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Top 5 Surf Travel Destinations

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Finding the perfect barreling waves can be difficult. For some, it seems like a never ending search. In order to find the perfect wave, you are likely going to need to travel far. In fact, you might even have to spend a lot of money on the entire trip. Surfing destinations are typically not for budget travelers. However, if you research enough, you should be able to find some hidden gems that are cheaper to travel to than you might think. In this article, we will be going over the top 5 most affordable surfing destinations.

Top 5 Destinations For Surfing On A Budget:

1. Northern Peru.

A lot of people are unaware that Peru has some of the best waves for surfing. Most people think to visit Chicama when visiting Peru. However, if you travel farther North of Chicama, you will find a surfers paradise in Northern Peru. Here, you will find various reefs, points, and beach breaks that will help to absorb swells throughout the entire year. Even better, unlike a lot of other surfing destinations, here you should be able to leave your wet suit at home because the water can reach up to 75 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer months.

2. Morocco.

Another great surfing paradise that a lot of people are likely to be unfamiliar with is Morocco. It is actually known to surfers as the land of the right hand point break. And unlike California, it is not extremely expensive, nor is it over crowded. The water temperatures are very similar to California’s. Therefore, it generally is required to wear a wet suit. Anywhere throughout the south of Morocco, you are going to find a lot of perfect waves to ride. The best surfing times during the year would have to be from December to February. However, you can also find great waves during the fall, as well. The good thing is that lodging and accommodations are typically very inexpensive, especially if you are willing to haggle.

3. Baja, California.

Baja California is what surfing used to be throughout California when it was uncrowded and rarely touched. You can simply drive for about an hour to Cabo San Lucas where you should be able to find countless points, reefs, and great beach breaks. One of the good things about this location is that it is not only great for surfing, but you are going to have a great time in the various towns around the beaches as well. In fact, you can taste very affordable lobster and cheap fish tacos while you are there.

4. Bali, Indonesia.

Another excellent location that you can check out is in Bali Because it has thousands of miles of rich surfing coastline, it is one of the most sought after surf destinations in the entire world. In fact, it has over 20 of the top quality breaks, so you should be able to score a good amount of waves with no problem. And best of yet, if you do not like crowds, you can pay someone to take you to one of Bali’s thousands of islands in Indonesia. While flights can be expensive, it is a cheap place to visit and stay.

5. Cape Town

Cape Town is one of the best places in the world to surf and just down the road from the world famous Jeffery’s Bay, and only an hour away from Elands Bay.It is also home to Dunes in Noordehoek Beach, Dungeons – A Big Wave Surf sport – and Sunsets a lesser known big wave surf spot.

Cape Town has one of the best beaches to learn to surf in the world – Muizenberg Beach. Along with Muizenberg Cape Town offers a number of other spectacular beginner surf spots including Longreach in Kommetjie and Big Bay in Blouberg. All in all it is stacked with great places to take surf lessons Cape Town

As you can see, there are plenty of different surfing locations that you can enjoy without having to spend a fortune. The truth is, while a lot of the more expensive surfing destinations were once great locales to go surfing, general overcrowding has ruined the experience. By focusing on lesser known and hyped destinations as mentioned throughout this article, you should be able to have a much better overall trip.

Matt Wilkinson beats Kolohe Andino in Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast 2016

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The Gold Coast Surfer Matt Wilkinson claimed his first WCT victory at Snapper Rocks in the Quicksilver Pro yesterday in a whirlwind of backside surfing. He managed to snatch the lead away from Kolohe Andino in the final minutes of the heat.

"I did not expect this, but I was hoping for it. My heat against Adriano is the kind of heat where I usually lose. I just got the score right at the end, and it gave me the fire to make me feel like the ocean was on my side," said Matt.

Tyler Wright succeeded in grabing her second Roxy Pro win from Courtney Conlogue.

Standout performances were seen from Kolohe Andino, Stuart Kennedy and Filipe Toledokept.

