The 8 best places to learn to surf in 2018
The 8 best places to learn to surf all have a few factors in common: warm water, soft waves, easy access, and loads of expert help. And if you think it’s too late you are definitely wrong. Because these 8 spots will make you addicted as soon as you go there this year. Promised!
1. Byron Bay, Australia
It’s impossible to go to Byron Bay and not to learn to surf. The northern New South Whales town is located on Australia’s most easterly point and picks up all available swell. It offers north and south facing coasts on either side of the Lighthouse-topped headland, meaning wind direction is never a problem. The water is warm year-round, and you can choose from empty beachbreaks or more crowded sandbottom points like The Pass. There are numerous surf schools like our friends from Mojosurf catering to the endless stream of international surf travellers.
2. Nosara, Costa Rica
Slightly more protected than some of other well-known Costa Rican surf spots, the town of Nosara has easily accessible beachbreaks within a short walk of a variety of accommodations. Numerous credentialed surf schools offer great, all inclusive packages and there is a chilled-out vibe and friendly locals, not always a given at some other surf spots. On down days (or when the shoulders are sore) head to the Ostional Wildlife Refuge, which is famous for its olive ridley and leatherback sea turtle populations.
3. Flag Beach, Fuerteventura
At Flag Beach located at Fuerteventuras’ protected eastern coast, you’ll be sharing the fun, easy beachbreak with fellow novices. The wave breaks all year round in warm water in a tropical setting, and one of the main problems will be returning home to expand your newfound skills in a normal surf environment.
4. Waikiki, Hawaii
At Waikiki, on the protected, side south side of the Hawaiian island of Oahu, there are loads of waves that seem designed specifically for learners to fall in love with riding waves. The main breaks of Queens and Canoes provide long, mushy waves over a forgiving reef. As the birthplace of modern surfing, Waikiki offers options for board hire, and lessons line the beach. Plus there is never a need for a wetsuit. Most important, when you get home, you can tell your friends you tamed the wild waves of Hawaii.
5. Taghazout, Morocco
The Moroccan town of Taghazout has been a mini-hippy surf city since the early ’70s. It offers a mix of easy beachbreaks a short walk from town and more challenging sandbottom points just up the road. It seems half of all Scandinavian and a third of German surfers learned to surf in the waves of Taghazoute, and a large learn-to-surf industry is made up of slick operators, who will guarantee you as much Moroccan tea as you can handle and that you will be standing up by the end of your mission. At early autumn the waves are small and the weath is warm.
6. Goa, India
In the Banana Surf School beginners can learn surfing anytime except monsoon season between june and september, when swells make things more challenging. Utorda Beach is a clean, uncrowded beach with soft sand and clear water which produces gentle waves for Longboards, Mini Malibus or Softboards.
7. Weligama, Sri Lanka
Surf'N'Lanka is a Surfschool located directly at the beautul bay of Weligama which is perfect for beginners and intermediates. The so-named beach (Weligama-Beach) is a white beach with sandy bottom, stunning palmtrees and soft waves which is perfect for beginners and intermediates with longboards and minimals.
8. Biarritz, France
The L’école de Surf Hastea, which has been providing lessons since 1995 is the place to be for beginners, because hastea is Basque for “to begin.” The famous beach called Côte des Basques will suprise you with its stunningly clear water and shallow, sandy bottom. The waves are easy to ride, especially with Mini Malibus, Longboards or Softboards.