10 of best available surf locatings in the world

From Mozambique to Mexico, via Cornwall, here are great places to ride waves, find a bed close to the beach and eat drink and party after a day on the water

Canggu, Bali

A decade ago, Canggu was just a black-sand beach with one food shack, rice paddies as far as the eye could see and a fantastic reef break for intermediate surfers wanting to take their skill to the next level. The wave is unchanged, though a bit more crowded in peak season and theres now a vibrant cafe scene and some hip places to bide, though its maintained a laid-back, wellness-crowd vibe with none of the brashness of Kuta or swankiness of Seminyak. The Shady Shack is a great new place for juices, low-alcohol coolers and tasty vegan food. Canteen Caf, where vintage surf and skateboards adorn the walls, does excellent coffee and brunch. The Chillhouse( doubleds from 110 B& B) also offers surf lessons learned from 49, including committee hire and a ratio of one coach to two guests. Yoga classes expense 9.

Sennen Cove , Cornwall

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If Newquay is the loud, beating heart of the UK surf scene, Sennen Cove is its more peaceful and reflective soul. It takes another hour to get there, almost as far as Lands End, but its worth every minute. The waves are some of the most consistent in the country, with a beach breach that works left and right and will suit most abilities, but is far less crowded than many Cornish surf places. The place feels wild and unspoiled with clear ocean, rolling grassy hills and craggy cliffs. The Sennen Surfing Centre offers lessons from 30, and committee and wetsuit can be hired on the beach from 14. Yurt accommodation costs 19 pp a night at Whitesands Lodge simply inland from the beach. Ben Tunnicliffes Sennen Cove family-friendly restaurant is worth a visit for fresh, unfussy seasonal cook, or a guest ale with a opinion of the waves at its wooden outdoor bar, the Surf Den.

Hoddevik, Norway

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Thanks to recent advances in wetsuit technology, surfing in the icy water off Norway is not just possible but wholly enjoyable. There are zero mob and the beaches are wild and rugged in natural amphitheatres with steep majestic mountains all around. The cliffs also protect the waves from the wind and the swell is remarkably consistent, with breakings to suit all levels. Lapoint Surf Camps operates packages in the fishing village of Hoddevik for beginner and intermediate surfers, including accommodation for seven nights, small-group lessons, board and wetsuit hire and use of the house kitchen from 577.

Waikiki, Hawaii

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California may be the obvious capital of surfing in the US, but Hawaii, where the athletic originated, is its spiritual home. Waikiki, the beachfront neighborhood of Honolulu, is a great place to learn to surf, as the water is warm, the waves roll in gently and the rides are long, so when you do stand up you really get to enjoy it. With its high-rise backdrop, Waikiki is often rejected as a tourist trap but its now determining fresh favour among guests wanting a tropical beach vacation with some urban benefits, such as good food and decent coffee. Affordable hotels arent easy to come by but Maile Sky Court has doublings from $105. Star Beachboys operates group surf lessons for $40 pp.

Lagos, Portugal

Beliche beach near Sagres, a short drive from Lagos. Photo: Alamy

In the south-west corner of the Algarve, Lagos is well-placed to pick up swells from every direction; it has breaks for all levels of surfer within easy reach. The town beach, Meia Praia, is a good beginners wave, while Zavial, 20 minutes drive west, is a world-class point break for experienced surfers. The attractive old angling town boasts great sea-themed eateries such as Escondidinho( Rua do Cemitrio 38) and The Blue Door( Rua dos Ferreiros 17 ), but a big part of the Lagos sell has always been that it is a good place to party. Mellow Loco, run by pro surfers Marlon and Melvin Lipke, is the wildest spot, and Stevie Rays has popular live funk and soul nights. Health-conscious surfers will love new juice and salad bar Bora, healthy breakfast gem Fresca and the health store and eatery Mar DEstorias.The oldest surf camp provider in town, Surf Experience, is introducing a Girl Fitness Surf Week() by athletics coach-and-four and surfer Sophie Everard from 24 September-1 October. It expenses 800 and includes dinners, surfing, yoga, trail operate, mountain biking, outdoor fitness class, accommodation and transfers from Faro airport; flights are not included. Lagos Surf Rentals rents boards from 15 a day.

