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The Best Christmas Gifts for Surfers [Updated]

While some of us are still preparing our wishlist, others are already shopping for Christmas presents. Sure, giving love, friendship, and kindness is more important than material gifts, but we have to agree that the latter are always welcome. 

by Octavia Drughi
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Surf Training: 27 Exercises that Will Improve Your Surfing in 2019

We all dream of trading our day job for the beach life. But even though full-time surfers appear laid-back and carefree, their daily schedule is anything but. They work hard to play hard.

by Octavia Drughi
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10 Winter Surfing Spots You Need to Check Out [Updated]

If you haven’t already made plans for the winter holidays, we have some hot ideas for you to consider. How does watching the sunset from a palm-fringed beach while swinging in a hammock and sipping cocktails in the midst of winter sound? 

by Octavia Drughi
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The Complete Guide to the Best Surf Spots in Australia

To call Australia a surfing mecca is already somewhat of a cliché. Surfing is deeply rooted in Australian culture, and the country is home to some of the world’s best surfers and waves. So, if you’re heading to the Land Down Under, make sure you don’t forget your surfboard!  

by Octavia Drughi
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The 9 Best Places to Surf in the Philippines (That You Seriously Need to Check Off Your Bucket List)

Encircled by the Pacific Ocean, the Celebes Sea, the Philippine Sea and the South China Sea, The Philippines consists of 7,107 islands. Each of them is a potential surfing spot.

by Octavia Drughi

On & Beyond the Surfboard

Feed your passion for water sports with our captivating surf & travel guides. Read inspiring adventure stories and surf news, and amp up your skills with tips & tricks from experienced surfers worldwide.

3 Awesome Reasons to Take Up Surfing in 2019

When was the last time you did something for the very first time? 

Adventures of a Soul Surfer: My Surf Camp Experience in Muizenberg

They say that humans evolved from the ocean and moved onto dry land, but sea lovers need to return home again and again.

Surf’s Up for the Surfing Santas of Cocoa Beach [2018]

What do Christmas and surfing have in common? Apparently, not that much. But there’s more to it than meets the eye! 

6 Effective Ways to Be an Eco-Friendly Surfer

The moment you become a surfer, you become an environmentalist; or to quote Kelly Slater, 11 times world champ, “I think when a surfer becomes a surfer, it's almost like an obligation to be an environmentalist at the same time.

10 Handy Surf Apps to Help Improve Your Wave Riding Experience [Updated]

Technology is making its way into every aspect of our lives. It’s getting us our news, helping us keep schedules, take notes, keep in touch with friends, make new ones, find love, and so much more. 

Meet the 5 Female Board Shapers that Are Revolutionizing the Surf Industry

Surfboard shaping is a form of art. In this day and age, when machines have replaced almost all crafts (the surfboard industry makes no exception), riding a custom-built, hand-shaped surfboard is a deeply personal experience.

10 Epic SUP Destinations You Need to See in Your Lifetime

Are you looking for some eye candy the next time you paddle your board? Do stunning backdrops, snow-capped mountains, mangrove forests, alpine lakes, lagoons, emerald-green rivers, and tropical beaches tickle your fancy? Then you’re in luck, because the world’s stand-up paddle boarding hotspots have them all!

Whitewater Rafting vs. Whitewater Kayaking - Which One Should You Choose?

Nothing beats that feeling of heading out into the great outdoors. When you have some friends or family with you and add some action-packed activities to the mix, it gets even better!

The Best Christmas Gifts for Surfers [Updated]

While some of us are still preparing our wishlist, others are already shopping for Christmas presents. Sure, giving love, friendship, and kindness is more important than material gifts, but we have to agree that the latter are always welcome. 

10 Famous Surfing Quotes to Inspire You in 2019

Surfers are laid-back folks. In fact, they tend to be men and women of few words who live to surf and surf to live! They love action and they do most of their reflecting and meditation right there in the water, either while waiting for the next big wave, or when they’re inside a barrel. This is probably why wise words from surfers aren’t all that easy to come by!

Surf Training: 27 Exercises that Will Improve Your Surfing in 2019

We all dream of trading our day job for the beach life. But even though full-time surfers appear laid-back and carefree, their daily schedule is anything but. They work hard to play hard.

Top Budget Surf Camps Under €500 for all Levels [Updated]

Surf camps are becoming more and more popular, but there are still some people who think that you would need to spend big bucks to go on a surf vacation or a surf camp. 

Surfing 101: How to Read a Wave

Do you find yourself staring at surfers in the line-up, waves rolling in the distance, wondering how on earth do they know when to start paddling and catch that perfect peeler?

6 Secluded Surf Spots in Western Australia

Summer in the Land Down Under means only one thing – it’s time to take your surfboard out of the closet and hit one (or several) of Australia’s legendary surf spots.

The 10 Best All-Rounder Surfboards for all Levels [Updated]

Surfers never forget their first surfboard. It goes without saying that the surfboard is the most important piece of our surfing equipment – what else are you going to surf on, duh? But you can’t just ride any old surfboard, and that’s where the tricky part comes in.

6 Mind-Blowing SUP Spots in Switzerland

If you are a fan of stand up paddling, then you probably know that you can paddle almost anywhere there is water. From the surf beaches of Hawaii and Australia to the fjords of Norway, almost nothing is out of bounds.

The 8 Best Kitesurfing Spots in Thailand

Thailand is well-known for its beautiful nature, white sandy beaches, turquoise water, and friendly locals. But did you know Thailand also has some amazing kitesurfing spots? 

The 10 Best Yoga Poses for Surfers of All Levels

Ask any surfer and they’ll tell you that the best way to get better at surfing is to…well…surf more. While I’m sure we can all agree on that, there are some things that you can do out of the water to boost performance and support recovery. 

10 Epic Surf Songs to Get You in the Surfing Mood [Updated]

Music is a universal language, the perfect way to enhance or showcase certain feelings. 

The Beginner’s Guide to Surfing in Colombia

Colombia is a spectacular land of variety and opportunity. It almost seems as though, no matter where your interests lie, Colombia has something to offer. Daredevils will be thrilled by the country’s dense, uncharted jungles, while culture junkies will delight in the people’s mystical, tactile zeitgeist.

The Only Guide to Surfing in Mexico You’ll Ever Need

There’s more to Mexico than sombreros, enchiladas, and tequila. Some of the biggest surfable waves in the Americas can be found on the Pacific coast of mainland Mexico.

The 6 Best Surfing Destinations in South America

South America is home to truly epic surf. With over 144,000 miles of coastline and just about every kind of wave imaginable, you can really take your pick. Most surf spots are never too crowded, and the countries are budget-friendly too.

10 Winter Surfing Spots You Need to Check Out [Updated]

If you haven’t already made plans for the winter holidays, we have some hot ideas for you to consider. How does watching the sunset from a palm-fringed beach while swinging in a hammock and sipping cocktails in the midst of winter sound? 

The 5 Best Surfing Destinations in Europe (And Our Top Reasons to Go)

Let’s admit it, Europe isn’t the first place that pops into mind when we think about great surfing destinations. Hawaii, Australia, Bali – that’s where the magic happens, right? 

Kitesurfing for Beginners: All You Need to Know About Wind Conditions

Before throwing yourself into the water, it’s important to know what the weather conditions and wind directions are. This is a basic rule every kiter should know. 

The Complete Guide to the Best Surf Spots in Australia

To call Australia a surfing mecca is already somewhat of a cliché. Surfing is deeply rooted in Australian culture, and the country is home to some of the world’s best surfers and waves. So, if you’re heading to the Land Down Under, make sure you don’t forget your surfboard!  

7 Emotions You Will Probably Feel After Your First Surfing Experience

If you’re looking for a sport that’s both beneficial and challenging, you should give surfing a chance. The crashing waves join forces with roaring winds, unpredictable currents, and picturesque views to create something that is more than a sport.

6 Amazing Places for Active Holidays in Australia

Breathtaking landscapes and azure seas – those are only a few of the many treasures Australia has to offer. Although many visitors come to enjoy its urban scene, more and more tourists want to experience active holidays in the Land Down Under. 

My Very First Parasailing Experience and What You Can Expect from Yours

I am always amazed at how the best things happen when you least expect them. As I was laying on the beach in Alanya, on the southern coast of Turkey, with the salty Mediterranean breeze soothing my soul, who would have thought that in two days I would be flying up in the air, having a once-in-a-lifetime experience I would never forget?

