Learning to surf is one of the coolest hobbies there is; getting away from it all and testing yourself against nature while sampling some great beaches.
While there are tons of destinations across the world that are great for surfing not all of them can be classified as great places to learn.
Good schools, suitable waves, safety and not being too crowded are all important factors for a suitable place to learn your craft.
Fancy combining your next trip with learning to surf; here are 10 suggestions for the best places to learn to surf. Nobody said it was easy, but something this impressive rarely is!
For a low cost option without the need to travel far, Cornwall is one of the best places to learn to surf. Sure it might not be as glamorous as some of the other destinations on our list but the conditions, especially in Summer are perfect for learning.
The centre of surfing in Cornwall is the popular town of Newquay but there are a range of quality Surf Schools that can be found along the Cornish Coast.
The atlantic coast of Morocco offers some great places for surfers of all abilities, plus almost year round sunshine and the benefits of being a low cost destination.
The village of Taghazout in the south is the focal point of surfing culture in Morocco and offers an amazing number of low cost and good quality schools. Other options include the beaches around Agadir or the village of Tamraght.
Visit here early autumn for the best weather and wave conditions and join the number of Europeans who make this their chosen destination for surfing education.
The south coast of Portugal is arguably the greatest place in Europe to learn to surf. There are a host of amazing, unspoilt beaches that offer perfect conditions for beginners to learn their craft.
Base yourself in the town of Lagos to benefit from the culture in the area with a range of great surfing spots within a half hour drive. The best region for surfing is Ericeira, host of the ASP World Surfing Championships and offering a number of great beaches, each with a range of certified instructors to out you through your paces.
Best conditions in Portugal for surfing are Spring and Autumn to avoid the crowds and benefit from cheaper prices.
Although requiring a long haul flight, another low cost surfing destination when you arrive is the West Coast of Mexico in the region or Baja California.
While the surfing itself is pretty safe in this part of the world the ongoing drugs war means travelling here isn’t without its risks so take precautions if opting to travel here to learn.
San Diego, USA
One of the coolest places to learn to surf, San Diego is the surfing capital of California and offers a range of beaches and great quality surf schools.
The weather here is great almost all year round and a visit here means it’s easy to combine some days in the surf with an unforgettable Californian Road Trip up the West Coast.
The home of surfing, Hawaii is without doubt one of the best places in the world to surf. It is however renowded for some of the most challenging conditions, particularly the Pipeline wave off Oahu’s North Coast.
Waikiki to the South offers some gentler conditions to learn and a friendly, laid back atmosphere. With an abundance of schools to learn from there is a no more impressive place to tell your friends you’ve learnt to surf at than the birthplace of surfing.
Visit between June and August for the best waves but conditions are great for surfing all year round.
Whilst not an immedialtey obvious choice, Costa Rica offers some great surfing conditions along with some of the most stunning beaches. Visit this tropical paradise for a relaxing beach break and the chance to learn from some great local schools.
The best surfing conditions are to the North West of the Country with notable destinations being Nosara and Tamarindo. The best conditions are to be found between December and April, but keep your belongings out of sight from the local howler monkeys!
Another destination offering relaxing luxury alongside perfect conditions for surfing. The aptly named Surfer’s Point on the South Coast is the best place to learn your craft as you share the gentle waves with sea turtles.
The waters are warm and conditions are great all year round but if you’re looking to relax on the beach after your lessons than avoid the rainier months from June to October.
If you find yourself an a South East Asian adventure then the beaches of Bali offer some great conditions to take a break from the travelling and hit the waves. The resort of Kuta is a surfer’s paradise and attracts surfers from all over the world.
You will be spoilt for choice with quality surf instructors and it is a great place to party with like minded surfers when the sun goes down. Visit between May and September for the best surfing conditions and party atmosphere.
No list of surfing destinations would be complete without a mention of Australia, home to probably the most surfers on the planet; in no small part due to the huge amount of amazing beaches available.
Choosing only one destination to mention is probably harder than learning to surf itself and the huge Eastern coastline has probably the largest concentration of surfing spots on the planet. Why not combine your surfing education with a road trip up this stunning coastline?
The ultimate destination to learn are the beaches of Byron Bay with a variety of waves for all levels and instructors on hand to help you get to grips with them. Visit in spring for the best weather and most consistent waves.
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