Katya Chistokhvalova

Mui Ne- the windsurf capital of Vietnam

Mui Ne is a town on the south-eastern coast of Vietnam. It consists of an old fishing village and a long road following the coast. Along this road are the many hotels and resorts to accommodate the many tourists that visit every year. The area is very picturesque: dunes of fine white sand, palm trees and colourful fishing boats. The surrounding sand dunes heated up by the sun create a strong sea breeze. In the morning the wind slowly picks up. The wind is strongest around 2 o’clock with around 20-25 knots. The air temperature during this period is around 28-33C, and water temperature is around 24C. Some days it can be a bit colder, then a 2mm wetsuit is enough to keep you warm. The wetsuit will also protect you from the jellyfish, that are found all along the cost.

IMG_6936In Mui Ne there are two main windsurf spots: Mui Ne bay and the wave spot. All 4 windsurfing centres are located along the beach of Mui Ne bay. The wind that blows along the coast creates nice chop. The conditions here are good for freestyle, freeride and slalom.

IMG_5107The wave spot is located between the fishing village and the next peninsula. You can get there by motorbike or you can take a taxi. The conditions here are quite challenging, cross-onshore wind and waves. The time I was there I saw a fair few broken masts and boards. If you are looking for waves, but don’t want to risk your equipment, there is an alternative. If you sail out far from the shore of Mui Ne bay you hit waves, they can be big, but not very dangerous. This spot reminds me of the wave area in Dahab, it’s mainly just rolling swell but can still be fun for jumping and pulling some moves.

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Mui Ne has another advantage, the entire bay has no reefs or rocks. The only obstacles you could come across are fishing lines. Due to these ideal conditions for water sports Mui Ne attracts more and more tourists every year.

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