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.

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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

Located along Beach Ave between Gilford St and Bidwell St on the Stanley Park Seawall system, enjoy many amenities including a concession, Cactus Club Cafe, washrooms, kayak rentals and storage, swimming raft with large slide, two volleyball courts, summer lifeguards, a beach wheelchair for persons with physical disabilities, and pay parking.

Kitsilano Beach

"Kits" Beach is located on Cornwall Ave at the north end of Yew St. The Seawall runs along side the beach and Kitsilano Pool is at the west side. The beach offers a concession, Boathouse restaurant, washrooms, tennis courts, basketball courts, playground, swimming raft, summer lifeguards, and pay parking.

Locarno Beach

Locarno Beach is located at the west side of Jericho Park on Northwest Marine Dr between Discovery St and Tolmie St. Designated "quiet" beach (no amplified sound). Amenities include washrooms, picnic tables, swimming raft, a concession, free parking, and summer lifeguards.

Spanish Banks Beach

Located on Northwest Marine Dr west of Tolmie St and on the Seaside Seawall, enjoy three distinct beach sections each with free parking, summer lifeguards, and allowing barbeques. Spanish Banks East and West have a concession, washrooms, and picnic tables. Spanish Banks West is a designated "quiet" beach (no amplified sound) and also has a dog off-leash area. Spanish Banks Extension has a dog off-leash area.

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