Information about IJmuiden, what's done there and who does it
Windsurfing - Waves, Bump n Jump, Just Cruising, Grovel/Swim, Speed, Freestyle
As Wijk aan Zee (Noordpier) is the place to be with S and SW winds, so is IJmuiden (Zuidpier) with N and NW. The harbourentrance with its 2km long dam lignes out the waves and this can work out to epic surfingconditions! It can be real crowded on good days with 50-100 surfers out, busy on the waves and hardcore irritations to claim the waves, haha. Parking is easy, but paid (around 1,50 p/h) but if its not too crowded you van park right below the dunes for a 150m walk to the water. It's also possible to start at IJmuiderslag, a little more to the south, parking is free and its less crowded. You can easily sail upwind to get to the other startingpoint. Not neccesarry though, the surfbreak in that direction is usually better than closer to the dam and a lot of surfers surf a little downwind to catcjh the better waves or find a less crowded spot.
With SE winds, IJmuiden seems to work also because the wind crosses the water what makes it less gusty. The curve of the Dutch mainland makes SE a -not-good-to-surf winddirection because the wind crosses the land, but IJmuiden is the only spot that makes SE sideshore, due to the dam and the sand disposition.
Hightide is the closest surfshop at about 3km. Restaurants and all kind of other activities are right at the spot.
edited by Jacco Bergsma 13.04.11