the nice things about windsurfing is that the windy days are quite predictable. Just look for that blue-studded cold front arc on the national weather map somewhere from the West, and in three days or so when it sweeps across here, the wind is usually going to blow stiff and steady — sometimes so hard you think it’s going to pull the hair right out of your follicles.
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