Forget ticking off the biggest or the gnarliest breaks in the world – these to-die-for surf spots are as beautiful as they are unusual. I picked eight surf spots to put on your bucket list for Sports Cover Direct, from Aussie havens to Cornwall’s finest.
I’m definitely not the most skilled surfer in the world. Kelly Slater can probably relax. So my idea of what makes the ultimate surfing destination isn’t all about the biggest, baddest ride. It’s about getting out into the ocean with my board in some of the world’s most beautiful and unusual spots, from sunny vineyards and pine-edged Canadian beaches to remote Norwegian coves and bizarre city breaks. Which will you add to your surfing bucket list?
1. TOFINO, VANCOUVER
Surf the wild, cold waters of the Pacific on a pine-lined beach on Vancouver Island. Canada’s surf mecca can be chilly, but it’s worth it for how good to feels to warm up by the fire in a log cabin afterwards. Tofino’s waves are perfect for beginner and intermediate surfers – try a session at chilled Chesterman beach, or come in October to watch female pros compete in Queen of the Peaks. Just keep an eye out for whales far out to sea and curious black bears watching from the woods.
2. MARGARET RIVER, AUSTRALIA
Is there a better recipe for the perfect day than surfing, sunshine and wine? Margaret River is the chilled-out Aussie haven of your dreams, and boasts all of them. Miles of coast with sand soft as snow offer big breaks for beginners and intermediates to play on. Behind are acres of green vineyards and charming towns specializing in lazy café life by day and alfresco parties at night. Stick your board on the roof of the car and road trip along the coast to get here, then stay in one of these picture-perfect glamping spots.