Windsurfing, skimboarding, and standup paddling

Windsurfing, skimboarding, and standup paddling in Vancouver

Learn to surf – right in the city. Rent a standup paddle board, launch a sailboard, jump on a skimboard, and – for a limited time – launch your kiteboard at Spanish Banks.

The Vancouver Park Board offers paddling and water sport classes to all ages and skill levels. Take a lesson, register for a program, or ask at a community centre near you.

For your safety

  • Boats and windsurfers must stay at least 300 m from swimming beaches.
  • Windsurf launching is only permitted from Locarno Beach (east of yellow buoys) and Kitsilano Beach (north of yellow buoys), straight out to 300 m offshore.
  • On a trial basis, kitesurfing is only permitted from Spanish Banks Extension at Spanish Banks Beach.

Register for recreation programs and services

Our registration and reservation system is easy to navigate and helps you plan, track, and manage all your recreation requests in one place.

If you are a new user, setting up your account is easy with an email address. Just create a password, complete your profile, and you’re ready to go.

Register for activities

Windsurfing partners

Windsurfing, skimboarding and standup paddling partners

Contact our program partners to participate in windsurfing, skimboarding and standup paddling activities.

Where to windsurf, skimboard, and standup paddle in Vancouver

English Bay Beach

English Bay Beach located along Beach Ave between Gilford St and Bidwell St, is the most populated beach area in Vancouver's downtown area.

Kitsilano Beach

Kitsilano Beach, known as "Kits" Beach, is located on Cornwall Ave at the north end of Yew St.

Locarno Beach

Locarno Beach is located at the west side of Jericho Park on Northwest Marine Dr between Discovery St and Tolmie St.

Spanish Banks Beach

Located along Northwest Marine Dr west of Tolmie St, Spanish Banks Beach is composed of three distinct sections, east, west, and extension.

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