What to Pack for a Surf Trip – The Ultimate Checklist

Surf and travel are inseparable. But the ubiquitous question arises: What should you pack when you go on a surf trip? It’s so easy to get caught up in all the planning, trying to figure out where to score that perfect wave, where to sleep and what to eat, and overlook some of the essential items that you should take with you.

The Flow State in Adventure Sports: What Is It and How to Tap into It More Often

Think back and try to identify those brief moments of absolute commitment and determination, when you were fully engaged while surrendering to intuition, in complete harmony with your surroundings, powered by an unrecognizable force coming from deep within you.  

The 5 Best Surfing Destinations in Asia You Need to See in Your Lifetime

We can all agree that Southeast Asia is a surfer’s paradise! It’s not just the surf breaks, but also the beaches, the weather, the people and all those little things that make a surfing destination highly sought after by surfers. 

Surfing in Sri Lanka: The Best Surf Spots for Your Next Tropical Adventure

Previously known as Ceylon, the land of tea and coffee, coconuts and cinnamon, Sri Lanka is one of the most reliable surf destinations in the Indian Ocean. 

25 Useful Tips for Beginner Surfers that Guarantee Fun in the Waves

Is surfing something you’ve always wanted to try, but you weren’t sure whether you’d be any good at it? Or maybe you were afraid you would fail? Don’t worry, we’ve got your back, future surfer! 

9 Mistakes You Should Avoid as a Surfer (That Make You Look Like a Kook!)

If you were taken by the attractive photos of surfers gliding on gigantic waves and had an idea that surfing could possibly be an easy sport, then you are so wrong.

5 Surf Camps in Morocco to Take Your Surfing to the Next Level

Have you been dreaming of surfing the legendary waves that Morocco is so famous for? If you’ve been intimated by their notoriety before, no need to be anymore. Morocco is one of the best places on earth to progress and improve your technique in record time.

Surfing in Costa Rica: The Surf Spots You Cannot Miss

With over 300 white, golden, and gray sand beaches, warm water all year round, steady winds and some 750 miles (1,200 km) of coastline, Costa Rica is a surfing mecca and one of the best places in the world where beginners can learn to surf. 

The 9 Best Places to Surf in the Philippines (That You Seriously Need to Check Off Your Bucket List)

Encircled by the Pacific Ocean, the Celebes Sea, the Philippine Sea and the South China Sea, The Philippines consists of 7,107 islands. Each of them is a potential surfing spot.

The Surfer’s Guide to Peru: The Goofy Footer's Paradise

Two words: mythical and diverse. Although it would take much more to describe the fascinating realm we call Peru, these two definitely do justice to its tumultuous history, culture, geography, food, and surfing scene.

The Best Surf Spots in the Canary Islands: Staggering Waves to Catch all Year Round

Europe’s answer to Hawaii, the Canary Islands are a place of endless summer. The Spanish archipelago off the coast of northwest Africa consists of seven major islands, two minor islands and several islets. Each of them has warm weather and consistent surf all year round!

The Extended Glossary of Surfing Terms and Slang

Yo, duuuude! Rad barrels out there!

Surf talk has got to be one of the most unique and recognizable lingos in the English language. Countless movies have portrayed the special way surfers speak, and even cartoons are using the surf terms for comedic relief.

Catch Your First Wave! A Complete Guide to the Best Surfing Destinations for Beginners

When was the last time you packed up and left for a new destination, leaving routine way behind you? If you’re reading this, you’re already taking the first steps towards discovering your passion. Kudos to you! But if you’re going to learn to surf, make sure you do it the right way!

The Best Surf Spots for Beginners in Argentina

Surf’s up all over the world now that summer is at its peak. Surfboards and sunbathing have already become the norm on beaches around the globe, and seaside towns are reaping the benefits, including Argentina’s lush coastline.

Tayrona – Where Part of My Heart Lingered

It all started as a sort of experiment. I took part in a competition organized by BookSurfCamps.com and I won! I do have some fabulous people supporting me and I thank them from all my heart! 

The Best Kitesurfing Spots in Spain for a Windy Escapade

Have you been wanting to take a stab at kitesurfing, or maybe take your practice to the next level, without having to travel far for some safe and world-renowned spots? Enter Spain and its famous wind-swept beaches that attract riders from far and wide, beginners and pros alike.

Whitewater Rafting Experiences Made in Romania

It’s funny – I don’t spend a lot of time on Romanian waterbeds and many other watersports enthusiasts travel great distances to do that. Here follow some stories on the features of the most popular whitewater rivers in the country. Just to get your appetites whetted… 

Surfing Is About Taking the Drop and Embracing Opportunity

When a surfer paddles for a wave and the wave pitches up, there is a split second decision that has to be made whether to commit to the wave or not. That split second decision is called ‘taking the drop,’ as in dropping into the wave.  

5 Awesome Things to Do in Portugal When You’re not Surfing

Portugal is a surfer’s paradise. It has hundreds of beaches that are incredible surf spots, it has Nazaré, the place big wave surfing calls home, and it has a growing surfing community that is essential for any beginner or experienced surfer. 

Whitewater Rivers in Albania & Bosnia and Herzegovina by Shades of River Turquoise

Quite often, people ask me ‘Why do you go south of the Balkans for your watersports?’. Because I love the waters and their color there. In my head, it is far better to flip and be able to see everything that lies beneath you – or a large part of it – than do that in murky waters. 

Surfing Events You Cannot Miss in August

It seems like it was only yesterday that summer started and already August is just around the corner. Luckily, the swell is pumping and the waves are firing, so this is the best time to get out and be where all the action is!

Cancun: An Unusual Surfing Destination to Explore this Summer

First of all, if you think the sea in Cancun is as flat as a board because that is how it looks like in those postcards and magazine covers… Well, let me tell you that there are a few spots where things are very different, especially during the hurricane season that is from June to November. 

8 Surfer-Based Ocean Conservation Organizations You Can Join Today to Make a Difference Tomorrow

The awe-inspiring coastlines we all love so much are under serious threat. Surfers are among those who see and experience ocean pollution first-hand, and it is now becoming more clear than ever that these lands might not still be around for future generations to enjoy. 

5 Kitesurfing Camps in Europe You Must Check Out Before the Summer Ends!

Some of us wait for those perfect summer days all year long and when they finally arrive, it seems as though they pass by too quickly. It might feel like summer’s about to end, but there’s still plenty of time for some rad kitesurfing. 

7 SUP Destinations in Europe You Need to Check Out this Summer

In recent years, stand-up paddleboarding has exploded in popularity and has become one of the fastest growing sports in the world. It is a fun way to get out on the ocean, river or lake, get some exercise, and simply have a good time. 

Do Shark Repellent Devices Really Work?

With the increase in shark attacks and in the manufacturing of shark repellent devices over the past few years, many surfers want to know if these products really can keep them safe in the water. 

The Ultimate Guide to the Very Best Surf Spots in Portugal

Doesn’t matter if you are a seasoned surfer or you’re just starting out, Portugal is one of the most surfer-friendly countries out there. It offers just about everything you could possibly ask for; not just in terms of quality breaks, but also when it comes to its chilled vibes and impressive natural landscapes.

My Very First Surfing Experience: The Reflections of a Beginner Surfer

After many years of thinking about taking up surfing, a few weeks ago, I finally decided to take my very first surf class.

Surfing Events You Cannot Miss in July

How does your ideal summer surfing holiday look like? I’m sure plenty of beach time and some world-class breaks to suit your surfing skills are already on your list. But how about throwing some exciting festivals into the mix?

6 Tips on Taking Care of Your Surfboard the Right Way

Developing your surfing skill is not the only thing that will help you have fun and enjoy your time out on the waves. Another major factor that affects your performance is none other than your surfboard.

Why I Won't Go Swimming with Dolphins or Shark Cage Diving

As a surfer, I have a deep love and connection to the ocean, which is why this topic is close to my heart and one that just does not get enough attention in the media.

Solar Protection for Surfers: How to Stay Safe while Surfing

Solar protection is not a whim that can be safely ignored. If the last few decades have taught us anything about sunbathing, it’s that it can have some very serious health consequences. Working on your tan at the beach without any thought towards protection is a thing of the past. 

How to Decide which Type of Kayak to Buy?

Do you wish to explore the beautiful lakes and oceans of the world using a kayak? Thinking of getting one is easy, but deciding which one to get can be difficult, especially after considering the fact that every type of kayak is different.

5 Tips to Get Surfing Gear if You Are a Student with no Money

It is normal – and highly advisable – for college students and young people, in general, to have hobbies and engage in various physical activities. It's good for their health and fitness, but most importantly, hobbies are a great way to socialize with peers and make lasting friendships.

