While winter may be hard to get over for ones who wish to maintain the physical strength and stamina for the summer season and vacation with your surfing friends, you do not always have to splurge on expensive airplane tickets to get to the other side of the pole and dive into summer weather. In the following paragraphs, we suggest 4 best destinations for your surf craving this spring – and for cheap.
One of the least expensive, guess what, budget, destinations for your early spring surfing getaway are to be found in Portugal. From ones craving the extreme (and we warn you, this requires a super-skill) experiences, Nazare Canyon is one of the most exciting, yet most dangerous and extreme places to get on the wave. Some of the world ’s records are from here, amongst which was the Rodrigo Koxa who broke the world’s record wave in 2017 on an 80-foot wave in off the coast in Praia do Norte. The record was close to death, but definitely worth it, bringing him Quiksilver XXL Biggest Wave Award on April 28 by the World Surf League. If you are on a safer side, we suggest opting out for Algarve for a nice swim, supporting the adrenaline junkies watching the documentary The Endless Summer portraying adventures of the surfing team.
Another great pick to go on Europe surfing weekend in Biarritz in France. You can find accommodation easily if start looking early on, and the best time to go being June and July. However, if you are not a complete beginner, then starting from April up till late October, Biarritz is a good surfing destination. Do not expect to break world records here, though, as it is located in the inner side of the Bay of Biscay.
Are France and Portugal not your cup of tea? Ireland off Continental Europe has a good offering as well. The climate in Northern Ireland is rather mild, and the waves are consistent, making it an excellent choice for those just starting out. But beware, summer crowds here is a thing. The best places to visit are Chapel Porth, Godrevy and Gwenvor, with the latter one having the longest surfing area of all.
We cannot help it, Portugal is one of the best spots to go if you are fallen for surfing. But if you are accompanying someone completely obsessed with surfing, we advise you to go for all the lengths to choose Algarve over Nazare. You will have not only rocky ocean side but also white sandy beaches. Don’t forget taking a swimsuit with you, whichever season you are going!