Seven Waters of the World You Simply Must Surf
It takes a special kind of person to ride a wave. Some say a crazy one. But we at Alpharooms think it’s one of the most exciting sports on the planet whether it be in the cold bays of the UK, or the tropical Caribbean seas. Nothing beats a big wave bounding in and giving us something ride the crest of.
But where is the best place to do it? For anyone heading on a surfing holiday, we’ve selected the seven waters which you simply must pick up your board and head to.
Now, don’t move onto the next one already. Yes, it’s in Scotland, and yes it’s very cold, but not only does it have some of the best reef breaks in the country, but it’s also one which causes plenty of challenges.
The hotspot is most certainly in Thurso; the northernmost town on British mainland, which regularly holds international surfing events and attracts enthusiasts from all over the planet. The north winds can occasionally be a problem but it’s certainly worth a trip north to test out your skills on some rough Scottish surf.
The surf in the Ionian couldn’t be any different than that in Scotland and regularly welcomes a more beginner level surfer, riding the gentler waves and having fun in the sun. Tourists on Corfu holidays regularly hire out a board and wetsuit to try their hand at the activity and between May and August it’s absolutely perfect.
However, come September that all changes, and when the southerly winds arrive, it welcomes a wave of surfing experts to the four metre high waves. They stay fairly strong until December, although naturally you won’t get to enjoy the 26°C temperatures the amateurs in the summer welcome.
Hawaii is known as the home of surfing, and for good reason too. They’re the world’s most famous waves and none will provide more of a challenge than on the north shore of Oahu. One of the best spots lies on Sunset Beach along the Banzai Pipeline.
Newbies are advised to stay well clear of this area – Canoes to the south of the island is perfect for beginners – with even pros struggling on these waves. When the waves break onto the shallow reef, they create some of the toughest tubes to get out of anywhere in the world. Certainly one for the dare devils.
Back into Europe now, and Anglet in France regular draws in waves that are as tough as any on the beaches of Hawaii. Les Cavaliers, in the southern city in the Bay of Biscay has become renowned for its tricky elements.
Bordered by two rocky gliders, you can use the right hand side one to paddle into the waves and surf back onto the beach and into the wealth of surf shops.
You probably wouldn’t associate the Middle East with surfing. It’s understandable. But Joe’s Point is earning quite the reputation for itself. Located near Al Ashkharah, the Arabian Sea region often has some of the most ideal spots for surfing, and is perfect for both beginners to advanced surfers.
Of course, it is a little in the middle of nowhere so it is more of an expedition than a few hours on the water. Plenty of people camp in the region and really make the most of it. Temperatures aren’t like Dubai – a 10 hour drive away – and sit at a more comfortable low 30s in degrees Celsius.
If it wasn’t for cricket surfing would likely be Australia’s national sport. There are more great surfing locations in Australia than there are almost anywhere else in the world, and the stretch of Gold Coast is well worth a road trip, stopping at each beach along the way.
The beauty of it is that there’s something for everyone too, from the Narrowneck Beach, with its artificial reef providing some quality waves to Budds Beach which is perfect for paddle boarding and generally just spending the day with the whole family.
Burleigh Heads is another offering real great surf for a more advanced boarder and Currumbin, also known as The Alley is also a hotspot just an hour’s drive from Brisbane.
Beginning with the most northerly point on UK mainland, to finishing with one of the most southerly. Newquay has long been a popular destination for surfers and is certainly the undisputed surfing capital of the country.
The summer months see surfers flock to the Cornwall town for days on the beach and nights in the bars in one of Britain’s liveliest seaside towns. Fistral Beach is one of the finest in the area and at low tide there are some amazing barrels and peaks to set your board on. It’s a busy place during the summer, so it’s always worth keeping in mind.