This is another West Coast spot that might not be world-class, but on its day gives a fun days surfing in gorgeous, unspoiled surroundings. There is nothing very difficult about surfing here, so everybody from beginners upwards is welcome.
Foxton doesn't offer anything to set the heart racing, it doesn't really demand a lot of skill and is generally a fairly sloppy break. Having said that, if conditions are right it is worth surfing, especially if you like somewhere quiet.
This spot is across the other side of the harbour from the city, and there are actually a number of spots in this area which are all very similar in nature. It is suitable for surfers of all ability levels, and windsurfers and kite surfers can also be seen out here.
This is a spot that really makes you work hard. The waves here can be mean and to surf it safely, or even at all, you need to be approaching pro grade. If you aren't up to it, stand and watch from the safety of the shore.
This isn't exactly the greatest surfing spot in the world, but if you happen to be in the area it could be worth a look. It doesn't break very often, but is suitable for everybody and is a fun kind of break.
This spot doesn't break too often, and is for experienced surfers only, but it does offer a slightly different experience. It's worth it for the novelty value of having a plane coming in to land or take off just a few metres above your head.
This is a spot for experienced surfers only, and while it is quite difficult to reach it certainly worth the effort for those who are capable of taking it on. It's a fairly remote location, so if you like big waves and no crowds then you will want to take a look at this place.
This is a very isolated spot and it takes a long drive to get here, but if you make the effort you’ll be rewarded with some of the best waves on the island. You’ll need to be hardy to go out here, and when it goes off you’ll need a fair amount of technical ability.
One of several spots in this area, this is a pretty fun wave that usually suits everybody from beginners up but can occasionally get a bit more exciting. It's just to the south of Castlepoint, and you can identify it by the huge rock next to it.
Just a few kilometres north of Castlepoint Beach, this is a fun wave that will suit everyone from beginners upwards. It doesn’t take much effort to surf and you don’t need to be a technical wizard to do it, but it’s still worth a visit if you are in the area.
This rivermouth break is for experienced surfers only as it is much more demanding than it appears at first glance and will quickly find out those who aren't up to it. Just 50 km east of Wellington, it's a great wave with a good atmosphere.
This is a great little spot that will suit all abilities of surfer at different times. On a normal swell is just a fun break that anybody can surf, but when it goes off it gets much more difficult and requires quite a lot of ability to get right.
Originally used as a safe harbour for shipping which wanted to avoid the strong winds and waves that can hit this area, the river mouth is now mostly used by surfers. Although the ships have gone, the wind and the waves are still here and to surf here properly you really need to know what you are doing.
Most Napier locals will have a soft spot for this place, as it is probably where they learned to surf. It's often regarded is purely a beginners spot, but there are days when it can produce some better waves to suit the more experienced. Regardless of that, it's a fun little spot with a great atmosphere.
This is a pretty fickle break, but on those occasions where it does go off it is probably suited to experienced surfers. It is just outside the town of Wairoa in Hawke's Bay, so it is at least easy to access.
This isn’t really just one spot, there are plenty of reefs around here and you'll be able to take your pick. They do require quite a bit of experience though, as they aren't the easiest waves to surf and the surrounding environment isn't safe for beginners.
One of Napiers better breaks, this has a nice right-hander which will suit surfers of all abilities and a more challenging left-hander which requires a bit of experience. It's a fairly laid back kind of place, and is found just round the corner from the Flat Rock spot.
Located on Durban's 'Golden Mile', XL is one of the southern beaches in Durban and takes its name from the old restaurant/takeaway/congregating point (which has now been demolished), and has nothing to do with the size of the waves on offer.
The weather is normally warm and pleasant and you can surf in your trunks most of the year round. In winter the water and air temperature can get a little nippy, but you'll more than likely just need a wetsuit top or springsuit to keep you comfortable.
With the overloaded, under-staffed Addington Hospital as a back-drop, XL isn't the most picturesque beach ever, but you soon forget about that once you're in the water.
Situated on the south eastern coast of Italy in the region of Puglia lies the beach at Goivanazzo. It is a popular spot for wind surfers and kite surfers of all levels and abilities. The beach does get busy during the summer months so there might well be surfing restrictions in place during this time. You may want to check it out before you set off. The best time of the year to surf is between April and October.
Situated in the south west of Italy, in the region of Campania, not far from the city of Naples lies the beach at Fusaro. It is a very popular spot with kite surfers and wind surfers of all levels and abilities. There are no surfing restrictions here and it is possible to surf all year round. Just be mindful not to launch anywhere near the beach goers. The best times of the year are from April through to November.
Situated a few miles north east of the city of Rome close to Civitavecchia, lies the beach at Gravisca. This spot is very popular with kite surfers and wind surfers of all levels and abilities. The beach gets pretty crowded during July and August and as a result, there may well be surfing restrictions in place. You might want to check this out before you set off. The best times to surf here are between April and October when the thermal winds kick in.
Situated on Italy's south western coastline in the region of Calabria, lies the spot at Gizzeria Lido. It is a very popular spot with kite surfers and wind surfers of all levels and abilities. It does get crowded during July and August with tourists and beach goers, however the beach is large enough for surfers and beach goers, you just need to make sure that you steer well clear of them and move further up the beach. The best times to surf here are between the months of April through to October.