There’s incredible shelf setups and pointbreaks to be found. Nestled along the western coast of The Algarve in the middle of Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina, a gorgeous park that stretches over 100km from Porto Covo to Burgau, Amoreira Beach sits at the mouth of the River Aljezur, which forms a tranquil lagoon system right beside the incoming waves. Outdoor and very active in most towns and villages. It’s also a location not well known by most of the Italian surfers, because the area isn’t overexposed by the media yet, and the locals tend to preserve it as much as possible…” Hence why we won’t be naming this spot. Consider that this is an emerging surf culture, so leaving behind what is to you a small thing (fins, wax, a pad, a leash, ideally a board), will be an enormous thing for your new pals. What you’ll need: A varied quiver is very important here. Supertubes, Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa. It’s raw, and I kinda loved that. Stop reading this right now and go watch the trailer for Cradle Of Storms. Tons of potential, but unfortunately, access is often difficult to impossible, at best. It’s the biggest brown bear population in the world. Heard of ‘em? What you’ll need: Quite a bit of foam volume, as the beaches can get good but are never really huge. Not so long ago it was a whole lot of rice, beans, shredded beef and tropical fruits, but now you can get a decent taco and other staples if you know where to look. Santa Fe, New Mexico. Though, hopefully you won’t notice… “Surfing-wise, it was some of the best surf I’ve ever seen in my life,” says Burkard. There’s plenty of party hubs in Rome if you do your research, and if all else fails, ask: Ma dove si fa festa? But a 40-minute coastal drive north brings visitors away from the more densely populated hotels and apartments, to La Saladita, a pristine beach that offers some seriously stunning swells. It is a popular spot in spring and summer, hosting various international competitions, but it’s never overrun by crowds and is quiet compared to the likes of Okinawa or Chiba. Is surfing beneath that backdrop worth the paddle across the channel? Every suburb boasts its own unique spectrum of dining, drinking and debauch. But otherwise, few and far between. Best time of year: Winter! If you wanna get fruity and you’re happy to settle for an enjoyable beachie, then you’ll certainly have some fun. There is a de facto international border about 20 clicks north of the peninsula, crossed regularly in both directions by private and commercial vehicles. If you want it bad enough, you could find crazy, crazy adventures out there." You can expect to find everything from two foot points to thick shelves. St. Croix is one of the least-crowded summer destinations in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Kamchatka is the pleasure zone here, and according to photographer Chris Burkard, it’s an untapped fountain of surf bliss. You watched Creed McTaggart and Globe pals rifle down African Kirra here in the hypnotic Strange Rumblings Mozam section. Their climate is brutal, life is hard, and they have no better solution. Locals dialect is traditional Mandarin Chinese, spoken and written (no “simplified” characters for Taiwan, thanks). Cities like Reykjavik don’t sleep. Above: The biggest turn off for most people about Faroe culture is that they’re still real dependant on the brutal slaughtering of whales. They aren’t on many people’s to-do list. Aside from the local currency, Malagasy ariary, you can also keep some Euros in the wallet. If you tap into the local scene, you get a different experience and see a lot of places you never would have gone to, had you not had the help. What else to do in Japan? The area is dripping in history to immerse yourself in, and a trip to Jerusalem and the dead sea is a must. With staggered outcrops jutting from the sea and strong waves that break onto a rocky shoreline before a dense jungle thicket, Pico de Loro is definitely a spot reserved for advanced surfers and those with key knowledge of the area. It’s the place where storms start.”