The Most Affordable Surfing Destinations in the World

When it comes to doing what we love most, there should be no limit to how much money we spend. And yet, money always seems to get in our way. How wonderful would it be if we could spend less and travel more!

7 Types of Surfing Waves You Should Know About

For any beginner in the world of surfing, imagining that you can paddle out to catch waves and pull off some crazy tricks can be both daunting and exciting at the same time. It is okay to be scared when you are about to face the waves for the first few times.

Peniche, Portugal - Summer 2018's Best Surf Destination

For surfers, Portugal has always been known as the ‘Brazil of Europe’, thanks to the Atlantic Ocean and the strong tides that create provoking waves. 

Money Saving Tips on Surfing Trips and Gear

With a fascinating culture and offering an intense adrenaline rush with each wave you catch, surfing attracts a ton of new practitioners each year. But, despite its laid-back vibes, surfing can be quite an expensive activity. Wouldn’t you agree? 

Surfing in the Maldives – Your Guide to the Best Waves in the Flower of the Indies

Imagine surfing a break all by yourself, one that has hardly ever been touched before, perhaps not even named yet. Fantastically located in the heart of the Indian Ocean, the Maldives benefit from full exposure to southern swells, which translates into epic surfing conditions on the outer reefs of remote little islands, some of them uninhabited still.

Your Brain on Surfing [Infographic]

Surfing feels good. There’s no denying that. Time slows down when you’re riding a wave, you don’t really think about anything and the rest of the world just vanishes. You are in awe. You are in the flow. But what does that mean, and how does that translate into your brain activity? 

Surfing in Thailand – The Best Waves in the Land of Smiles

A world of extremes, where noisy cities meet authentic street markets and luxury seaside resorts are intertwined with deserted beaches, Thailand is a popular travel destination for many reasons but, unfortunately, surfing is not yet one of them.

5 Inspiring Books About Surfing That Everyone Should Read

If you go beyond the misconception that surfing is just another sport, you will find that reading and riding waves have very much in common. There are tales, autobiographies, documented history, and classic novels crafted around the art of catching waves and the surf lifestyle.

The World’s Most Famous Surfing Animals That Can Probably Shred Better than You

Just picture yourself standing in the lineup, waiting for the next set of waves, when a few furry surfers come rushing in to share the break, some riding by themselves, some together with their owners. Don’t be so quick to judge; these cute animals sure can shred!

The 10 Best Kitesurfing Destinations for Beginners

Very few things in life come close to the fun experienced when skimming across the glittering water and the sense of freedom when being lifted high up into the air. Harnessing the power of the wind and combining elements from numerous other board sports and paragliding, kitesurfing is an exhilarating water sport that is relatively easy to pick up. 

Wild Encounters: The 5 Best Places on Earth to Surf with Dolphins

You are never alone in the ocean. I know, this is a spine-tingling thought, but I’m not just talking about sharks. Oceans are teeming with life, intriguing and mysterious, and there’s a whole underwater natural order that we land-dwellers are not always aware of. 

Here’s Exactly Why Surfing Is So Addictive (According to Science)

Very few (legal!) things in this world are as addictive as surfing. The search for the perfect wave is never-ending, but the journey itself is incredibly fulfilling, and with each step that you come closer to reaching your goal, you will feel like floating on cloud nine.

Top 8 Surfing Destinations in India to Catch Your First Wave

With surfing rapidly gaining popularity in India, there are quite a few spots spread across the country’s vast coastline where you can catch waves and take your first steps on the board. However, not all surf spots in India have consistent waves. Therefore, you need to be in the right place at the right time.

Which Water Sports Should You Try in the Mediterranean?

One of the main draws of visiting the Mediterranean during summer is hitting the sublime beaches, basking in the sun, experiencing the delicious food and intriguing culture, and trying out a few water sports while you’re there.

Are You Ready to Try Kayak Surfing? Here's All You Need to Know

Combining the precise control and sharp maneuvering of whitewater kayaking with the speed and excitement of riding waves, kayak surfing is an exhilarating experience. Getting started as a kayak surfer, however, can be a little daunting. It's so different from regular kayaking that it can be difficult to know if you're ready to get out on the waves. 

Here's How Surfing Can Help You Lose Weight, Get Fit, and Improve Mental Health

If the ritualistic walk or drive to the gym to melt off those excess pounds and get fit and toned is starting to wear on you, then it’s probably time you took up surfing. The beach is no longer just a playground for fun-seekers and holiday lovers. It has become a top destination for people seeking to address their weight issues, fitness concerns, and psychological challenges.

8 Nutritional Principles for Surfers

When it comes to surfing, just like in any other sport, what you eat significantly affects your performance either positively or negatively. And while there is a wide range of diets and various nutritional recommendations these days, choosing the right diet that works well for you can be challenging. 

5 Ways Surfing Keeps You Young

It is a well-known fact that staying active helps keep you looking and feeling young. However, not many activities come close to the positive impact that surfing has on the mind, body, and spirit.

5 Benefits of CrossFit for Surfers

Would it surprise you to know that well-known surfers like Shane Dorian and Kai “Borg” Garcia practice CrossFit to condition their bodies for surfing? Yup! The CrossFit slogan is true – “CrossFit Forging Elite Fitness.”

The 7 Best Surfing Spots in Texas

Cowboys. Pickup Trucks. The Alamo. Barbeque. Surfing? Believe it or not, Texas is a hidden gem for beginners and veteran surfers alike. With well over 300 miles of sprawling coastline, it’s no wonder that those in the know have long been referring to the Lone Star State as The Third Coast.

Beauty Tips & Tricks to Survive and Recover after a Rough Day at the Beach

Have you ever noticed how surfers look so damn hot with apparently no effort at all? Well, so did we, and we decided to get to the bottom of it. 

The 5 Best Surf Spots in Western Australia

When people think about Australia, besides kangaroos and koalas, surfing is also one of the first things that remind them of the country. And yet, the sport was introduced in 1915 by Duke Kahanamoku from Hawaii. 

#VanLife: 6 Life Lessons I Learned Moving into a Van and Traveling out West

After surviving an emotionally and physically abusive stepfather, multiple arrests, six years in high school, and time in drug rehab, I managed to become a lawyer and business owner. However, after overcoming such odds, I quickly became disillusioned with society’s version of success.

The Surfer’s Guide to Morocco: The Best Waves in the Western Kingdom

Separated from Europe by the narrow Strait of Gibraltar, Morocco is often considered an extension of the Old Continent by passionate wave riders. Having been pinned on the surf map ever since the 1950s, the country has become a stronghold for surfers from far and wide, who flock to its awesome waves to escape the cold winters back home.

An Exciting 5-Day Itinerary on the Greek Island of Ios

When you think about a vacation in Greece, chances are you will conjure images of visiting ancient sites, soaking up the sun on the beaches, and eating many amazing meals. While that’s certainly the case for most travelers, there are others who want to explore the wilder side of the country. 

Beach Camping without a Tent: All You Need to Know

Every once in a while, it is important that we get free time off from our daily routine and just have some fun. If you’ve never been camping before, spending the night at the beach by the campfire is a great place to start. 

6 Tips to Help You Recover after a Serious Surf Session

Surfing is one of the hardest sports out there. You are using every muscle in your body, usually for hours on end, and sometimes even for several days in a row. When you are busy riding the waves, it is nothing but amazing; however, after your body has had some time to process what you just put it through, it can start screaming out for help.

7 Best-in-Class Surfing Destinations for Your Next Vacation

Imagine the cold breeze blowing in your hair as you make your way over the waves, one after the other. Suddenly, the world is silent and you can’t hear anything save for the sound of the waves hitting the shore. For miles, there is nothing on the horizon except for the ocean, glittering in the warm sunlight. 

Have SUP, Will Travel – Your Guide to a Successful Stand-Up Paddling Trip

Are you a stand-up paddle boarder with a wanderlust? Have your local conditions become mundane? Is it time to branch out and try something new? Or, is there an aspect of paddle boarding that you are excited to try, but you can’t find the conditions you need locally? 

14 Surfing Gadgets & Accessories You Absolutely Need in Your Life

Nothing beats that feeling of being out there in the ocean, just you and your surfboard, waiting for the next set of waves to kick in, surrendering to your instincts. Nothing but some cool gadgets that will allow you to share the experience with your friends and relieve the moment years after.

