Your best Eurotrip EVER!

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It’s a national sport in
Australia
 

… some of world’s most sought-after competitions take place in
South Africa, along the US east and west surfing has risen to new heights in popularity,
but what about Europe? Unbeknownst to most there is a thriving community living
and surfing across the old continent that has carved out some unconventional yet
beautiful surf localities.

One of the most popular TV series Europe has been the 90s series
“Against the Wind” from Germany, translated into French, Italian and
Spanish at the time, and found Millions of curious European viewers learning
about a small Island north of Germany’s that was supposedly the surfers
paradise of the country.
 The series also tried to proof that even in the cold North Sea the
perfect wave could be found.
 Thus, the next time you plan to
visit Paris, Rome and London, why not take a break at some of the beautiful beaches’
lady Europa has to offer and enjoy the thrill of meter-high waves. Surfing is
far from being exclusive to Hawaii, New South Wales or the Cape of Good Hope,
but alive and kicking in Europe.
 

 

The mecca of German surfing 

… is undeniably the island of Sylt. Here, in
addition to the local surfers, there are numerous surfers pilgrimaging from far
away to enjoy the white long sand dunes of this cozy little island.
 Good
weather conditions are by no means guaranteed, but when the wind is right,
either on the north or south coast, waves roll up that are inviting even to
most demanding surfers.
 The surfing season on Sylt lasts from early May to late October,
and a wetsuit is a must, considering the volatility in temperature and the cold
currents coming all the way down from Norway.

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Photo by „Michael Kleinjohann“

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An even more intimate surfing scene can be found on the island of Norderney . Here at the so-called “Januskopf” beach-break water conditions are
constant and beginners as well as advanced surfers will find their favorite
wave.
 During
summer, many surf schools offer basic
lessons, and provide a crash course on the right take-off and most efficient
paddling technique.

Another spot worth visiting in Germany is, St. Peter-Ording that has become famous due to the aforementioned TV-series all over
Europe.
 In addition to 3-foot waves surfers will be challenged by chaotic
currents and will have to prove that that they
 can remain atop the board even in wild waters. In addition to the main beach of
St. Peter Ording, the south beach offers spectacular scenery.
 While this part of the beach cannot be reached by car and surfers have to carry their
boards up to 2.5 kilometers on foot, the effort is sure to rewarded with
splendid sandy beaches devoid of any people.
 This spot works well for beginners,
thanks to shallow waters and an even ground
without dangerous rocks.

 

Once island-hopping in Germany, perhaps
try out the popular “Ferry Wave Surfing” on Warnemünde.
 Close to
the jetty, the water is particularly shallow, and the waves of the nearby ferries
provide a calm, yet large swell.
 Pro’s love this place because a great surf is ensured under
all conditions, and for beginners it is predictable learning ground too, though
they might have to learn how to time their position first, in order to catch
any good wave.

The Atlantic coast…

 offers
countless g
reat places to surf the waters of
France, Spain and Portugal.

The southwestern Atlantic coast
is one of France’s most popular
 surf regions. The
Atlantic Ocean brings many good waves with it, and on the beautiful and endless
sandy beaches beginners
 and professionals alike will enjoy the conditions. But not
only are the beaches a
 real eye-catcher,
also the typical nature and historical architecture of the region gives rise to
the perfect European holiday mood.

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In Spain, thanks to
California-like weather, surfing is possible practically all year round. The
best waves though are mostly found in northern Spain, which alas is a bit
cooler and rainier than the rest of the country.
In addition to good surfing spots, a rainy day is compensated with
amazing natural green scenery that shows Spain of its most beautiful side.
 Throughout
northern Spain,
 enticing sandy beaches as well as reef breaks can be found and
invite to stay longer than planned.
 The surf strongholds are in San
Sebastian and
 Pantin,
with swaths of pilgrimaging sun-tanned beautiful Spanish surfers.

Lastly, but not least is Portugal
on the list of European surfing hubs. Portugal is probably also the best-know
surfing destination internationally!
 Virtually all year round Portugal
offers fabulous conditions to get a taste of the Atlantic Ocean while paddling
on your board. Portugal offers a lot of spots for beginners, intermediates and
professionals. Thanks to the mild climate during winter and hot
 summers, one is rarely surprised by the rain. The town
of
 Peniche has become the European stronghold for global surfing competitions, and one of that monster waves you
recently saw on YouTube surely ran up the shores of this otherwise cozy Mediterranean
city
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City spots…

…. While Europeans are not known for carrying
the sun-tanned sufer look, they are inventive with the little fewer chances
they get to go on a surf. There are
popular mini surf spots in a lot of major cities across Europe. In Barcelona,
Lisbon, Nantes and Munich you will find creeks turned into surf spots made not
 for the faint hearted. At the exit points of the streams
locals here have found the steep step causes enjoyable and consistent high
rapids.
 Usually
these streams have several rows of rock just meters away under water, which is why these hotspots should only be tried experienced and
safe surfers.
 However, even while exploring the grand old capitols of Europe and
not expecting a surfer anywhere nearby, you might be greeted by one in a wetsuit
and board in hand stepping out the metro in front of you.


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Photo by “muenchen.de / Benedikt Felten”

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Surfing is everywhere, some even
say surfing is a religion, it definitely is on the web. But next time your plan
sightseeing old cities in Europe, consider for a moment to bring your surfboard
and explore the beautiful beaches the continent has to offer.