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It's not just nature that attracts many visitors to Thy. The west coast from Hanstholm to Agger, especially Klitmøller and Vorupør, has gained international recognition as a top-notch surfing destination. But what makes Cold Hawaii a must-visit for surfers from all over the world? The answer lies in the unique natural conditions, including wind and the seabed.
Cold Hawaii is famous for its constant and reliable wind conditions. The winds from the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea converge here, creating the ideal environment for surfers of all levels. Whether you're an experienced surfer or a beginner, you'll find the perfect waves for your style. The strong and consistent winds also make Cold Hawaii a hotspot for windsurfing and kitesurfing..
But it's not just the wind that makes this place unique. The seabed conditions also play a crucial role. Bryozoan limestone, a type of limestone, is characteristic of the area and directly influences the formation and quality of the waves. The hard and smooth nature of bryozoan limestone contributes to more even and well-defined waves. This makes the surfing experience more predictable and satisfying for visitors.
While longboarders and shortboarders, in particular, flock to the West Coast in Hanstholm, Klitmøller, and Vorupør, Krik Vig is popular among windsurfers and kitesurfers. Vandet Sø also attracts windsurfers and is a good spot for beginners who want wind but no big waves.
Respect the birdlife while you surf, paddle, and sail
When surfing along the coast, it's important to consider the birds in the sea and coastal areas.
Birds that inhabit coastal areas play a vital role in the ecosystem. They are part of the natural food chain and often serve as indicators of the health of the coastal environment. Disturbance to birds and their habitats can have serious consequences for the local wildlife and the ecosystem as a whole.
Birds are usually present on the sea away from surfers and similar activities. So, you should pay particular attention to this when surfing or paddling along the coast into their areas. If coastal birds, such as waders, ducks, and seagulls, are repeatedly disturbed, it can affect their feeding, breeding, and resting, ultimately impacting their survival.
If you're surfing during the spring and autumn months, try to avoid disturbing groups of migratory birds resting on the sea while gathering strength for their onward journey.
When paddling or surfing in the Limfjord at Krik Vig and Agger Tange, make sure to keep a safe distance from the coastline and the bird island where many waders like oystercatchers, redshanks, curlews, and plovers are foraging.
By showing consideration as a surfer, you contribute to the preservation of the scenic and ecologically important coastal areas that we all enjoy.
Canoe and Kayak
You can also paddle in a canoe or kayak in the national park, both along the coast and even better on the Limfjord at Krik Vig.
Or you can take a trip on the Hvidbjerg Vesten Å, which winds in and out of the national park, connecting the large South Thy lakes: Nørhå Lake, Ove Lake, and Ørum Lake. The stream creates a special connection between the individual lakes and their surrounding reed beds, wet meadows, grasslands, and small lakes. Throughout the river valley and along the shores of the lakes, there are many small spring areas and areas with the rich fen habitat type. Especially along the eastern shore of Ove Lake and the northern shore of Ørum Lake, you can find particularly fine rich fens with many rare and characteristic species.
The entire trip is 40 km long, starting from Sjørring and ending at Krik. You can embark on the river in Sjørring Town, at Faddersbøl, at Årup Town, at Ove Lake, and at Morup Mill Town. There is a shelter area on the way at Ove Lake.
Note! Rowing is only allowed from July 1st to September 15th to protect the otter population in the river.