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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.

Top Places to Learn to Surf in France

The birthplace of surfing in Europe, France is home to some of the best beach breaks on the planet.

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? Enter Spain and its famous wind-swept beaches, which attract beginners and pros kiters alike.

All You Need to Know About Surfing in Ericeira

The jewel in the crown of Portuguese surf, Ericeira is often compared to Mexico’s Baja California and Australia’s Gold Coast. Are you wondering why?

Surfing in Mexico: Your Guide to the Best Waves

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.

All You Need to Know About Surfing in Lombok

Nestled between Bali and Sumbawa, Lombok has long lived in the shadow of its western neighbor. Referred to as Bali’s sister, the two are often compared while there are, in fact, more differences between them than similarities.

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 in Hawaii: Your Guide to the Best Waves

Hawaii is the most isolated landmass on the planet, a chain of volcanic islands exposed to all swell and wind directions. For surfers, this means one thing: year-round waves for all skill levels.  

10 Charming Surf Towns You’ll Never Want to Leave

For die-hard surfers, it’s all about the waves. For all they care, if the swell is pumping and the barrels are rolling, the surf spot could very well be in the middle of nowhere. 

Surfing in California: Your Guide to the Best Waves

The capital of surfing in the USA, California is the birthplace of surf culture. This stretch of coastline is home to some of the world’s most famous waves and surf towns.

Surfing in Australia: Your Guide to the Best Waves

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. 

Bali vs. Lombok: Where Should You Go Surfing?

Choosing between surfing in Bali or Lombok comes down to personal preferences, but your skill level should also come into play. Are you looking for challenging waves and an active party scene, or do you want a more relaxed ambiance, authentic vibes, and virgin beaches?

The Best Surf Spots in Victoria, Australia

Australia is a magnet for surfers, and Victoria makes no exception. The seductive beaches and powerful waves close to Vic’s vibrant capital of Melbourne are a gold mine for adrenaline junkies.

Why Is Canggu Such a Trendy Surfing Destination?

Want to have a taste of the “real Bali’ without missing out on the hip establishments, youthful vibes, contemporary art, and the surf?

The Best Surf Spots in Western Australia

Besides kangaroos and koalas, surfing is also one of the first things that come to mind when thinking about Australia. 

Surfing in the Philippines: Your Guide to the Best Waves

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 home to potential surfing spots.

Surfing in Fiji: Your Guide to the Best Waves

Who hasn’t heard of the legendary waves at Cloudbreak, Restaurants, and Frigates, three of the best left-handers on the planet, and dreamed about surfing them or at least having a peek at the pros?

All You Need to Know About Surfing in Portugal

From a surfer’s standpoint, Portugal has it all. It’s not just the awesome waves, but also the surf culture, its authentic charm, and the fact that it’s inexpensive that make it one of the world’s top surfing destinations.

5 Kitesurfing Camps in Europe You Must Check Out This Summer

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. 

All You Need to Know About Surfing in Bali

With so many waves within such a small area, Bali is a great place to learn to surf and enhance your skills. From first-timers to progressing surfers and pros, there’s a spot for all.

Surfing in Portugal: Your Guide to the Best Waves

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. 

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. 

What to Pack for a Surf Trip – The Ultimate Checklist

Surf and travel are inseparable. But what should you pack for a surf trip? It’s so easy to get caught up in all the planning and overlook some of the essential items that you should take with you.

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

Choosing the right surfing season and destination makes the difference between an unforgettable surf holiday and possibly the worst time away.

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. 

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 France: Your Guide to the Best Waves

The land of wine, baguette, and cheese, the history, landscapes, and surf in France are without rival. 

Surfing in Bali: Your Guide to the Best Waves [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 beaches, epic barreling waves, a surfer-friendly community, and laid-back atmosphere, it certainly seems to be. 

Top Places to Learn to Surf in Indonesia

Indonesia is a coveted destination among wave enthusiasts, and one of the best places in the world to learn to surf. 

Where to Surf in February

It may still be cold in the Northern Hemisphere, but there are some places where the summer is never-ending. 

The 10 Best Kitesurfing Destinations for Beginners

Very few things in life come close to the sheer freedom experienced when harnessing the power of the wind, skimming across the glittering water, and being lifted high up into the air. 

The Most Affordable Surfing Destinations in the World [Updated]

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!

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!

5 Reasons Why Peniche is Summer 2019's Top Surfing 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. 

Top Year-Round Surf Camps in Morocco

You haven’t truly had a complete surfing experience if you haven’t dipped your surfboard in the Atlantic Ocean on Morocco’ beaches. 

The 10 Best Surfing Destinations of 2019

Another year has gone by. We’ve learned and grown together. We caught our very first waves and joined our first surf camps. We’ve made great progress. But, the journey is never-ending.

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!

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 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? 

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.

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 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? 

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

Portugal is a surfer’s paradise. It has hundreds of surf beaches, it has Nazaré, the biggest wave ever surfed, and a laid-back surfing community.

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 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! 

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… 

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

#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.

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. 

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? 

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?

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.

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!

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?

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. 

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.

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.

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? 

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!

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. 

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!

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. 

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. 

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! 

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. 

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. 

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!

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? 

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.

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. 

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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