Parent page: Water Sports
Surfing is a challenging but exhilarating water sport which can be practised all over the globe. In surfing, the surfer catches a breaking wave by paddling with their arms, reaching a rate close enough to the speed of the wave, which results in them being able to be carried along the face of the wave, once it has broken. The surfer stands up when the wave breaks, and speeds along the unbroken face of the wave, trying to stay on it, by turning back whenever they go too far off.
Where to Surf
Surfing is possible in a large number of countries which have a coast. Even some large lakes can be surfed, such as the Great Lakes in the US. For a wave to be surfable, it has to be powerful enough to carry a surfer, break far enough from the shore so that there is time to surf it, and have the right shape, so that it has a clean face to surf. The best surfing locations are by oceans, but whether a shore gets waves or not depends on its orientation, and whether islands are blocking the waves before they can reach the beach. Surf sports vary massively in terms of the quality, strength, size and regularity of their waves. The wind is a problem in many spots since it can either destroy waves by making them too messy or create impossible conditions to catch them. Many otherwise great places can be dangerous due to coral reefs, rocks, strong currents and sharks.
How to Try Surfing
If you have never surfed but are curious to try it out, there are many easy options. The best is to either attend a surf camp which offers classes, accommodation and meals or to take lessons for at least a week. A week is not enough to learn to surf, but it gives you an idea of what surfing is.