Fuerteventura: a wind sports heaven | Photo: Carter/PWA

The Canary Islands probably enjoy the best climate in the world. And they are also one of the most popular destinations in the planet for windsurfers, kitesurfers, and wave riders in general.

The archipelago's trade-wind-swept coasts and its UNESCO Biosphere Reserve seabeds are considered unique settings to practice a wide range of nautical and aquatic sports.

At the same time, they're an irresistible attraction for surfers and scuba divers from across the world who can meet up any time of the year, drawn by a climate like no other. Yes, in the Canary Islands, it's all about the sea and the waves.

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South Padre Island: Texan surfers love it | Photo: Vince Smith/Creative Commons

If the word "Texas" conjures images in your mind of dusty cowboy boots, shootouts, pickup trucks and barbecue plates as big as your head, chances are you've learned everything you think you know about one of America's largest states by watching spaghetti westerns and Walker, Texas Ranger.

And you'd be dead right: you really can find all of these things in Texas. But they say everything's bigger in Texas, and, pardner, that sure does go for its surprises, too.

Possibly the last place you'd expect to find quality surfing, the southern and eastern coasts of the state are bordered by the warm, shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

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