Det blåser mycket och en person hoppar i vågorna med sin vindsurfingbräda.
Foto: Mikael Pilstrand

Surfing in Halland

Whether you want to go out in the waves and surf, catch the wind with a kite, paddle in calm waters on a stand up paddleboard or windsurf on a stormy sea, there are plenty of good spots along the coast of Halland. So just pick what you want to try out, grab a board and get onto the water.

Written by Lisa Söderholm
Lisa Söderholm Redaktör och friluftsälskare

Halland has long been one of Sweden’s best places for surfing and the Surfers Paradise store in Varberg is the largest surf shop in the country. There are also many other surf shops and surf schools along the Halland coast. The  Surfskjulet in Gottskär, Surfskolan and Fahlen surf in Varberg. Ohana, Kitekalle and Namnasea in Halmstad are just a few examples of places where you can both get lessons and buy the right surfing equipment.

a long history of windsurfing

Windsurfing was introduced in Sweden in the early 1970s. It is often described as a mix of surfing and sailing. The board itself is often 2.5 – 3 meters long and if you catch the wind correctly you can quickly get up at high speeds and fly over the water. If you’re interested in lessons, there’s a windsurfing school in Varberg that boasts some of Sweden’s best windsurfers as the alumni. Onsala, Åsa, Frillesås, Apelviken, Ringenäs and Mellbystrand are some places that are ideal for windsurfing.

En person kör vindsurf på ett stormigt hav.
The windsurfing school in Varberg has tutored some of Sweden’s best known surfers.Photo: Pilstrand

strong winds, high speeds

Kitesurfing is a mix of sailing and wakeboarding. You stand on a board and move forward by catching the wind with your sail. Kitesurfing requires some degree of technique and it is important to become sufficiently proficient before getting into the water on one’s own. This should not take more than a week and the rewards are plentiful. The moment you start gliding on the water, you feel the sun and the saltwater on your skin, the wind courses through your hair and you’re mesmerised by the spectacular setting that surrounds you.

Bild på en strand där mängder av färgglada kite-drakar är i luften.
Halland’s beaches are perfect for kitesurfing.

in search of the perfect wave

Surfing originated in Hawaii and spread to the USA and Australia in the early 20th century. But it was only in the 1970s that windsurfing came to Sweden. Today you will find some of Sweden’s best surfing spots all along the west coast. The basics of windsurfing are fairly easy to learn but it takes a lot of practice to become good at it. Surfers are forever in quest of the perfect wave to ride, and you’ll soon discover that the chances of finding it are always there at the beaches in Träslövsläge, Apelviken and Kåsa.

En person tar en våg på en surfingbräda.
In Apelviken, it is always possible to find great waves to ride.

easy peasy

Stand up paddleboarding is the fastest growing water sport in the world. It arrived in Sweden around 2010 and has quickly become popular. Stand up paddleboarding is not that difficult to learn. You stand up on a big board and move along by paddling. It’s great to do with family and friends. And unlike dragging yourself to the gym to keep fit, this activity improves your strength and endurance and you don’t even realise it.

Ett gäng tjejer paddlar Sup på Fylleån, omgivna med grönskande träd.
Stand up paddleboarding can be done on the open water as well as on rivers and lakes.
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