From Spain to El Salvador, our round-up of the best surfing sites from Make The Most Of Your Time On Earth covers some spectacular breaks. So whether you’re a seasoned surfer or you’ve never been near a board in your life – let alone caught a wave or hung ten – give one of these surfing experiences a try.
Surfing utopia at Raglan, New ZealandThe laidback town of Raglan, about 150km southwest of Auckland, is beloved by in-the-know surfers for both its legendary left-handers and its bohemian vibe. Lines of perfect breakers appear like blue corduroy along the shore here, watched over by the majestic Mount Karioi or “Sleeping Lady”.
For beginners, the best place to paddle out is sandy-bottomed Ngarunui Beach, 5km out of town. For seasoned surfers, the wildest rides are found at Manu Bay, around 8km from Raglan, which starred in the cult 1960s surf flick, Endless Summer. Manu’s exposed point break provides one of the longest and most consistent waves on the planet and it regularly hosts pro surfing competitions. Ideally, it’s best sampled at low tide when there are offshore, southeasterly winds, but you’ll find it packed with grinning, wet-suited locals whatever the weather.
Have a swell time in Taghazout, MoroccoIce-cream headaches, chilly wetsuits in snow-covered car parks and blown-out waves beneath leaden skies; a north European winter can make the most dedicated surfer think twice. Why bother when in a few hours, many landlocked surfers could access perfect right-hand points, blue skies, 16°C water and the exoticism of Africa? Small wonder Taghazout is spoken of in revered tones.
The ramshackle fishing village, 20km from Agadir international airport, has come a long way. A hippy hangout in the 1960s, Taghazout is now known for great winter waves. Come late November, the first visitors arrive to join a clique of hardcore locals. By January, when low-pressure systems barrel west across the North Atlantic to lash northern countries with storm-force winds and rain, the breaks are busy with an accomplished international crew. And it’s cheap, too, when double rooms sourced from local families cost around 450dh a week and a tajine can be had for the price of a beer back home.
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