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Sailing and surf boarding

Texel is one of the best places for water sports in the Netherlands - an island surrounded by water has innumerable possibilities. It's not surprising that the largest catamaran event in the world, the Round Texel Race, is held here every June.

Water fun

Everybody who loves water sports is welcome on Texel. Both beginners and experienced sports lovers can explore Texel from the water. Why not hire a catamaran or take surfing lessons at one of the island's surf schools?

Catamaran sailing

If you have always wanted to try sailing a catamaran, Texel's catamaran sailing school De Eilander offers you that chance. You can go on a group trip or take a course of lessons, while experienced catamaran sailors can hire a catamaran at De Eilander.


Surf's up on Texel: You probably won't be surprised to hear that Olympic medal winner Dorian van Rijsselberghe was born and bred on Texel, as Texel is a veritable paradise for surfers! The circumstances are often ideal for kite surfing, wave surfing and windsurfing. In the summer there is also much topping up. The circumstances are often ideal for kite surfing, wave surfing and windsurfing. In the summer there is also a lot of stand up paddling.

Surf lesson

Do you want to experience the waves of Texel and learn the basics of surfing? Then we recommend the Surfschool Foamball at Paal 19 and the Surf Center Paal 9. Experienced instructors teach you the tricks of the sport. Even if you prefer to practice yourself, you can go to these surf schools to rent surf equipment, surfboards and SUPS.


Want to try something other than wave surfing? Then maybe kitesurfing is something for you. At Surf Center Paal 9 this is also possible. They only offer private lessons for both beginners and advanced surfers. For advanced kitesurfers they also give lessons in hydrofoils.

Surf kayaking and rafting

Along the Texel coast, you can go surf kayaking and rafting with Texel Active or Zandbank Texel. This involves running into the sea with a raft or kayak and paddling through the waves of the North Sea. At Zandbank Texel they even have a SUP XL, currently it is due to Corona only bookable for families.

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