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Surf's Up

Jul 06, 2017 02:52PM, Published by Ashley Pape, Categories: In Print, Life+Leisure



Slather on your sunscreen and suit up—it’s time to hit the beach. But forget the snorkel and instead grab a surfboard. Whether or not you have the know-how shouldn’t stop you—surf schools abound on world-famous shores.There’s also the boogie-board option if a full-size surfboard is intimidating. They are just as exciting and make learning to navigate the waves easy and fun. Rather watch the waves than catch them? These beaches also provide the perfect sun and sand for catching rays. Whatever your preference, make like a tourist and immerse yourself in the culture of a surfer town, dude.

Huntington Beach, California

You can’t talk surfing in the United States without mentioning Huntington Beach, California, which is aptly named Surf City, USA. The town tops many a list of the best places to surf not only in America, but also in the world.

Five beaches line the 10 miles of uninterrupted sand in Surf City, USA. Huntington City Beach is known for the Huntington Beach Pier, which serves as a tourism totem for the more than 11 million annual visitors to this beach. The waves cycle with a consistent swell, making Huntington Beach home to numerous surf competitions. Bolsa Chica State Beach is known for having waters suitable for all skills, so you’ll nd most of the novice surfers practice their moves here. Huntington State Beach is best known for body- and boogie-boarding along with bon re nights. Rounding out the list are Sunset Beach and Huntington Dog Beach, which may be a canine and companion hotspot on land, but don’t expect to send Fido to any surf schools.

If you’re looking for picturesque beaches to visit sans surfing, this famous seaside city in southern California also has you covered. Just be prepared for the masses of visitors who flock to Huntington Beach each summer. Stake your claim early on whichever beach you plan to roll out your towel. SurfCityUSA.com

North Shore, Oahu Island, Hawaii

While our entire 50th state is a beach-lover’s paradise, if you want to give your board a ride in famous waters, head to Waimea Bay. Known as the birthplace of big wave surfing, the bay is located off Oahu Island’s North Shore. This historical landmark for surfers is home to competition after competition, including the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. Other North Shore beaches with surf-worthy waves include Ehukai (Banzai Pipe- line) and Sunset Beach.

During the summer months, the waves subside enough to make the Pacific waters along North Shore Beach suitable for swimming and pleasant enough for beach picnics. The North Shore town of Haleiwa is a laid-back community of surf enthusiasts and has become a social and artistic hotspot for residents and visitors alike. Art galleries, restaurants and shops speckle the streets of the town known for its country ambiance. GoHawaii.com

Mamanuca Islands, Fiji

It’s no wonder the hit reality television program “Survivor” has chosen the Mamanuca Islands of Fiji as the location for two of its seasons. The land and waterscapes of the group of 20 islands, situated in the waters of the Pacific Ocean, are simply breathtaking. With palm tree-lined beaches, crystal clear waters and live coral reefs, the Mamanucas offer plenty of nature mixed with a luxury resort here and there. However, if you’ve come to surf, the island chain is also home to awe-inspiring breaks.

Your surf skills should be on the upper end of a scale that measures easy to difficult waters to navigate with your board. While Desperations might be aptly named, don’t let Swimming Pools fool you. The six main breaks off the Mamanuca Islands are not for the faint of heart. But, if you are a land lover, watching shortboarders, longboarders and bodyboarders maneuver their way through the tubes can be just as fun. Fiji.travel

Hossegor, France

Located Located in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of France, the town of Soorts-Hossegor is known as the surfing capitol of Europe. Hossegor lays nestled in the southwestern-most corner of the country right above Spain’s northern border. With its close proximity to some of the best surfing waters in the Atlantic Ocean—and it’s more than four miles of beach— Hossegor gives summer tourists everything they want in a surfer’s holiday.

For experts who wish to tame these waters, world-renown waves can be found in such sweet spots as Gravière and La Nord along Hossegor’s coast. However, if you aren’t an experienced surfer, book a class at one of the many surf schools in town. And if you’d rather stay dry and just soak up the rays, Hossegor also boasts some of the cleanest beaches around.

Take a break from the sun to visit Hossegor’s Market Hall. Now open 365 days a year, the enclosed marketplace boasts over a dozen vendors selling foods such as fresh vegetables and oysters. Hossegor.fr 




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