That feelings are much like waves; you can’t stop them, but you can choose which ones to surf. That the best surfer out there is the one having the most fun. That life is, unquestionably better when you surf. They’re right. 

One of the oldest practiced sports on the planet, the act of surfing waves with a wooden board originated in Western Polynesia over three thousand years ago. The first surfers were fishermen who surfed to shore as a more efficient way of bringing back their catch. Eventually catching waves developed from being part of ordinary, everyday work to being an extraordinary, addictive pleasure. And so it remains to this day.
If you already surf, you’ll already know. You’ll know the challenge of outsmarting the ocean, where eternity begins and ends with the tides. You’ll know that adrenaline and endorphin injections pump into your heart, your blood and untie knots in your mind. That catching that wave inspires, exhilarates, entices, enthrals. If you don’t surf, that knowledge - along with your wave - is waiting. But whether you’re an experienced surfer or a beginner, what you’ll all need to know is this: “Where are the best waves?”

 

The 5 best surf spots  

Experts and enthusiasts have been debating this one for years. To add our 2 cents’ worth, here are our 5 favourite surf spots:  

Mentawai Islands, Indonesia
Offering some of the best surf to be found anywhere in the world, the Mentawai Islands attract swells all year and, with waves varying in size from 2 to 12 foot (the average wave height being about 6 foot), and provide perfect conditions for surfers of all skill levels. The most consistent season is generally between March and November, but whatever time you go you’ll still have the opportunity to surf a barrage of beautiful waves as this area keeps producing great line ups which are sprinkled amongst a huge array of reefs, point breaks and remote bays.  

Gold Coast, Australia
With 57 beaches, world-class point breaks and wave swells ranging from a few feet to 25 feet, the Gold Coast known as a surfer’s paradise and is ideal for both beginners who want to learn the basics of surfing and advanced surfers who want to ride some epic waves. Some of the most popular surf breaks include South Stradbroke Island, The Spit, Burleigh Heights, Main Beach, Broadbeech and Tallebudgera Beach. Home to the most consistently good waves in Australia, the Gold Coast’s sub-tropical climate provides warm water temperatures all year round.

Canary Islands
A Mecca for surfers off the coast of Africa, the standard of waves on offer in the Canary Islands is very high with over 100 well known rocky point breaks, reefs and beachbreak waves suitable for beginners, intermediate and expert surfers. Out of the seven Canary Islands, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Tenerife and Gran Canaria are the best choices of destination, with good waves and warm water temperatures all year long. Out of these four, Fuerteventura is perhaps the best choice with waves to check out including the world-famous Bubble, the Rocky Point, Harbour Wall, Shooting Gallery, Generosa Suicides, Mejillonas, El Hierro, German Rights, Cotillo, and Esquinzo.

Southern Oaxaca, Mexico
Southern Oaxaca has a special wave for everyone. With a variety of spots to choose from and well over 20 surfable waves scattered between Huatulco and Salina Cruz, it’s blessed with a mix of pointbreaks, jetty waves and beach breaks meaning there’s something for the beginner through to the seasoned professional. Salina Cruz is famous for the sand points, and there are also uncrowded beach breaks in the area that pick up the slightest swells and work on North Winds. The surfing season begins in March, and can go all the way through November.

Kauai Island, Hawaii
There are fifty miles of white sandy beaches on Kauai with trade winds nearly all year. From May through October, the South Shore provides consistent South swells for all skill levels. One of the more popular spots is Poipu Beach, with a good beginner wave known as Lemon Drops. Experienced surfers flock to Hanalei Bay which, at the Eastern point, actually contains four definite reef breaks which can connect on bigger northeastern swells for one of the longest rides in Hawaii. These are The Bowl, Flat Rock, Impossibles and Super-Impossibles. 

“The joy of surfing is so many things combined, from the physical exertion of it, to the challenge of it, to the mental side of the sport.” Kelly Slater  
 

The 5 best tips

It’s never too late — or too early — to start surfing. That said,  of course, it’s not as easy as just grabbing a board, taking to the water and ripping it up like Kelly Slater. Here are a few pointers to get you started on the right (goofy) or left (natural) foot!

1. Try different boards
It’s good to push yourself beyond your comfort zone. Learn on a longboard and, as your skills improve, gradually move down to a shortboard (generally from 5’8’ to 7’). Challenge yourself with different boards like fish and alaia boards. Also body surfing and bodyboarding can help you to feel and examine the waves better.

2. Find your paddling sweet spot
Beginners usually paddle too far back on their boards, making it rear up and making the going slow. Alternatively, some beginners paddle too far up on their boards, making the nose poke underwater. Instead, find that sweet spot in the middle, mark it with a piece of wax and make sure to paddle in that position.  

3. Take an extra paddle
This is a tip that applies to all surfers, from novice to advanced. When you’re paddling for a wave and feel its energy start to lift you up into it, take one more strong paddle. The extra velocity will make it so you’re not stuck at the top of the wave, making the drop much easier.

4. Fall Flat
Yes, you’re going to fall. And when you do, make sure you fall nice and flat. Never dive headfirst off your board; instead try to flop onto your side or back. Even jumping off feet first can be dangerous due to the uneven nature of the seafloor. When you come up, try to be facing the oncoming waves and look for your board's location immediately. Loose boards in the ocean are very dangerous objects for swimmers.

5. Surf Safe
Unless you’re a pro, always wear a leash or leg rope tied to your surfboard and never have your board between yourself and the oncoming waves. To avoid collision with others, keep a safe distance, say fifteen feet or the length of you, your leash and board combined.  
 

The best way to go  

For the ultimate surf holiday, what better way to head to your preferred surf spot than by sea? Charter a private boat and choose from a timeless wooden sailing yacht, an elegant catamaran, a magnificent schooner or any of the beautifully equipped vessels.
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