My Favorite Isle of Man 🇮🇲 Bays
Here are some of my favourite bays to windsurf in the Isle of Man.
Located in the South East of the Island, Derbyhaven Bay is an Area of Significant Scientific Interest with a beautiful variety of wildlife which we encourage our clients to learn about and respect.
We use Derbyhaven bay primarily 2 hours either side of high tide for our beginner lessons when the breeze is from an on-shore easterly direction.
Derbyhaven is also a beautiful flat water bay in a North Westerly to North wind, as your skills in windsurfing progress. Ensure you don’t use this bay in an offshore westerly.
Located in the South of the Island, the easterly part of Castletown Bay is an Area of Significant Scientific Interest with a beautiful variety of wildlife which we encourage our clients to learn about and respect.
We mainly use Castletown bay for our intermediate lessons when the breeze is from an on-shore South Easterly veering Westerly direction.
Castletown Bay is also fantastic for riding wave swell as your skills in windsurfing progress, with four key launch sites: Slipway, Hango, Runway and Golf Course. Ensure you don’t use this bay in an offshore Northerly.
Port St Mary – Chapel Bay
Located in the South West of the Island, Port St Mary Bay is the location of the Isle of Man Yatch Club. The beautiful enclosed U-Shaped bay, Chapel Bay, has a promenade with benches for spectators to watch our lessons from enjoying the tranquility of this beach.
We use Chapel Bay for our beginner lessons when the breeze is from an on-shore Southerly direction, up to three hours either side of high tide.
We park at the easterly end of Chapel Bay. Ensure you don’t use this bay at low tide due to rocks, and ensure the wave swell isn’t too strong on high tides when the waves can break very powerfully against the promenade wall.
Port Erin Bay
Located in the South West of the Island, Port Erin Bay is where my passion for windsurfing all started. The beautiful enclosed U-Shaped bay, has a promenade with benches for spectators to watch our lessons from enjoying this active sandy beach with the stunning backdrop of Milners Tower on Bradda Head.
We use Port Erin Bay for our beginner lessons when the breeze is from an on-shore South Westerly direction (the prevailing wind).
We park in the designated car park that leads towards the Cosy Nook, by the public conveniences (The Old Dinghy Park). Port Erin offers some great hospitality venues and some stunning sunsets.
Bay Ny Carrickey – (Gansey Bay)
Located in the South of the Island, Bay Ny Carrickey is another U-Shaped bay, has a promenade for spectators to watch from.
Bay Ny Carrickey is infrequently used for our beginner lessons, but often used by intermediate and advanced windsurfers when the breeze is from a Southerly direction.
We park either in the lay-by opposite the Shore Hotel or at the Westerly end of the promenade by the final steps leading down to the beach. Best times are four hours either side of low tide. Avoid at high tide due to shore dump on rocks.
Located in the North of the Island, the Mooragh Lake in Ramsey is a salt water lake operated by The Venture Centre with plenty of park benches for spectators to watch from.
We have permission from the Venture Centre to use the lake for our beginner lessons. The lake is about 1m deep and surrounded on all sides.
We meet and set up at the south end by Conrods Cafe. Public toilets are also available at this location.
Isle of Man Windsurf sites – Google Maps
Thanks to Manx Windsurfer, Ian Comish, for setting up the Google maps windsurf locations. We hope this helps you enjoy your windsurf experience on our beautiful Island 🇮🇲