Some of the most beautiful beaches in the world are also prime surfing spots, so your surfing holiday destination choices are vast.
Surfing in the Northern Hemisphere
The pristine, warm waters of Costa Rica have become known as a surfer’s paradise, especially among the surfers looking for a challenge. Witches Rock is a popular surfing holiday destination; well known for its fast, hollow rights.
If you’re a big wave rider, head to Mavericks in Northern California. Due to the unusually shaped rock formation underwater, waves often crest at 8 m and top out at 15 m.
Of course, there’s nowhere like Hawaii, the birthplace of big wave surfing. Pipeline in Oahu is a beautiful spot, with excellent surfing opportunities as huge waves break over shallow water above its sharp reef.
Surfing in the Southern Hemisphere
For the best right-hand point breaks in the world, South Africa is the place to be. Jeffrey’s Bay in Eastern Cape is famous for its annual Billabong Pro ASP World Tour, and professional surfers and tourists flock here every July.
Australia’s coastline is dotted with perfect surfing spots. Beachside cities often have surf schools offering lessons to people of all ages and experience. The main surfing area is Bells Beach in Victoria, where the world’s longest running surf competition, the Rip Curl Pro Surf & Music Festival, is held annually.
If Australia is too crowded, Bali is just a short flight north. You may notice tourists at the airport arriving with their surfboards under their arms. There’s a good reason for that: Bali offers solid swells and barreling reef breaks. As well as big waves, this exotic Indonesian island offers a cultural experience like none other.
Surfing isn’t just a sport; it’s a way of life. Whether you a beginner or an expert, your surfing holiday will certainly be a memorable one.
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