Whether you’re a thrill-seeker looking for monster swells, or a novice who’s just after some gentle rollers, there are tons of surf spots around the globe to choose from. We give you a run down of a few of our favourites. Wherever you choose for your next surfing adventure, don’t leave home without single trip holiday insurance. Even though we always hope the worst won’t happen, you can rest assured that nothing will ruin your trip.
Oahu, Hawaii, USA
While Hawaii is America’s Holy Grail for surfing, Oahu is a firm favourite amongst novice and expert surfers alike. Head to Old Man’s in the south for waves as chilled out as the atmosphere, or if you’re looking for something to get your heart racing, hit the world-renowned Sunset Beach. While Sunset can be packed on a good day, if you’re looking for waves suitable for the pros, look no further. Sunset is also close by to Laniakea, or Turtle Beach as it’s better known, where green sea turtles in their dozens come ashore to feed (and pose for a few photos!)
Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Frequently named the top place to surf before you die, Supertubes at Jeffreys Bay is the home of the Billabong Pro ASP World Tour, attracting the very crème de la crème of surfing talent from around the world. What’s so attractive to them? Well, between boasting some of the longest rides in South Africa, all-but-guaranteed perfect surf, huge hollow waves that link the whole way down the beach, and pods of dolphins thrown in for good measure, Supertubes will probably be the ride of your life.
Bundoran Beach, County Donegal, Ireland
Probably the best surf spot in Europe, although you will definitely need your wetsuit. Offering all year round surfing (and nearly all-weather surfing too), Bundoran has something to please everyone. At low tide, The Peak is the best reef break in Ireland, while Rossnowlagh Beach is great for surfers who are still learning. When the waves have worn you out, you can check out the Fairy Bridges and the Wishing Chair, for panoramic views across Donegal bay and out over the Atlantic.
Tavarua Island, Fiji
With warm water year round, this world class surf used to be off-limits to anyone not staying on the island. Following the deregulation of Fiji’s waves by the government, Tavarua is now available for anyone to surf- and what a ride it is! The water is like an aquarium, and world-famous breaks such as Restaurants, Swimming Pools and Cloudbreak draw surfers from across the globe- although be warned, you can typically only access them by boat. Back on land, you can enjoy exploring this tropical island, or simply chill out on the sand and soak up paradise.