Ambitions for extensive surf travel and getting impressive wave conditions on the perfect surf vacation is a fervent dream held by surfers far and wide. Thousands of surfers make their pilgrimages to various surf meccas everywhere, especially during the winter season. The off and late seasons are your best bet to avoid crowds. However, staying away from crowded beaches is not the only way to have the ultimate surf vacation.
Here are three things you must do if you want to really enjoy your surf vacation:
Families can take advantage of surf camps offering semi-private or private lessons. Beginners can quickly learn how to stand, turn, and maneuver surfboards and the correct methods for judging wind, waves and currents. Nearly any swimmer can learn how to ride the waves and hang ten in a surf lesson or two. Professional instructors can be found almost anywhere, who can convert even the clumsiest landlubber into a water baby.
This is the ultimate surf vacation, where a local expert finds good swells for you. Why not climb aboard a boat cruising the Mentawais, or travel around Fiji’s waters? Other surf destinations include Barbados, Hawaii, Australia and Baja, California. Depending on the charter you choose, all your food and amenities may be included in the package. Remember to pack the essentials: at least two surfboards, lots of sunblock, and some dry clothes.
There are some mind-numbingly gigantic waves out there, and once you master the basics, there’s no better way to enjoy a surf vacation than to ride these monsters. Jaws, Pipeline, and Waimea, all in Hawaii, come to mind. If you’re a real daredevil the world’s true monster waves are lurking about 100 miles off the coast of San Diego, where a subterranean mountain range gives birth to swells as high as 70 feet.