From the Roman ruins to the surfing waves of Libya

February 25, 2011 | Surfing
Leptis Magna, Libya: waves break behind the Roman ruins

Civil turmoil and street riots are spreading in Libya. A political revolution is underway.

The fourth largest country in Africa by area has a very wide Mediterranean coastline. Yes, it’s possible to surf in Libya even when winds of change seem to sweep Libya.

The best swell in this region comes from North West. You can get consistent surf and waves during spring, autumn and Winter. Near Tripoli, the capital city of Libya, there's a left hand point break in Leptis Magna, an old and spectacular Roman ruin.

Despite the low quality of the Libyan roads, you can get to this surf spot in a two-hour drive. It's located 130 kilometers east of Tripoli.

The first surfers testing Libya's surfing potential have always mentioned one wave, in particular - Wadi Naga is known to deliver 500-meter rides. Waves in the Mediterranean have to be surfed at the right time and tide.

Searching waves in the Mediterranean coast is like finding gold. You are prepared to wait, to explore and to be amazed when you find what you want. Libya has several private and highly protected oceanfront camps that discourage surfing. If you find great waves, you'll certainly be riding waves alone.

The land of oil is not the land of surf tourism, despite the quality of the point-breaks. And if you still have some spare time visit Shahat, a town located in the Eastern coastline region of the country.

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