Surfing has long been synonymous with road trips and camper vans. It’s a romantic way to travel but also often the most practical and affordable method when it comes to searching for the best waves. But if you’ve never taken a surf road trip where should you start?
Inspiration-wise we’ve got you covered. From classic Euro surf road trips to Costa Rica, Australia, New Zealand, and California, here are 10 surf road trips all surfers should take at least once in their lives.
1. Northern Scotland
A trip up Scotland’s east coast, along the north coast and across to the Outer Hebrides is almost certain to throw up some classic cold water action. From the picturesque beach and reef breaks around Banff head north to Skirza where you might just catch one of the best point breaks in Scotland. The next stop has got to be Thurso and its world class right; from here the north coast has deserted, magnificent breaks as do the Outer Hebrides; all you need to make the most of it is an adventurous spirit and a good wetsuit.
2. North-West Ireland
Starting from the buzzing little town of Sligo, head for Bundoran where you’ll find everything from easy beach breaks to killer reefs, and just to the south mighty Mullaghmore for those who dare (don’t forget to check out the infamous Bridge Bar in Bundoran too). Continue north into County Donegal where the exposed and indented coastline offers no end of opportunities to explore; once you hit the north coast veer east to Portrush, a friendly and buzzing surf community with more than its fair share of good waves.
3) The Basque Country
The classic Euro surf trip since the seventies, if you drive south from France’s Gironde estuary you’ll encounter the longest beach in Europe along with the continent’s best beach breaks. It’s all change around Biarritz where the swells crash into the rocky Basque coastline and coves and points provide an endless succession of quality waves such as Lafitenia and Guethary. Hopping across the border into Spain you come across must-see cities like San Sebastian and Bilbao and the world-class left at Mundaka. No wonder surfers have been doing this trip for the last fifty years.