. Watch Alex Gray drag through this very left. Surf Travel Taiwan offers personalized surf tours that will provide you with an unforgettable travel experience. Don’t bother outside those months. “When I went to the Lofoten Islands, that to me was the most waverich and incredible spot. Severn River, UK. To be in the running, just answer a few questions for us. “I was surprised to see how similar it was. There’s the occasional rivermouth like Boca de Yumuri, too – it all depends whether you can peel yourself away from Havana’s Mojitos. Best time of year: The winter months of May to September. Other than settlements like Laayoune and Dakhla on the long peninsula sticking out from the mainland, human presence is scarce in the vast emptiness of the Sahara Desert, where even camels struggle to survive. Cuba isn’t yet particularly conducive to surf exploration, but that’s what makes it kinda great; Crowds are no concern – maximum 10 people in the water at a time. There’s so many sandbars everywhere. Our reader suggestions on Facebook. Teahupo'o, Tahiti, French Polynesia. While Mozambique is known for the surf at Ponto do Ouro, Tofo and African Kirra, they’re but a pinch in the hand of other amazing tropical waves on offer. San O’ is there to remind us that in this crowded world, there’s still a spot where we can all ride together with smiles on our faces. You’re not just gonna go over there and get your spot right away. Waves: “Sometimes you’re searching 10 days in the rain to get one good day, but when it happens… it was some of the best surf I’ve ever seen in my life,” says Burkard. Thirty years ago, it didn’t exist in Taiwan. You won’t be needing a step-up. Waves: Powerful and hollow reef waves on the Pacific side. Our reader suggestions on Facebook. Only, completely uncrowded. and it was decided that the remaining image was also the best cover option. What else to do in Chile? He's been surfing on the east coast of FL for about 2 years so he's not exactly a beginner but he knows his limitations. Praia da Amoreira features a beach break with left and right hand waves, as well as two point breaks that peel into the middle of the bay from the cliffs on both sides. Cuisine: Delicious Mediterranean fare with considerable French influence, excellent coffee and fantastic fruits and vegetables. Cuisine: Oh, sweet baby Yeezus. Shrouded in palm trees and surrounded by sheets of wave-like rock formations known as the Devil’s Washboard, Aoshima is a tiny island – complete with Shinto shrine – located on the southeastern coast of Kyushu, Japan. Sand-bottom setups and trunks… one of the finest combinations imaginable. Oh, and some bear boxes/a gun for the grizzlies. The 5.6 kilometer stretch of Huntington Beach in California is one the most popular and crowded surfing destinations in the world. The primary area of interest for surfers is the Nouadhibou Peninsula in the far north, near the city of Nouadhibou. While this de facto annexation is not internationally accepted, it is a fact on the ground, and the Polisario guerrillas intent on an independent country for the region languish in camps across the border in Algeria. It certainly isn’t a big concern. Nightlife: Not much at all, other than the rooftop bar in the one hotel in Dakhla that is popular with the UN mission in Western Sahara, as it’s the only place in town that serves beer. This ... Halawa Beach Park – Moloka'i, Hawaii. Yep, seriously. What else to do in Mauritania? What you’ll need: In March and April, you’ll want a 4/3mm suit, but in November you can sneak a 3/2mm. “I fell in love with the whole environment and everything about the location itself,” continues Burkard. Wave type: point and beach breaks; Level: all. The country had a violent separation from France in the 1960’s and a brutal civil war with Islamists in the 1990’s, and some parts of the desert interior are still currently unsafe for foreigners to visit. But what if you want to catch a wave away from the crowds? It won’t be the best meal you’ll have. Fortunately, business has taken the lead from politics and the forging of better commercial relations between the ROC and the PRC has relaxed political tensions, making the coastline accessible to all – including surfers. You’ll need Angolan kwanza and US bucks in your pocket, and a little Portuguese dialect will go a long way. Skip a stay in the boisterous and crowded resort haven of Cancun and head to Isla Mujeres, a small island just off the coast of Cancun. New Chums Beach – Whangapoua, New Zealand. What you’ll need: Small wave boards only. Hire a fixer, say “here’s where we wanna go, how do we access these places?” and they’ll have an idea. Yeah, you do. You’ll probably be lucky if you see more than 100 people during a week-long stay. All rights reserved. The native Sahrawi people speak Spanish and Arabic, but the heavy influx of Moroccans means French is more common. Locals: A few local surfers in the Dakhla area and a community of Moroccan, French