The North Sea around Sylt offers ideal conditions for water sports enthusiasts and for those who want to try their hand at some of the exciting sports on offer here. The very fact that there’s something for everyone – from absolute beginners to seasoned pros – makes the island so popular. On the west coast of Sylt the surf is rough and choppy, presenting thrilling challenges for experienced yachtsfolk and surfers alike. The other side of the island, the east coast, with the calm waters of the Wadden Sea is ideal for beginners. Every year, the world’s best surfers and stars of the international surf community come to Sylt to take part in exciting competitions and championships. For those who are still a little unsteady on their board or want to brush up their skills, the island’s surf schools offer classes for all proficiency levels, from beginners to advanced. Most surf schools have also introduced kite-surfing, the latest trend sport. Pulled by a controllable kite, kitesurfers can reach speeds of up to 70 km/h in force 2 winds.