Surfing in Malta: the beauty of the unexpected

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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Finding surf in the Ukrainian seas

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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The unexplored surfing treasures of Sochi

There are not many places in the world where you can go surfing and snowboarding, in the same day. Waves and snow separated by a handful of miles. Wipeouts in liquid water and solid ice.

In Sochi, in Russia, is one of those magic places. But there's more about this city that you might not know. Sochi is one of the very few places in Russia with a humid and subtropical climate, which means hot summers and mild winters.

The country's most popular resort was also the favorite vacation home for Joseph Stalin, the former leader of the Soviet Union. The truth is that Sochi is really perfect for the long summer days bathed by the Black Sea.

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Brad Spencer, Annissa Flynn, and Daniel Tarapchak have taken out the 2018 World Flowboarding Championships, in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

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