Top 6 Places to Surf in Winter
It’s time to trade in your heavy winter coat for a pair of board shorts and a sunny trip to the beach and some waves great waves. So: Are Ready for the coolest surf sessions of your life? We’ve compiled a list of 6 of the BEST worldwide surf camps for you to hit during the winter.
Baleal Surf Camp – Peniche, Portugal
Considered to have Europe’s most consistent and flexible surf year-round, Baleal Surf Camp is nestled among the dunes and overlooks one of the most dramatic and beautiful surf spots on the continent. Whether you are a novice or an expert, there really are waves here to suit every skill level. Established as a family-run business back in 1993, Baleal’s secret to success has been providing first class accommodation and surf tuition whilst creating an environment of good food, music, and most importantly, great company. After you’ve spent a long day in the water, you can retreat to the surf camp’s own bar and cafe, a place famed locally for chilled days, followed by long nights of live music and dancing. It’s this all-inclusive beach-party vibe that few who visit once can resist returning for.
Rapture Surfcamp – Bali, Indonesia
With Bali being renowned for having incredible surf conditions 365 days a year, it’s no wonder this tropical paradise is so popular amongst surfers of ever skill level. If you are looking to do a surf camp in Bali, look no further. You’ll find Rapturecamps (picture above) in two locations- Padang and Cliff. Both locations offer a variety of accommodation to suit your needs and budget, as well as a fantastic surf school for beginners and daily surf guiding for intermediate to advanced surfers. Padang offers beautiful stretches of white-sand beaches and some of the best waves in the country, whilst Cliff is perfect for those seeking solace in one of the most beautiful, unspoilt surf-spots in Bali.
Taghazout Surf Waves – Taghazout, Morocco
Taghazout Surf Waves is run by Katrina and Momo, who met when Katrina first traveled to Taghazout to experience the great waves there. Driven by their shared passion fo surfing and their backgrounds in hospitality and tourism, they decided to take the leap and build Taghazout Surf Waves. What once began as a small joke, grew into a dream and this dream is now reality.
Safari Surf School – Nosara, Costa Rica
If you want to get back to nature with a relaxing surf vacation away from hordes of tourists and civilization, Safari Surf School in Nosara, Costa Rica is the place for you. With no street lights or paved road, this place is a surfer’s paradise- it’s just you and the waves! Wake up to the sound of monkeys in the surrounding forest. Between surf sessions, you can take the zip line through the forest, take a horseback tour to waterfalls or unwind with some yoga. With a range of accommodation options, you can experience Safari’s Surf School in luxury or on a budget.
Quiksilver Surf School – Fuerteventura, Canary Island
Warm water, sunshine and consistent waves all year around- the Canary Islands sounds like a dream, right? Located within easy reach of mainland Europe, Fuerteventura is an affordable holiday location with a great variety of surf spots to explore. Quiksilver Surf School Fuerteventura provides a variety of surf camps and accommodation options, catering for both the young and the young at heart. Their Surfcamp Corralejo offers private and shared rooms positioned within walking distance of the beach, bars and shops, whilst their Villa Antonio is located further inland and is a more peaceful, country retreat suitable for couples and families. For those seeking out a little more luxury, their Surf Resort offers deluxe, ocean-view villas with private swimming pools. The Surf School provides quality surf lessons run by qualified, multi-lingual surf coaches.
Raglan Surfing School – Raglan, New Zealand
Recognized as one of the Best Surf Town’s in the World by National Geographic, surfing at Raglan is rapidly becoming one of New Zealand’s most popular outdoor adventure! Located along the Wild West coast, Raglan Surfing School offers affordable beginner surf lessons, private lessons for the more advanced surfers and a range of stay and surf packages. Open year-round, beaches get less-crowded and prices get a lot cheaper in the winter, making it the optimum time to perfect your surfing skills before the beaches are overrun by holiday makers.