As the summer heat comes to an end, surfers across the globe are looking for new surfing destinations to ride. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of surfing spots in this world, and since fall is dead smack in the middle of the summer peak and winter getaway season, you can snag some serious savings. So, stuff your travel backpack with surfing tees because a fall surf trip is in your near future. Check out our top favourite surfing trips to take during the fall season.
To Californians, the fall season is chilly. To everyone else, the fall season is still perfect for basking in the sun and tearing up some waves. The best part? California is full of some of the top surfing spots. So, jump on your board and take a road trip from Malibu to Ocean Beach, to Santa Cruz, Laguna Beach, Huntington Beach – you name it. You’re certain to find some gnarly barrels on every curve along the shore.
Skip the United States altogether this fall season and head south of the border to Baja California in Mexico. The Canadian snowbirds and tourists are starting to head back home, giving you plenty of open space to catch a wave. And similar to its northern neighbor, Baja also has shorelines of the best surfing spots in the world, many of which still remain hidden gems. So, if you’re looking for an adventure, Baja. Just Baja.
If there’s one place worthy of some surf trips in Fall, it’s Scotland. In fact, the best surfing months in Scotland are – you guessed it, the fall months. From September through November, you’ll find warmer water temperatures, steady winds, and undisturbed swells to surf. That’s also not to mention that Scotland is one of the most picturesque surf destinations.
Just like Scotland, the best months to surf in Ireland are from September to November. So, naturally, it’s a top surf trip for fall. The weather is actually quite warm, there are limited tourists trying to steal your waves and you may even be able to snag some serious savings on hotels. Plus, can a trip to Ireland ever be a bad idea?
Are you starting to see a theme here? Europe is the best place for surfing in fall with ideal ocean conditions, water temperature and consistent swells. While Portugal is a little more unpredictable for surfing than Scotland and Ireland – some days the waves might be too big to surf (as if that’s a thing), but it’s still worth the surf trip. Just be warned because the conditions do tend to change fairly quickly in this surfing destination which can be equally exhilarating as it is crap-yourself terrifying. Eh! What’s an adventure without some danger, right?
For the true surfing globetrotters who are eager to combine their travel obsession with their passion for surfing, a surf trip to Taiwan will never serve you wrong. From Honeymoon Bay to Fulong Beach, Daxi, South Bay and Shanyuan Resort Beach, you’ll get some epic swells during the fall season. However, as a rule of thumb, stick to the North Coast for the finest surfing conditions and a consistent ocean swell.
Hands down, the top surf trips for fall will be had in Europe. But Canada, Taiwan, Mexico, and California don’t fall too far behind. So, whether you’re packing up your VW van bus and taking a surfing road trip to Europe or booking a flight overseas, be sure to pack plenty of surfing tees because ‘ish is about to get wild.