Guest Post: Top 5 Surf Spots
We’re all dreaming of our summer holidays away from the noise of the city, and the only thing that’s coming to mind is an endless beach with turquoise waters and white sand. Whether you’re already surfing or just want to try it on this trip, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it to the fullest. The list of surfing spots and destinations is endless, so to save you time; here are some of the best places around the world to catch some waves.
Bali, apart from its outdoor Spas, exotic beaches and amazing scenery, has many ideal locations for surfing. It has two seasons, the dry and the wet season; the dry season is the peak surfing time and it runs from May through to September. Uluwatu, Padang Padang and Impossibles are some beaches which are famous for their big waves. When Bali experiences its wet season, then you should try Sanur, Nusa Dua and Karamas. Karamas is renowned for producing deep tube rides over a reef and rock bottom.
Surfing in the Philippines is a unique experience for two reasons; it’s literally surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, its coastline is twice as long as the United States. This makes it an international surfing destination. On top of that, it’s way cheaper than other Asian destinations. You can get perfect breaks and big waves during the months of May to December, so now is the right time to go. Puka beach is the second-longest beach on Borocay. Named for its Puka shells, it’s hardly ever crowded. So, you can enjoy pristine waves and white sands all day long without interruption.
Costa Rica is less crowded than Hawaiian, Australian and Californian beaches, and you’ll be able to surf in their warm waters without a wetsuit. It has four main coastlines and is home to the some of the best waves on the planet. The Caribbean coastline is famous for its huge swells which are produced by the tropical storms of the Mexican coast, so veteran riders may find a second home on these waves. Traditionally, the surfing season lasts from April to November.
If you’re a newbie however, Playa Naranjo on the North Pacific Coast is great thanks to its smaller conditions. Central Pacific Coast also has many beaches you can practise on. If you’re looking for some cocktails after your surfing session then Boca Barranca is famous for its nightlife. For those who love camping and extreme holidays, then Pavones on the South Pacific Coast is well known for its rides that last for over ¾ of a mile and it’s camper friendly too.
The Maldives is not only famous for its luxurious holidays; it’s also one of the best surfing spots going. It has many islands to choose from for your surfing trip. People who’ve been here say that the greatest way to find the best surf spots is to take a surf trip via boat, as the Maldives can be affected by the North-East and South-West monsoons. During the North-East monsoon (March-April) it’s better to surf in the South-West atolls; switch to the North-East when the South-West experiences the monsoons. The best time of the year to catch big waves (up to 7ft) is July-August.
I couldn’t leave out Hawaii from the list, as it’s the birthplace of big wave surfing. Big wave season in Hawaii is between November and February, but you can always go surfing on the beaches of Maui, Oahu and Kauai any other time of the year. The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing takes place on Oahu’s North Shore; maybe you will be lucky enough to see some of the big surf names if you’re there a t the right time.
There are many places to surf around the world, so we’d love to hear any of your experiences from other destinations you’ve visited.
Dimitra Eleftheriou is a content writer at Surfdome. She loves writing blogs for extreme sports, fashion, books, theatrical plays and music. When she is not writing, she enjoys snowboarding or swimming.