Texel Kitesurfing Island with lighthouse on the horizon of the sea

Texel Paal 17 Kitesurf Spot in Texel

Europe Kiteboard Spot in Netherlands

Paal 17, a renowned kitesurfing spot on the Dutch island of Texel, is not just celebrated for its excellent wind conditions but also for the comprehensive experience it offers. Located about 100 kilometers from Amsterdam, it's easily accessible for both local and international visitors. This spot is special for its consistent northwesterly winds and a dynamic mix of water conditions, catering to a range of skill levels but particularly favored by intermediate and advanced kitesurfers.

In contrast, Paal 12, about a 15-minute drive west, presents milder winds and calmer waters, catering more to beginners or those seeking a less intense experience. To the east, around 20 minutes away, Paal 28 attracts advanced kitesurfers with its open sea conditions and stronger winds, offering a more challenging environment compared to the relatively sheltered and versatile conditions at Paal 17.

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Texel Paal 17 Kitesurfing wind conditions

Paal 17 is characterized by its prevalent wind conditions, which are predominantly northwesterly, offering a reliable and steady breeze ideal for kitesurfing. The wind here is generally stronger in the afternoons, starting to pick up around midday. Kitesurfers can expect a mix of conditions, from light breezes suitable for beginners to stronger gusts challenging even for advanced riders.

The water conditions vary with the tides. At low tide, a long shallow area emerges, providing a suitable environment for beginners to practice. However, the spot is primarily recommended for intermediate to advanced kitesurfers due to its occasionally choppy waters and wave conditions. The best kitesurf season at Paal 17 is from late spring to early autumn, with the most consistent winds occurring between May and September. This period offers the ideal combination of wind strength and water temperature for an enjoyable kitesurfing experience.

  • body wear

    • long neo
  • downwinder

    • Yes
  • ride type

    • freeride
    • freestyle
    • wave
  • skill level

    • intermediate
    • advanced
    • professional
  • spot type

    • ocean
  • starting area

    • sandy beach
  • water condition

    • medium wave
    • small wave
  • wind daytime

    • in the afternoon
    • midday

Wind Stats for Texel Paal 17 Kiteboarding

Around the Kiteboarding Spot Texel Paal 17

Adjacent to the kitesurfing area is the Strandpaviljoen Paal 17, a well-known restaurant that enhances the overall experience at Paal 17. This eatery offers a variety of dishes, including local seafood and fusion cuisine, making it a perfect spot to relax and refuel after a day on the water. The restaurant's ambiance adds to the charm of the location, providing a quintessential beachside dining experience.

What sets Paal 17 apart from other kitesurfing destinations is not just the quality of kitesurfing conditions but also its surrounding environment. The spot is enveloped by the natural beauty of Texel, with its unique flora and fauna, making it an attractive destination for both kitesurfers and nature enthusiasts. The ease of access from Amsterdam and other major cities, combined with the local amenities like the Strandpaviljoen Paal 17, makes it a well-rounded destination for a kitesurfing trip.

On non-windy days, kitesurfers can engage in various activities organized by Zandbank Texel, such as blokarting, rafting, and power kiting. These activities are not only fun but also help in developing skills beneficial for kitesurfing.

  • camper parking

    • Overnight
  • car parking

    • At the spot
  • emergency

    • A medical center
    • A rescue service
    • Kite repair
  • has restaurant

    • No
  • has toilet

    • No
  • has shower

    • No

How to get to Texel Paal 17 and how to bring it about while you're there

Paal 17 is accessible by various means of transportation. The nearest major city is Amsterdam, approximately 100 kilometers away. From there, visitors can drive or use public transportation to reach the ferry terminal at Den Helder, followed by a short ferry ride to Texel. Once on the island, Paal 17 is a short drive away. There is a paid parking facility available at the spot, making it convenient for those traveling by car.

  • accommodation

    • near the spot
  • public transport

    • Mellow
  • rental cars

    • Recommended


Safety is paramount at Paal 17. Kitesurfers should be aware of the changing tides and potential for strong currents. It's advisable to check local weather and wind forecasts before heading out. Beginners are recommended to take lessons from local schools to familiarize themselves with the spot's specific conditions.

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Wind Forecast for Texel Paal 17 Kitesurfing


The peak kitesurfing season at Paal 17 is from July to August. However, the season starts as early as April and extends until October, offering a wide window for kitesurfers.

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