This is a nice easy spot suitable for kite surfers and windsurfers of all abilities. It's a pretty quiet, fairly remote location and if you like somewhere that is completely spoilt and undeveloped, then this is for you.
This isn't a beginners beach, but it's a great place for those who know what they are doing, whether that is surfing, windsurfing or kite surfing. It's about 10 km outside Cabarete, so it's easy enough to reach.
This seems like a slightly odd name for the place, but not once you know that it's at the side of what used to be a vegetable shack on Highway One. It's a fairly regular break, suitable for everybody except outright beginners.
This place only tends to work when the sandbars have built up after a big storm, but when it does it is not a bad place although it's probably more suited to those who are beginners than those who are experienced.
Another spot which is conveniently in the heart of Santa Cruz, this one is for experienced surfers and is definitely not a shortboard beach. It gets its name because it's a nudist beach, and you'll need an access key to get on here.
Most of the time this wave will suit everybody from beginners upwards, but once in a while it gets really good and the tracks the pros. It is in a very convenient location, right in the city. The bar is a sandbar, by the way, not a drinking bar.
This is a pretty quiet spot just a few miles outside the city, and is suitable for everybody except beginners. It's a fun place and fairly regular, and is often missed by people rushing to get to the more popular spots.
This is a good surf area that is often overlooked, with many people preferring the more popular but less good spots. It's a pretty consistent break, good for experienced surfers, and doesn't suffer from the localism or fickle conditions that many other places do.
This fickle spot is right on the edge of the Capitola suburb, and is suitable for all surfers. It only breaks infrequently, but if you're in the area when it goes the trip down here is well worth your time.
Named for the Big Creek lumberyard that it is near to, this is a spot for experienced surfers who like decent sized waves and don't mind the long paddle on a big day. It has a good atmosphere, and breaks quite regularly.
Name because of its distance from the city rather than the length of the beach, this is one of the more consistent spots north of Santa Cruz and is suitable for experienced surfers only. It has a good atmosphere, with the people out here being competitive but friendly.
This is a bit of a quirky and fickle spot, and while it doesn't go off very often those who are here when it does will recognise it as a fantastic place to surf. It is suitable for all surfers, regardless of experience, and the location is fantastic.
This spot is right in the Seaside area of Monterey, and although it's usually classed as a beginners wave it can also hold a bit of interest to those with experience, especially in the winter. It has a good atmosphere with a mixture of tourists and locals, and no hassle.
Ftelia Bay located on the Greek Island of Mykonos is a wind surfer's paradise due to the strong winds that whip round the bay and are nearly always present. Situated on the north and central part of the island, this spot forms part of the Panormos Bay which is the largest on the island. The beach suits intermediate to expert surfers since the area is also quite rocky.
Located on the south east side of the island of Mykonos lies the beach at Kalafati. This is probably one of the best known and longest established beaches on the island and is popular with windsurfers who enjoy a good offshore breeze. The spot is suitable for windsurfers and surfers of all abilities.
Located just 20 minutes away from the busy port of Adamantas on the Greek Island of Milos is the beach of Axivadolimni which is popular with surfers of all levels and abilities. The gulf of Milos has two coastlines, the Papikinos and the Axivadolimni and lots of beaches which means there is a beach for every wind direction on this island.
Described by some as a small part of paradise, Koros is a gorgeous beach located on the tiny island of Limnos, also known as Lemnos, which lies just of Greece in the northern part of the Aegean Sea. The spot here is great for windsurfing and kitesurfing and there is an excellent surf school known simply as Keros surf school. The season is all year round as the climate is reasonably mild.
Located just ten minutes drive away from Chalkida (which is the capital city of Evia, the second largest of the Greek Islands) lies the seaside resort of Leukanti and it's popular kite and waterski park which hosts regular kiteboarding festivals. As you would expect, this spot is totally geared up for kiteboarders of all abilities. The season runs from February to November.
This romantically named park is at the foot of 17th Street in Pacific Grove and is a popular place for weddings and parties. For surfers, however, it is a regular break with decent waves that are suitable for all ability levels.