If you’re a keen surfer, you probably get a little bored of the routine of visiting the same surf spots time and time again. Although surfing is a lot of fun wherever you do it, sometimes it’s time for a change of scenery, and finding some remote waves that are a little more off-grid is a great way to rekindle that excitement.
If you want to avoid the crowds or just try somewhere completely new, we thought we’d tell you about five surf spots you may never have thought about visiting, but that have waves that are well worth checking out.
The Severn Bore:
The river Severn in the south west of England is the longest river in the UK and may seem like a bit of an odd spot to go surfing. However, this river is one of only 60 in the world with a tidal bore, and the tides travel upstream rapidly, with waves reaching heights of up to 7 feet.
The Severn’s tidal range is the third largest in the world, and locals often surf the tides, with Steve King holding the Guinness World Record for the longest surfing ride on a river bore, surfing up the river Severn for 7.6 miles straight!
You can find out more about the Severn Bore on this website that has all the info you could need if you’re planning a trip.
A fairly new spot to gain popularity for surfing opportunities, Oman offers an extensive coastline to discover and the water is warm all year round. Since not many people head there as a surfing destination yet, you’ll probably have the beaches to yourself, but you will also need to fend for yourself as there aren’t many facilities.
Monsoon season is the best time to visit Oman for surfing, as you’ll find constant south-west swells. The most well-known spot in Oman is Joe’s spot, so it’s great for beginners or the more experienced surfer alike. Rides can last up to 40 seconds, and it features a sandbar on the right and a rock bottom on the left.
For more spots in Oman worth checking out, take a look at this post from Ann’s Cottage which also features some more obscure surf spots from around the world.
The Black Sea:
Not many people think of Eastern Europe when they think of surfing, but the Black Sea has a unique charm, and there are several spots where people have been surfing for years and years.
The local fishermen in Turkey have been enjoying a form of bodyboarding called Viya since the Ottoman Empire, a tradition that continues to this day.
Bulgaria and Romania also offer favourable conditions for surfing, with the east coast of the Black Sea exposed to high winds and sea storms, producing powerful and fast waves that many don’t think to check out.
The Isle of Man:
Very few people associate the Isle of Man with surfing, even those who live there, but believe it or not there are in fact real waves to be surfed, it just takes a bit of dedication and learning about different waves, the wind, and tides.
The best spot to head to is around Port St Mary which is on the south west of the island, where you can find 3 to 4-foot waves and is probably the most consistent spot on the island.
You can read more about the Isle of Man’s grassroots surf scene and what it’s like to surf there from a local in this post from the Surfing Sumo.
If you don’t mind your waves being man-made, then you may want to check out this unique standing wave in Munich, Germany. The spot in the river became popular in the 70s, and local surfers have ‘hacked’ the wave by adding underwater ropes and planks to give it a better shape.
Yearly surfing competitions are hosted, and this unusual surf spot in the middle of the city is very popular. However, it is only suitable for experienced surfers, and beginners could run into trouble.