6 Exciting & Relaxing Water Sports You Must Try in Malta

In the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, nestled in between Sicily and North Africa, Malta is a mythic archipelago overflowing with historical sites, medieval towers, dungeons and churches, as well as pristine natural beauty. Water sports are undoubtedly one of the archipelago’s biggest draws and can be practiced on each of its three islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino.

Winter Camping Tips for a Snowy Adventure (Essential Gear + Useful Tricks)

For many of us, winter is the prime time for engaging in exciting outdoor activities during the day and sipping mulled wine and hot cocoa by the fireplace during the evening. But how about stepping out of your comfort zone and doing something even more spectacular?

Happy New Year from BookSurfCamps.com!

May 2018 be filled with lots of rad waves, perfect barrels, gorgeous weather, amazing friends, fun surf camps, and everything in between! 

Top 30 Surf Blogs for Surfers and Water Sports Enthusiasts

Surf legend Philip Edwards, credited with being the first professional surfer and making the first signature surfboard in the world, famously said that “The best surfer out there is the one having the most fun. We strongly agree with him and we also believe that surfing is so much more than just a sport; it is a lifestyle and, for some, a religion.

BookSurfCamps.com’s 10 Best & Most Popular Surf Articles of 2017

It seems as though another year has gone by in the blink of an eye. But when we look back at 2017, we can see that so many exciting things have happened, both in our personal lives as well as all around the globe. It has been the year of groundbreaking achievements, which only goes to show that we should continue to push past our limits in 2018!

The 10 Best Surfing Destinations of 2018

Are you ready for your next great adventure? Is taking up surfing one of your New Year’s resolutions? Would you like to check off some of the greatest surf destinations in the world? Regardless of what your surf plans are for 2018, we’ve got you covered!

11 Remarkable Benefits of Caffeine for Surfers (According to Science)

If you consider yourself a coffee lover, then this article is for you! That magical concoction that transforms zombies into graceful human beings in a matter of minutes helps you stay sharp and be slightly more productive when you train, both indoors at the gym and outdoors on the waves.

Beach or Snow? Surf & Ski on the Same Day in these 5 Locations

Oh decisions, decisions… Christmas is knocking on our doorstep, snow has already started to fall and ski resorts are opening their doors for the season. At the same time, the surf is pumping too. How can you possibly pick one or the other?

Stay in Shape with these Brilliant Fitness Hacks Pro Surfers Swear By

You are what you eat. As cliché as it sounds, the saying is literally true and there is a strong link between nutrition and performance. We all know that, but we also know how hard it is to keep to a diet and stick to an exercising routine. It can be exhausting, not to mention boring. 

Chasing the Winds: The 10 Best Windsurfing Spots in the World

What are you looking for on your next vacation? Do sunshine, palm-fringed beaches, warm turquoise lagoons and relaxing by the pool sipping cocktails tickle your fancy? We all need that. But how about blustery wind conditions? Only a select few will appreciate this ingredient. 

The 11 Best Universities for Surfers in Europe

Of course, when you go to university, it’s all about working hard, getting your qualifications, grades and degrees and setting yourself up with the certificates and knowledge you’ll need later in life. However, going to university doesn’t have to be all work and no play!

Catching Waves in Adventurous Fiji

A paradise for nature lovers, adventure travelers and water sports enthusiasts, Fiji is the place to go for a unique and exciting experience. These islands offer so much, but one of the first things that will wow you are the people who live there. The views will leave you breathless and the moment you go back home, you will want to get back on a plane and do it all over again!

The 8 Best Surfing & Diving Destinations in the World

Are you a surfer or scuba diver looking for the perfect vacation destination? Why not combine both for a truly unique experience? Some of the world’s best surfing spots are located near awesome diving sites!

Surfing in Nicaragua: 10 Great Reasons to Add It to Your Bucket List

From the moment I arrived at Hacienda Iguana for a scouting trip, I was in love. The sun was just coming up at Playa Colorado, beautiful, organized sets were breaking right outside my front door, and the white sand beaches were empty save for a few early morning surfers. In a word, it was magical, and I knew this was the experience I wanted to share.

The 4 Best Surfers of All Time Who Have Made Surfing History

Riding waves as a water sport is a gift that has been passed on to us by our Polynesian ancestors, with a history of over 4,000 years. Today, more and more people have developed a passion for He’e Nalu, “sliding on waves.” 

Why I Love Adventure Sports: Connecting with Nature & My Inner Self

When asked what the best religion is, the Dalai Lama replied: “The best religion is what brings you closest to God.” Does that mean that you can find spirituality in anything, even in riding ghastly waves and fighting for the next move on narrow mountain ridges? I believe that, as long as you do it for the right reasons, yes, you can.  

9 Wild Beach Party Destinations You Must Experience in Your Lifetime

Are you looking for a relaxing beach vacation where you can lay all day on fine white sand, sip cocktails in a swinging hammock, swim in an uncrowded cove and enjoy the absolute silence? In that case, I’m afraid the following beach destinations are not for you.

5 Outdoor Activities for You & Your Dog to Strengthen the Bond

Regardless of the season, spending quality time outdoors with your dog is a must! And I’m not talking about those boring dog walks around the block or playing fetch in the leash-free park. I mean actual adventures that will make you laugh and make you cry and will continue to send shivers down your spine many years after.

Sea Kayaking for Beginners – Everything You Need to Know

Can you think of a more stress-free experience and a better connection with nature than when you are paddling your kayak on the open sea, passing by stunning stretches of coastline, surrounded by crystal clear water, absolutely no one and nothing to break the silence?

Planning to Go on a Surf Camp? Here’s What to Expect!

Have you ever wondered what happens on a surf camp? Do you imagine it to be some sort of a bootcamp for surfers? You’re close, but it’s much more than that. It is an adventure, a fantastic opportunity to surf your brains out, a bonding experience, and an exploration of new lands and cultures as well as of your inner self.

How Surfing & Yoga Can Unlock the Power of Your Mind

On one of my favorite dive trips, I stayed on a liveaboard in Belize for six amazing days with a whopping three dives per day! I attended alone and met some really great people on the boat. At dinner one night, we discovered that all of us divers also rode motorcycles. 

8 Tips for Planning a Successful Surfing Trip

A surf trip offers you a great opportunity for adventure as you visit a new destination and surf on perfect waves. You will also get the chance to meet many new people and learn about a different culture. 

7 Tips on Buying Your First Custom Surfboard

Getting a new surfboard can be a tedious task for any surfer. If you are a newbie to the sport, then all the more reason to do a thorough research before you step out to get your first board. The surfboard market today caters to different needs as per individual requirements. One only has to be pitch perfect about what they’re looking for in a surfboard.

The 5 Best Paddle Boarding Destinations in the World

Paddle boarding, surfing’s close cousin, has been around for centuries as a means of transportation for fishermen. However, it was only over the past two decades that it took off in popularity, thanks to surfers like Laird Hamilton. It has grown into a massive business, with countless manufacturers entering the frame and contributing to the fastest growing watersport. Why is that?

How to Choose Your First Paddleboard: A Beginners' Guide

When you decide to purchase a paddle board, you are also deciding to change your lifestyle while increasing your physical health. The tranquil, yet exhilarating sport of paddleboarding holds a variety of categories that offer specialized and custom designed board shapes that fit the specific needs of the rider’s preferred areas of paddling expertise. 

10 Surfing Spots in South Africa You Have to See in Your Lifetime

Rich natural beauty, vibrant diversity, and massive waves a just a few of the things that make South Africa a wonderful country to travel to. Aside from the beautiful scenery and huge variety of wildlife, South Africa is a country with a rich history and home to Nelson Mandela, one of the most influential people in history.

3 Types of Awesome Surfing Boards You Need to Try

Every surfer dreams of finding the ‘perfect’ surf board - one that can help them to become the legendary surfer they’ve always dreamed of. On this post, I’ll be sharing insights and useful information on three types of surf boards you ought to try that may just take you a step closer to realizing your life long dream!

What are the Best Water Sports for Your Zodiac Sign?

Astrology has a rather bad reputation, that’s no news flash! Adepts and non-believers form two battling sides, each finding (solid) arguments to support their theory. Ironically enough, even non-believers have a peek at their horoscope from time to time, nonsense or not. Yes, I’m talking about you, I bet you’re nodding right now!

8 Travel Tips for the First Time Thailand Traveler

When it comes to its scenic rice fields, vibrant tourist destinations, street food and exotic beaches, you can never underestimate what Thailand has to offer!