and German expatriates who spend months in Dakhla working at one of the kiteboarding camps, surfing in the winter and kiteboarding in the summer. The Aleutians definitely aren’t known for their cuisine. Treasure the tranquility Throw in a rainbow for added oddity, and get to know some of the most memorable surf sessions (regardless of waves) you’ll ever experience. Now, this is one sparsely populated region – and for good reason: The harsh desert environment is a difficult place for people to live. Oh, and some patience. Waves: Several swell sources, from western Pacific typhoons from July to November to the Northeast monsoon from November to March. Above: Did you know that Japan could hurl like this? Be more worried about the bears. The stretch of coast in this area is varied: it includes beach breaks, reef breaks and … The image you see here worked better as a double (that shipwreck!) And, not out of carelessness – it just isn’t deemed as a bad thing to share a wave. Not only will the pizza and pasta be the best you’ve ever tasted, but the seafood is exquisite and Italians really know how to prepare meat. The city’s status as a world financial center and publishing mecca makes for a plethora of high skilled job opportunities for those with the proper education and … Home to nearly 3,500 miles of coastline, California is a beach lover’s paradise. Locals: There’s a small group of core surfers in Iceland who spend their days exploring every inch of the country's coastline. However, the hotel offers a diverse range of packages suited to surfers of all levels, as well as accommodation, kayaking, hiking and whale-watching opportunities. The western side of the country on the South China Sea, more recently renamed the “West Philippine Sea” in a frenzy of anti-Chinese patriotism, is actually more popular with Filipino surfers and has the most local surfers in the country, by far. Given that it’s one of the biggest countries in the world, obviously it’ll take some time. Bow your head to the economic power, to the unfathomable efficiency, to the flawless preservation of culture, to the culinary superiority, to the technological advancements, to the kinkiest-ever sex industry, that is the incomparable nation of Japan. Locals: Italians generally take great pride in their attire and hair curation; Italian surfers, less so, making them easy to spot. New Zealand is home to some unforgettable beaches. Nothing subtle, here. Sharks: Local surfers will tell you that they don’t see many sharks, but it doesn’t mean they aren’t there. Uluwatu and Kuta, Bali, Indonesia. You like hollow black sand beachies? That’s my honest opinion. Above: A huge amount of stupidly fun hollow reefs, and an even bigger shark population? They’re hardly a major concern. And, how about the must-do, must-see, must-try experiences in Russia? If you can stomach that (and while there, you may have to literally do so), then this might just be one of the most extraordinary surf destinations in the world. Showing respect is definitely necessary at this unspoilt, low-key location, both to the locals and to the untamed waters. The best places to surf around the world #1 San Lorenzo, Portugal. Do you want to surf one of the most beautiful & uncrowded destinations in the world? The Philippines is too warm for a wetsuit at any time of year. “They’re asking, ok, how are we going to get food? Don’t you need something alien, something exotic, in your surf travel? But, no recent attacks or encounters reported. And, some very unique scenery to accompany. In fact, Tel Aviv and Bondi aren’t too dissimilar. What you’ll need: Quad bikes are a must for getting around. The island has always been less crowded than its neighbor, but during the summer, it’s not particularly busy, as it’s the rainiest months for the island. Surfing in Bali: How to Beat the Crowds in Indonesia’s Surf Capital Friday November 6, 2015 ... One of the world’s greatest surf spots, it rarely fails to live up to its reputation. Despite what the west’s bastardised version of Japanese cuisine tells you, sushi train isn’t ubiquitous. Yep. Our reader suggestions on Facebook. Yeah! Thus, unsurprisingly, corruption and bribery is rife. Due to its sheltered location, the bay requires decent swell to break and is best enjoyed around mid-tide. Nightlife: Nope. Iceland, a first world country with every possible modern amenity, engaging culture and world class waves is still, somehow, very young as a surf culture (though, no less enthusiastic for it). Our reader suggestions on Facebook. Taiwan