When the majority of us think of surfing we generally think of the California, Hawaii, and the great destination of Australia. These are iconic surfing destinations but what we seem to overlook is Europe. There are amazing surfing spots that offer a variety of wave’s ideal for beginners to pros. From warm waters to areas which may require a wetsuit, there are plenty of options to choose from in this amazing part of the world. William Bailey Travel invites you to come with us as we take a closer look at a few of the best place to begin your surf vacation in Europe.
Sylt Island in Germany has long been a top vacation resort for Germany’s elite. It wasn’t until the 1960’s that it was discovered by surfing fanatics. They realized that there were some of the best surfing waves in Europe here. Today, besides holding one of the world’s largest annual windsurf competitions, the Windsurf World Cup, the area is full of luxury resorts and spas that happily reside amongst the surf shops and some of the wildest beach parties in the country. The winds here are strongest in the spring and autumn but any time of yea,r novices can surf on the east side of the island that is shielded from the strong winds.
Surf destination Leucate, France is located on the southern Mediterranean Coast. Don’t be fooled into thinking that the waves aren’t as wicked here as the Atlantic side. Locals call this area the wind and slide and has nine of Europe’s best windsurf and kitesurf spots. You can surf in both the sea and the surrounding lagoon. The wind blows here 300 days of the year, and even the slightest of breezes creates waves when they blow through. There are plenty of cool conveniences for surfers including beach clubs, surf shops and even surfing schools.
Avon Beach in Dorset, England is the UK’s surf spot of choice. It is located at the mouth of the Avon River and the Christchurch Harbor. This surfing location is ideal for all levels, with small waves at the shallow sand bar and ideal waves for the true addicts after a storm passes through creating high waves and break points. You don’t have to worry about lugging your board on a plane to make the trip, the area’s shops rent all the gear that you could need to surf the UK’s trendiest surf locale.
Although these aren’t places that we typically think of as surfing destinations, they all have something unique and exciting to offer. It doesn’t matter about your level of surfing ability as you can easily take a class at one of these European surf spots. Find out what you have been missing.