About Windfinder

Windfinder is your weather service for kitesurfers, windsurfers, surfers, sailors, paragliders and all other wind-related activities.

Global wind forecasts and weather forecasts

Spots / Forecasts

Windfinder offers wind forecasts and weather forecasts for over 40000 places ("Spots") worldwide that are of relevance to kitesurfers, windsurfers, surfers, sailors and paragliders. Most of these places are sites where such sports are carried out, as well as marinas, or takeoff or landing sites.

Models and weather data sources

Windfinder offers two forecast models. The first is the normal forecast that is based on the GFS model of the US National Weather Service NOAA. The second is the Superforecast, which is based on improved physical and topographical models and uses a significantly higher horizontal resolution. This results in better forecasts for local conditions such as thermals and complex topography. All Superforecast values are available in hourly intervals.

Real-time measurements, statistics and live webcams

Over 18000 weather stations

We offer a unique, global network of weather stations. The current wind speed, wind direction, air temperature, air pressure and other values at these sites can be viewed in real time. This is especially useful in more complex regions or for viewing the current weather at your location.

Statistics and historical weather data

We can help you plan your vacation according to wind and weather using our detailed wind statistics and weather statistics. If you need information in even greater detail, such as for insurance claims, we can help you with our weather data archive dating back to 1999.

Webcams

Further, it often helps to have a visual image of the current conditions – we offer you over more than 63000 webcams so that you can assess the weather conditions or get informed about the current situation. Or use the webcams to take an advance look at your vacation destination!

Windfinder Apps for Android / iOS

Keep an eye on wind and weather forecasts and measurements when you are on the road – you can instantly stay informed using our iOS and Android apps. Offering customizable favorites, widgets and optimized data transmission, our apps are what you need for a perfect day out windsurfing, sailing, kitesurfing or paragliding.

Our Story

1999
Windfinder is founded by Oliver König in Kiel, Germany, originally as an SMS-based forecasting serivce. You could say we’re a mobile-first company!
We're launching our first mobile Website (do you still remember WAP?)
2000
Forecasts for specific spots introduced on our website.
2005
Introducing our very own high-resolution Superforecast! With 1-hour increments to boot.
2008
Not our first venture into mobile, but our biggest to date: Windfinder on iPhone!
2009
Tapping into the an even bigger market, we're proudly introducing our Android app
2010
Windfinder gets a complete responsive design overhaul. Also, wind previews are introduced for every forecast spot.
2015
Finally, spots and forecast maps are happy together again: with our animated wind forecast maps!
2017
And on and on and on...

Press / News

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