It's a tricky thing to master, but once you're up to speed, carving on those A-frames and tubes, there's plenty to get amped about. There's a whole bunch of ways to make surfing, or learning to surf, part of a great holiday.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Specialist tour operators cater to all levels, with customised packages for families, groups, couples or solo. You can expect a good standard of accommodation right next to or close to the beach in a well-developed surfing location. The majority are packages that include tuition and equipment, but a few may just involve accommodation close to a surf beach.
Some companies operate surf charters, which will cruise the waters in search of the best breaks. These are especially popular in tropical archipelago settings such as The Maldives.
And then there are surf camps and surf schools, which provide accommodation, meals and surf tuition for all levels. All equipment will be available and you can expect a set number of surf lessons (or, sometimes, full access to surf coaching). Packages are usually for weekends (2 nights) up to a week. Camps may have a spa and other facilities like a gym and access to mountain bikes.
WHERE TO GO
Cornwall and North Devon are the undisputed surf hubs of the UK, although Wales and Yorkshire (around Scarborough) are increasingly popular.
In Europe, the thundering Atlantic surf along the Portuguese coast (the middle stretch from Lisbon up to Ericeira and Peniche) is reliable, with some fantastic conditions throughout the year. Other locations include Spain (west of Cadiz), parts of Atlantic France and the Canary Islands.
Hawaii, California and Australia are the sports classic homelands, and New Zealand is another option. Morocco and Mozambique are emerging destinations, with South Africa another classic surf spot. In tropical Asia, consider The Maldives, Indonesia (practically endless options off Bali, Lombok, Sumatra and further east in the Moluccas) and Sri Lanka, plus various locations in the South Pacific. Brazil is another possibility, together with some Caribbean islands (Barbados and Dominican Republic).
When conditions are right, the Yorkshire coast rivals the more renowned surfing centres of the southwest, with a range of surf spots for novices and experts alike
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