- 13 May 2011 | Surfing
There are countries in the world where surfing might be a dream or even a miracle. In some territories, waves are rare because swell almost never hits the shores. But faith is everything and with the help from the gods, it can happen.
In other places, Mother Nature seems to have decided that some countries wouldn't receive a generous coastline. In Monaco, there are only 3.8 kilometers (2.4 miles) of seashore. There are only two surfable beaches: one free and one private, called Le Méridien Beach Plaza. It may not be ideal, but it's not impossible, either.
Beaches in the Principality of Monaco are mostly man-made sand creations, but if you're lucky you might be one of the few surfers to be photographed in Prince Albert II's royal waters.
Bosnia and Herzegovina is the country with the shortest coastline in the world. Here, there are only 26 kilometers (16 miles) of Adriatic Sea to enjoy. This almost landlocked European nation features one beach, Neum, where if you're really lucky you might enjoy a one-to-two foot longboard session.
Tuvalu, the fourth smallest state in the world, also offers a tiny coastline; 24 kilometers (15 miles) of shore located out in the Pacific Ocean. There aren't many stories about surfing in Tuvalu, but if you head to the Western coast of the island you might find an uncrowded surprise.
In Jordan, expect 26 kilometers of Red Sea; while in Nauru, the world's smallest island nation 30 kilometers (18,6 miles) of coastline and only one sandy beach are up for exploration.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo has a short Atlantic coastline of 37 kilometers (23,1 miles), and if you ride a wave on the beaches of Muanda, please send the proof to us.
Slovenia is another country with a short stretch: it offers a coastal strip of only 47 kilometers (29 miles). Perhaps not surprisingly, there are some surfers enjoying right-handers in Piran. Nice, isn't it?
The Gulf of Guinea blesses the tropical country of Togo with 56 kilometers of water's edge. Surfing has been reported here in the Aneho Beach.
In Iraq, a narrow strip of only 58 kilometers (35 miles) makes riding waves in this ancient Persian country almost impossible. But that doesn't mean it can't happen. If you want to debut surfing in Iraq, try the only Iraqi town in the Persian Gulf; in Al Qushlah, surfing may be possible a few days out of the year.