Surfing is a fantastic sport, but for many, it’s even more than that—it’s a way of life. If you are an avid surfer, check out this guide to some of the best surfing destinations around the world. This list includes board surfing, windsurfing, and kite surfing, and all destinations are safe for women traveling on their own.
1. Porto Pollo and Isola dei Gabbiani, Sardinia, Italy
The two adjacent locations of Porto Pollo and Isola deiGabbiani—literally ‘Seagull Island,’ although it is, in fact, a peninsula—have regular strong winds that make them favorite destinations among windsurfers and kite surfers. A local belief states that the mistral winds always come for either three or seven days in a row, so you will have plenty of opportunities to go out on the water!
2. Honolulu, Hawai’i, USA
Waikiki Beach, on the southern coast of Honolulu on the Hawai’ian Island of O’ahu, was the home of legendary surfer and swimmer Duke Paoa Kahanamoku. Duke’s legacy is celebrated every August at Duke’s OceanFest, a nine-day celebration of surfing, swimming, paddleboard racing, and other watersports, including dog surfing! Grab yourself a Waikiki beach hotel and take part in the competitions before stuffing your face with local delicacies and exploring Waikiki’s vibrant live music scene.
3. Half Moon Bay, San Francisco, USA
The whole of the San Francisco Bay Area is renowned for surfing, but Half Moon Bay, with its famous Mavericks Beach, is literally the pinnacle of advanced surfing—the waves here can reach over 16 feet! If you are traveling alone, befriend some other surfers and go out on the water together, as conditions here can be very rough even for experienced surfers.
If Half Moon Bay sounds like more than you can handle, don’t worry! There are plenty of other spots in the San Francisco Bay Area for less experienced surfers to enjoy themselves.
4. Crescent Head, New South Wales, Australia
Crescent Head is famous throughout the surfing world for its four perfect right-hand point breaks, which can create huge waves of up to 650 feet. Because of this unique feature, many surfing movies have been shot here, from the 1964 niche documentary The Young Wave Hunters to the feel-good 2001shortHang Ten.
5. Menai Strait, Wales, United Kingdom
The Menai Strait is the narrow strip of sea that separates the gorgeous YnysMôn, or the Isle of Anglesey, from the North Wales mainland. Dominated by the impressive 19th-century feat of engineering that is the Menai Suspension Bridge, the Menai Strait is a great destination for all types of surfing.
An exciting recent development is the establishment in the area of an eFoil school. For those who don’t know, an eFoil is an electrically powered board that stands on a mast above a hydrofoil wing and sticks out from the water, giving the user the impression of levitating above the sea.
When you are done surfing, head over to the colorful town of Beaumaris, on Anglesey, for some gift shopping or a Welsh cake and a cup of tea.