Spring is coming! While it’s still pretty cold I’ve got something to warm you up – get out your calendars! These are the best (kite-)surf events for and festivals for boardsports addicts worldwide: shred all day, dance all night!

Some have contests and clinics, most of them have an offer of multiple board- and watersports. They’re also mostly on or close to the beach! The only downside? Some of them are on the same weekend so you’ll have to make a hard choice 😉

1. Kitesurfing Armada (UK), June 9 – 11

Talks, live music, DJ’s, kite spa/health zone, parties, a family zone and all goes to the charity: in its 5th year of the Virgin Kitesurfing Armada the festival will even be bigger and better than before. The festival ticket is for free but donations are welcome since this event after all is a fundraiser.
Where? Hayling island, UK
When? June 09 – 11, 2017
Shred-Dance-Balance? It’s a proper kitesurfing festival – seems like you can have it all: party with DJ’s and live music, go to the kite spa and health zone, lots of kiteboarding and a family zone with kids activities. More about the activities here.
Activities? Kitesurfing, Kite-Sup-Run Charity Challenge which is a world record attempt, a tent spa area which is a kite spa and health zone (with two hot tubs, sports massage options and health/wellbeing advice), talks and presentations by industry pros.
Learn more about the festival here.

2. Gold Coast Ocean Fest (UK), June 16 – 18

A family-friendly event packed with action sports, beach activities and local food along the scenic Gold Coast.
Where? Croyde, North Devon, UK
When? June 16 – 18, 2017
Shred-Dance-Balance? It’s a boardsports festival. Choose what you like: Action Sports and Party, all in a laid-back atmosphere. Check out the line up here.
Activities? Skate, Surf, Beach Volleyball, Beach Soccer, Surf Life Saving, Ironman & Diamond Lady events, the Nipper Challenge and Open Water Swimming
Learn more about the festival here.

3. Hooked (Netherlands), June 17 – 18

All the action sports you like on a beautiful beach for a chilled out weekend with cool people. It’s a family-friendly event with lots of activities for kids as well.
Where? Workum, Netherlands
When? June 17 – 18, 2017
Shred-Dance-Balance? The focus of this festival is definitely on the action sports but there will be a party in the evening as well.
Activities? Kitesurf, Windsurf, BMX, Slackline
Learn more about the festival here.

4. Surfana Festival (Netherlands), June 22 – 25

In the middle of some scenic dunes you will find that festival which combines all the fun sport things you love to do or still want to learn. Great food, music, clinics, workshops and a lot of passion
Where? Bloemendaal aan Zee, Camping de Laakens, Netherlands
When? June 22 – 25, 2017
Shred-Dance-Balance? You can simply choose: sport your heart out in one of the plenty clinics or in the ocean or dance and enjoy the parties (or do both!). This festival is for sport addicts as well as festival lovers alike.
Activities? Kitesurf, Windsurf, Surf, SUP, Sail, Yoga, Acro Yoga, Wildlife Safari, Massage
Learn more about the festival here.

5. Sea Sessions Surf Music Festival (Ireland), June 23 – 25

Whether you like barefoot beach sports, boardsports or you’re simply coming for the concerts, you will enjoy Bundoran beach for a weekend full of sports, lifestyle and music.
Where? Bundoran Beach, Donegal, Ireland
When? June 23 – 25, 2017
Shred-Dance-Balance? It’s a boardsports festival but you’ll definitely get the best of both worlds. Check out the line up here.
Activities? Kitesurf, Surf, SUP, BMX, Skate, Barefoot Rugby, Beach Soccer, Beach Volleyball, Handball
Learn more about the festival here.

6. Surf & Skate Festival (Germany), June 15 – 18 in Hamburg, July 21 – 24 in Cologne, August 11 – 13 in Munich

No matter how far away from the ocean but the Surf & Skate Festival brings all the salty vibes closer to the landlocked surfers. Anything from movie nights to skate ramps, parties, yoga, SUP, surfing the river wave in Munich, art exhibitions to shaping workshops.
Where? Hamburg, Cologne and Munich, Germany
When? June 15 – 18, 2017 in Hamburg. July 21 – 24, 2017 in Cologne. August 11 – 13, 2017 in Munich
Shred-Dance-Balance? You’ll get all kinds of board sports combined with parties and movie nights.
Activities? River Surf (in Munich), Skate, SUP, Yoga,
You’ll find more infos about the festival here.

7. Boardmasters Festival (UK), August 9 – 13

Five days of thrilling World Surf League competition paired with great music: The Board Masters festival takes place in the surf capital of the UK, Fistral Beach in Cornwall.
Where? Cornwall, UK
When? August 9 – 13, 2017
Shred-Dance-Balance? A proper surf and music festival. You can shred and dance as much as you like, whatever makes you happier. Check out the line up here.
Activities? Surf, Skate, BMX
Learn more about the festival here.

8. Kitesurf Worldcup Fehmarn (Germany), August 18 – 27

While it’s all centered around the last stop of the Kitesurf World Cup, for most it’s just a big excuse to test the newest materials of the next season and party their hearts out. This is the event of the year for all the German and international kitesurf lovers.

Where? Fehmarn, Germany
When? August 18 – 27, 2017
Shred-Dance-Balance? Worldcup action with all the top athletes competing in the finals paired with parties and different DJ’s every night. Check out the line up here.
Activities? This is all about kitesurfing, make sure to check out all the latest gear on the Testival with most brands presenting the 2018 range. Last stop of the Worldcup with all the final competitions in freestyle, slalom and foiling. DJ’s and parties every night until 5 am. Learn more about the festival here.

If you want a first-hand report on what it was like in 2016, check out kitetiger’s article on it (in German).

9. Pangea Festival (Germany), Aug 24 – 27

Pangea aims to get you out of your comfort zone by offering hundreds of activities around sports, music, culture and playfulness. This is a cultural, musical, artsy, sporty, active, instructive festival full of activities and actions.
Where? Pütnitz an der See, Germany
When? August 24 – 27, 2017
Shred-Dance-Balance? check out the line up here
Activities? Kitesurf, Windsurf, SUP, Wakeboard, Skimboard, Skate, Longboard, BMX, Volleyball, Dodgeball
Learn more about the festival here.


> Ready for a completely new kind of festival season?

Those are the festival I found so far that combine the best out of both worlds. Do you know of any other festivals that combine surfing/boardsports and music? I would love to know about them in the comments!