It might not quite be surfing weather here in the UK just yet, but the rest of the world is warming up to a new season of big waves. If you and the crew are planning a surfing holiday this year, you’ll want to make sure wherever you’re going, you’re getting the most carving for your cash.
We asked functional fitness outfitters and Hurley stockists KITBOX, to give us a run-down of the best surf destinations in the world.
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What makes a great surfing spot?
Wind speed and direction, swell, tides and composition of the sea floor all play in role in shaping the waves a particular beach gets. Depending on the flow of the ocean around the shoreline, and the geography of the surrounding bays and so on, waves can be large and slow, or super aggressive, and they change year-round.
Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii
Considered by many as one of the world’s finest surfing locations, not only for its pristine waters, but also for the perfectly formed waves which make this beautiful stretch of island a mecca for purist surfers. Just watch out for the sharp coral.
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Probably one of Europe’s best surfing locations, Hossegor is located on France’s south-west tips, close to the border with Spain. Warm sunshine and powerful, but manageable waves make this one a winner if you’re looking to stay closer to home.
There are plenty of places in Brazil to choose from to surf, including the capital Rio de Janeiro, Pipa Beach and Ubatuba. Itacoatiara is just another good shout if you’re already settled on Brazil as your destination of choice.
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For the money, scenery, food and surf, Portugal is one of our favourite destinations by far. It’s not uncommon to find flights there for a little over £100, and the locals are super friendly. Peniche is located just north of the capital Lisbon – which you should also definitely visit – and features waves suitable for all levels.
To be honest, we could have made a list entirely for Portugal, since it’s such a great place to visit and surf. Sagres – yes, like the beer – is located on Portugal’s southern tip, pointing right out into the Atlantic. Not one for the faint-hearted, but an absolute blast otherwise.
Not up for travelling to South America, or actually wanting your most epic road trip to end in a surf holiday? Biarritz sits almost on the border with Spain, and is a popular holiday and surfing destination. According to Google Maps, you can drive there from London in about 12hrs 30mins.
You might get a bit of a sore bum from sitting for that long, so make sure you take breaks and do a couple of workouts along the way. Buy yourself a Rocktape Rock N’ Roller to counteract tight hamstrings and buttcheeks.
Snapper Rocks, Gold Coast, Australia
We’ve saved possibly the most epic for last, for when you want to really splash out. Snapper Rocks, located at the aptly-named Danger Point in Australia, is one of the most revered and outstanding surfing locations in the world.
Perfect crests one after another, the water around Snapper Rocks looks like a gigantic wave machine. If you’re looking for the ultimate surf holiday, and money is not a factor – or you’ve been a good boy and saved – the Gold Coast has your name written all over it.
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