Lysakerfjorden Windsurfing Club (LBK) is one of Norway’s and north Europe’s largest windsurfing clubs. In our warm and welcoming community, everyone is welcome – from beginners to regatta sailors. We have great conditions for windsurfing from Rolfstangen at Snarøya and are currently in the process of building new clubhouse facilities.
The atmosphere at LBK is unique in many ways. It includes a mix of people, from children and teenagers to young adults, more mature windsurfers and even an 80 year-old plus class of sailors! The activities are just as varied as the people, with a mix of organized and informal arrangements, for raceboard regatta sailors, freeriders and course participants.
LBK is situated by Fornebu, at Snarøya in Bærum. We also have several club members from Oslo and eastwards, and from Asker and further westwards.
The current club facilities consist of board storage for our members, rinsing and drying areas for sails, a patio area for chats/breaks, and occasionally a kiosk. We are currently planning on building a new clubhouse and facilities with an expected start date for building in 2017.
Wind conditions and activities
From Rolfstangen, there are usually good conditions for windsurfing. It’s perfect to be able to sail within a fjord, since you aren’t at risk of ending up in the Netherlands or the Shetland Islands if you end up slightly off course! Here, the winds aren’t as strong, and the waves not so big, as at Jæren and Sola in Rogaland and Lista in Vest-Agder.
LBK is located close to Halden Brygge, which is also a popular launch point for many funboard/free-ride sailors.
Among the organised activities are courses for children and teenagers, short courses for adult beginners (plus those with previous experience who are a bit rusty!), an annual board festival, club championships, and Thursday regattas.
Building interest in windsurfing
The club originally started with windsurfing from Sollerudstranda at Lysaker. Later, the windsurfers struck a deal with the former Civil Aviation Authority for having their base at Rolfstangen on Snårøya, where the club resides to this day. In 2015, the area became regulated for use of the windsurfing club and we have a 40-year agreement for usage from the Environment Directorate.
Having approximately 400 members means that our welcoming and inclusive club is moreover a significant international windsurfing community. We are excited that some members also compete internationally. There is also another windsurfing club that can be found on the other side of the fjord, the Kongelig Norsk Seilforening (KNS), which is even more competition orientated (no hard feelings though!).
The ambition of LBK is to build interest in windsurfing as a recreational sport (and elite sport) in Norway, also amongst people who might not normally be drawn towards organized sports. Please contact us if this sounds like it could appeal to you.
We place great emphasis on health and safety and have three powerboats moored on the beach, if they are needed at any time.