Best surfing spots
Surfing isn't just a sport, it's a way of life for many people. Whether you are just starting out or are a seasoned pro, there is nothing like the freedom of riding the waves in some of the most beautiful places on earth. Here we look at some of the best surf spots out there. Get that board ready!
1. North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii, USA
Surfing was born out of Hawaii and the North Shore of Oahu is ranked as one of the ultimate places to surf on the planet. The waves are enormous, including the famous Banzai Pipeline, and pro surfers come from around the world to compete here every December for the ‘Triple crown of surfing’. Check out nearby Waikiki if you are just starting out.
2. Jeffreys Bay, South Africa
Known as J-Bay, on the south coast of South Africa, the waves are complex and some of the best in the world. It is a top spot on the pro surfing circuit hosting the annual Billabong Pro ASP World Tour in July. The winter months are most popular with surfers. There are also beautiful, pristine beaches in this area and it is a popular tourist hotspot.
3. Hossegor, France
Often called ‘the surfing capital of Europe,’ Hossegor is in the South-West of France on the Atlantic coast. Sometimes compared to Hawaii, you can join the rich and famous residents here to watch the best surfers ride those waves and tubes.
4. Uluwatu and Kuta, Bali, Indonesia
Bali may have become a surf paradise many years ago now but the waves are still as amazing, the quality has not changed even if the crowds are much bigger! Kuta is incredibly popular with both beginners and professionals. If you are more advanced, why not try the big waves in nearby Uluwatu? The best times to come here are from April to October.
5. Bells Beach, Victoria, Australia
Famous as the setting for the last scene in surf movie Point Break (did you know it was actually filmed in the US?), Bells Beach is known as 'the home of Australian surfing'. It still hosts the oldest pro surfing event in the country, now called the Rip Curl Pro at Easter every year, just off the Great Ocean Road. When the swell gets big, it really does, rising to over 5 metres, so unless you are a hard-core surfer it's best to just watch the beautiful waves roll in!
6. Fuerteventura, Spain
Located off the coast of Africa (as part of the Canary Islands), it is a hub for surfers of all abilities, with near perfect conditions - happy days! The weather conditions are mild all year round and the sea temperatures never really fall below 18°C. From October to March are the best months to come here. There are many superb spots including the popular Rocky Point (known as Punta Elena locally) in Corralejo.
7. Tamarindo Beach, Tamarindo, Costa Rica
The stuff that dreams are made of in surfing terms, Costa Rica has the Pacific Ocean on its west and the Caribbean Sea to its east. There are top waves here all year round and Tamarindo beach is great for surfing newbies as well as seasoned pros. The waves on this beach can reach 3 metres in height! Make time to go and see the turtles when you are here too!