If you’re a surfer, nothing quite compares to the thrill of catching a new wave. Every paddle out is exciting, and the water makes sure it’s a sport you can never get bored of. So you’ve surfed in your home country, but have you ever thought of catching waves across the world? Enter: Surf Travel.

Surf Travel is travel with the sole intention of surfing the world’s best waves. And whether you’re a beginner or an expert, surf travel is an experience you don’t want to miss. Especially if you’re passionate about the sport. You can do it to participate in global surf competitions, or just to test your skills against the waters of the world.

It’s a really rewarding experience, but surf travel can be hard to start. With these 5 tips to start doing surf travel, you’ll be on your board in a new place in no time.

  1. Pick the best surf travel destinations

You may be wondering, what ARE the best surf travel destinations? Well that depends on two things: your budget and your skill level. While your budget is personal, here’s a handy list of the best destinations for your skill level:

 

BEGINNERS:

  • Taghazout, Morocco: Great surf all year long! Warm temperatures and lots of sunshine.
  • Lagos, Algarve, Portugal: The easiest of the amazing Portuguese waves. Go in summer between May and August
  • Weligama, Sri Lanka: Weligama might just be the best place to learn to surf in Sri Lanka. And you can go all year round!
surfing in weligama sri lanka

INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED:

  • Canggu, Bali, Indonesia: 4-5 ft high waves are common, and the vibes are immaculate. The best time to go is from May to September.
  • Punta Roca, El Salvador: A true surfer’s paradise, with a great community. Visit in late March or Early April.
  • Fuerteventura, Canary Islands: Some of the best intermediate waves in the world that’s suitable to most abilities. Go October to April.

  1. Learn how to travel with a surfboard

Surfing is one thing. Travelling on cramped flights with finnicky cargo policies and tight legroom may be a whole other. But don’t worry, after the first time you do it – you’ll be a pro!

travel with a surfboard

First,

Consider if flying is the only way to get to your destination. If you can travel by road or even by boat – there’s nothing like it. But if you’re flying to the other side of the world, here are some things to consider when traveling with a surfboard:

  • Some airlines are surfer friendly! These include Qantas, Aer Lingus, Emirates, or Iberia Airlines. They’ll allow you to have your board fly free, or at a small premium. Whether you choose these, or any other airline – check with the airline first, and make sure you get approval beforehand to start your surf travel.
  • Always remove fins from your surfboards before embarking on your journey. This makes your board more streamlined and less likely to crack.
  • Protect your board for surf travel with bubble wrap, foam and tape to secure it. Pad the edges and the tips. Doing this will keep your board fresh year after year.
  • Get a high-quality boardbag that fits your board perfectly. Too big and it will be prone to breakage and slipping. Don’t be afraid to spend money on this. Your surfboard is a huge investment and protecting it will be much less cheaper than buying a new one. If possible, get one with wheels.
  • Remove the wax from your surfboard before packing it. It will save you a lot of mess.

  1. Pack only one surfboard

Limit yourself to just one well-rounded surfboard. Ideally pick one that suits all the possible conditions you’ll be surfing in. Unless you’re really specialized, consider packing a board that’s not too long or too short to allow you to have the most range at your destination.

Packing just one surfboard makes sure that you’ll be lugging less bags around, especially if you have transit destinations. And it will save you a lot of cash as airline fees.

Just remember, you can always rent a surfboard at your destination. Which brings us to our next tip…

  1. Consider renting a surfboard at your destination

When your trying to surf travel for the first time, taking your board with you may seem like a really scary process. Luckily, that’s where Surfboard Rental Centers come in handy. If you’re traveling to a popular surfing destination – it’s almost a guarantee that there will be multiple rental shops right next to the surf.

They will carry classic shortboards, beginner foam boards, longboards, stand-up paddleboards, and even bodyboards depending on your needs. Just remember that these surfboard rentals are also a primary source of income for local businesses. SO show your support! Just keep these things in mind:

  • Make sure to read the surf report before renting. The board you need might change based on the conditions of the day. So confirm the local tide times, and conditions before deciding on your surfboard
  • The most common options are hourly, half-day, and daily. Some places may even rent boards on a weekly basis.
  • Never accept a board that doesn’t include the leash.
  • Never accept a board that isn’t already waxed.
  • Try to rent from the beach you’ll be surfing in. It will save you a lot of weight.

BONUS: Consider a surf camp!

Surf camps happen at all the major surfing destinations around the world. It’s one of the biggest reasons people even surf travel. Surf camps combine surf lessons, or guidance with all the great parts of traveling. They’ll provide accommodation, give you a community, great food, and even time exploring the city. No matter level you’re at, they’re all about having fun. And the best part is – it’s just one convenient booking!

  1. Get a Surf Travel Insurance

By this point, travel insurance should come as a no-brainer to you. But Surf Travel Insurance takes it up a notch. Because let’s face it, surfing is a dangerous sport.

surf travel insurance

While no insurance is one size fits all, make sure yours at least covers these points:

  • Medical Cover: in case you get hurt, fall sick, or need medical assistance of any kind
  • Medical Evacuation: in case your condition can’t be treated locally and you need to airlifted. Definitely get this if you’re surfing in remote or highly dangerous areas.
  • Accident Insurance: For non-surfing related accidents that may happen
  • Travel Insurance: for transits, lost luggage, thefts, any destination related issues

 

Keep these 5 tips in mind when you plan your surf travel. And don’t be afraid to reach out to your local surf community or the surf community at your intended destination for any specific tips. Over here, we believe that community is everything. So get out there and surf!

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