Surfing in USA
The United States is located on the southern half of North America and is made up of fifty states and one federal district.
Due to its tremendous size, the country offers a large variety of landscapes ranging from the mighty Rocky Mountains, Florida’s subtropical climate, California’s snow and sun and the endless areas of the central US. There are so many places worth visiting that is impossible mention them all.
Some sites you should be sure to see are Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, the Florida Keys and the skyline in New York City. The US has limitless possibilities so it’s best to individualise your trip based on your interests.
Due to it’s size and geographic variety, the US experiences most climate types.
The midwest has a continental climate with hot summers and dry winters. The humid air of the Pacific, which is pushed by the west trade wind over the mainland, causes rain over the Rocky Mountains. Due to its proximity to the Pacific, the southwest has the mildest climate.
The southeast is subtropical therefore the winters are mild while the summers are warm and humid. This area is often threatened by extreme weather during hurricane season.
The northeast has a moderate climate and experiences all four seasons.
The US is the country with the oldest surf tradition since Hawaii is the birthplace of surfing. While Hawaii has pristine beaches and is traditionally the most sought-after surf paradise, it is not the only region of the US for unbelievable surfing.
The west coast offers thousands of kilometres of coast and countless surf spots like Santa Cruz, Malibu, Huntington Beach and San Diego. While waves are not as constant on the east coast, you can find some wonderful surf spots on a good wave day. Keep in mind that the nine-time world champion Kelly Slater grew up in Florida.
You can surf year-round depending on which state you visit, but April to October has the most ideal surf conditions especially for beginners.
Best surfing season for beginner: September – May
Best surfing season for advanced surfer: June – October
Crowd factor: Higher in the summer month
Travel to the US is mostly by air with direct connections from all other continents to major US cities. Main airport hubs include: New York (JFK), Atlanta (ATL), Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Dallas (DFW), Denver (DEN), Houston (IAH), Salt Lake City (SLC) and Los Angeles (LAX).
There are also numerous smaller airports for domestic travel. The US has a very established bus and rail system and it is easy to rent a cars for those who are looking for a short or long road trip.
Traveling by bus, train or car means you can relax and enjoy the beautiful and varied scenery.