Waves Around the World: Planning the Perfect Surfer’s Vacation

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It’s always summertime somewhere. If you are a warm water surfer and find yourself frustrated in a chilly winter surf town, the planet offers plenty of tropical destinations that provide perfect conditions for a surfing safari. Conversely, the world is full of cooler climes where surfers can catch powerful winter waves in style.

In the interest of offering every sort of surfer a vacation to daydream about, we are pleased to present this rundown of beaches and waves around the world:

Playa Grande, Costa Rica

You don’t have to be an experienced surfer stay stoked in Playa Grande. There are several surfing schools here and plenty of shops that will rent you a board. Playa Grande offers a first class beach break and consistent swell.

Jeffreys Bay, South Africa

Beloved by the surfing community as “J Bay,” this funky little town hosts the annual Billabong Pro Surfing Championship. Known for consistent right-hand point breaks and a white sandy beach, Jeffreys Bay features prominently in the classic surf movie, Endless Summer.

Uluwatu, Bali 

Surfline Magazine rates Uluwatu one of the top four surf destinations on Earth. Bali remains relatively unspoiled and the lineup is never crowded. Locals say it’s because of the Pura Luhur temple that sits on a cliff above the beach. Long barrel rides over shallow reefs in Uluwatu are right for experienced surfers.

Bondi BeachBondi Beach, Australia

Everyone from grommets to granddads can have a good time catching waves at Bondi Beach. Situated just seven kilometers from downtown Sydney, Bondi Beach offers a range of surf breaks. The north end of the beach tends to be calmer than the south end of Bondi Beach with its strong rip currents. If you have brought your own surfboard, simply use minibus hire in Sydney for transport so that you can travel comfortably with all your bulky surfboards.

Teahupo’o, Tahiti

Renowned for its flower scented air and heavy, grinding waves, Teahupo’o provides an exhilarating ride for experienced surfers. Here you can catch consistent lefts that break over a reef. Due to coral heads, a lightweight wetsuit jacket is advised.

Biarritz, France

If you think France doesn’t have surf culture, please think again. Côte des Basques hosts one of the gnarliest longboard competitions in the world. Here you can ride a righteous wave any time of the year. If you plan to visit in winter, don’t forget to bring a long-sleeved wetsuit.

Hanalei Bay, Hawaii

When locals who live on other islands want to ride world class waves, they head to Hanalei Bay. Located on the north shore of Kauai, Hanalei Bay offers easy waves in summertime, and wild rides in winter. Parking can be a bit sketchy on a crowded day, so park your jeep on a nearby road, and hike to the beach with your board. All terrain vehicles like the Jeep Patriot can get you a bit closer to more remote action.

SurfSteamer Lane, California

Find this California favorite on West Cliff Lane in the heart of Santa Cruz’ surf district. With super fast rights and lefts and a sharp rocky bottom, Steamers is best left to intermediate and advanced wave riders.

If you plan to head out of town for a surf adventure, check ahead to be sure you can rent a board locally. If you’ll be visiting a winter surf break, make room in your luggage for a decent wetsuit.

Albert Driscoll is a surfer dude! His ambition is to become a digital nomad, surfing his way around the world (not literally!). He is a new contributor to travel and sports blogs around the web where he is sharing his passion.






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