Thanks to advanced wetsuit technology which make surfing in the icy waters off Norway is both possible and enjoyable. It isn’t crowded and the beaches are wild and rugged surrounded by natural amphitheatres with steep majestic mountains. The cliffs contain the waves from the wind and make the swell remarkably consistent, with breaks that is suitable for all levels. Lapoint Surfing Camps offers packages in the fishing village of Hoddevik for both beginners and intermediate surfers, including 7-nights of accommodation with house kitchen, small-group lessons, board and wetsuit from €577.
While California is the capital of surfing in the US, Hawaii is obviously its spiritual home. Of which, Waikiki, the beachfront neighbourhood of Honolulu, is a great destination to surf with warm water, gently roll waves roll and the long rides, and high-rise backdrop. Waikiki used to be dismissed as a tourist trap but it’s now become the favourist among visitors who looking for a tropical beach holiday with some urban benefits, such as good food and decent coffee. You can’t easily find affordable hotels and lessons facilities and centers but Maile Sky Court has doubles from $105 and Star Beachboys runs group surf lessons for $40pp.
Lagos is located in the south-west corner of the Algarve – a great place to pick up swells from every direction. In addition, it has breaks for all levels of surfer from beginners at the town beach, Meia Praia, to experts at world-class point break Zavial which is 20 minutes’ drive west. The attractive old fishing town has great sea-themed restaurants such as Escondidinho and The Blue Door for cuisine lovers although you can also party at Mellow Loco, run by pro surfers Marlon and Melvin Lipke.
As for health-conscious surfers, they will be amazed by new juice and salad bar Bora, healthy breakfast gem Fresca and the health store and restaurant Mar D’Estorias.