Monday, February 06, 2017

Big Surf Destinations

If you’re an adrenaline junkie - and let’s face it, if you’re reading this blog you probably are - then you’re constantly on the lookout for new thrills and amazing experiences.

Surfing has long been a sport associated with getting the adrenaline pumping and feeling great, especially when you find somewhere with 10-foot waves. But the question on many budding surfer’s lips is: where to go? Check out these global surfing destinations that won’t disappoint.

Bondi Beach, Australia

It should come as no surprise that a lot of the top surfing destinations are Down Under in the country that invented the sport. Thanks to the fact that off the East and West coasts of Australia there is nothing but thousands of miles of ocean, the waves hitting the continent tend to be big. One of the most famous places to catch some surf is Bondi Beach, the iconic surfing destination.

The name “Bondi” literally means “water breaking on rocks, ” and it’s long been a Mecca for the laid-back lovers of surfing. You’ll want to hit the surf store before you show up to Bondi. Everybody here is decked out with the latest and greatest surfboards the market has to offer.

Bells Beach, Australia

Bells Beach is just an hour or so drive from Melbourne, the biggest city in the South West of the country. The beach here isn’t just ideal for big waves, it’s also one of the most attractive in the whole of the country. Here you’ll find sandy beaches flanked by impressive cliffs, as well as large ocean swells.

Bells Beach has been featured in films, including the classic Patrick Swayze film Point Break featuring a surfer who wanted to be able to surf the big waves that break on the beach.

Thurso, Scotland

Scotland is a miserable land, thanks to the year-round freezing weather, the constantly overcast skies even in the height of summer and the lack of facilities. Nevertheless, it’s got some good surf that rolls of the Atlantic.

If you’re dressed head-to-toe in a protective wetsuit, and you’re brave enough to tackle the breaks, Thurso is a great travel destination. According to many pro-surfers in Europe, Thurso offers some of the best waves anywhere on the UK’s 10,000 miles of coastline. Wind speeds are usually high here, thanks to the exposure to strong northerly winds, so keeping your balance can be a challenge.

Jeffreys Bay, South Africa

Jeffreys Bay, also known as J-Bay, has been a favorite retreat for surfers since the 1960s when the country first opened up to tourism. Jeffreys Bay is around 700 km from Cape Town and plays host to a bunch of surf shops selling surf gear to newbies. You can also pick up surfer clothes here too if that’s the style you’re looking for.

Every year, Billabong host a surfing championship in the summer. It’s called the Billabong Pro World Championship and is held in July for a period of 10 days. If you love surfing and want to see the best in the world, this is the time to go.