Malta: it looks like San Francisco, but in the Mediterranean | Photo: W.E. Surf

In one of the smallest nations in the world, you'll find uncrowded line-ups and perfect waves under sunny blue skies. Welcome to the Mediterranean swells of Malta.

La Valletta is the capital of Malta. It is also the smallest capital of the European Union. In this sunny state, there are two official languages: Maltese and English.

But if you ask a local citizen for the nearest surf spots, he might tell you that surfers are only spotted once in a while, despite the multiple reef and beach breaks that can be found throughout the country.

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Ukrainian surfer: it's pumping friends, come on

Ukraine doesn't usually get spots listed in surf travel guides. It simply isn't the ultimate surfing destination. But, can you actually find waves and surf in Ukraine?

Ukraine - whose term derives from "ukraina" (borderland or frontier region) - has 44.6 million people. The second largest country of the Old Continent has 2782 kilometers (1729 miles) of coastline.

The country has a mostly temperate continental climate, although the southern Crimean coast has a humid subtropical climate. The small Ukrainian surfing community is only able to find waves in two different water resources: the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. That is not a problem, though.

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