Overall rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars (rounded up)

Surfing Trip

Catching a wave

You feel the butterflies as you drop into the wave, hear the roar of the water as it falls over your head and bask in the exhilaration when you emerge from the crystal pipe that threatened to consume you. Surfing is a natural thrill ride like none other.

Okay, if it’s your first surfing trip you might have trouble catching a wave like that, but how about a sun-drenched day on a beautiful beach having fun in the water learning to do something that has always intrigued you?

If that sounds good then think about adding surfing to your next beach-related adventure travel vacation.

Surfing may not be the easiest adventure travel sport to master, but it’s not like walking a balance beam either. Grab yourself a long board and give it a shot. At worst you’ll fall into a pool of water, and if the board doesn’t work for you then give body surfing a try.

If you’re doing the math you’ll see that I rounded up when averaging out the surfing trip adventure travel stars. Why? The fun factor for someone new to surfing is probably a little better than the credit I gave it below.

Risk Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ – 3 adventure travel stars

Any good adventure travel experience where you’re looking to get a little adrenaline flowing is going to have some risk involved. Surfing is no exception.

You always hear about the shark attacks because the news media wants to report sensational incidents, however, they are pretty rare. One rule of thumb to help you avoid this kind of risk is not to surf where you see animals that sharks like to eat, like seals.

If you’re going to surf you better be a good swimmer. You can’t count on using the board as a flotation device because you can easily get separated from it (unless you use a leash).

So, don’t go into surf where you think you’ll have a hard time swimming without your board. And be careful of rip currents that can sweep you out farther into ocean.

There are other risks involved as well, but surfing is a lot of fun and safe if you use common sense. If you don’t know an area well, find someone who does and ask if you can hang with them while trying to hang 10.

Skill & Physical Factors
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

Two things you need to have when taking up surfing are strong swimming skills and a good sense of balance. Without them you’re going to put yourself at risk and face a lot of frustration when trying to stand up on the board. However, the balance issue can be addressed to a large extent by using a long board.

If you’re a beginner you’ll increase the fun factor by starting on the long board, which is more stable, and moving to shorter boards as your skills improve.

Many of the other skills, like judging the quality of a wave before committing to it, are going to be learned from experience for the most part.

Fun Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

If you’re new to surfing, and catch on quick, I would rate this experience at three stars. That’s what I put above because my feeling is that most people reading this are looking for a new adventure travel experience and have probably never jumped on a board.

However, for those with strong surfing skills who can handle more difficult waves, surfing will easily rate four or five adventure travel stars.

Some expert surfers may move up to the really big waves (like the kind Laird Hamilton surfs). Others may want the challenge of places like the bonsai pipeline in Hawaii where the thrills are equal to the skills needed for a sweet ride. Those, my friend, are five star adventure travel experiences.

In any event, surfing is something you should add to your list of adventure travel experiences when you visit places with beautiful coastlines and nice swells.

Popular places for your surfing trip

You can find great places to surf all over the world. Following are some of the dream surf locations from the sands of California to incredible adventure spots on the other side of the globe.

  • California, USA
  • Costa Rica
  • El Salvador
  • Fuerteventura, Spain
  • Hawaii, USA
  • Jeffreys Bay, South Africa
  • Mentawai Islands, Indonesia
  • Samoa
  • Santa Catarina, Brazil
  • Surfers’ Paradise, Australia
  • Uluwatu, Indonesia