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Bar­ba­dos’ Surfers Point has been listed as one of the top 5 places to learn to surf. Read the arti­cle below, sourced from www​.grindtv​.com

5 best places to learn to surf

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places to learn to surfThere’s a rea­son surf­ing was invented here at Waikiki. Photo cour­tesy Shut­ter­stock

The five best places to learn to surf all have a few fac­tors in com­mon: warm water, soft waves, easy access, and loads of expert help. If you think it’s too late to learn to surf, think again. A quick trip to these spots and you’ll be hooked on surf­ing in no time.

Waikiki, Hawaii
I know what you are think­ing. Try­ing to learn to surf in one of the most famously dan­ger­ous surf zones on the planet doesn’t sound like a par­tic­u­larly safe, or sound, idea. How­ever, we are not advo­cat­ing that you hire a board and pad­dle at Pipeline for your first foray into surf­ing. At Waikiki, on the pro­tected, side south side of Oahu, there are loads of waves that seem designed specif­i­cally for learn­ers to fall in love with surf­ing. The main breaks of Queens and Canoes pro­vide long, mushy waves over a for­giv­ing reef. As the birth­place of mod­ern surf­ing, Waikiki offers options for board hire, and lessons line the beach. Plus there is never a need for a wet­suit. Most impor­tant, when you get home, you can tell your friends you tamed the wild waves of Hawaii.

BarbadosIn Bar­ba­dos, you won’t be too con­cerned when the surf goes flat. Photo Shut­ter­stock

Surfer’s Point, Bar­ba­dos
Learn­ing to surf with sea tur­tles has to be a good thing, right? At Surfer’s Point located at Inch Mar­lowe on Bar­ba­dos’ pro­tected south­ern coast, you’ll be shar­ing the fun, easy left­handers with fel­low novices, tur­tles, and annoy­ingly good 7-​year-​olds. The wave breaks all year round in warm water in a trop­i­cal set­ting, and one of the main prob­lems will be return­ing home to expand your new­found skills in a nor­mal surf envi­ron­ment. Zed’s Surf­ing Adven­tures is just one local out­fit that offers lessons and board hire, and accom­mo­da­tion within a walk to the point is eas­ily available.

Tag­ha­zout, Morocco
The end­point of the annual Euro­pean sojourn south for surfers from the colder north­ern climes, the Moroc­can town of Tag­ha­zout has been a mini-​hippy surf city since the early ’70s. It offers a mix of easy beach­breaks a short walk from town and more chal­leng­ing sand­bot­tom points just up the road. It seems half of all Scan­di­na­vian and a third of Ger­man surfers learned to surf in the waves of Tag­ha­zoute, and a large learn-​to-​surf indus­try is made up of slick oper­a­tors, who will guar­an­tee you as much Moroc­can tea as you can han­dle and that you will be stand­ing up by the end of your mis­sion. Aim for early autumn, rather than high win­ter, as the waves are smaller and the weather warmer.

SurfingLife is hard as a surfer. Photo Shut­ter­stock

Nosara, Costa Rica
Slightly more pro­tected than some of other well-​known Costa Rican surf spots, the town of Nosara has eas­ily acces­si­ble beach­breaks within a short walk of a vari­ety of accom­mo­da­tions. Numer­ous cre­den­tialed surf schools offer great, all inclu­sive pack­ages and there is a chilled-​out vibe and friendly locals, not always a given at some other surf spots. On down days (or when the shoul­ders are sore) head to the Ostional Wildlife Refuge, which is famous for its olive rid­ley and leatherback sea tur­tle populations.

places to learn to surfPure begin­ner stoke in Byron Bay. Photo lex​is​by​ron​bay​.com

Byron Bay, Aus­tralia
It’s impos­si­ble to go to Byron Bay and not to learn to surf. The north­ern New South Whales town is located on Australia’s most east­erly point and picks up all avail­able swell. It offers north and south fac­ing coasts on either side of the Lighthouse-​topped head­land, mean­ing wind direc­tion is never a prob­lem. The water is warm year-​round, and you can choose from empty beach­breaks or more crowded sand­bot­tom points like The Pass. There are numer­ous surf schools cater­ing to the end­less stream of inter­na­tional tourists and even more pubs and clubs to cater to the post-​surf thirst. None of the schools will men­tion the sharks, and so nei­ther will we.

Arti­cle sourced from www​.grindtv​.com

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