Surf Your Way Around The World
Do you know your hang ten from your cross step? Do gnarly breaks get you amped? If you’ve no idea what I’m talking about, the chances are that when you head to the beach you’re there for the sun, sea and sand. If, on the other hand, you answered yes to both questions, there’s only one ‘S’ you’re interested in….surf!
Here’s a round the world trip which offers you the best opportunities to sample some of the best surfing on the planet….rad surf dudes! Do you know your hang ten from your cross step? Do gnarly breaks get you amped? If you’ve no idea what I’m talking about, the chances are that when you head to the beach you’re there for the sun, sea and sand.
If, on the other hand, you answered yes to both questions, there’s only one ‘S’ you’re interested in….surf! Here’s an around the world trip which offers you the best opportunities to sample some of the best surfing on the planet….rad surf dudes!
LONDON – SAN JOSE (Playa Dominical) – surface – SAN FRANCISCO (Mavericks) – HONOLULU (Waikeki) – BRISBANE (Surfers Paradise) – MELBOURNE (Bells Beach) – CAPETOWN ( Jeffreys Bay) – LONDON.
Playa Dominical, Costa Rica
Playa Dominical is situated around 30 miles south of Manuel Antonio National Park, on Costa Rica’s central pacific coast. A great place to head to if you want to avoid the crowds – it’s a small, laid back town with a relaxed atmosphere and great nightlife.
You couldn’t ask for a more beautiful location; the rugged, unspoilt coastline is fringed with pristine rainforest and the impressive Talamanca mountain range provides the back drop. The surf is great all year round, with the major swell season running from April until October.
This surf spot is off the coast of Pilar Point in northern California. This one is a winter surf destination for very experienced surfers only, many competing in the invitation-only big wave competition held every winter. Waves in winter regularly top 10 metres and after a storm in the northern pacific can tower in at over 20 metres. These mammoth breaks are caused by a freak underwater rock formation – not for the faint hearted!
The home of surfing, the sport was first popularized here in the early 20th Century. Waikiki is very commercialised but the reasons it became so popular still exists: sunshine, clear water and great waves! It has great surfing all year round and is ideal for beginners and experts alike.
Hawaii is home to scores of other great surf beaches and as it’s the most isolated land mass in the world, the waves travel long distance to get there so they’re generally pretty big when they arrive!
In winter, the northern beaches experience massive waves generated by storms in the north pacific, whereas tropical summer storms in the south pacific guarantee that the southern beaches get pretty good swell too.
Surfers Paradise, Australia
So named with good reason: it has great all year round weather, warm water, miles of unbroken beaches and great surfing suitable for every skill level. The beaches are protected by surf nets so you can be confident you won’t be sharing the waves with any men in grey suits (surf speak for sharks!). When the surfing’s over for the day, there’s great nightlife to enjoy all along the Gold Coast.
Bell’s Beach, Australia
Often referred to as the home of Australian surfing, it was famously featured in the film Point Break, in which Patrick Swayze’s character’s ultimate ambition is to surf the giant waves at Bell’s Beach.
Located a 90 minute drive from Melbourne, it’s a top destination for experienced surfers, where swells from the southern ocean steepen and slow over the shallow reef to produce exceptional surf.
It also plays host to the Bells Beach Surf Classic, held around Easter time every year since 1961.
Jeffreys Bay, South Africa
Located on South Africa’s beautiful garden route around an hour south west from Port Elizabeth, Jeffreys Bay is one of the most famous surfing destinations in the world. Storms from the Antarctic coupled with the geography of the bay create one of the longest and fastest right hand break points in the entire world.
Jeffreys Bay the author of the “Surf your way around the world” also plays host to the annual Billabong Pro ASP World Tour surfing event every July, attracting surfers and spectators from all over the world.