Where to surf in February

Where to surf in February

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It’s the middle of the winter season in the Northern Hemisphere, let’s surf! Winter storms generate bigger, more consistent swells so it’s time to pack board bags and head to one of these destinations.

In this post, we’ve gathered the best spots for surfing in February around the world in terms of wave consistency, suitability for all levels (beginner, intermediate, pro), relatively cheap flights and good vibes only atmosphere.

Important: Given the still difficult travel situation in the world in 2022, check separately the possibility of going to a particular country, its regions, and local outdoor spots for you before the trip on the official tourist and other sites.

Morocco

You can’t talk about surfing in winter without mentioning this North African hidden gem. The land of right-hand point breaks has over 3.600 km of coastline and it is guaranteed that everyone will have a perfect wave according to their level.

Morocco is a year-round surfing destination but in the winter, the North Atlantic Sea comes truly alive and delivers the best swell. The water is around 62 °F (17 °C) so a good 3/2 mm wetsuit should keep you up surfing all day long.

In the past years, the country has been investing massively into the tourism sector providing excellent road infrastructure connecting all the surf destinations. Morocco is a perfect mix of rich culture, breathtaking landscapes, history, delicious food and pumping waves — and best of it — affordable prices. 

Best spots

Main features

  • Close proximity to Europe
  • Friendly locals
  • Low-cost airlines offer cheap flights to the country
  • Inexpensive
  • A lot of uncrowded line-ups

Season

Between October and March

Portugal

A country that holds a Guinness World Record for the largest wave ever surfed is obviously on our list. Portugal is undoubtedly European mecca for surfing and winter time is the time for proper storms in North Atlantic which means strong and big waves. But don’t let the Guinness Record title fool you — from north to south — Portugal has a wave of all sizes.

Even though Portugal is one of the warmest countries in Europe, the average water temperature in winter is around 59 °F (15 °C) so make sure to bring a 5/3 mm steamer with you.

Being one of the cheapest countries in Europe, it’s easy to hire a car with roof racks and check spots like Ericeira, Peniche and Sagres. Oh, did we mention that the seafood is absolutely delicious and the wine outrageously cheap?!

Best spots

Main features

  • Affordable
  • Year around sun 
  • Good vibe and lively nightlife
  • Consistent surf
  • Wall-catered surf tourism  

Season

Between October and April

East Coast of Bali Island, Indonesia

Yes, correct — it’s rainy season in Bali, but who cares? For surfers, it’s only good news: uncrowded line-ups. During the wet season, wind switches from west to east and the waves are firing up at the East Coast. Rain might be associated with cold, but in Bali, water temperature stays around 79 °F (26 °C) which means board shorts, rash vests, and bikinis when surfing.

Other perks of so-called “off-season”: the nature of these stunning island’s comes alive, the cooling effect of the rain and fewer tourists.

Prices in Bali aren’t as affordable as it used to be due to the large volume of visitors but remains nevertheless inexpensive. In case it’s flat ocean, there so much to do in these island paradise — boredom is not an option.

Best spots

Main features

  • Amazing wild nature and environment
  • Breathtaking beaches
  • Bali’s culture
  • Most nationalities have 30 days visa-free when traveling to Bali
  • Well-connected to the rest of Asia

Season

Between November and March

Australia

Get your bathers ready, mate! European winter means summer in Australia. Australian summer means cyclone and storm season that results in a great swell. Some of the world’s best surf spots (and surfers) can be found in this wild and beautiful country.

The Australia is huge (sixth largest in the world by the territory!), so for traveling to the spots in search of perfect waves, we recommend hiring a car and to head to New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria — all levels and tastes served.

The spots will be busy since surfing is the unofficial national sport in Australia and summer means locals are having their holidays. Don’t forget your sun protection — the sun is blazing hot!

Best spots

Main features

  • Laid-back lifestyle
  • Main spoken language English 
  • Vibrant party scene
  • Beautiful landscapes
  • Abundance of beaches 

Season

Between November and April

Canary Islands, Spain

Beginner-friendly, sand bottom, reef breaks, tubes — this scenic Spanish archipelago has it all. Consisting of seven islands, it is a place where European surfers (and other sportsmen like cyclist, for example) escape for winter months.

Canary’s climate is called “Eternal spring” which means almost guaranteed beams of sunlight. The water temperature is around 64 °F (18 °C) in winter so a good 3/2 mm wetsuit is in place. The islands are exposed to the swells coming from the North Atlantic paired with strong offshore wind.

The main surf islands are Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Tenerife, and Lanzarote. So you can pick an island and beach according to your level. In addition, delicious food and award-winning vines won’t do harm after a three-hour-long surf session.

Best spots

Main features

  • Out of this world landscape
  • Cheap flights
  • Other activities: kite surfing, windsurfing, paragliding
  • Plenty of accommodation options
  • Local cuisine

Season

Between October and March

 

This post was originally published in the Windy.app in January 2019.

Text: Windy.app team

Cover photo: Cottonbro / Pexels

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