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May 15, 2019

5 surfing destinations to discover

Are you ready for a new adventure? Here are our top 5 dream destinations for pros ready to surf the big kahuna… and beginners wanting to catch their first wave. Surf’s up!

1. Australia

Filled with die-hard surfing enthusiasts, Australia is a country that has produced some of the world’s best surfers, athletes who have honed their craft on impressive waves.

There is something for all tastes and levels in the Land Down Under. Its range of surf schools and camps are perfect for beginners who want to learn how to hang 10.

On Australia’s east coast, Byron Bay, Superbank, Bondi Beach (extremely packed on weekends) and Bells Beach are must-see destinations. At the other end of Australia, the Margaret River region boasts 40 surf spots between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin, including the infamous Surfers Point that hosts a renowned surf competition. 

2. California

Surfing is a way of life up and down the California coast and many shops are dedicated to the sport. People wander around in the latest beach-ready fashion and surfing gear.  Surfboard makers and shapers ply their craft in classic surf shops.

Surfing is a popular sport in the turbulent Pacific Ocean between San Diego and Half Moon Bay.

The epicentre of pointbreaks is located in the southern part of the state where a swarm of surf sites flourish:

  • Surfrider Beach in Malibu
  • Rincon in Santa Barbara
  • Black's Beach in San Diego
  • Trestles in San Clemente
  • Oceanside

If you don’t plan to brave the waves, you can always take a hike along Maverick Cliffs Trail in northern California to watch surfers catch some of the biggest and most dangerous waves in the world. Impressive to behold, even from a distance!

3. Costa Rica

Thanks to its ideal tropical climate, people travel to Costa Rica throughout the year to surf both the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean sides of this small Central American country.

Neophytes head to Tamarindo and Santa Teresa beaches to jump on their first soft board.

Regardless of your skill level, you’ll enjoy the type of waves that break in Costa Rica: beach breaks, powerful and hollow, round and slow, etc.

4. Hawaii

Known as the cradle of surfing, Hawaii stands alone when it comes to the number of spots to go to find gnarly waves.

Banzai Pipeline on the island of Oahu, Jaws (like the movie) and Honolua Bay on the island of Maui are among surf spots where the sheer height of waves (up to 27 metres at Jaws) is not for the faint of heart. Indeed, competitions often take place where you can admire the know-how of some of the best surfers in the world.

For a calmer ride, it is better to visit Hanalei Bay on the north shore of the island of Kauai, especially during the summer. Its white sand beaches set against lush emerald rainforest and waterfalls have made this a choice destination for people looking for a beginner surf experience and a relaxed atmosphere.

5. Indonesia

Indonesia ticks off all the boxes and attracts surfers from around the planet: kilometres of picture-perfect sandy beaches, fascinating culture, sumptuous food, temples and traditional villages. 

The most popular spot is without question the island of Bali, a paradise full of beaches to surf:  

  • Padang Padang
  • Uluwatu
  • Bingin
  • Nusa Dua

Beginners can get their feet wet at Kuta and Canggu beaches.

If you want to get off the beaten path and surf some reef break waves, pay a visit to Nihiwatu beach on Sumba Island or Lance’s Right on Sipura Island. They promise you a steady barrage of spectacular waves punctuated only by some downtime under the shade of palm trees.