Windsurf in Mui Ne
Mui Ne is the first windsurf spot in Vietnam. Regularly, Starboard's team of shapers, pro-riders and testers come from Thailand to Mui Ne to find the wind and finalize their prototypes. Also, Mui Ne hosted in 2011 a Professional Windsurf Competition (PWA Mui Ne Grand Slam) for Slalom and Freestyle. That' s exciting, isn't it?
Windsurf in Mui Ne in Video
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Mui Ne's Wind for windsurf
What would be windsurf without wind? I believe that Mui Ne has the best wind statistics in Southeast Asia. Welcome to the windsurfers' paradise.
There is a windy season from November to April during which strong wind is comes from the North East every day. If one day, you think that the wind is coming from another direction during that season, it might be because you had to many mojitos the past night. During that time, you will be able to enjoy windsurfing with 85 / 90 liters boards and 5.0 / 5.5 sqm sails … perfect, isn't it? Even better news is that the wind is light every morning, which is perfect for beginners. Then, it will get stronger and stronger until 1pm. It will usually stay at it's strongest point during 2 hours before calming down gradually.
The rest of the year, it is a similar routine, except that the wind is lighter and comes from the southwest. Most of the time, the suitable gear would be around 120 liters Isonic or Futura and a 7.5 sqm sail. With this, you can keep windsurfing almost every day.
Mui Ne's hot water...
After 3 years windsurfing in the north of France, when I first deeped myself in the water of Mui Ne, I thought I was entering my bath-tub. To windsurf in Mui Ne, you just need a swimming suit, a rashy and some sun-block. That's really cool...
Mui Ne's good windsurf clubs
When I arrived in Mui Ne in 2009, I brought my own equipment. I don't think that's a good option because if you want to have the suitable sail and board for any condition you nearly have to be a millionaire (and not only in Dong). The good news is that there are a few places where you can rent some really good equipment. I rent my equipment in Jibe's. I believe that it is the place with the best equipment. They have Starboard boards and Severne sails. New equipment is arriving every year. And if a sail is missing while conditions are good, Pascal (the owner) will get you a brand new one out of the stock of the shop! That's class …
If you have your own equipment, you should be able to find a place were you can store it without having to carry it all the time from HCMC to Mui Ne.
Mui Ne's Swell
Let's be honest, wave riding is not an easy thing and can be costly when you get your equipment crushed by a wave. However, is has always been my dream to surf waves like the pros do in the videos. The swell in the bay of Mui Ne is a very good training field. It can easily reach 2 meters high with a stiff slope...
If you are into perfecting your jibes, this swell will be your perfect ally to complete the crazy turn without loosing your planing.
Finally, when you are lucky, you will face real walls in front of you that will send you high in the air.
Mui Ne's Current
The current in Mui Ne is quite strong and pushing you in the same direction as the wind. Beginners might find it difficult to stay upwind, but it is still perfectly manageable.
Mui Ne's Shore-break
The shore-break of Mui Ne can be tough, especially in late afternoon. If you don't want to face difficulties, you should start windsurfing around 11 or 11:30.
In the big days, the shore-break can be over 1 meter high. In that case, you have to choose the right timing to get in the water. The technique is to stand up on the sand as close as possible to the waves, but in a location where you can carry all your equipment above the water and the waves. Then, you will have to look at the waves and be patient. You have to choose a moment when you will have time to do your beach start, then cross the shorebreak without having to cross a big wave.
If you miss your beach start, it might be wise to get out of the water quickly and wait for the next opportunity.
If you fall down in the shore-break, make sure you stay in a safe zone with your equipment not staying between you and the wave. Then run to the tip of your mast, lift it out of the water and push your board toward the beach. Keep an eye on the waves …
On the way back to the beach, the technique is quite easy: try go at the same speed as the waves and go straight toward the beach. Get off your board just before your fin touches the sand by making a step backwards toward the wind. Grab your mast and use it to push your board on the sand. Then grab your back foot-strap and rush to the sand with the nose of your board staying in the sand at the same location, your sail should have flipped during the process.