5 Breathtaking Coastal Hiking Trails that Will Blow Your Mind

Our world has never been as accessible as it is today – we can spin the globe, pick a spot and jump on an airplane to any distant destination. Faraway lands that decades ago were reserved for pioneers are now within our reach. That does not mean we cannot find places where we can still feel like explorers.

Ready to Move to the Coast? 10 Charming Surf Cities You’ll Never Want to Leave!

So, after years of reflections, you’ve finally decided that moving on the coast might be the right thing for you. Congratulations! Now all you have to do is decide where you want to go, which might just be the trickiest part of all. Oh, are you not ready to take the plunge just yet? Don’t fret, you can still spend your vacations or even relocate in a surf town for a few months and see how it works out. 

How Are Waves Formed? The Anatomy of a Perfect Wave

These days, we have surf reports, swell reports and surf forecasts that show us when and where we should be hanging ten next. Reasonably accurate online charts save surfers the hassle of deciphering complicated weather forecasts. However, the more you know about how waves are formed, the easier it is to predict the optimal surfing conditions all by yourself.

These 5 Beaches in the Philippines Are to Die For

Vacations are an excellent opportunity to unwind, relax and disconnect. They are also the best moment to discover your inner self, as there is always some sense of serenity that comes with traveling to different tourist destinations. 

Beach Camping: Useful Tips and Tricks (+ Essential Packing Checklist)

It’s summertime and the great outdoors are calling. You want to hit the beach, but you also want to go camping. Why not do both? Beach camping is the ultimate summer getaway – the changing tides and crisp sea breeze, waves yearning to be surfed and horizons begging to be explored offer a sense of complete and utter freedom in a constantly moving environment.

10 Sensational Guinness World Records in the World of Surfing

World records are one of the best ways to become officially amazing. But sometimes, breaking a record involves taking great risks, which might make you wonder what is it that drives people to get into the Guinness Book of Records in the first place? Well, that’s just like asking why would an athlete train to run faster or jump higher. Guinness records are more than just facts; they are a way to measure ourselves. 

What Are the Next Big Outdoor Fitness Trends You Should Try Right Now?

Gym workouts can be boring, especially if you don’t have an exciting goal like winning a marathon. Of late, the experience has become more important than the workout itself. The ‘Green Exercise’ movement is on the rise, and has turned the great outdoors into the ‘new indoors’.

Popular Summer Hashtags to Show off all the Fun You're Having in the Water

Everyone loves to post some good old summer fun on their accounts, and by sharing and uploading photos they can recollect those fun times memories throughout the year. But how do you get your posts to stand out? Why, optimized hashtags, of course! Hashtags are everywhere, and if you really want to get noticed and reach your audience, you too must learn to use them.

The WINNER of the “Surf Camp of Your Dreams” Giveaway is…

We recently ran a giveaway and invited travelers, bloggers, surfers and beach lovers to enter for the chance to win a surf camp in paradise. All they had to do was share a photo of them chilling at the beach or doing their favorite water sports. We’re ready to announce the winner!

When You Can’t Surf: 5 Cross-Training Activities that Will Make You a Stronger Surfer

We all dream about surfing every day. We plan to quit our day jobs and take off to travel the world in search of the best waves. When and, most importantly, if we get to see our dreams come true and live to surf, we’ll soon realize that surfing every single day might not always be possible.

Surfing in Indonesia: The 43 Best Surf Spots in the World's Largest Archipelago

The world’s largest archipelagic state and the third most bio diverse country in the world, Indonesia is Asia’s surfing capital. Currently, there are 17,508 islands that have already been identified, summing up 34,000 miles (54,716 km) of coastline. For surfers, this can only mean one thing – lots of amazing spots to surf!

Simple Yet Effective Ways to Stay Hydrated at the Beach (That You’ve Probably Never Considered)

Summertime is all about the great outdoors, the beach, surfing and other exciting water sports. This all means spending more time in the sun. We all remember to pack sunscreen, but we often overlook that extra bottle of water.

10 Inspiring Surfing Videos You Absolutely Need to See

These days, lots of things can go viral. A video of a cat doing something mundane, such as standing up on its hind legs, can gather up millions of views. A video of a rodent looking over its shoulder in a dramatic fashion. And let’s not even mention the always funny compilation of fails and various trips and falls that seem to amuse pretty much everyone. 

Meal Planning for Surfing: What You Should Be Eating for a Great Beach Body

We all need energy just to perform our daily, most mundane chores. When we add physical activities to our day, our energy requirements grow. But we all know that, right? However, how many of you know what and when to eat in order to help your body recover and perform better each time?

Surfing in Cuba: Riding the Winds of Change

There’s more to Cuba than mojitos and Che Guevara. Far beyond the country’s quintessential symbols, its colonial architecture, hand-rolled cigars, Spanish guitars and African drums echoing in the streets, lie fantastic diving spots and… some sweet surfing!

Surfing Lessons: 3 Mistakes Beginner Surfers Make

There are many different sports in the world. For most of them, you can learn all the basics in a relatively short period of time. However, surfing is a whole different ballgame. Surfing can be challenging, there’s no denying that! It can take a great deal of patience and perseverance to master even the basics. But don’t be put off! Once you become confident in the water, your knowledge and skills will quickly develop.

7 Extreme Ways to Surf that Will Blow Your Mind

Where there are waves, there are surfers, and die-hard riders have made it their prerogative to chase the biggest, gnarliest waves on the planet. While the rest of us are sitting comfortably in our houses, some watermen cheat death by throwing themselves at the mercy of hurricanes and melting glaciers.  

Surfing in France: A Comprehensive Guide to the 38 Best Waves in the Country

Best known as the land of wine, baguette and cheese, mainland France has more to offer than meets the eye. For starters, it has 2,130 miles (3,427 km) of coastline and over 310 miles (500 km) of surf beaches. Add to that the rich French cuisine, vibrant nightlife, topless sunbathing (for real?!) and top-notch beach breaks, and you have a recipe for one of the greatest surfing destinations in the world. 

Best Balance Exercises to Improve Your Surfing

With summer already here, you may be tempted to take in some rays of sun on the beach and maybe even catch some waves. If you want to make sure you’re ready and fit to ride the tide, then improving your balance is key.

How to Survive a Surfing Wipeout like a Pro (The Surfer’s Test of Strength)

Going face-first into the reef, being held down for a few sets of waves, feeling helpless, trapped and not knowing which way is up, is the ocean’s way of reminding us that we are but mere mortals. Being held down under the waves for much longer than you might like can be traumatizing, and can question your entire commitment to surfing.

10 Calorie-Burning Water Sports for the Perfect Beach Body

During those long, hot summer days, why stay indoors under the air conditioner when you can go outside and get active in the water instead? You’ll get your heart rate pumping and melt away those extra calories without even knowing it. Plus, you’re bound to cool down too. Let’s all turn fun in the sun into a workout in the sun!

Surfing in Spain: A Useful Guide to the 12 Best Waves in the Land of the Setting Sun

The Iberian Peninsula is home to some of the sweetest surfing spots in Europe. With almost 3,100 miles (5,000 kilometers) of coastline (the Canary Islands included), Spain is renowned for its rich culture, gripping history, scrumptious food and, let us not forget, world-class surf.

Surf Fashion Staples that Will Never Go Out of Style

Say ‘surfer’ and everyone thinks about a bronzed chap with perfect curls on a sun-drenched beach, surfboard under one arm, wearing a pair of cool board shorts and waiting for the perfect wave. Say ‘surfer girl’ and you’ll picture a blonde-haired beauty with an enviable tan wearing denim shorts and a bikini top. 

The Ultimate Surfing Guide to Bali [Infographic]

Also known as the ‘Island of 1,000 Temples’, locals believe Bali is blessed by the gods. With 271 miles (437 km) of coastline, idyllic breaks, barreling waves and laid-back atmosphere, it certainly seems to be. From a surfer’s standpoint, Bali truly is a paradise found. 

Step Outside Your Comfort Zone and Give Surfing and SUP a Try [Interview]

For some, adding new items on their to-do list seems pointless. Sure, these modern times we’re living in and our hectic lifestyles do tend to keep us trapped, but this is precisely why we must do our best to escape the rat race. Trying something different and learning new skills can be uncomfortable at first. While some love to experiment, others are stuck in the same old routine and have trouble getting out. 

Top 5 SUP Hotspots on the West Coast of the United States

If you plan to visit the West Coast of the United States anytime soon, then you will want to check out the best spots to stand-up paddleboard. From north to south, there is a variety of awesome locations that you absolutely must check out.

