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5 of The World’s Best Surf Destinations For Beginners

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The Best Surf Destinations In Europe and America For New Surfers

When anyone talks about surfing typically people think of the big waves of California and Hawaii. However, for those who are interested in surfing for the first time, there are numerous great destinations in Europe to catch your first wave, as well as less well-known spots in the California area that are not just for the pros and that make our list for best surf destinations.

On top of that, if you are considering learning a new language or improving your language skills then you can combine surfing with a language course – ensuring that you know how to ask the locals where the best surf spots are! Here are our 5 best surf destinations in Europe and US!


1. Biarritz – Learn French & Surfing in France

Best Surf Destinations

Biarritz, on the Bay of Biscay, is one of the best places for new surfers to find their feet on the board. This French coastal area is a year-round surf location and the famous reefs of Guéthary and Lafitenia are one of its main attractions. From the beautiful beaches and coves in Anglet to the winter reefs around Guéthary, there is always something to look forward to in the French Côte Basque, regardless of the season. Check out our French + Surfing course in Biarritz imparted by certified professional surfing instructors.

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2. San Sebastian – Learn Spanish & Surfing in Spain

Best Surf Destinations

San Sebastian, with its oceanic climate and the characteristic Gulf Stream of the Basque Coast, provides all levels of surfers with good waves throughout the year. Although the warm summer in the Basque Country is the perfect time of the year to visit San Sebastian, the water temperature rarely goes below 11 degrees during autumn and winter. Places like Mundaka, Orrua or Lemoiz are well-known for their optimal weather conditions and great waves. Learn Spanish and Surfing in San Sebastian with us and discover all the Basque Coast has to offer.

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3. Tenerife – Learn Spanish & Surfing in the Canary Islands

Best Surf Destinations

The warm hospitality and weather of the largest of the Canary Islands all year round make it a visitors heaven that rarely drops below 20 degrees during the day. In addition, its world-class surfing spots place Tenerife as one of the best surf destinations for anyone who wants to be at one with their board and the water. The city hosts remarkable international competitions as well. The volcanic island has a lot of beautiful dark sand beaches that produce good left and right hand walls of water for beginners such as El Arenal, El Conquistador, La Tejita or El Lobo.

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4. Lisbon – Learn Portuguese & Surfing in Portugal

Best Surf Destinations

Lisbon is a favourite in Portugal for visitors as well as for surfers. Its relaxed atmosphere, wonderful white sand beaches and some of the best waves in the world, attract surfers from all over the world, especially those escaping the cold winter of northern Europe. Lisbon enjoys a good weather all year-round, making it perfect to surf anytime of the year from the nearby beaches in Guincho (Cascais) to Ericeira (north of Lisbon).

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5. Los Angeles – Learn English & Surfing in the US

Best Surf Destinations

California has one of the best conditions for surfing during any season, probably only beaten by Hawaii. Its excellent sunshine, Santa Ana wind and swell exposure bring countless locations and opportunities for both learners and seasoned surfers to catch great waves. Some of the best spots for beginners in Los Angeles area are the accessible El Porto in Manhattan Beach, Zuma Beach, just north of Malibu, Sunsets or Bolaa Chica State Beach.

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How to Book a Language Course?

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For information on any of our Best Surf Destinations, please call us on +44 (0) 1273 830 960 or contact us. Our multilingual team will be happy to answer any question you may have.


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