Located within Tarifa, Playa Chica is a small town beach frequented only by expert wind surfers; kitesurfing is not allowed here. It is the only beach on the Mediterranean side in Tarifa, and is hemmed in between the causeway to Isla de Paloma and Tarifa Port.
When everything is in the right direction, Black Rocks can be one of the top spots in Ireland. A light south-westerly wind is the ideal, while the groundswell is sometimes unfulfilling unless it comes from the right direction. When all the conditions are right, it can be one of the most satisfying rides around for surfers. Most other watersports are better catered for elsewhere, so you are likely to find little but surfers and bodyboarders here. Epitomising the characteristics of the area, Black Rocks can be a real mixture of the great and the miserable.
Donegal is seen as something of a beginner area to many, and spots like Streedagh Strand exemplify that well. Reasonably well secluded from the Altlantic, but still enjoying a range of wave quality weather and temperature, it’s good for those wishing to experience a number of conditions safely and in one place. Donegal is one of the most homely areas in Northern Ireland, welcoming any tourist, whether they’re there for the watersports or just a pint or two of the black stuff.
Being a hub for watersports in general, Ballycastle is, surprisingly, not the best place for experienced enthusiasts to enjoy surfing, windsurfing, kite surfing or sailing. In fact it’s far more of a beginner’s area. The small town of Ballycastle and its reasonable (but not comprehensive) tourist industry make it great to enjoy the spots further down the coast to the west, and visit Ballycastle on its occasional better days.
Magheroarty sits a little way off the main watersporting drag of County Derry, and is situated in county Donegal. It is fast becoming a very trendy place to enjoy wave sailing of any kind. The inconsistent nature of the reef is often seen as a negative aspect of the beach, but with some fantastic beach breaks, it’s a great location for surfers.
This is a popular spot in the area, frequently offering some of the bigger waves around. It is suitable for all levels of experience and has a friendly atmosphere, often attracting a lot of beginners until the swell gets big. When that happens, the crowd thins out and only the more experienced surfers go out.
This is a nice spot on the outside curve of Cape Cod, and it can be surfed by anyone whether they are beginners or experienced. Best time to come is in the evening when the tourists and swimmers have thinned out a little, and many visitors make a weekend out of it.
Also known as Gloucester Harbor, this is a fun little spot for all experience levels. It is friendly with a good atmosphere, and beginners can often find people willing to help if they need it. It also has some great views of the coast.
Fox Hill is a good spot to catch some big waves, and because of its size is suitable for experienced surfers only. It is probably one of the best waves in the state, especially during a hurricane swell.
Egypt Beach sits just to the south of Massachusetts Bay, and offers some varied conditions. When quiet, it is a god beginners spot, and when the conditions are right it can be a more challenging spot for those with some experience.