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Windsurfing Travel Insurance
Whether you plan to be blasting, gybing or back-looping in the water on your next windsurfing holiday, have you considered booking your windsurfing travel insurance cover with Holiday Extras'? We understand that the thrill of an extreme sport can get you swept away but in the right environment even a novice windsurfer can reach speeds of up to 25 knots, so it is important to protect yourself on holiday!
We can make sure you have the comprehensive travel insurance cover that you and your board need to enjoy the surf ...
Best Windsurfing Travel Insurance for a truly smooth ride
Did you know that even the most proficient of windsurfers have found themselves victim of unfortunate accidents at sea?
We have four levels of cover available to suit your needs, these are our Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum holiday insurance packages to cover either a single trip, of up to 365 days, or you can enjoy a year of unlimited travel with our annual policy (given that each trip does not exceed the number of days specified by your chosen level of cover.
Our policies include:
- Bronze cover offers up to £500 of baggage insurance and another £1,000 of cancellation cover per person. This cover also includes up to £5000 in personal accident cover and up to £5 million in emergency medical and associated expenses.
- Silver cover provides personal accident cover of up to £10,000 and up to £10 million in emergency medical and associated expenses cover, baggage cover of up to £1,500 and cancellation insurance of up to £2,500 per person.
- Gold cover provides emergency medical cover to up to £15,000 in personal accident cover and up to £10 million in emergency medical and associated expenses cover, baggage cover raises to up to £2,000 and cancellation cover of up to £5,000 per person. Our Gold cover also includes cover for your personal sporting equipment of up to £1,000.
- Platinum cover offers the same levels of cover as our Gold policy, but it removes excesses so you won’t need to worry about paying them if you need to make a claim.
Please note that while these policies will cover you while you’re on holiday you will need to purchase one of our Extra Activity packs for when you are actually windsurfing; you’ll be able to select this add-on during the quote process.
You can either book the policy online or call our UK-based call centre and speak directly to a member of our insurance team on 0800 316 0104.
How to be sure that all is not calm at sea
Since the world began to spin on its axis and around the sun, every windsurfing destination has its 'on' and 'off' season - the on season is the one you're looking for, as this means it's more likely to be windy most of the time!
What's good to know is that the wind in many destinations is powered by thermals, which means the windy season is usually also the hot and sunny season and there is no better place to cool down than out on the water!
Here's a quick guide to a couple of the most popular locations...
Windsurfing in the Canary Islands
A lot of windsurfing takes place in the Canary Islands. They get trade winds which are thermally assisted in the summer months and can be unbelievably reliable. Pozo in Gran Canaria, El Medano in Tenerife and Sotavento in Fuerteventura are all sure-thing destinations from June to September, and a reasonable bet all year round. They tend to be very popular with good, intermediate or experienced windsurfers, and also play host to professional windsurfing competitions every summer.
Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Costa Teguise and Famara in Lanzarote are also great locations to enjoy your sport. Each Canary Island offers slightly different Atlantic sea conditions due to being located off the west coast of North Africa. These volcanic islands have year-round sunshine, peaking in July and September to heights of up to 30 degrees, with Tenerife and Gran Canaria being the warmest islands.
The sea conditions vary from one island to another which means that different conditions are available according to your preference or ability. The islands benefit from a constant supply of wind, making them the ideal windsurfing destination, and the endless stretches of golden sand help enable the perfect backdrop all year-round.
The Canary Islands are also a popular destination for scuba diving and if you would like more information on booking travel insurance with scuba diving cover please click here. Also if you would like any additional information on the Canary Islands you could check out this page.
Windsurfing in the Mediterranean
Perhaps you are thinking - why travel far for windsurfing when you can stick right here in Europe? The Mediterranean is only a few hours flight from the UK and has beautiful resorts which are ideal for windsurfing, including Kos in Greece, Corsica in France, the Algarve in Portugal and Alacati in Turkey.
Pissouri, a small traditional village in Cyprus, is also a very popular windsurfing spot which boasts strong winds for the more advanced windsurfer and has some protected waters which are ideal for beginners to the sport.
Another popular spot is Porto Pollo located on the windiest point in Sardinia, Italy. This secluded location has beautiful white beaches, clear waters and a huge bay for beginners and experienced windsurfers alike. You can either surf in calm and protected conditions or choose the thrill of sailing in the channel where the waves crest as high as a rig.
Accidents can happen
As with any extreme sport, part of the thrill of windsurfing is found in the carefree attitude and confident conquering of your surroundings but accidents can happen, so taking safety precautions is vital to both your own and others' safety.
With this in mind, here's a few basic safety pointers to consider when windsurfing:
- Never sail alone. If you're with a friend then you'll always have someone there to help if you get into trouble.
- Avoid offshore winds. You don't want to get blown out to sea.
- Check your gear. Going over your equipment before you launch could be the difference between life and minor injury. Check fins, deck plates, your rig and the downhaul and outhaul ropes.
- Take responsibility for your safety. Don't be careless in the knowledge that lifeguards will save you.
- Be realistic about your ability. Don't go out in conditions that will prove beyond your capabilities.
- Let someone know where and when you're going windsurfing and when you expect to return.
- Carrying some safety equipment is advisable. A helmet, flare and personal floatation device can all be lifesavers.
Book your policy online, or call our UK-based contact centre to discuss your options with our friendly insurance team on 0800 316 0104
*Price based on 1 adult aged 21 with no pre-existing medical conditions, travelling to Europe inc Spain/Cyprus/Malta/Turkey or Greece from 30/07/18 until 07/08/18. Price correct as of July 2018.
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