During your trip to Australia, it is essential to explore the beaches of the world’s premier surfing destination. It is no surprise that megabrands such as Billabong, Rip Curl and Quiksilver launched in Australia. Surfing is an essential part of the Australian life. Millions of people around the world go specifically to Australia in order to explore the beaches and surf. Here are two must-visit beaches if you decide to go surfing in Australia:
1) Bondi Beach, New South Wales
There is a huge chance that you might have seen a picture on social media from Bondi. It is a 30-minutes drive from the city and is an appropriate option for all surfing levels. Experienced surfers go to the south for its powerful right-handers, while beginners usually enrol in small group lessons. After you are done surfing, you can check out one of the many popular cafés up Hall Street and enjoy the stunning view!
2) Cabarita Beach, New South Wales
A 30-minute drive north of Byron Bay, Cabarita Beach is a stretch of sand revered by Australian surfers. The break at Cabarita is one of the few places along the Tweed Coast that is not reached by northerly winds and protected from large swells, which makes it a great surfing spot if you are just starting. There is a luxury boutique hotel right at the beach that can arrange private surf lessons with Australian pro surfer Joel Parkinson.
2. South Africa
1) Eland’s Bay
If you depart from Cape Town you will need about three hours to reach Eland’s Bay by car. It is recommended to go there during summer because the waves are at its best during this season. This spot is highly recommended for more experienced surfers. The surrounding town is quite small, with a few shops and one hotel, but the atmosphere is worth experiencing. Often surfers will meet up at the bar of the hotel after a long day with the waves, but you should know that the majority of them speak Afrikaans as it is the dominant language in the region.
2) Dungeons, Hout Bay, Cape Town
One of the world’s famous Big Wave spots, the legendary surfing destination is appropriate for the brave and experienced surfers. A leg in the Red Bull Wave Competition is even held here, where enormous waves test the courage of skilled surfers. Tow-in surfers free-surf here, but the spot is occupied during Big Wave contests, so choose carefully when you want to go.
3. Costa Rica
1) Playa Guiones, Nosara
Costa Rica has over 300 days a year of surfable waves. Isn’t that amazing? Playa Guiones is one of the most consistent surfing spots in the country. It is perfect for beginners because the waves are often small enough to learn. However, when the bigger swells come in, it is recommended that only experienced surfers try the waves.
2) Playa Tamarindo, Tamarindo
The most widely known surf spot along the Pacific Coast, Tamarindo attracts many surfers either to the main beach in the centre of the town or to the other surf spots within five minutes. In Playa Grande you will find the most consistent waves in the area, while Playa Langosta offers the experienced riders a fast-moving left and right point break. After surfing, stroll down the streets and enjoy delicious local food in one of the cosy restaurants.
4. The Maldives
Maldives has 1192 islands and endless surf breaks. It’s the perfect destination for intermediate and advanced surfers. The surfing season depends on the Atolls, but most of the archipelago is good for surfing from April till October.The fishing is phenomenal and the snorkelling is mind-blowing. The region captures both southwest and southeast swell, so there is a great chance of getting a wave somewhere and the setups are numerous and varied.
The Central Atolls
The area covers a large number of islands. The region boasts some good quality breaks that are suitable to most surfers. The distance between breaks means you may be doing some miles, but the crowds are low, and the waves great fun. Very scenic islands sprinkled with upmarket resorts and native villages means you can break up the trip with a few drinks at a resort bar in ludicrous luxury or just go visit the locals downtown.
5. New Zealand
Surfing the East Coast of the North Island: Coromandel, Bay of Plenty, Eastland
Venture up to Hot Water Beach in the Coromandel for something different; create your very own natural spa bath, or surf the beach and reef breaks. New Zealand’s first artificial reef is located in Mt Maunganui, Bay of Plenty. Surfing, fishing, sailing or just relaxing on the stunning beaches are awaiting you! As the first place to see the sunrise in the world Gisborne is great for dawn surfing. Waikanae beach is located right in town and is great for learning.
Surfing the Lower North Island: Taranaki, Wellington The New Plymouth
The latter is where the movie “The Last Samurai” was shot. There are multiple surf beaches which stretch throughout Taranaki. Fitzroy beach is popular due to its accessibility and dependable surf. Journey south of New Plymouth via Surf Highway 45 through Oakura and Opunake and select one of the many quality breaks on offer. Only minutes from the city of Wellington is Lyall Bay which receives southerly swells to the delight of the many locals. Round the corner from Wellington is Wairarapa with unpopulated waves just waiting to be discovered. Go off-road and sample the reef and beach breaks, but be wary of big southerly swells, rugged conditions and changing weather patterns.