Hang 10 Dude! – 5 Great Surfing Destinations

09 Feb 2014

When most people think of surf spots, California, Hawaii or Australia come to mind, however there are many spots a lot closer to home than you may realise, below are a few surf spots worthy of a visit and less than a few hours away.

1. Nazare, Portugal.

This week Andrew Cotton, 34 surfed a 25m high wave in Nazare, Portugal. Considering the size of that wave it has to take our number one spot, 120 km north of Lisbon is the bay of Nazare, notorious for big waves and swelling seas.

2. Newquay, Cornwall.

Yes indeed you don't even need to leave the country, two beaches in Newquay, Fistral & Towan offer some great surfing, although in the summer months you could be forgiven if you thought you were in Magalluf, October and November are when the real surfers hit the waves and the town centre is a bit more upmarket at the weekend.

3. Corralejo, Fuerteventura.

The name Fuerteventura translates to 'strong wind' and where there is wind there is wave. On the North West coast line of the island sits the beach resort of Corralejo, If you follow the sea road northward you come across a few deserted beaches and rocky inlets which throw up massive waves and make for ideal surfing conditions, there are a number of surf schools in Corralejo that offer lessons and equipment and there are annual competitions that take place in the area, so the place is ideal for both pros and amateurs alike. 

4. Hossegor, France.

Hossegor lies around 30 km north of Biarritz and is home to the annual Pro France competition, the event takes place at the end of September each year and attracts pros from all around the world. If you cannot find a cheap flight into Biarritz try a flight into Bordeaux and a 2 hour drive south. 

5. Bundoran Beach, County Donegal, Ireland.

Not for the sun lovers of this world, but the cold does not put off die hard surfers, listed recently in National Geographic Magazine as one of the top 20 surf towns in the world. A combination of the flat rock seabed and the winds from the Atlantic Ocean make the surf conditions awesome with waves often reaching over the 20ft mark. Take a flight to Sligo and travel North on the sea road to Bundoran.