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Photo Credit image above: Tim Borrow (Boardmasters Festival)


Photo credit header image: Surfana

You can’t decide on what to spend your time in the summers on? Check out some festivals? Or use the warm weather for a kite/surf session and feel the sand underneath your toes? Guess what, you can do both! Here are 9 festivals you can not only dance your butt off but also (kite-)surf your heart out (and many more active, boardsport-related acitivities).

Oh and just FYI: the activities, that are listed here, don’t mean necessarily you can also take lessons in that sport. Some of the festivals offer lessons, some of them are only for people who already know hot to surf or skate etc. and can therefore practice it at the spot.

1. Hooked (Netherlands)

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? May 28 – 29, 2016
Music? The focus of this festival is definitely on the action sports but there will be a party on the 28th at night.
Activities? Kitesurf, Windsurf, BMX, Slackline
Learn more about the festival here.

2. Surfana Festival (Netherlands)

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 10 – 12, 2016
Music? check out the line up here
Activities? Kitesurf, Windsurf, Surf, SUP, Sail, Yoga, Acro Yoga, Wildlife Safari, Massage
Learn more about the festival here.

3. Gold Coast Ocean Fest (UK)

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 17 – 19, 2016
Music? 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.

4. Sea Sessions Surf Music Festival (Ireland)

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 24 – 26, 2016
Music? 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.

5. Surf & Skate Festival (Germany)

Munich is quite 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, art exhibitions to shaping workshops.
Where? Munich, Germany
When? July 14 – 17, 2016
Music? check out the line up here
Activities? River Surf, Skate, SUP, Yoga
Learn more about the festival here.

6. Board Masters (UK)

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 10 – 14, 2016
Music? check out the line up here
Activities? Surf, Skate, BMX
Learn more about the festival here.

7. Glass Butter Beach (North Wales)

Music meets Wakeboarding (there will even be an official wakeboarding contest in 4 disciplines) and Surfing in North Wales. And tons of other adrenaline-charged activities and boardsports.
Where? Abersoch, North Wales
When? August 19 – 21, 2016
Music? check out the line up here
Activities? Surf, Wakeboard, SUP, Skate, Bag Jump, Slackline, Bungee Jump, Beach Volleyball
Learn more about the festival here.

8. Pangea Festival (Germany)

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 25 – 28, 2016
Music? check out the line up here
Activities? Kitesurf, Windsurf, SUP, Wakeboard, Skimboard, Skate, Longboard, BMX, Volleyball, Dodgeball
Learn more about the festival here.

9. Covelong Point – Surf, Music & Yoga Festival (India)

A very unusual location which makes it even more exciting: surf, dance and yoga all you can in India – why not try something different and new?
Where? Kovalam Village, Chennai, India
When? August 26th – 28th, 2016
Activities? Surf, SUP, Yoga, Dance
Learn more about the festival here.

Ready for a completely new kind of festival season?

Those are the festival I found after quite a lot of research. Do you know of any other festivals that combine surfing/boardsports and music? I would love to learn about them, let me know in the comments!