Surfing Nutrition 101: What and When to Eat for the Perfect Wave Riding Session

One of the most important decisions any athlete can make to improve their performance and wellbeing is to make wise food choices. Sports nutrition is not a fad. Knowing what to eat and when to eat is pure science, and nutritionists believe you should adapt your meals and snacks to the physical effort you plan to undertake. 

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Living the Van Life

Study hard, find a well-paid job, save money, buy a house, buy a car, have kids, buy a bigger car, feel trapped every single day. Why? Because society tells you to? Maybe you do not want those things, perhaps you want to spend your money on meaningful experiences, escape the rat race and gain control over your life. 

10 Secret Beaches You Must See to Believe (Adrenaline Included)

Not all of us can afford a private beach, but we can sure have the next best thing. Pure white sand, crystal-clear turquoise water and not a soul in sight are the essential elements that make up the ultimate beach-goers dream.

The 13 Best Surf Spots in Victoria, Australia

Australia is a magnet for surfers, and Victoria makes no exception. The seductive beaches and waves within a stone throw’s away from Vic’s vibrant capital of Melbourne are a gold mine for adrenaline junkies, and we’re here to show you where to start your surfing adventure in Vic.

Tube Riding: the Definitive Guide to the Holy Grail of Surfing

Getting barreled is the Holy Grail of surfing, that perfect moment when you are riding under the curling lip of the wave. Being inside the whimsical tunneling area created by a wave about to break, also referred to as tube riding or getting shacked, is on top of any surfer’s bucket list.

6 Up-and-Coming Surfing Superstars You Need to Keep an Eye Out For

Every now and then, promising talents are emerging on the surfing scene, young guns who can rip a whole lot harder than most of us. They are the heirs to the big wave surfing throne, proving once again that age is but a number.

Athlete Levi Siver Becomes the World’s First Alpine Windsurfer

What do snowy mountains and windsurfing have in common? More than you might think! Freestyle windsurfer Levi Siver has pushed the boundaries of the sport, taking his finned board up on the snow-covered mountains on the Rishiri Island in Japan and surfing his way down. Through his heroic feat, he became the first person to ever try alpine windsurfing.

35 Surfing Hacks that Will Help You ‘Slay’ the Ocean

Surfing is an activity like no other. In an environment that’s constantly changing and moving, keeping up the pace sure is hard, which is why it’s often better to go with the flow or, in this case, with the wave.

How to Overcome Your Fears and Start Living (in Surfing and in Everyday Life)

What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” We’ve all heard this ageless question before. And if I had a nickel for every time I’ve been told “fear is holding you back,” I’d have a pretty good amount of money in my pocket. The funny thing is, looking back at all those times I chose to run away, I can’t even remember what exactly it was that I was so afraid of. 

SUP is the New Rage and Here’s Why You Should Try It

Stand up paddle boarding is the hottest craze, taking the world by storm as the world’s fastest growing watersport. Why? Simply because it’s so darn relaxing. Less focused on the action and more on spending quality time in the great outdoors, stand up paddle boarding is something everyone wants to try. And it’s a whole lot easier than it looks.

The 6 Daredevils Who Charged the Biggest Waves Ever Surfed

There is surfing and there is… big wave surfing, a completely different ball game. It takes guts, years of training and experience, a healthy dose of curiosity and taking calculated risks. Even then, anything can go wrong when faced with huge bodies of water that might come tumbling down on you at any given moment.

The Ultimate Surf Seasons Guide for the Perfect Wave Riding Trip [Infographic]

You planned your summer break months in advance, thought about hitting the beaches and doing some quality surfing while you’re at it, but you’re not sure whether the time and place coincide with the season. Choosing the right surfing season and destination makes the difference between an unforgettable surf holiday and possibly the worst time away.

The Best Surfing Beaches in Australia

Australia is surely one of the best countries on the planet to visit if you’re a surfer. No matter which coast you go to, there is an abundance of fantastic surfing spots to explore.

The Badass Women of Big Wave Surfing Today

For years, women have strived to be included in big wave competitions, while organizers argued that heavy waves like the notorious Mavericks or Jaws are just too dangerous for chicks. It’s a man’s world, but there are some ladies out there that are proving themselves fit to take over the stage and kick some ass!

Fighting Off and Surviving a Shark Attack like a Pro

Oh, that precious moment when we are surfing into the sunset, no one in sight, complete tranquility, just you and the waves. And yet, you feel as though you’re not alone. You look around and see a shark’s fin nearing. What do you do?

6 Extreme Water Sports Adrenaline Junkies Must Try

We cannot breathe in it, walk on it or live in it, yet some of us feel at home in it. A handful of daredevils have managed to beat the odds, turning water into their playground, constantly seeking new challenges in its depths. Do you have what it takes to join them?

Sydney's Top 5 Surf Spots to Add to Your Bucket List

Sydney without its surf culture would only be another city. Well, it will always be more than just a city, but you know what I mean! If you’re visiting Sydney and you don’t have time to check out all 70 beaches there, there are some you simply mustn’t skip.

Tim DeLaVega – From Young Surf Rat to Surfing Author

As an author, a surfer, a photographer, and an environmentalist, Tim DeLaVega has accomplished many things that one can only dream of and BookSurfCamps.com was lucky enough to catch up with him and pick his brain as to what makes this awesome guy tick. 

8 Off-the-Grid Surfing Spots You Might Have Never Heard Of

Lately, it seems as though finding remote waves has become even more exciting than riding them. It’s human nature to grow tired of the same routine, and even surfing can lose its charm when you’re hitting the same old waves time and again. When monotony kicks in, it’s time for a change of scenery!

The Surprising Perks of Beach Living

The “endless summer,” a notion we all dream of and very few get to live… In the real world, doing nothing but the things we love all the time is merely a utopia. But that doesn’t mean we cannot do something to bring summer and the beach into our everyday lives. 

Reasons Why You Should Try Surfing from Girls all Over the World

I remember the first time I tried surfing, I was totally unprepared and I did not know what to expect. But despite my not so good experience with this activity, I decided to try it again. Indeed, you have to give it a second go before saying “I’ll never do this again!”​

The Best Cold-Water Surfing Spots to Test Your Wetsuit

Walking barefoot on a sandy beach, basking in the sun, jumping into the soothing warm water for a long surfing session, that sure is comforting. But where’s the challenge? Spending up to an hour struggling to get into that tight wetsuit, bone-chilling water splashing your face, getting rained and snowed on, that sounds like much more fun!

What Makes a Good Kitesurfing Lesson?

Sliding, flying, jumping, twisting and turning, has freedom ever tasted any better? A relatively new sport, kitesurfing entered the scene in the 1990s. Also known as kiteboarding, it can be described as a blend between windsurfing, snowboarding, wakeboarding and surfing that offers great maneuverability and speed. No wonder it’s so addictive!

Training Tips to Surf Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

Wouldn’t it be great if we could all hit the waves whenever we hear Surf’s Up and ride our best? In reality, we must put blood, sweat and tears into it, because when we stop improving, we must start training!

Ditch the Wetsuit in these 5 Warm-Water Surfing Destinations

Imagine riding those crests wearing nothing but a pair of shorts or a tiny swimsuit, soaking in the sun, finding shade in swinging hammocks on palm-fringed beaches and getting a tan that arouses envy. That’s how surfing in tropical water feels – like you’ve just died and gone to heaven!

Surf Culture: Then and Now

There are sports that are inevitably competitive, like tennis or football, where there simply has to be a winner. The same cannot be said about surfing. There are indeed competitions, but not against adversaries. Surfers compete against themselves and the waves, and technique, boldness and innovation are what matter most. It is precisely this kind of journey of self-discovery that brings surfers together as a distinct cultural group.

How to Keep Your Skin Healthy When Surfing

Surfers may have lots of fun, while in the water, but their skin isn’t too happy to be exposed to the sun and the salty water all the time.

Surf's Up - Surfing Stats and Facts [Infographic]

Have you ever wondered what are some of the most popular surf destinations in the world? We’ve got an infographic that will hopefully answer a lot of your questions! 

7 Essential Pieces of Surfing Equipment (You Need to Have if You’re a Beginner Surfer)

If you’ve just started surfing, then chances are you don’t even own a surfboard. And that’s perfectly fine. Most surfers will rent or use their friend’s surfboards and general surf gear, but if you want to take it a step forward and have your own little surfing equipment, we’re here to offer some advice. 

7 Incredible Health Benefits of Surfing

We can all agree that surfing is a very enjoyable activity! But does it have any health benefits? 

