Baabe is a lovely spa resort situated on the eastern coast of Rugen in the Baltic Ocean. It's very popular with surfers of all abilities being particularly well suited to beginners because of it's shallow water. The season is mainly spring to fall as the winters get very cold and it's not uncommon to see snow on the beach.
Altefaehr is located on the westerly side of Rugen which is Germany's largest island laying off the coast of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in the Baltic Sea. It's a very small beached area that is really only suitable for experienced kitesurfers. The main season is spring to fall although winter surfing is possible if you can handle the cold.
This isn’t the fastest or most powerful wave around, but it could well be one of the longest in Washington. Anybody can surf it, however much experience they have, and it’s a fairly solitary place to be if you like doing your own thing away from the crowds.
A good spot for virtually every watersport, Carrowniskey’s reputation is an excellent one. The only, but somewhat major, issue is the presence of large amounts of weaver fish. Much like many of the west coast spots, it has a degree of isolation that most will enjoy. There’s little about the area that isn’t to do with watersports, and for a day’s surfing, kite surfing or windsurfing, the consistency of waves, combined with the peaceful nature of the spot make it ideal.
Rated almost universally by surfers as one of the best spots in Ireland, Achill Island is a haven – quite literally – for anyone looking for consistent, high quality surfing. Other watersports are less well catered for here, as the cliff formations offer little consistency in the wind patterns. That said, there is a significant amount of support and club facilities for windsurfing and sailing. The varied wave direction and reasonably low levels of chop mean it’s a glorious spot for most of the season. It’s worth noting that the extremities of County Mayo can often be difficult, but worthwhile places to visit.
Ballycotton is a popular place for many watersports, but it caters for the many, rather than the few. There is little of genuine excellence here, but it is well suited to beginner levels of any watersport. If you are looking for a holiday destination a little away from the beaten track, with plenty of surf, wind and swell in close proximity, this is an excellent place to use as a hub. Similarly, making it the furthest point on any tour will make the most of its unique combination of factors.
Not one of the most impressive surfing spots, but popular with wind and kite surfers, Ardmore is a reasonably still and serene area to enjoy watersports. The main spot for water-based activities is located at an eerie cul-de-sac of land where the one local hotel can be found. It’s certainly an adventure in the making, but it may not satisfy all your windsurfing needs.
One for experienced surfers this, it comes into its own when everywhere else on this coast is too wild to surf. Decent fast waves roll in with predictable timing and it’s a gem of a place if you have the experience to ride it.
This is a bit of an odd location as far as surf spots go. Instead of relying on nature to provide the waves, here you are actually using the wake from the ferry. It’s an easy place to surf and it’s consistent, owing to the regular ferry schedule.
Something of a secret spot until recently, this is a good place for experienced surfers to find big waves. It isn’t the easiest place to find but it breaks consistently and is worth the effort when it goes off.
Truth be told, this isn’t the best or most consistent surfing spot in the Washington area, but when it works it can be entertaining enough. It isn’t an easy spot though, so you need to know how to surf and have a bit of experience under your belt before coming here.
This is also known as Surfers Beach, and when you get out here you’ll know why. It’s a secluded spot with a very consistent break over much of the year, and it is suitable for everyone whether they are beginners or experienced.
There are two lagoons here, but the eastern one tends to give better, more consistent conditions for surfers. It is suitable for everybody although it’s exposed location means you need to be careful outside summertime.
Pease bay is a natural cove on the south east of Scotland. Although backed by dunes, it is fairly open and exposed meaning that wind is constant. This is good news for wind and kite surfers. Also, because of the wide expanse of beach, it is fairly easy to pick your spot, especially out of season.
Torrisdale bay is a large inlet that faces north. It has a large expanse of sandy beach and is a great spot for surfers, windsurfers and kite surfers. It is good all year round, although you will need to suit up in the winter as the water gets pretty cold.
Melvich sits on the estuary to the river Halladale and is suitable to accommodate most levels of water sport enthusiasts. In general it is quiet so you will only see a handful of people there at any one time. The weather like most of Scotland can be changeable but there is always varying degrees of wind.
Dunnet bay is a popular water sport destination for all levels. It is very consistent for good waves, (at around 150 days a year) which is great news for surfers. When the wind is in the right direction it can produce some of the best surf in the country. Can get a little busy during the summer season, so best time to go is October to April.
Sandwood Bay has to be one of the most stunning and probably secluded places to surf in the world. It offers about a mile and a half of bay that is flanked by rugged cliffs and an impressive sea stack. Used only by super keen surfers, because of the long hike to find this spot
Sandend bay is a small fishing community and is a very popular destination for surfers, kayakers, wind and kite surfers. It gets pretty hectic during the summer months, but after September, it is possible to have the entire beach all to oneself (except for the occasional dog walker)
Phingask is a small inlet close to the village of Sandhaven, and not too far from the bigger resort of Fraserburgh. Although a reasonably quiet spot, both at weekends and during the week, the people in the know, say that this can be a good spot if the wind is in the right direction. The area is mainly used by surfers and is best from October through until April.
This is a place that takes a little effort to get to as access is only by boat, but experienced surfers who make the effort could find some excellent big waves. Don’t come out here on a whim though, check the forecasts and ask the locals first to make sure it is worth the trip out.
This is just a fun spot with above average sized waves. All surfers can come out here as it isn’t too heavy or powerful, and if you see anyone else out here the chances are they’ll be friendly and just out for fun too.
This is a more average surf spot when compared to some of the extremes that are found in Alaska. It’s suitable for all levels of experience and has a friendly atmosphere – surfers are rare here and everyone local can be counted as a friendly face.
This is another of Alaska’s big wave spots and if it weren’t for the solitude you might be forgiven for thinking you were in Hawaii. It’s strictly for experienced surfers only, so don’t go crying home if you get broken because you weren’t ready for it.