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Surfin' Sylt

911 ways to ride a wave: Last weekend the Petro-Surf again attracted Porsche and surf lovers from all over the world to Germany's most famous island. But where is the perfect wave to be found? You can find out this and much more in our Sylt-Surf-Guide.

Text: Marko Knab Photo: Porsche 08.07.2019 2 min

The perfect wave? Is green of course! What describes the optimum traffic light condition at the wheel of a Porsche, however, has a different meaning in surfing: What is meant in this case is the part of the wave that has not yet broken. What - you didn't know? No big deal. That's what our surf guide is for.


Since the beginning of the fifties surfing belongs to Sylt like the curry sausage to the Sansibar. Responsible for this is Uwe Behrens, who founded the Surf Club Sylt with a handful of friends in 1966 and brought surfing as a sport to Germany in the first place. With luck you can still meet the legend on the beach in front of Kampen. Not surfing, but playing Mau-Mau.

Safety first?

Also applies to surfing! As on land, traffic is also clearly regulated on waterways. Therefore, the one who is closest to the breaking part of the wave always has right of way. The same applies if someone has already started his ride. There are no distance regulators on the board, but the good practice is to always leave two meters space to the rear or front man.

Hotspots to cool down:

Beginners can glide well through the water at low tide on the K4 near Hörnum. Advanced surfers, on the other hand, are in good hands on Brandenburger Strand, where competitions regularly take place. Another hotspot is Kampen, where the Buhne16 and the Sturmhaube are located.

Endless Summer?

Not quite. You can surf on Sylt between the end of April and the end of October - when the water temperature rises above 10 degrees Cesius. Waves and wind are best towards the end of the season. But be careful: Weather and tides can change!

Boarding time:

The roof rack is not a breach of style, but mandatory equipment, at least if you want to transport boards of all kinds. If you still don't like the look, you can do it like Ronald Szasszer and transport the board in the open 356 Speedster.