Addicting to surfing? Looking for some great surfing spots that are a tad offbeat than the regular surfing destination you usually flock? When it comes to surfing, most people don’t think beyond Hawaii, Australia or California. Looking beyond the stereotypes, you’ll be amazed to know that there are so many incredible surfing destinations out there that yet remain to be fully discovered. Listed below are five such offbeat surfing destinations that you probably didn’t know existed.
Surfing Reykjavik, Iceland
When you think or talk about Iceland, surfing is perhaps the last thing that’s going to come to your mind. All you can probably think of is cold weather, igloos, and polar bears! Well, that’s not entirely how Iceland is and in fact, despite its name, the climate is pretty reasonable. Situated right in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean, Iceland boasts of a diverse coastline with cobblestone beaches, reefs, and river mouths that provide plenty of opportunities for surfers. Due to its location in the ocean, Iceland gets gigantic waves from all directions all year long, along with a perfect wind combination. The best part is that most of these top surf spots are located within an hour’s drive from Reykjavik. If you dislike crowds and want to catch some cold waves, Iceland is definitely one’s of the best places to visit.
Surfing Liberia, Africa
A history of civil war and child soldiers does not stop Robertsport, Liberia from being one of the best surfing destinations in the world. Known to be a country torn by two civil wars (1989 and 2003), Liberia is nevertheless celebrated for its faultless breakpoints, spectacular beaches, and the great weather. Situated in the underbelly of the West African coastlines, Liberia with its perfect point-breaks has become a niche destination for surfers in the know. Robertsport, a small town located at a couple of hours drive from Monrovia, has come to be known as the surfing capital of Liberia. Though it will take a while before the tourism boom catches up with a country recovering from a bloodied past, it’s only a matter of time before people discover the paradise Liberia has to offer.
Surfing Lofoten Islands, Norway
Apart from its surreal landscapes, the northern lights, and the incredible beauty, you might want to know that Norway is also known for the fantastic opportunities it offers for cold water surfing. The awesome scenery, the pristine deep blue waters, and the consistent swell make Norway attract an increasing number of surfers. The surfing enthusiasts usually come in the hope of discovering some hidden waves along the majestic coast of Norway. Arguably one of the best spots in the world for cold water surfing, the Lofoten Islands in the northern part of Norway offer world class waves, and the wilderness around make it perfect for surfers who love the great outdoors. The best part about surfing here is that the Lofoten Islands are not crowded and perhaps the only company you might have while surfing would be that of a seal, a sea eagle, or a porpoise! Now, can cold water surfing get better than this?
Surfing Kovalam, India
Though India boasts of a coastline of 7500 kilometers, including a lot of island groups, it is only now that India’s fledging surf culture is picking up pace. India’s first organized surfing group – the Kovalam Surf Club is headquartered in this coastal town of Kerala. The club was founded in 2005 by an NGO known as SISP (Sebastian Indian Social Project), and was started as an initiative to entice the poor street children to stay in school. Owing to the success of this club and the recent construction of an “artificial reef”, more and more surfers are now heading to Kovalam, the surf capital of India.
Surfing Yakutat, Alaska
Gigantic waves, reefs, and beautiful beaches – thinking of Hawaii? Well, actually, it’s Alaska! Boasting of a long shoreline of 47,000 miles, Alaska has plenty of surfing potential, apart from the breathtaking scenery. Located in the northern region of Alaska, Yakutat has made its name as the surf city of Alaska, thanks to the consistent swells that can go up to more than 20 feet. There are a number of surf spots located around Yakutat, such as Boilers, Cannons beach, Point Carrew, and Sandys. Besides what can be more thrilling for surfers than surfing in the company of seals, whales, and sea lions?
Robert Thicke, the author of this article, is an employee at Anywater, leading supplier of short and long surfboards online. Robert loves to play baseball with his friends on weekends.