20 Interesting Facts About Portugal

Any surfer knows that Portugal is a wonderful surfing destination. But then again, with 586 miles (953 km) of coastline and a lovely weather all year round, there wasn’t really any doubt there. 

#ItsNotOK to Destroy our Oceans – Surf Legend Kelly Slater Advocates for Clean Oceans

Kelly Slater is raising awareness about ocean pollution with the #itsnotok hashtag. 

20 Tips & Tricks for Stand-up Paddling Beginners

Stand-up paddling, or SUP, is the fastest growing watersport in the world. It’s fun, easy enough for beginners and challenging enough for intermediate and advanced surfers. It provides a great entire body workout and it can be done pretty much anywhere from lakes to oceans. 

Big Wave Surfing Movie Will Be the Revelation of the Year

The Big Wave ProjectA Band of Brothers by Tim Bonython is creating all the buzz needed for it to be the next big thing in surf movie history. 

Barack Obama Kitesurfing with Richard Branson is the Weekend Inspiration We Needed

Kitesurfing is fun! We’ve been saying that for some time now, but it seems like the world is just noticing this, thanks to the former president of the United States and the Virgin Chief Executive. 

Kitesurfing: 4 Great Reasons Why You Should Take It Up!

Kitesurfing is one of the most thrilling water sports. The rush you feel from being lifted up in the air by the wind’s power does not compare to any other type of surfing. It’s pure adrenaline! 

10 Awesome Instagram Surf Accounts You Must Follow

It’s no secret that surfers are some of the greatest fun loving people out there! The best way to get in on the fun, aside from grabbing your surfboard and hitting the beach, is to follow some of the best surf accounts available on the web.

Titan of Mavericks Big Wave Surfing Competition Canceled

Titans of Mavericks, the popular wave surfing competition, is canceled! The event was supposed to take place at the beginning of the year, but event organizers have filed for bankruptcy on February 3. 

5 Unusual Surfing Destinations You Shouldn't Miss Out On

We all know and love popular surfing destinations like Portugal, Hawaii, Bali and Morocco. They have spectacular waves, a wonderful surf culture and all the best surf schools in the world.  

10 Celebrities Who Surf that Will Inspire You to Hit the Waves

Celebrities, they’re just like us! Isn’t that what they say? The thing is that celebrities aren’t really just like us. They may do the same things we do on a daily basis, but they do it under a giant magnifying glass. 

3 Simple Yet Powerful Things You Can Do to Become a Better Surfer

Looking to amp up your surfing skills this year? If you’re on the hunt for effective ways to help you become a better surfer that are uncomplicated, you’re in luck!

Surf Camp Breakdown – What Goes On Inside a Surf Camp?

Surf camps are a great way to brush up on your surfing skills, improve your technique, meet like-minded people, and visit amazing destinations with picture-perfect beaches. 

Australia to Build an Inland Surf Park Before the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Why does the 8th ranked country in the world by coastline need an artificial surf pool? With over 16,000 miles (25,760 km) of coastline, Australia is a world leader in… waves. Surfers from all over the globe flock to the land down under for the surf experience of a lifetime. 

30 Useful Things Surfers Need to Know When Traveling

Are you planning to take your surfboard out for a spin in a place you’ve never been before? You’re doing it on your own, without any friends or family, and you’re having concerns about how things will turn out? Or maybe you just need a bit of help on your journey! 

5 Surfing Diseases You Can Get from Ocean Water

In a perfect world, surfing wouldn’t pose any dangers at all, save for the odd shark that’s minding its own business in its natural environment. But unfortunately, we’re not living in a perfect world and our oceans aren’t as clean and as disease free as we would want them to be. 

New Type of Biodegradable Plastic Made from Prawn Shells is the Future

Researchers from the University of Nottingham are working on the development of an eco-friendly shopping bag that will keep the oceans and the planet safe.

3 Awesome Ways Yoga Will Help You to Become a Better Surfer

Living close to the beach, I’ve always wanted to take up surfing. The idea of catching the waves and riding it was something that intrigued me. So one fine day, I decided to sign up for a beginner’s class at the local surf club. 

How to Read a Wave [Infographic]

For most, waves are full of mystery. You can’t really predict how they’re going to act and you can’t know much about them until they’re quite close! Or can you?  

70 Awesome Travel Hacks You Absolutely Need in Your Life

Surfers are among that group of people who travel the most, which is why we thought they would appreciate some awesome travel hacks. They make our life easier and some are so clever that you’ll probably wonder why on earth did you not think of them before. 

Surf Dog Raises Half a Million Dollars for Charity

Ricochet is a 9-year-old female golden retriever who calls herself a SURFice dog. She was raised to be a service dog for a person with a disability, but she loved the water so much that she decided she would do much of her helping out while in the water. 

10 Useful Safety Travel Tips for Women Surfers

The world is a dangerous place, but it is also beautiful, filled with stunning views, awesome people, great food, rad barrels, gorgeous beaches and many more wonderful things. Unfortunately, traveling as a woman presents more risks than traveling as a man. Even though women from all over the world are finally beginning to make their voice heard, we still have a long way to reaching true gender equality. 

BookSurfCamps'10 Most Popular Surf Articles in 2016

We’ve eagerly entered the new year with high hopes, plans and resolutions. While the general consensus is that 2016 wasn’t the best of years, good things did happen and we must remind ourselves that it is up to us to make 2017 a wonderful year. Be kind, work hard, but also relax doing what you love! 

Top 10 Travel Destinations for Single Men

Few things are as wonderful as feeling free and ready to experience new locations, meet awesome new people and enjoy delicious exotic foods. And if you’re a single guy, the world is truly your oyster!

Uncovering the Origin of the Mysterious Metallic Sounds of the Mariana Trench

It’s a well-known fact that the Earth’s waters still retain many secrets. Suffice to say that it’ll be quite a long time (if ever) before scientists will be able to uncover all there is to know about the deepest parts of the world’s oceans. 

Improve Your Backside Surfing Skills [Video]

Are you new to surfing and you’re still learning the basics? Do you consider yourself a good surfer but you still think you have lots of things to learn and improve? I bet you can use all the help you can get! Instructional videos are some of the best ways to learn or to master a surfing move: you can watch them again and again, you can study them carefully, and they are usually very well explained. 

7 Tips on How to Have Fun Surfing in Winter

Winter is no longer coming, for it is truly and unmistakably already here in the Northern Hemisphere! This means no more sun tanning or short sleeved shirts; no more open-toed shoes or long, warm days! But does it really have to mean no more surfing? Is surfing really a warm weather sport?

Surfer Mick Fanning Surfs Under the Northern Lights and the Result is Spectacular

Mick Fanning, also known as White Lightning, is not your average professional surfer. He’s won numerous world surfing titles, he has a prolific surfing career and is the lucky survivor of a great white shark encounter. He’s a man who lives to surf and an inspiration to many. 

5 Bizarre Superstitions Surfers Believe In

Are you afraid of walking under ladders? Or maybe nothing is as frightening as having a black cat cross your path? Does the number 13 give you the creeps every time you see it? Superstitions are as old as time yet they don’t seem to be disappearing anytime soon. This is mainly because some people insist on believing and living by them for fear of jeopardizing their well-being. 

The Tokyo 2020 Surfing Olympics Have a Venue – Tsurigasaki Beach

Great news for surf lovers! We finally have a location for the eagerly awaited Tokyo 2020 Surfing Olympics and it’s Tsurigasaki Beach, Japan.


5 Inspiring Surfing Movies You Should Watch Regardless of the Season

Surfing is undoubtedly one of the coolest sports out there! Unfortunately, we can’t practice it every single day of our lives, unless we live by the beach in a relatively warm climate. This is the reason why, during the colder months of the year, most surfers get the summer/surfing blues. Hot sand and warm waves crashing over our tanned bodies seem so far way! But it doesn’t have to be this way! 

Surfing in Morocco – 5 Awesome Surf Camps to Get You in Shape This Winter

Morocco has hundreds of surf beaches, and some of the most popular ones include Taghazout, Dakhla, Essaouria, Sidi Kaouki, Mirleft, Imsouane, Safi and many more. Morocco is a surfing destination that all surf lovers must go to at one point in their life for an unforgettable surfing adventure.

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California Teen Surfed for 2,000 Days Straight [Surfing News]

There is no denial that surfing is a great sport that keeps your body in shape and improves balance, among other health benefits. But surfing is so much more than that: it is an uplifting sport, it has the power to make people smile, to give you a shot of adrenaline and make you feel like you’re on top of the world. Surfing is, to many out there, the recipe for happiness. It is a lifestyle.

