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Best Surf Spots in the World

Are you planning a surf trip, travelling with family and friends, or simply searching for perfect surf? Discover the best surf spots in the world, and the most popular surf breaks near you.

The best surf spots in the world are usually located where four variables meet positively, and consistently, all year round. Several factors impact the quality of surfing waves, but these are by far the most important: Wind, Swell Direction, Tides and Seafloor. Wind is most relevant variable in the creation of quality surf. Its strength, direction, duration and consistency change the surface of the ocean waters and may produce quality waves for surfing. Waves propagate faster or slower. The wave period means the time between two waves. When waves reach the shores, they lose energy as they pass through different sea floor types. There are good and bad surfing waves in rock, reef, coral and sand bottoms, and there are no beaches with top class waves all 365 days of the year.

The interaction between the wind force and direction, the strength and direction of the swell, the tide in a particular hour, and the type of a sea floor creates a determined type of wave. For instance, in full moon days, the high tide is very high, and the low tide is extremely low, which means you may encounter mushy waves or heavy close-outs, respectively. Falling just before the longest daylight bearing 24 hours in the year, International Surfing Day celebrates the sport and passion of nearly 40 million fans worldwide. Whether you’re a regular wave hitter or a paddle board poser, surfing is a fantastic way to travel, explore new destinations or build up fitness! Here are my favourite destinations to hit the waves this this summer.

So where are your favourite Surf Spots in the World

Best Surf Spots in the World

CROATIA

Croatia enjoys a temperate pleasant Mediterranean climate. Summers are hot, sunny and dry, while winters have cooler weather, though still mild. The average temperature in the country is of about 11.7°C (53°F). Croatia has a 5,835 km coastline (mainland 1,777 km and islands 4,058 km),bordered by the Adriatic Sea. The southern swells are quite rare and, therefore, waves are not seen every day. Although it is not one of the main European surf destinations, it is possible to ride waves in Croatia. Look for Camp Kazela (Medulin), Sakarun and Zlatni Rat.

Best Surf Spots in the World

ERICEIRA, PORTUGAL 

In this charming white cliff edged, Portuguese fishing town, located on the West coast of Portugal visitors will find the mecca of Portuguese surfing. Given the title of Europe’s only ‘World Surfing Reserve’ in 2011 the local area is a surfing fan’s haven with themed accommodation and bars a plenty. Surf’s up – discover Ericeira and more on the Topdeck Portugal Summer trip, starting from £1,249 between June and August 2019

Best Surf Spots in the World

ARUBA

Located in the Caribbean Sea, only 27 km north of the coast of Venezuela, Aruba is a flat, riverless island of the Lesser Antilles, well known for its dreamy white sand beaches and Divi trees.
The tropical marine climate provides an average temperature of 28 °C (82.4 °F) all year round, moderated by constant trade winds from the Atlantic Ocean. The hottest months go from May to October and the coolest from December to March. The wind direction is prevailingly eastern and the average wind speed is of about 15 knots. Arashi, Rodgers Beach, Dos Playas, Manchebo Beach and Wariruri are best surf spots in Aruba.

Best Surf Spots in the World

ARGENTINA

With 4989 km of coastline in total and a diverse geography, Argentina is the second largest country in South America. It is bordered by Paraguay, Bolivia, Brazil, Uruguay and Chile.
The climate ranges from humid sub-tropical in the North to moderately cool in the Central semi-arid Pampa and sub-arctic in the South. The average temperature in Buenos Aires is 24 °C (75.4 °F) in January and 9.6 °C (49.3 °F) in June. The wind is prevailingly eastern/southeastern and the mean speed is 9 knots. There are surf spots in all the Atlantic coastline, but the waves in the North are more consistent. Cruz del Sur, Miramar, Chapadmalal are the most famous surf beaches.

Best Surf Spots in the World

QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA 

Join millions of travellers who flock to this epicentre of water sport entertainment every year to surf, swim or kick back and relax on the famous Gold Coast Beach resort. With a myriad of reasons to visit including bars, restaurants and clubs this summer hub welcomes avid surfers and board rookies to hit the waves alike! Hit the waves – discover explore Queensland and more on the Topdeck  East Coach Beachin trip, starting from £2,199 between June 2019 to April 2020. 

Best Surf Spots in the World

MEXICO

Mexico enjoys a tropical and temperate climate. The South American country is crossed by the Tropic of Cancer, that divides two different weather regions. It is cooler north of the twenty-fourth parallel and warmer and more stable in the South. With 9,330 kilometers of coastline, Mexico has some of the best surf breaks in the world. Pro and free surfers have been discovering the land of tacos and tequila. Beach breaks, point breaks, reef, jetty break and river mouths. Waves break all year round in Mexico. Expect crowds in the most famous surf peaks, but there’s always a beach for all surfers. K38, La Fonda, Salisepuesdes, San Miguel, Quatro Casas, Shipwrecks, Isla Natividad, Punta Abreojos, Scorpion Bay, Mag Bay, Cabo and Zippers are only a few good surf spots. And whilst you are in Mexico, why not head to some of the best cenotes Tulum Mexico.

Best Surf Spots in the World

COSTA RICA

From early Spring to mid-Autumn the Costa Rican coast lines produces amazing swell, bringing back surfing pro’s year after year. The area has a wealth of areas to practice hitting the waves; in particular, Tamarindo Beach – a half kilometre beach with warm waters welcoming beginners and experts alike.

 

Where are your favourite places in the world to go surfing? I hope you enjoyed this post about Best Surf Spots in the World.

 

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