Previously, if someone mentioned surfing, the first places that would come to my mind were California and Hawaii. And while these places are fantastic, I now know of many more fun locations to hang ten; but¬† I wonder how many other people also think of these two states as the world‚Äôs main surf destinations.
I did my research and found hundreds of other spots, some made me say, ‚ÄúOf course, why didn‚Äôt I think of that?‚Äù while others made me go, ‚ÄúHmmm‚Ä¶who‚Äôd have thought?‚Äù¬† Here are three places to consider if you‚Äôre interested in surfing while on your next trip abroad.
Thurso, Scotland- Although it seems unusual to hear ‚Äúsurfing‚Äù and ‚ÄúScotland‚Äù in the same sentence, Thurso is an interesting place to try it out.¬† The waves here bowl around the reef into the harbor, making for a long, fun ride! The weather is not balmy in Thurso and the water is quite cool (top water temps in summer are typically around 60¬∞F) so it calls for surfing in bodysuits as opposed to regular swimsuits or trunks. Probably best suited for experienced surfers, watch for the large rocks!
Peniche, Portugal- On the west coast of Portugal, about an hour north of Lisbon is the seaside town of Peniche.¬† It is known for its long beaches, water sports and as one of the best surfing locations in Europe.¬† Plenty of offshore wind makes for the strong, fast tubular waves sometimes referred to as the ‚ÄúEuropean Pipeline‚Äù.¬† Whether you‚Äôre an experienced surfer, or you‚Äôre new to the game Peniche is a fantastic spot to hit the waves.¬† There is even a surf school/camp (the Peniche Surf Camp) right on site!
Bundoran, Ireland ‚Äì Bundoran is another one of the places that you will want to surf fully suited.¬† ¬†This resort town is located along the Atlantic Ocean‚Äôs Donegal Bay, about a three hour drive from Dublin.¬† Home to the Annual Sea Sessions Festival and Bundoran Surf Company (which is a Surf School, Lodge and Shop), Bundoran is one of Ireland‚Äôs premiere surfing destinations. ¬†In 2008, ‚ÄúWave Riders‚Äù a documentary about surfing in Ireland (Bundoran in particular) came out, winning the audience award at the 2008 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.¬† Certain local surfers have been recorded riding waves from 45-55 feet high in Mullaghmore Head which is about¬† less than 10 miles from Bundoran. ¬†Wow!
Have you ever been surfing? If so, where was your favorite place?