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5 of the best surf spots for beginners

10 June 2019 10:22

If you're hitting the surf, make sure you have the right cover.

If you're hitting the surf, make sure you have the right cover.

Are you wet behind the ears when it comes to surfing? Grab your board and hit the waves at one of these great holiday destinations for beginner surfers...

Rossnowlagh, Ireland

County Donegal in the north of the Republic of Ireland might not sound like the surfer's paradise you've always dreamed of. But when it comes to learning the ropes there are few better places in Europe. A beautiful, wide bay with consistent waves throughout the year make Rossnowlagh a great choice for those looking to ease into the sport slowly.

When to go: All year round

Zarautz, Spain

Just a short drive from the upmarket resort of San Sebastian lies Zarautz, the capital of Spain's surfing scene. With plenty of surf schools and the constant swells from the Bay of Biscay, this laidback Basque resort is ideal for those who like mixing in a little culture with their surfing. What better way to unwind after a day on the surf than with tapas and excellent Spanish wines?

When to go: Summer, to avoid the bigger winter waves

Lagos, Portugal

Portugal is well known for its epic Atlantic waves that attract the best surfers from around the world, but even for the avid beginner there are plenty of places to get out in the waves. Lagos in the sun-kissed Algarve is one such place, with the old fishing town's long sandy beach, Meia Praia, perfect for beginners.

When to go: May and June, before the summer rush

Taghazout, Morocco

Think Morocco is all lively markets and sweeping deserts? Think again. The north African country has established itself as one of the world's best surf destinations and Taghazout, a fishing village to the south, attracts everyone from professionals to beginners. The vibe here is laidback, especially off-season when there are fewer tourists to worry about.

When to go: Early autumn

Canggu, Bali

Even saying the word Bali conjures up all sorts of tropical imagery and arriving in Canggu, it's easy to see why the island has been synonymous with paradise for so long. The mellow beaches of Canggu make a welcome change from bustling Kuta down the coast, and you can even mix up your surf classes with yoga and meditation. The ultimate in relaxation!

When to go: September and October

Before you grab your board, don't forget your insurance

If you're hitting the surf, make sure you have the right cover. At World First, we offer dedicated surfing travel insurance that offers all the peace of mind you need - including cover for your gear.