Travel

Windsurfing Mecca

text by Zuzanna Stańczewska

Polish seaside is something that the locals tend to take for granted and that visitors owe their jaw dropping to. Kilometres of clear sand (with only occasional bonfire leftovers here and there) merging the coastal coniferous forest strips with moody waters of Baltic, create breathtaking views. If one wants to suffocate like that for a while, they can observe this three layer coast from picturesque cliffs.

One of the most popular tourist attractions on the seaside is the Tricity but we will focus on a tiny town located 30 min drive away from the agglomeration vibrant heart.

Rewa – a town with one thousand residents and a very special sand point where a shoal, which stretches all the way to the Hel Peninsula, begins. Rewa literally means ‘sandbank’ which also, fortunately, makes it quite hard to drown on the coast.

Both the point and peninsula are like caring arms, embracing nervous beginners and restless veterans on their wind or kite surfing journeys.

15211508_1889431128010146_1819170729_nDuring the season, dozens of newbies on the long and narrow sandy tongue struggle with kites above their heads while, to many sunbathers’ astonishment, the experts fly effortlessly from one side to the other. The point splits the bay in two, and thus surfers can often change from rough waves to calm, practically flat surface almost instantly. Regardless of the level of skills, everyone can feel comfortable and safe and always count on support from friendly instructors.The latter are rather omnipresent due to numerous surfing schools scattered around the beach.

The atmosphere gets even more idyllic when the moon shows up and the glistening surface makes skinny-dipping quite irresistible. Some even decide to take their boards and surf peacefully around the point with the moonlight as the only guide.

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Weather constitutes one of the few downsides as the conditions can vary from day to day but the schools always do their best to foresee them, so that disappointed surfers find something else to do instead. And, in spite of its size, from May to October, Rewa turns from a ‘ghost town’ into a crowded and festive, yet still underrated, tourist attraction. Newly built promenade encourages lazy, family walks, rentals tempt with pedalos and kayaks in different shapes and colours and various ice-cream stands make sure everyone stays refreshed and smiling. Moreover, once a year, people gather on Hel Peninsula for an utterly unusual happening called ‘the Herring March’. The participants walk and, only sporadically, swim across 12 kilometres of sea to eventually reach the point in Rewa. The event attracts heaps of people so it’s usually accompanied by fairs and concerts.

Anyway, if you still manage to get bored or rain just doesn’t seem to let up, Gdynia, with its shopping malls and cinemas, is just 20 minutes away.