The Final Scores were:

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast 2016 | Final

1. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 14.20
2. Kolohe Andino (USA) 13.66

Roxy Pro Gold Coast 2016 | Final

1. Tyler Wright (AUS) 14.67
2. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 10.94

For a report on the first day of surfing check out Quicksilver Pro Day 1 Report

Top 5 Tips To Learn To Surf Fast

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Top 5 Surfing Lesson Tips.

Learning something new can be a great challenge, especially if the student is new to a sport or task. Knowing what is needed in order to achieve ones goals as new student can make the process much easier. Learning to surf can be hard or easy, depending on how you prepare for the lessons. ITs is very rewarding when done correctly. The good thing is that there are a number of tips you can use to make your surfing lessons progress much faster. Some of these tips will help you even if you have already mastered the surfing game. Below are the top 5 surfing lesson tips that will go a long way in helping you learn to surf faster.

Always have the right gear

This is the first and most important tip for any learner. Having the right surfboard and a properly fitting wetsuit when you are learning to surf is key. Many of the Pro’s on TV and surf movies usually ride shorter boards, but there is nothing worse than trying to learn surfing on a shortboard. Start with the big board and work your way down as you continue to get comfortable riding the big boards. Trying to learn on a small board will only work to frustrate you when learning.

Wearing a wetsuit that fits is important because wearing one that’s too big can cause nasty rashes or even bleeding. It can also make it harder to paddle and stand up. A good wetsuit should fit you tightly. It’s better to go with a smaller than a bigger one.

Paddling technique

This is the most important skill you will need when surfing. If you are not able to paddle your surfboard properly, you won’t be able to catch waves and you will tire quickly. The muscles used in paddling usually takes time to develop, so keep practicing. The muscles you will need are the ones in your shoulders, arms, and back.

When still in the learning stages, you should always ensure you do paddle warm ups and stretching before you get into the water. The paddling technique you will use is important, try to paddle in such a way that your hands reach out in front of you and stay close to the rails of the board.

Remember to stretch as far as possible with our strokes, and think about moving towards your hand rather than pulling the water towards you.

Arch Your Back

When you are paddling and catching waves, you should arch your back to make sure that your weight has been properly distributed on the board. This will make your learning process much easier because it will help you getting tired quickly.

Having your head up means you can easily spot a wave coming. One thing you will notice with many pro surfers is that they always keep their backs arched and the heads up.

Hand placement

This tip goes hand to hand with the third tip above. When learning to surf, many people tend to grab the rail when they “pop up” to their feet. This should be avoided because it will throw you off balance instead of leaving your board to plane evenly on the surface of the water. Doing this will ensure you catch and make a lot more waves.

Go Knee-Less

Many people usually do this when they are starting out surfing. Standing on the board using the knees can throw you off balance and also throw off the balance of your surfboard. Avoiding getting on our knees will take some time to practice, but making it a habit will take your surfing to another level.
When starting out, you can use the knees, but you should not make it a habit. Practicing this is easy because you can practice it on land.

The above are the top 5 surfing lesson tips that will help you with learning and ensure you learn the right way. The top 5 surfing lesson tips above can be used by learners and pro alike.

Surfer Brock Little Passes Away

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Brock LittleBrock Little has been battling cancer for a while now and has recently succumbed to his disease. This is a loss to the surfing world as a whole, and he will be sorely missed. Brock embodied the ideals of Surf First as can be seen by this video footage of him.

Brock made his name in the surfing world by surfing some of the biggest waves in the world in Waimea Bay Hawaii. Later he became a stunt man for big budget movies such as Pearl HarbourTropic ThunderTransformersBattleship and Godzilla.


In the film he talks about how although he doesn’t think he will be able to beat cancer he is positive because of the life he has lived. A life in the ocean.

A while ago Brock took over his Instagram account to use it as his voice to his admirers and fans. This was his first post.

Brock Little Instagram

The tributes and memories of Brock Little have been coming in fast and with love from all across the surfing industry, including Kelly Slater and his brother – surfing photographer – Clark Little.

Brock Little Instagram


Brock Instagram Clark Little

Brock posted this Instagram 18h ago surrounded by loved ones and family. Our thoughts go out to the Little family and all his friends.