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Windproof Sea Umbrella: How Not to Fly on the Beach

Find out how to set up a beach umbrella without letting the wind blow it around. Our advice on the type of windproof parasol and techniques for setting it up safely in the sand (also for beginners)
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Sea and beach umbrella

There are many models of beach umbrellas on the market. In this guide, we will look at the different types of parasols, their characteristics and how to find the one best suited to your needs.

Also, an ideal guide for those who have never been to the beach or have difficulties, we will see how to place the parasol without having it blown away by the wind

How to choose a beach umbrella

When choosing a beach umbrella, there are some important factors to consider. Here are some tips to help you make the right choice.

  1. Dimensions: Consider how many people you wish to cover with the parasol. If you only want to cover yourself or a couple, a smaller umbrella might be sufficient. If, on the other hand, you want to cover a family or a larger group, opt for a parasol with a larger size.
  2. Sun protection: Check the sun protection classification of the parasol. Look for parasols that offer UV protection, preferably with a high sun protection factor (SPF). This will help shield you from the sun's harmful rays during days at the beach.

  3. Quality materials: Make sure that the parasol is made of durable and good quality materials. Look for aluminium or fibreglass structures that are light but at the same time wind-resistant.

  4. Stability: Check whether the parasol has a solid anchoring system. Some beach umbrellas have a built-in sand anchor or a heavy base that can be filled with water to increase stability.

  5. Ease of installation: Choose a parasol that is easy to assemble and disassemble. Models with simple opening and closing mechanisms can make the experience more enjoyable.

  6. Transportability: If you need a portable beach umbrella, consider the weight and ease of transport. Some umbrellas are designed to be lightweight and can be easily stored in bags or special cases.

  7. Extra design and functionality: If you want extra functionality, look for umbrellas with features such as adjustable tilt, ventilation windows to allow air to pass through, or pockets to store personal items.

Beach umbrellas: standard and windproof

Assuming that no umbrella of any material will ever withstand such a wind....

... we can still say that there are parasols that do their job and others that do not.

In this guide on the best beach umbrella, we have focused on two of the important aspects that a beach umbrella must have: ease of assembly e wind resistance

Classic beach umbrella: how to place it

If you frequent the sea and the beach as we do, you will surely have seen many times that umbrellas suddenly take flight and brush against the heads of sleeping sunbathing neighbours.

Or to observe, almost with tenderness, robust husbands who after twenty minutes of sweat and effort still have not managed to set up the parasol in a stable and

For a person who never placed a parasol on the beach this operation can be very complicated, so follow these steps carefully

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If you want to feel more secure, you can also take wet sand from the shoreline and 'cement' it around the umbrella pole. If the umbrella has been well inserted this trick will allow you to strengthen the fixing 

The unexpected is always just around the corner. And even if you are convinced you have done everything right, this can happen.

After setting up the umbrella then, shake it up a bit, make sure it is stable so that you can go for a swim knowing that when you return to the beach your umbrella is still there and no one is hurt.

How not to fly the parasol at the beach

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Many people who have never placed a classic parasol think that to keep it stable and protect it from the wind, you have to put a lot of stones around the pole.
Wrong.

The wind can easily blow it away and within seconds you might see it flying over your neighbours' heads.

So, what can be done to hold the parasol still and not let it fly?

  • take a stone, the size of the palm of one hand
  • tie it to the parasol
  • bury the stone 10 to 15 centimetres away from the parasol, leaving the wire soft

It is essential that the thread is soft. If you bury the stone too close to the parasol or the string remains under tension, this trick will not hold the parasol in place.

How is it possible that a stone weighing less than an ounce can hold a parasol steady in the wind?
It is the same principle that it is not the weight of the anchors that keeps the boats steady. Read the guide on 10 things to know about hiring dinghies without a licence

Windproof beach umbrella: how to place it

Windbreaker parasols are much easier to place safelyespecially in inexperienced hands. In fact, the windproof beach umbrella has apropeller on the tip making the operation very easy.

The steps to follow are the same as for the classic parasol but there is a substantial difference.

Whereas with the classic umbrella, even if you do everything right, it is possible that with a little breeze, it starts to move a little too much...

With the propeller parasol, this is impossible! In fact, the parasol, even if you could dance a little, will never get out of the sand!

FAQ Beach umbrella: how to choose it

Quick Questions and Answers ⚡

A good parasol must be:

  • large enough for the number of people who will use it (and it is always better to have plenty)
  • with an excellent ability to stop UV rays (UPF 50+ capable of protecting the skin from more than 98% of UVA and UVB rays)
  • easy to assemble and transport

The easiest solution is to mount a windproof umbrella with a propeller tip.

Another way is to assemble a classic parasol by following the right steps

See guide above

Actually, in order to hold a parasol in place, it is not necessary to put a weight on it. In fact, the wind is easily able to pull the parasol off even if you have hundreds of stones around it.

The key is therefore to place it well and safely

Beach umbrellas range in diameter from cm.160 to cm.240.

Parasol ideal for couples: 210 cm

Parasol ideal for a family of 2 adults + 2 children: 240 cm

Small, 180 cm umbrellas, in addition to being usually made of poor quality materials, have a very short pole and therefore cast a very small shadow. In addition, if it is very hot, and as these parasols are very low, there is a risk of not feeling a wisp of air move

If the fabric of a sunshade is UPF 50+, it is able to protect the skin from more than 98% of UVA and UVB rays.

In any case, it is always recommended to protect oneself with appropriate sun creams.

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