Australia: the land of waves

Australia has a solid reputation as a fabulous holiday destination for surf addicts, and its biggest city - Sydney - is certainly no exception to the trend.

There are thousands of incredible surf spots in Australia. Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South and West Australia and Tasmania have several different types of places: reef, point and beach breaks. Surfing in the Northern Territory will not be a good option.

Manly Beach is one of the best loved of Sydney’s northern beaches and just so happens to be an excellent surfing spot. Many of the old tourist pamphlets liked to pitch it as being 'Seven miles from Sydney and a thousand miles from care', and the old-school slogan doesn’t stray far from the truth. There are many surf schools in the area as this patch is excellent for beginners.

For the experienced surfer, however, the real surf action is to be found at North Narrabeen. This spot is famous for its breathtaking beach breaks and this is where the cream of the local surfer crowd is to be found in Sydney. Beginners should check it out too. This is a great place to get tips from the pros and to marvel at the masters in action.

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Sri Lanka: waves pump since former Ceylon

Have you ever imagined how it would be to surf in Sri Lanka? Well, you probably don't know but Sri Lanka is considered one of the most reliable surf destinations on the planet thanks to consistent Indian Ocean swells.

There are waves every year, but the very best months are from October through to April as the monsoon in the island's northeast generates steady offshore winds to the south, for waves of perfection.

It’s a fun experience both for regular and goofy footers. Weligama and Polhena are the best regions to find waves. With a great variety of boats available you may go in for – fishing, whale and dolphin watching, wakeboarding and snorkelling or sunset trips around the bay.

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Enjoying the swell of the Azores Islands

There's an archipelago located in the Atlantic Ocean where waves are pumping all year. Still very much uncrowded, the nine Azores Islands extend for more than 600 km of coastline.

Three groups of islands offer great surfing conditions during the year: the Eastern Group (Sao Miguel, Santa Maria and Formigas Islets), the Central Group (Terceira, Graciosa, Sao Jorge, Pico and Faial) and the Western Group (Flores and Corvo).

Perfect waves and amazing food are the great invitation cards of this Portuguese dependency. The Azores Islands are 1,500 km away from the continental capital, Lisbon, and about 3,900 km from North America.

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