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So, it's about to crazy here. I got Pat a surf board for his birthday last month, and then this week I bought myself one because I didn't want him having too much fun without me. I pick my board up on Friday and I cannot wait!
Pat and I have gone surfing twice, once in Hawaii and once in New Zealand. As usual, Pat is a natural. It's been 6 years since the last time Pat had been surfing and already after going out a few times, he's light years beyond my skills. Right now, I'm just getting really good at not drowning, which is key.
In the spirit of this new adventure, I wanted to share some really cool surf spots around the world, and not all of them are where you might think, like this first one...
1. Surf Pool at Wadi Adventure- United Arab Emirates
I'm sure surf purists are skeptical, but it's considered the future of surfing. Plus you don't have to worry about sharks. That sounds like it's worth checking out to me! It's considered the best surf pool in the world. If you find yourself in the neighborhood, check it out!
2. Raglan, New Zealand
Raglan is famous for it's world class long left hand break. If you've seen the move Endless Summer, they made a point to visit this legendary surf spot. So, while we were there, we decided to check it out for ourselves (Check out our post on surfing in NZ). Just our luck, there were no waves that day. But Raglan also has beautiful black sand beaches that are always worth a visit.
3. Oahu, Hawaii
There are lots of places on Oahu that are great for beginner surfers, but on the North Shore when the weather is right, you'll get some of the biggest surfing waves in the world. While we were there they were having the Quicksilver Eddie Aikau surf invitational. It's an invitational partly because there's only so many people in the world who can surf these waves. It's pretty spectacular to see. I think it's safe to say that I will not be out on any waves like that anytime soon!
4. Port Orford, Oregon
You might be thinking to yourself, isn't it kind of cold to be surfing in Oregon? And you'd be wrong. Yes, you'll want a wet-suit, but you're going to love learning to surf in Oregon. Whenever I see surf videos and there's hundreds of people fighting it out to catch a wave, I think how horrible that must be. Here in Oregon, we have lots of great surf spots for beginners to experts and you'll have the waves and the beach mostly if not completely to yourself. I don't know about you, but when I'm falling and looking like a klutz all day, I don't want a lot of spectators. Port Orford has a nice sandy and pretty protected beach that has lots of nice little waves for learning on.
5. New Buffalo, Michigan
Yes, you read that right, Michigan! There's even surfing in the Midwest. Winds blowing across Lake Michigan can create ocean like waves and having you paddling out in no time. There's a pretty dedicated group of surfers there, so you're bound to find someone to show you the ropes.
It just goes to show you that, no matter where you are, you can probably find some surfing fun not too far away.
Where are your favorite surf spots, even if it's just to watch?
I hope you have some fun plans this 4th of July weekend and this summer if you are elsewhere in the world. Wherever you go, travel happy!
Hi there! I'm Skeeter. I grew up moving a lot and that makes me a bit restless for travel and exploration. I started this blog with my husband Pat when we decided to backpack New Zealand for a year. We are always looking for the next adventure and are loving life. We're just your average couple with two sassy dogs and a love for travel. We're sharing our travels and the tips we pick up along the way.
Hello! I'm Liz. Blogging is very new to me, but I'm so excited to finally write as much as I talk!
"Don't forget to travel happy"-Skeeter & Liz