Good waves are better than bad waves. Surfing in warm water is preferable.
Agree? Read on…
Disagree? Skip this article and have a read about Europe’s most memorable named storm swells
The debate over man-made waves compared to natural ocean waves is one we would never had expected to be having back in the 80’s. But here we are, you can check out our recent review of the Bristol Wave here. It certainly makes you wonder, what debate will be having in another 40 years time?
Given that we are on the subject of surf travel. Where will the next frontier be? Is there anywhere left to explore and might we even find surf in space?
For now, lets come back to earth on this one and quickly conclude the weigh up between travelling to warmer waves in winter or staying at home to surf our favourite local waves during those ever consistent winter swells is a good debate to be having.
The choice; good cold waves at home or potentially better and definitely warmer waves overseas?
“This is exactly the kind of win-win scenario that we should all be finding ourselves in as regularly as possible.”
Before we dive into our winter surf trip destinations, for those deadset on staying at home this winter, as we’re sure you already know, your life will be made considerably better by investing in a decent wetsuit. You can check out all the best winter wetsuits here.
However, our view is that getting good surf whilst enjoying a bit foreign sunshine during winter is well recommended.
“As is the case with so many things in life, balance is the answer.”
So whilst that picture of a bearded man (or woman) standing in the freezing cold, with an iced-up beard, is going to resonate with the adventurous and environmentally conscious surfer, that is all too happy to opt for the overtly punishing past time that is cold water surfing, picture them in a pair of boardies (or bikini) surfing somewhere warm and tropical. Surely even they will agree that surfing world class waves in tropical surrounds plays a very real part in a good life well lived.
Here is our pick of some of the best surfing holidays (other than simply saying Indo) for you to enjoy this winter.
The Ticket to Ride Surf House – Sri Lanka
Opening its doors at the start of October The Ticket to Ride Surf House in Sri Lanka has raised the bar on what surf houses can and should be offering their guests. Super stylish rooms, top quality Sri Lankan food, a roof top bar overlooking the surf and a state of the art coaching set up for all levels. On top of that Wavelength Subscribers get £100 off their first booking. Trust us when we say, you won’t want to leave this place… read more
Mint Surf – Morocco
Morocco is an easy win when it comes to getting away from winter. Great waves with lovely warm sunshine that won’t burn your face off. If right hand point breaks are your thing then a trip to Morocco should be on your list. Mint Surf Morocco is located in the ever popular surfing village of Taghazout. They provide everything you need for your surfing holiday to Morocco including airport transfers, surf guiding (lessons if required) good quality accommodation along with daily yoga…read more
The Nomadic Hotel – Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a great place to go for those looking to find healthy living that will feel like a million miles from European winter. Based in Nosara on the Nicoya peninsula, The Nomadic Hotel has got so many things right. Firstly they are a stones throw away from the super fun waves to be found on Playa Guiones. The rooms are super nice and the food they serve is absolutely delicious.. read more
The Surf Experience – Portugal
If finding some sunshine and staying Europe is your aim. The Algarve is an inspired choice. The coastline is packed with loads of waves and because it’s winter you will avoids the crowds. If you are looking for somewhere fun and affordable to stay and are up for meeting lots of super good people, look no further than The Surf Experience. These guys know how to enjoy life and it is no surprise that so many of their guests return year after year … read more
Thunder Bomb Surf Camp – Nicaragua
Feeling adventurous and like the sound of uncrowded barrelling waves with sand bottoms in Central America? Nicaragua could well be surfing heaven for you. Alongside pumping beach breaks, Nicaragua is also home to some world class reefs set ups. Better still, Nicaragua is still remarkably uncrowded. Our friends at Thunderbomb Surf Camp know how to run a proper surf camp. The team there have the needs of travelling surfers absolutely dialled. Book in, relax, surf hard and enjoy… read more
Sixth Senses – Maldives
Staying here gives you access to Yin Yangs one of the best waves in the Maldives. The Sixth Senses Laamu is the only resort in the Laamu Atoll and is very family friendly . The resort offers a range of incredible accommodation options. In a nutshell, the Laamu resort is on another level combining luxury living with some of the best surfing in the Maldives… read more
Cover Image: Surfing in Sri Lanka by David Edmondson @surf_srilanka