Guest post on behalf of Stuart Cooke
If you’re a keen surfer, nothing quite beats the idea of travelling the world to explore new waves. It gives you a chance to hone your abilities, as well as visit new destinations and meet like-minded individuals from all over the world. There’s truly nothing else quite like it. Surfing isn’t just a hobby – for those who love it, it’s a way of life!
Every year, thousands of surfers travel in search of the best waves, and it’s no secret that there is truly an abundance of great surfing spots to be found all over the world. Of course, there are those locations synonymous with surfing: Hawaii, Australia and South Africa to name but a few. That said, the destination that you choose should ultimately come down to the type of experience you hope to have and your surfing skill level. If you’re considering booking a surfing holiday, we’ve listed some of the best surfing spots in the world to help you narrow down your choice.
1) HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIFORNIA, USA
Huntington Beach in California is perhaps one of the most iconic surfing spots in the world, and a firm-favourite among Orange County surfers. The long stretch of beach is perfect for both beginners and more experienced professionals. One thing to bear in mind is that, due to its popularity, it can be crowded, especially during summer. Surprisingly, the best time to hit the waves in Huntington Beach is during winter, when there’s bigger swells and less crowds. That’s good news for surf seeking tourists as hotel prices will be a lot lower in the winter months.
2) KUTA BEACH, BALI
Kuta Beach in Bali attracts surfers of all abilities to it’s sandy shores. Many surf spots in Bali can be intimidating for beginners, either due to five to six-foot curls or the fact that many of them are dominated by the territorial professionals. However, Kuta, the island’s first official ‘surfer’s beach’, continues to be a favourite spot amongst beginners due to the fun waves in small swells. So, if you’re planning your first surfing holiday, it could be the ideal choice as you can develop your skills without the fear of being judged or heckled by more advanced surfers.
3) PIPELINE, OAHU, HAWAII
Oahu is a must-visit destination for any keen surfer, because there, surfing is just a way of life. That, and the fact that the dream of conquering the legendary Pipeline is one shared by many. The Banzai Pipeline is renowned around the world for its perfect barrelling waves, intimidating for beginners, but the perfect challenge for very experienced surfers. Due to the shallow reef, there are some serious health and safety risks involved in surfing the Pipeline waves, such as bodily harm and broken boards. Nevertheless, hundreds of surfers from across the globe travel to Oahu every single year for their chance to conquer it.
4) SUPERBANK, COLD COAST, AUSTRALIA
The Gold Coast boasts some of the best and most consistent waves in all of Australia. The Superbank is made up of the southern points at Snapper Rocks – Rainbow Bay, Kirra and Duranbah. Combined, they are considered the very best spots for surfing on and around the Gold Coast. There’s great variety to be found, with conditions to suit all skill levels, from seasoned professionals, to intermediate surfers and even beginners. The Superbank’s break is even home to the annual Quicksilver Pro surfing competition – a must-do for avid surfers.
5) TOFINO, VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA
The tiny Vancouver Island town of Tofino is the surfing capital of Canada and just so happens to be one of the best spots in the world for surfers of all abilities – if you don’t mind chilly weather, of course. The summer months tend to bring good weather and plenty of tourists, whereas rain and cold climates are typical throughout winter months. With water temperatures in winter hovering around the mid to low 40s, investing in a good, thick wetsuit is always advisable if you feel up to conquering Tofino’s waves during the colder months.
6) WHITE BEACH, OKINAWA, JAPAN
The fun, less intimidating waves of White Beach, Okinawa in Japan are appealing to surfers of all levels, but especially those still in the early stages of learning how to ride the waves. It’s the perfect spot to get in plenty of practice before making a move to the bigger reef breaks nearby. It’s also the perfect place to bring your family, so if you have children who are keen to learn how to surf, White Beach in Okinawa might just be the perfect place to start.
7) WATERGATE BAY, CORNWALL, ENGLAND
Cornwall is a particularly popular surf spot in the United Kingdom, with Fistral Bay being one of the hottest spots. That said, although perhaps less popular, Watergate Bay still has its charm and appeal to surfers of all abilities. It is typically the less crowded option of the two, which is always a plus if you hope to get good practice in. As well, with a range of beach-side facilities and sheltered conditions, Watergate Bay is ideal for families, too.
Whichever surfing location you choose it’s important to take your skill and experience level into consideration especially if you are travelling as a group. A good rule is to choose a location that is suitable for the weakest member of the group as you want to ensure that everyone enjoys the experience and can take part. Surfs up!
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Guest post on behalf of Stuart Cooke of UniBaggage.com
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