Windsurfing & Kiteboarding: Our Perfect Watersports Playground

Write your own definition of extreme adventure, then set off to explore this collection of heart-pumping, muscle-building, memory-making adventures. Welcome to the Alberni Valley, where windsurfing and kiteboarding come alive amidst the beauty of Sproat Lake and the adventures of the Alberni Inlet. Explore why our valley is a top destination for windsport enthusiasts, offering a unique blend of tranquility, consistent winds, and breathtaking landscapes.

Wind Riders at China Creek in Port Alberni, Alberni Valley

Source: Melissa Renwick

The Alberni Valley is quickly becoming known as a paradise for wind riders. While the weather can get cold and damp in Tofino and Long Beach, the temperature in Port Alberni is typically much drier and warmer. These unique weather conditions cause predictable afternoon winds, especially in the summertime, blowing up the Alberni Inlet, resulting in some of the best conditions for kitesurfing and windsurfing on the West Coast of Vancouver Island.

Kite surfers can be seen catching gusts off the launch by the Maritime Discovery Centre lighthouse and racing up and down the Alberni Inlet in front of Harbour Quay. Canal Beach is another popular place for kiteboarding and windsurfing.


The Alberni Valley Advantage

Natural geographic advantages make the Alberni Valley a wind sport haven, nestled between coastal mountains and bordered by the open ocean. The unique geography generates consistent winds, creating an ideal setting for windsurfing and kiteboarding. The valley’s topography channels coastal breezes, providing a reliable and diverse environment for riders of all levels. With favorable weather patterns, the Alberni Valley offers an exciting playground for windsurfers and kite boarders. Embrace the natural elements, ride the winds, and indulge in the exhilarating experiences our valley uniquely offers.


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Windsurfing Bliss at Sproat Lake

Find your adventure at Sproat Lake, a windsurfers paradise. The Alberni Valley’s unique setting creates reliable winds at Sproat Lake, making it perfect for riders of all levels. The wide-open waters and stunning surroundings turn Sproat Lake into a haven for windsurfing. Whether you’re a beginner or a speed enthusiast, the consistent winds and scenic beauty make Sproat Lake an unforgettable destination.

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Kiteboarding Adventure on the Alberni Inlet

For kiteboarding enthusiasts, the Alberni Inlet offers dynamic coastal experiences. Spots like China Creek and the Harbour Quay Marina draw riders with open waters and consistent winds. The Alberni Inlet becomes a playground for those who seek to catch the wind, glide across open waters, and experience the adrenaline rush of flying high. This popular destination offers the perfect backdrop for kiteboarders to master their skills and indulge in the sheer joy of this airborne adventure.


Kiteboarding Lessons

For those looking to master the art of kiteboarding, Wind Rider Kiteboarding offers expert lessons in the heart of the Alberni Valley. With their skilled instructors and prime location at China Creek, enthusiasts can embark on a thrilling learning journey against the stunning backdrop of the Alberni Inlet. Whether you’re a beginner eager to catch your first wind or seeking to refine advanced techniques, Wind Rider Kiteboarding provides tailored lessons, ensuring a safe and exhilarating experience on the waves.



Windsurfing & Kiteboarding Lessons and Rentals

Ready to get started? Check out these local businesses for renting gear, taking lessons, and learning more about the sport.