is famous for great food, but if you need western grub there are a wide variety of fast food chains, everything from tacos to burgers to fried chicken. Nightlife: Fast and furious in Manila, Cebu and Davao City – more lively nightclubs and bars with attractive dancing gals than you can possibly count, and plenty of cold San Miguel Pale Pilsen and Tanduay Rhum available. Bring an all-round shortboard, but also a groveller (swell can be inconsistent). Locals: A small, but healthy core group of locals in Swakopmund, Walvis Bay and Luderitz. Sharks: A few spearfisherman have been nibbled, but there’s been no fatal bites since 1957. Or, a more welcoming canvas? If you’re a spot swell, book tomorrow’s red eye-kinda guy/gal, then perhaps this isn’t the trip for you. Lower Trestles. With several swell sources, including ferocious western Pacific typhoons, the many charted coral reef waves on the eastern side of the country have earned a reputation for quality – and for maddening inconsistency, being either very good, or dead flat. Waves: Large, long-period north Atlantic groundswell from October to April is the recipe for pointbreak perfection on the Nouadhibou Peninsula. Pop your head in anywhere and lightly shout, “Mojito?” It’ll be the best you’ve ever tasted! Wetsuit? Perfect for a long day of rifling endless fluoro tubes. Best time of year: For the east, the best months are August, September, October, and early November, when tropical lows drive swell up the eastern seaboard. The same swell that affects Morocco filters through the Canary Islands to the points and beachbreaks of the Western Sahara. Locals: Surfing has boomed in recent years and Taiwan has thousands of local surfers, with the breaks around Taipei thronged with beginners and intermediates every weekend. These places take time.” Now, while half the attraction here might be the, uh, characteristics of Nordic peoples, real talk: In Norway, where you surf is very remote. Come prepared, and have things like accommodation dialled beforehand. Locals: Hardly any local surfers. Luckily, the world-class lefts are found a world away down in the south where the true locals of Angola welcome travellers with open arms. Some French language is necessary to converse, and being a football fan is a bonus. Plus, you can still get some waves here and there.”. Stuffed with gorgeous, military-trained gals and a good-time nightlife, Tel Aviv is home to a culinary melting pot (though excels, obviously, when it comes to fresh falafels and expertly-made hummus), warm water, and some D’bah-esque beachbreaks. This secluded strip of white sand and cerulean water is one of them, and requires a 40-minute hike from the north end of Whangapoua Beach, which is found on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula. Sharks: Considering the huge Taiwan fishing industry, the massive Taiwanese appetite for seafood and the market for shark fin, there can’t be many sharks still alive in the waters around Taiwan. From jungle-flanked point breaks in Colombia to secluded New Zealand coves, a global array of lesser-known surfing destinations are waiting to be discovered – you just need to know where to find them…, Wave type: point and beach breaks; Level: all. We surfed with an old Russian military truck, all through the volcanic black sand beaches. Pipeline. Libeccio is the key to the best waves, mainly righthanders. Consisting of a long sandy beach backed by low-lying sand dunes fringed by rocky headlands, Ballyhiernan Bay in particular is a must-visit for surfers, swimmers and casual coastal ramblers. None of that there.” Now, the Faroes really require commitment, time and patience if you’re hoping to score surf. “This wave is one of the area’s main waves, so it’s also one of the more crowded. Since there’s a lot of coastlines to explore in California, we would recommend spending at least a full week in any given region … “Norway is a huge country, so it all depends on where you’re going, what you’re doing, what your goal is,” says Chris Burkard. P-Pass, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia. Annually, Vans hold an event, the US open of surfing during mid-year. Surfing is good and consistent all year in Rio. Taiwan seeks to maintain its political autonomy at all costs and the enemy of my enemy is my friend, right? Sardinia is the pick, with good options in Puglia, Tuscany and Rome. What else to do in Philippines? Waves: Mainly endless open stretches of black sand beachbreaks. While the ancient capital of Muscat is sheltered inside the