While it can be fun to master your favourite nearby wave, grabbing your board and heading abroad can be a challenging and eye-opening experience you’ll never forget.
Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned veteran, a trip to a world-class surfing destination should be on the bucket list for any surfing enthusiast. Here’s a look at five of the top spots in the world to get lost in the waves.
A heart-shaped island near Vitu Levu in Fiji, Tavarua is a haven for surfers thanks to the impressive array of different breaks available, making it a hot spot for both novices and pros. While left reef pass Cloudbreak is considered one of the most challenging waves in the world, beginners can work on their skills at either Tavarua Rights or Kiddie Land. Both of these offer fun rides for those not ready to go on tour. Tavarua is also a world-class destination for kite, wind and body surfing and comes with an extremely relaxed atmosphere thanks to the scenic beauty and exclusivity. Although planning far in advance is a must thanks to the limited amount of accommodations at the remote Tavarua Island Resort, surfers tend to find the trip an unforgettable all-around experience.
Nadi International Airport has plenty of international flights to choose from to get you started. From there, it’s a short bus trip to the coast followed by a beautiful boat ride that brings you to Tavarua.
North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii:
There’s a reason why the North Shore on Oahu in Hawaii is one of the most famous surfing spots in the world. Away from the hustle and bustle of Honolulu, the North Shore is a breathtaking bit of coastline that offers pristine, glassy winter waves that have made it a home base for pros from all over the world. Though the winter waves can be a little intense for beginners and modestly skilled surfers, the summer waves offer a gentler experience that makes the North Shore terrific for all skill levels. The North Shore is also great for big wave surfing spectators too, as major competitions like the Pipeline Masters and the Triple Crown of Surfing are two of the greatest displays of surfing talent in the world.
An easy drive from Honolulu International Airport, the North Shore is only about a half-hour away in the offseason, although traffic can back up a bit in the winter months. A public bus is also available and there are plenty of accommodations in nearby Turtle Bay.
Even if you don’t think of France as a hot bed for surfing, Hossegor in the south of France will change your mind very quickly. Located in Soorts (department of Landes), Hossegor has some of the roundest barrels in the world of surfing thanks to renowned breaks La Graviere and Les Estagnots, which is why surf enthusiasts flood the beaches of Hossegor in France’s spring and autumn seasons. Even in the summer, when surf can flatten, Hossegor is great for wind and kite surfing to make it a popular spot from March all the way through November.
The staging point for Hossegor is Biarritz, which is just a short 20 to 30 minutes away via car and has a decent airport. Fairly inexpensive trains also regularly run from Paris to Biarritz, making for a fairly easy connection for international travellers. There are also regular trains up to Biarritz from Barcelona, Spain.
The coasts of southern California offer all sorts of possibilities for surfers. Just north of Los Angeles, Malibu is as much of a surf town as it is a celebrity hangout. South of L.A. offers surfing communities like Huntington Beach, where the U.S. Open of Surfing is held every summer. If you continue heading south, Lower Trestles on the San Diego-San Clemente border is a favourite of surfing icon Kelly Slater and both Black’s Beach and Windansea are popular local spots for beginner and intermediate surfers. Overall, southern California offers an incredible range of waves that has a little something for everyone.
With major international airports in Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange County, Southern California is one of the easier surfing destinations to reach.
Jeffreys Bay, South Africa:
Famous surf documentary, Endless Summer made Jeffreys Bay a major destination for surfers more than a half-century ago, helping to ignite the very notion of travel surfing. Today, Billabong holds the influential JBay Winterfest every July on the waves of Jeffreys Bay, where surfers come to enjoy some of the most consistent right-hand point breaks on the planet. Whether you come to get on the surfboard yourself or just watch the pros, Jeffreys Bay offers an amazing surf getaway that continues to attract visitors from all over the world.
A variety of different shuttles and taxis are available from Port Elizabeth Airport, which is about an hour away and offers plenty of international flights.
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