Surfing News: California Bans Single-Use Plastic Bags

California is all about surfing! Hundreds of beaches, awesome weather and a surf culture like no other in the world, seals its place as a surfer’s paradise. But there is one thing that has been disrupting this heavenly balance: plastic bags. 

Surfer’s Ear – A Potential Side Effect of Surfing

What could be better than being out there in the ocean on your board, catching a perfect wave, and surfing until you’re blissfully tired? Any surfer will tell you that there aren’t many feelings in the world that can compare to that. 

10 Useful Tips for Big Wave Surfing (That Will Help You Catch that Perfect Swell)

Big wave surfing is by far the most spectacular surf discipline. Tackling big waves is both scary and thrilling, and it can take a surfer years before they are able to ride such massive waves, that can reach 80 feet. Yes, you read that right, 80 feet! 

Surfing News: Surfer Chris Bertish to Attempt First-Ever SUP Crossing of the Atlantic

Chris Bertish, a big wave surfer from South Africa, is planning to do something that has never been done before: a stand up paddling crossing of the Atlantic Ocean. 

5 Gripping Facts about Surfing You May Not Know

Did you know that Garett McNamara broke the world record for the biggest wave ever surfed? Or that Kelly Slater is the highest paid surfer in the world? Or that the first official surf contest took place in 1928, at Corona Del Mar, California? You probably do, because in the world of surfing, this type of information travels fast! 

Kelly Slater Announces Retirement [Surfing News]

Sad news for the surfing community: at the beginning of November 2016, surf legend Kelly Slater announced his retirement from the world of competitive surfing. 

The 15 Best Surfing Destinations in the United Kingdom

When we think of great surfing destinations, most of us think Hawaii, Bali, Australia, Portugal or something along those lines, right? A place where the sun is shining pretty much all the time, the weather is never too cold and the scenery is nothing short of amazing. But did you know that the United Kingdom is also an awesome surf destination? 

Big Wave Surfing: Women are Now Allowed to Participate in Titans of Mavericks Surf Contest

Great news for female surfers! The famous big wave surf contest, Titans of Mavericks, allows women participants for the first time in history. 

Researcher Reveals Surf Rage, the Ugly Side of Surfing

Researcher Jhan Gavala has studied surfer behavior and found that surf rage is very much present in the surfers’ day-to-day life. This it is the ‘ugly’ side of surfing that not a lot of people talk about.

America’s First Inland Surf Park Opens in Austin, Texas

Surf’s up in… inland Texas! While Texas has long been a destination for surf enthusiasts, this time, the surfing happens not in Galveston or anywhere else on a beach, but in Austin, TX. A brand new surf park has opened and it’s America’s first inland surf park!

Your Surfing Questions Answered

Surfing is one of the most liberating sports in the world. It’s just you, your board, the waves and the sky! It’s hard work, but the payoff is extraordinary and the feeling you get when you’re riding a wave is like no other.  

15 Inspiring Surf Quotes from Pro Surfers

Here it is, our handpicked list of inspiring, original and motivational surfing quotes from pro surfers. If you wish to find out what they have to say about surfing, fear, childhood dreams and much more, then you’ve come to the right place! And while you’re at it, be sure to check our interviews with these amazing surfers too!

Top 5 Aspects to Look for When Booking a Surf Camp

In this day and age, when we have access to so much information, it is easier than ever to do research when booking a surf camp or a trip. But, if you’ve never been on a surf vacation, then you probably need some tips on what to look for before choosing your surf camp.

5 Steps to Plan the Perfect Kitesurfing Trip

Have you ever tried kitesurfing? It’s one of the fastest growing watersports in the world, and if you ever do try it chances are that you’re hooked for life. The sense of freedom out on the water, the endless possibilities to learn and progress, and the thrill of being carried up in the air by strong winds are all elements that will keep you coming back for more, over and over again.

Surfing Is Coming to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics!

Surfers and surf lovers, rejoice! As of August 3, 2016, surfing is officially an Olympic sport! It will be included in the Tokyo 2020 program, alongside Karate, baseball/softball, skateboarding and sport climbing.

August 12 - Surf Photo of the Week

BookSurfCamps.com introduces surf photo of the week! We’ll pick one stunning and inspiring surf photo and share it with you! If you are a surfer or a photographer or both, and you want to share an awesome surfing photo with us and our readers, send it over at [email protected]


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August 5 - Surf Photo of the Week

BookSurfCamps.com introduces surf photo of the week! We’ll pick one stunning and inspiring surf photo and share it with you! If you are a surfer or a photographer or both, and you want to share an awesome surfing photo with us and our readers, send it over at [email protected]


Going Full Speed Ahead with Windsurfer Steve Bodner

Steve Bodner is much more than just another windsurfer. Born in Toledo, Ohio, he is currently residing in San Francisco, California. Thanks to the thermal breeze found in this region, it’s essentially a windsurfer’s paradise. His main two disciplines are formula and slalom and he’s currently involved in training the next generation of windsurfers.

July 29 - Surf Photo of the Week

BookSurfCamps.com introduces surf photo of the week! We’ll pick one stunning and inspiring surf photo and share it with you! If you are a surfer or a photographer or both, and you want to share an awesome surfing photo with us and our readers, send it over at [email protected]


July 22 - Surf Photo of the Week

Starting this week, BookSurfCamps.com introduces surf photo of the week! We’ll pick one stunning and inspiring surf photo and share it with you! If you are a surfer or a photographer or both, and you want to share an awesome surfing photo with us and our readers, send it over at [email protected]


15 Surf Cities in the US that You Absolutely Need to Visit

Any surfer knows that finding a good surf location isn’t the easiest of tasks. Thankfully, the U.S. offers a large selection of awesome surf spots. 

Big Wave Surfer Andrew Cotton Is Ready to Surf the Biggest Wave Ever [Interview]

Big wave surfing is one of the most popular surfing styles and it is definitely the most spectacular. For big wave surfing, the waves need to be at least 20 feet ( 6 meters) tall. However, for experienced, hardcore big wave surfers, 20-foot waves are nothing more than a mere child’s play. 

5 Great Tips for Traveling with Your Surfboard (from a Pro)

If you’ve been to an airport you already know this – airline baggage handlers don’t care about your luggage. Their goal is to get all the bags onto the plane as quickly as possible, and whether your bag is dropped, thrown, flipped upside down or smashed into other bags doesn’t matter to them. 

Father's Day Gift Ideas for Surfer Dads

Every year, on the third Sunday of June, people across the U.S. celebrate fathers. This year, Father’s Day falls on the 19th, which means that there is plenty of time for you to get the fathers in your life a nice gift.

Learn How to Choose The Right Surfboard from the Guy Who Makes Them

Choosing your first surfboard or figuring out the best board to progress on can be one of the most stressful and best parts about getting into surfing, and let’s face it, the point of surfing for most of us isn't to become a pro and collect the big pay cheque, it’s to paddle out into some waves and have the most fun possible. 

Harnessing the Power of the Wind with Surfer Tatiana Howard [Interview]

It’s safe to say that Tatiana Howard is happy pretty much anywhere she can see the ocean. She calls herself a Maui mermaid who loves surfing, kiting and windsurfing. She’s also the founder of The Butterfly Effect, a worldwide movement meant to empower and inspire women around the globe through water sports.


Kelly Slater’s Wave Pool Creates the Perfect Canvas for Surfers

As one of the most popular and best surfers in the world, Kelly Slater needs no introduction. What you do need to know is that he’s got an entrepreneurial mind that keeps giving surf lovers what they need. This time, it’s something so big, so important and so fun that will put Kelly Slater in the surfing history books: it’s a wave pool. 

5 Valuable Life Lessons Surfing Will Teach You

For many, surfing is not merely a sport, a hobby or something fun you do at the beach; it’s a lifestyle, a religion and an intrinsic part of their soul and personality. The great news is that surfing can influence and change your life for the better. It can mold you into a better person and it can help you grow and evolve. 

Working Hard and Playing Hard: Dirt Bike Surfing with Robbie Maddison [Interview]

To say that Robbie Maddison (known to many as Maddo) is a living legend is not an overstatement. Dubbed the modern day Evel Knievel, Maddison is a prolific biker, stunt man and thrill seeker. Last summer, he partnered up with DC Shoes and released a video called Robbie Maddison’s Pipe Dream that showed him surfing on his dirt bike in Tahiti. 

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