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Top 5 Surf Spots For Beginners + Intermediates

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A love for surf and travel is at the heart of LAYA bikini. We encourage people of all experience levels to get out there and surf. Great for fun, exercise and socialising - surfing will take you to some of the most beautiful places and experiences in the world. Whether you’re an absolute beginner or an intermediate ready to improve, these are five of the world’s best spots to practice.

Bali - Canggu
Cangguu beach and waves
Bali is an incredibly popular tourist destination. Here you’ll find plenty of surf schools and affordable equipment hire. Bali beaches have very consistent waves and the water is warm all year ‘round. One of the more popular beginner surf destinations in Bali is Kuta Beach - known for its reef breaks and long rolling waves with a sandy bottom. The downside to Kuta Beach is that it can be extremely crowded and not always the cleanest.
This is why we suggest Canggu and Berawa, where you’ll find similar beaches in a nicer, and little less crowded area as it's more spread out. The best spot in Canggu for absolute beginners is Old Man’s Beach. If you’re an intermediate surfer, you’ll find more hollow waves at Echo Beach.
Australia - Byron Bay
Aerial Shot of the Pass in Byron Bay
Australia is famous for having some of the best beaches in the world. You’ll find most of Australia’s surfers in Byron Bay - one of the world’s best-known surfing spots. The most popular surf area in Byron Bay is The Pass, located at the end of Clarkes Beach where you’ll get beautiful waves gathering from the right-hand point break. For more intermediate waves that break both left and right head down to Tallow Beach and spot some dolphins while you're out as well! For easy and uncrowded beach breaks head to Belongil Beach just 2km North of Main Beach. 
Portugal - Algarve
Algarve beach photo
Portugal is one of Europe’s best-surfing countries. Along the south coast is the Algarve region - a hotspot for surfing, where the water is warmest and swells pick up from every direction. You’ll find great beginner-friendly beaches in Lagos, as well as surf schools and base camps for other neighbouring surf spots. Further south you’ll find Sagres - another bustling surf town.
Sri Lanka - Weligama
Welligama surf
Sri Lanka is a stunning island country in South Asia - well known for its great variety of waves and having the highest biodiversity in all of Asia. The South and East Coast have two opposite surfing seasons, making Sri Lanka the perfect destination for year ‘round surf. One of the best places in the country to learn surfing is Weligama (translates to “Sandy Village”). In this sand-bottomed bay, you’ll find many left and right beach breaks, and long rides on slow waves. If you want to escape the crowds and try some slightly bigger waves, head a couple of kilometers east towards Mirissa.
Hawaii - Hanalei Bay
Honolulu Hawaii surf spot
Hawaii and surfing - name a more iconic duo. The US state of Hawaii is a group of volcanic Islands known for its picturesque scenery and dreamy beaches. Whilst one of the most popular and well-known places to surf for beginners is Waikiki, Honolulu, you’ll find some of the best surfing conditions at Hanalei Bay on Kauai Island. With a shallow, sandy bottom, this beach is perfect for beginners. Further out from shore where the reef starts you’ll find more challenging waves suited for intermediates.
Do you have a favourite surf spot that we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments!
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