World’s best beginner surf spots

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Get your surf on in these chilled beginner spots.

So you’ve decided you want to learn to surf. Thanks to forgiving foam boards, it’s never been easier. But to catch your first wave you’re going to need a spot that’s got gentle surf and some room to maneuver. We’re talking the opposite of the kind of places where pros shred huge breaks and territorial locals get ‘fisty’ with newcomers. Get your surf on in these chilled beginner spots.

Waikiki – Hawaii, USA

Surfing’s pretty tiring, especially when you’re first starting out. So it helps if you’re learning in a place with lots of fun stuff to do when you’re not out on the water. In that respect, Waikiki’s ideal. Its gentle rolling waves lap up onto endless gorgeous beaches that are in turn backed by great bars, restaurants and shops. Added to that, Hawaii’s the home of surfing – what better place to start?

Byron Bay – New South Wales, Australia

Some say this is the best place in the world to learn to surf. It’s difficult to argue when you think of all the surf schools down there, the fact that it’s a backpacker’s heaven and the mix of gentle rollers and beach breaks suiting a variety of surfing levels.

Plettenberg Bay – Garden Route, South Africa

Two-foot surf (when the wind’s down), cheap hostels and friendly locals make this sleepy town on South Africa’s Garden Route a great place to take up surfing. Bear in mind that ‘men in grey suits’, that’s sharks to the uninitiated, are found all along South Africa’s coast, so be sure to ask the locals if there have been any sightings before you take to the water.

Newquay – Cornwall, England

You’d think glamorizing surfing in forever-rainy England might be an impossible task, yet somehow the film Blue Juice managed to. The fact that it starred a young, and frankly scorching hot Catherine Zeta-Jones probably had something to do with it. Cornwall, Newquay in particular, is the beating heart of Britain’s surf culture. Chilled out yet professional surf schools are on hands to ease you into a seriously thick wetsuit before you get your feet wet.

Tamarindo – Guanacaste, Costa Rica

We think freezing your extremities off shouldn’t be part of the bargain when learning to surf. Given the chance we’d happily eschew Newquay’s cold grey waters for the Costa Rica’s warm azure ones. Even in winter the sea’s 79F!

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World’s best beginner surf spots was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Brett Ackroyd
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Brett hopes to one day reach the shores of far-flung Tristan da Cunha, the most remote of all the inhabited archipelagos on Earth…as to what he’ll do when he gets there, he hasn’t a clue. Over the last 10 years, London, New York, Cape Town and Pondicherry have all proudly been referred to as home. Now it’s Copenhagen’s turn, where he lends his travel expertise to momondo.com.