Chichi crowd and Auntie Claire
The Germans love their north sea island Sylt. Virtually everyone does – the high society hangs out in the In-Café Sansibar or at the beaches around Kampen, grandmothers and their daughters and granddaughters go on a spa holiday there, party people crowd the bars in Westerland and windsurfers – well, they’re also there.
Excitement on the water and at the beach
Windsurfing beginners take their first steps on the shielded east side of the island whilst the pro’s face huge waves on the western side. Each year in autumn, the world’s very best windsurfers meet here to find their champion at the PWA Surf World Cup in Westerland in September. The event is considered to be the largest windsurfing competition of the world and is the only PWA stop which is a Super Grand Slam. Approximately 140 athleten fight against each other in the disciplines Wave, Freestyle and Slalom for a prize money of 105,000 Euro. Over 200,000 spectators come each year to watch them.
“What makes Sylt so special is that so many people come here just for windsurfing. Although it’s cold and rainy, they come to watch – that’s unique. For me, personally, Sylt is a tough surf spot. But it’s also a lot of fun – a real challenge!” said Philip Köster, German shooting star, in 2010. In 2009, he won the Sylt World Cup.
When daylight fades and the athletes call it a day, the spectators only just got started. For a week, the beach is a big party mile, with various DJ’s, bars and food courts. The Sylt holidaymakers party until morning.
Need a little change? …
For those who have seen – and partied – enough, Sylt offers great possibilities to relax: e.g. by walking or cycling the long dune stretches. Or, if a little pampering is required, by booking a day or afternoon at one of the many spas by the beach.
Distraction can also be found golfing, horse riding or fishing. A large choice of galeries and theatres invites those enjoying arts and culture. And the possibly still remaining energy can be used on shopping in the unique and pretty little boutiques in Westerland.