Gulf of Aden, a short drive to the exposed coast at Al-Ashkhara or further south to Salalah will show the potential. Surfers seeking the spot can take a plane from Medellín to Nuqui and make arrangements through local guides or hotels. Know how many incredible left points like this there are in the country? “We found a weird mixture of old military base ruins, and really small villages that might’ve thrived at one point, but are now all but diminished,” recalls photographer Chris Burkard. They have built Indonesia’s reputation as one of the world’s best surf destinations, and for good reason. What you’ll need: Trunks, and small wave butter knives. You’ll find plenty of surfers in the water of California year-round and all day – for beginners, if the spots next to the pier are too crowded, just walk down the long stretch of beach to find a spot all by yourself. It is an ideal destination for a good all around surf trip with good vibes, food and cultural discoveries. Varied, too; Every kinda setup you might hope to come across, often breaking with a similar power and genetic makeup to what you might find in California. Also, it is way less crowded when compared … And those mutant tubs John Florence stands tall in? Ride in a local’s slipstream, if possible. Well, no one does. “Just try to stay alive.”. In the north, Etosha National Park’s salt pan draws game like rhinos and giraffes. When to go. It’s just a stark reality, this is their life.” Whale, to natives of the Faroe Islands, means survival. Many Algerians play for top clubs in France and elsewhere in Europe, and they’re regarded with awe at home. Outside of these, however… no one. And, they don’t care what you think about it. It’s more than 50m deep in front of the spot, so the waves stand up only a few metres before breaking, presenting a short, rocky ride with a heavy barrel. The living is so much higher when the discovery factor is jacked! Just be aware: The best islands (wave-wise) are the least likely to have any access for you. Over 70% of Namibians belong to dark skinned, Bantu speaking peoples such as the Ovambo and Herero. This is a big country, so a plan is required to yield max pleasure. Sharks: Thousands of small-ish sharks are regularly caught and exported for the meat and fin trade, so they are definitely out there, as are an incredible amount of fish. Waves: There’s a bunch of different islands. Trunks only in summer. Sharks: Uh, this is one of the sharkiest locations on earth. World's 50 best surf spots. “There is SO much untapped surf there,” says Burkard. During summer it sometimes goes flat for two months, which can happen. But I digress. You can wear trunks in high summer, but swells at that time are rare. Sharks: Greenland sharks are present in the North Atlantic – they’re the ones known for eating polar bears, horses, sheep, and seals. China is the bravest new surf hub – go slice a piece while it’s still tender. You’ll have the best trip of your life, then go there the next year and have the gnarliest experience you’ve ever had. You’re gonna need your rest for those rivermouth barrels. Oh, and… Rum! And then, come back and read what other wonders the Aleutians hold…, Everything from getting there, to exploring for surf, to eats, to suitable attire, requires planning (a lot of it). Don’t sweat it. There was a time when the food in Iceland and Norway was brutal, just so bad and expensive. Wetsuits are necessary, as it can be cold in the winter months with stiff morning offshores and temperatures as low as seven drips. You’ll taste influences from Southeast Asia, Africa, India, China and Europe. Why? Leave the step-up at home. There’s some mysto reefs in the north, but jump to “locals” before rolling up all excited. Seriously; don’t come here to socialise. “They just don’t care about tourism at all,” says Burkard. Since you’re in the Sahara, it’s desert style all the way: Locals wear the traditional flowing kaftan robe and observe the rituals of Islam by praying in the direction of Mecca five times per day. The culture of the Sahara is strong in Mauritania, with many people living urban lifestyles in Nouakchott and Nouadhibou but maintaining a connection to the vast, empty interior of the Sahara Desert. Culturally, expect a mix of post-colonial Portuguese with local Angolan tribal influence. But, when things do manage to line up… “We found incredible surf,” says Burkard. “I didn’t know what to think, I thought I’d landed on the moon.” And he’s right. Balangan. 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