No matter where or when you learn to surf or how good you are, internationally there are hundreds of beautiful coastlines just waiting to be tried, each with its own character. Whether you’re a surfer in the making or a sea worn veteran, here are a few waves to add to your list that you might not have heard of on the local news.
Les Cavaliers, Anglet, France
The waves here, aptly named “Les Cavaliers”, are not for beginners. However, because of the rocky channels that border the waves, you can make fast work of paddling out by swimming along the length of the channels.
Watergate Bay, Cornwall, England
This bay has a range of waves from fifty centimeters to three meters, so there’s something for everyone. Plus, if you’re looking for a different atmoshpere than the typical surf town, Watergate has all the English charm you could ask for, as well as some great restaurants.
Cloudbreak, Tavarua Island, Fiji
This heart-shaped island is a great getaway for the whole family. However, only the most experienced surfers should attempt the wave, Cloudbreak. The gnarly wave can reach about 10 meters in size and forms about 1,600 meters from the coast.
Montanita Beach, Montanita, Ecuador
If a casual, more intimate local experience is what you’re looking for, then Montanita is the perfect surfing spot for you. This hidden gem is a small town of only about 1,000 people, and offers great surfing with a relaxed bar scene.
The Bubble, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
Located just off the coast of Africa, Fuerteventura has year around ideal weather (between 17 and 25C) and is the go-to spot for surfers who really know how to ride. The locals are protective of their waves, so you’ll have to paddle hard for the perfect left-hand breaks of The Bubble. From October to March, you can find many more famous waves alongside The Bubble as well, such as Cotillo or El Hierro.
Bundoran Beach, County Donegal, Ireland
You’ll definitely want to pull out your wetsuit for these waves, but don’t let that deter you. Only a few hours away from Dublin, Bundoran Beach has some of the biggest waves in Europe (up to 10 feet high) all set in the backdrop of Ireland’s rolling hills.
Mentawai Islands, Indonesia
Here you’ll have your choice of 70 different islands in which you’ll find some of the most consistent waves on the planet. To narrow it down, Siparo, Pagi, and Siburet points are the top areas in the region, but no spot will leave you disappointed. The biggest waves are available from June through September, and include the Macaronis, Gilligan’s, and Bankvaults.