It’s time to trade in that heavy winter coat and those miserable days spent hibernating inside for a neoprene onesie and a trip to the beach. Who says surfing needs to be reserved exclusively for summer? Why not make the most of the ocean 365 days a year? Some of the best swells occur during the colder seasons, and these great conditions aren’t the only perk of surfing in winter. Embracing the cold will equal uncrowded waves and less tourist-littered beaches- leaving just you and the unadulterated, wide-open ocean.

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Evidently, a little more preparation comes in to braving the winter surf. A few of our top tips? The first is investing in a high-quality, thermal-lined wetsuit, along with the appropriate accessories such as a hood, gloves and boots is the most essential factor to keeping your body warm and happy during your winter surfing sessions. Next, fuel up with the right foods (complex carbohydrates and root vegetables work a treat) is also vital for maintaining lasting energy and body warmth. Finally, stretch before surfing- this will get your muscles moving and will help prevent injuries in the water.

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Ready for the coolest surf sessions of your life? We’ve compiled a list of 10 of the BEST worldwide surf camps for you to hit during the winter.

 

  1. Baleal Surf Camp– Peniche, Portugal

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If it not already there, it about time to get Portugal on your surfing radar! Considered to have Europe’s most consistent and flexible surf year-round, Baleal Surf Camp is nestled among the dunes and overlooks one of the most dramatic and beautiful surf spots on the continent. For 20 years it has been a destination for surfers and beach lovers from across the globe, winning international attention after it became an established stop on the ASP World Tour. Whether you are a novice or an expert, there really are waves here to suit every skill level. Established as a family-run business back in 1993, Baleal’s secret to success has been providing first class accommodation and surf tuition whilst creating an environment of good food, music, and most importantly, great company. After you’ve spent a long day in the water, you can retreat to the surf camp’s own bar and cafe, a place famed locally for chilled days, followed by long nights of live music and dancing. It’s this all-inclusive beach-party vibe that few who visit once can resist returning for.

 

 

  1. Surfaris Surf Camp Lodge– Crescent Head, Australia

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Surfaris Surf Camp Lodge really is an Australian surfing dream. Located on an uncrowded stretch of coast in New South Wales, namely Crescent Head, Surfaris is within a short drive of over 15 different surf breaks that are ideal for learning to surf on. Open all year around, visitors of Surfaris are also able to explore breathtaking headlands, come face-to-face with the abundant surrounding wildlife, participate in morning Yoga and even take a refreshing dip in a nearby Teatree lake. Surfaris has been recommended by Lonely Planet for the past 20 years, so rest assured, you’ll be in very capable hands if you come surfing here.

 

  1. Rapturecamps– Bali, Indonesia

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With Bali being renowned for having incredible surf conditions 365 days a year, it’s no wonder this tropical paradise is so popular amongst surfers of ever skill level. If you are looking to do a surf camp in Bali, look no further. You’ll find Rapturecamps in two locations- Padang and Cliff. Both locations offer a variety of accommodation to suit your needs and budget, as well as a fantastic surf school for beginners and daily surf guiding for intermediate to advanced surfers. Padang offers beautiful stretches of white-sand beaches and some of the best waves in the country, whilst Cliff is perfect for those seeking solace in one of the most beautiful, unspoilt surf-spots in Bali.

 

  1. Stoke Travel Morocco Surf Camp- Taghazout, Morocco

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Instead of packing on layers of clothes and hibernating inside during Europe’s coldest months, why not pop over to North Africa and experience surfing in Morocco at its BEST during the winter season? All year long, Stoke Travel offers all-inclusive surf packages in Taghazout, including all meals, a daily 2-hour surf lesson, airport transfers, and even extra activities like trips to the local markets and hamman (bathhouse). If you come between December 28th and January 3rd, you can even attend the Roots Surf Festival, a whole week of surf, live music, yoga, workshops, tree-planting, open-air cinemas and late night festival entertainment.