El Paredn, Guatemala


A growing band of travellers are converging on the small fishing village of El Paredn, which offers Guatemalas most consistent surf at a beach breaking that never gets mobbed and can accommodate most different levels of surfer, depending on the tide. Turtles nest on the black sand beach, and mangrove woods grow all around. At Paredn Surf House private surf lessons cost about 12, committee hire starts at 10 a day, and dorm beds 8 a night. The surf home supports a social enterprise, La Choza Chula, which has built a secondary school and library in the village, and provides English lessons for children.

Hossegor , France

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When the swell is pumping, Hossegors pounding beach infringes are not for the faint-hearted, but experienced and strong intermediates revel in some of the best waves in the world, and some of the warmest ocean temperatures in the Atlantic. La Sud, at the southern end, is a calmer, more sheltered spot for beginners and improvers. With world-class waves come world-class surfers, and as a result theres no shortage of relaxed places to hang out and party. Lou Cabana on the naturist Plage des Culs Nus has a tasty daily menu and great music and vibes at sunset. Megs Caf is the place for coffee and Tante Jeanne the ultimate ice-cream spot. Collective Soul is good for vintage furniture, art and clothes. Local surf shaper Chipiron builds custom committees, offers surf lessons learned from 38 a day and rents good quality boards from 10. The rental cost is taken off the price for anyone who later buys a board. Hostel h2O Holidays does B& B from 30 pp.

Tofo Beach , Mozambique

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From a wave-riding point of view, Mozambique is relatively unexplored, yet much of its 2,500 km coastline is surfable, with tropical blue water washing on to palm-fronted white sandy beaches. Tofo, on the Ponta da Barra peninsula, is a pretty beach township with a central market that sells bright sarongs as well as fruit, veg and fish. Small, clean waves are protected by a headland and a reef, so its a good place for learners and improvers, though more advanced surfers wont have to travel far to find challenging reef breakings, and the world-class, right-hand point breaches at nearby Tofinho beach. Errant Surf offers seven nights in a shared house from 78 pp, surf lessons learned from 12 and board hire from 13 a day.

San Vicente de la Barquera , Spain

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On the coast of Cantabria, amid the meadows, dunes, forests, cliffs and beaches of the Oyambre natural park, sits the estuarine village of San Vicente de la Barquera. Mern is its main beach, with great conditions for learning and more difficult peaks for more advanced surfers. San Vicente has many excellent seafood restaurants, such as Boga-Boga, which has been running for 50 years and has a great nautical-themed interior, but the region is also famed for its ham, wine and cheese. Ncar, an outgrowth of the Michelin-starred Annua, does tasty and reasonably priced tapas. Dream Surf Camp offers a weeks accommodation plus full board and surf kit in both normal and glamping tents from 229 pp. Ten hours lessons expenses 95. Yoga, mountain biking and massages are available, and theres an on site bar with musical instruments to borrow.

Sayulita , Mexico

Boy surfing in ocean Sayulita Photograph: Sollina Images/ Getty Images/ Blend Images

Lush tropical jungle meets eminently ridable waves for all levels in this former fishing village turned artsy surf town only 40 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta on Mexicos central Pacific coast. Colourful cafes and bars, and galleries peddling local Huichol tribal art, are plentiful and street food vendors sell original takes on the taco. Lunazul is a family-run surf school, where lessons start at $40 pp including equipment, and theyre so confident of their teaching that anyone who doesnt stand up on their first lesson doesnt pay. Lunazul also rents high- quality shortboards, longboards and softboards for beginners, and runs trips to nearby secret spots. Petit Hotel Hafa is a colourful boutique hotel two blocks back from the beach, with doubles available from $50.

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