 

  1. Fiji Surf Co– Nadi, Fiji

IMG_0563 Ten-time world champion Kelly Slater claims that Fiji is where he experienced “one of the most perfect waves” that he has ever surfed. If that is anything to go by, Fiji is not a bad spot to Hang 10. For those of you a little more advanced in your surfing skills, you’ll be happy to know that the best time for experienced surfers to hit Fiji is in fact in winter, with the low-pressure system in the Southern hemisphere building to producing the biggest waves. Being the first local surf company established in Fiji, Fiji Surf Co prides itself on producing some of the best surfers to bless their shores! They run surf schools endorsed by Surfing Australia, emphasizing respect of the ocean and catering to all level of expertise. If you would rather your Fiji surfing holiday to be arranged for you, Fiji Surf Co also offer private charter trips and packages deals to provide you with everything you need for the full Fiji surf experience.

 

  1. Safari Surf School- Nosara, Costa Rica

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If you want to get back to nature with a relaxing surf vacation away from hordes of tourists and civilization, Safari Surf School in Nosara, Costa Rica is the place for you. With no street lights or paved road, this place is a surfer’s paradise- it’s just you and the waves! Wake up to the sound of monkeys in the surrounding forest. Between surf sessions, you can take the zip line through the forest, take a horseback tour to waterfalls or unwind with some yoga. With a range of accommodation options, you can experience Safari’s Surf School in luxury or on a budget.

 

  1. Surf Hawaii Surf School- Oahu Hawaii

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When you thinking of surfing locations, Hawaii probably springs to mind pretty quickly. What better place to escape the winter chill then the year-round tropical paradise of Hawaii? Surf Hawaii Surf School is located in the historical surf town of Haleiwa, which provides a tropical, secluded spot to stay and immerse yourself in the local surf culture. The North Shore of Oahu is legendary amongst the surfing world, so chances are you’ll be sharing waves with international surfing stars! Surf Hawaii runs surf camps that include everything from daily surf lessons and tours of world-famous breaks to stand up paddle-boarding, sunset barbeques, and meet and greets with sea turtles.

 

  1. Star Surf Camp– Iceland

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If you are an adventurous soul seeking out an once-in-a-lifetime surf trip, Iceland is your place. Star Surf Camp will provide you with the opportunity to experience untouched beauty and unridden waves that will truly bring you back to nature. The excitement of the surf trip lies in the hunting for incredible surf spots behind every turn or hill and discovering prime, unsurfed coastlines around Iceland. You can choose between daily, overnight or four-day adventures, with each option including surf guiding, equipment and lessons, transfers, meals and accommodation for overnight expeditions. Although you don’t have to be at an advanced surfer to go on a Star Surf Camp, it is recommended that you possess an intermediate level of surf ability and obviously an enthusiasm for snowy adventures!

 

  1. Quiksilver Surf School– Fuerteventura, Canary Island

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Warm water, sunshine and consistent waves all year around- the Canary Islands sounds like a dream, right? Located within easy reach of mainland Europe, Fuerteventura is an affordable holiday location with a great variety of surf spots to explore. Quiksilver Surf School Fuerteventura provides a variety of surf camps and accommodation options, catering for both the young and the young at heart. Their Surfcamp Corralejo offers private and shared rooms positioned within walking distance of the beach, bars and shops, whilst their Villa Antonio is located further inland and is a more peaceful, country retreat suitable for couples and families. For those seeking out a little more luxury, their Surf Resort offers deluxe, ocean-view villas with private swimming pools. The Surf School provides quality surf lessons run by qualified, multi-lingual surf coaches.

 

  1. Raglan Surfing School– Raglan, New Zealand

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Recognized as one of the Best Surf Town’s in the World by National Geographic, surfing at Raglan is rapidly becoming one of New Zealand’s most popular outdoor adventure! Located along the Wild West coast, Raglan Surfing School offers affordable beginner surf lessons, private lessons for the more advanced surfers and a range of stay and surf packages. Open year-round, beaches get less-crowded and prices get a lot cheaper in the winter, making it the optimum time to perfect your surfing skills before the beaches are overrun by holiday makers.

Happy surfing Travelettes! x

*This post was created in collaboration with some of the featured surf schools.