Celebrate International Surfing Day at these 10 lesser-known surf towns

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Surfing is a thrilling way to connect with nature, especially on International Surfing Day, which is held annually on the third Saturday of June. Here are 10 lesser-known surf spots across the globe for you to discover, each with its own unique waves and local cultural experiences to enjoy.

Raglan, New Zealand

Nestled on the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island, Raglan beckons with its black sand beaches and legendary left-hand breaks. Manu Bay, famously featured in the 1966 film ‘The Endless Summer,’ still holds a mystical allure for surfers. The waves here are consistent, offering rides up to two kilometres long for those who catch them just right.

Coxos, Portugal

Coxos is Portugal’s hidden treasure, a powerful right-hand wave that breaks over a rocky bottom. Located in Ericeira, a World Surfing Reserve, Coxos is not for the faint-hearted but rewards the brave with its tube sections and fast walls. The local surf culture is vibrant, and the seafood is as fresh as the ocean breeze.

Ha’apai, Tonga

The Ha’apai group in Tonga is a pristine archipelago where crystal-clear waters meet untouched reefs. The surf here is best for those who enjoy a challenge and solitude. With no crowds and a variety of breaks, Ha’apai offers a surfing experience that feels like a personal discovery.

Siargao, Philippines

Siargao, known as the ‘Surfing Capital of the Philippines,’ is famous for Cloud 9, yet it has many other spots that remain under the radar. With its warm waters and tropical backdrop, Siargao provides a surf paradise for those looking to escape the mainstream surf scene.

Easkey, Ireland

Easkey, in County Sligo, is a quaint village with a rich surfing history. The Atlantic swells provide powerful waves that have shaped Easkey’s reputation in the surf world. The cold water may be daunting, but the warmth of Irish hospitality makes up for it.

Marrawah, Australia

On Tasmania’s rugged northwest coast, Marrawah is exposed to the raw swells of the Southern Ocean. This remote location offers some of Australia’s most powerful and least crowded waves. The area’s natural beauty and the challenge of its waters make Marrawah a must-visit for the adventurous surfer.

Lawrencetown, Canada

Lawrencetown, located in Nova Scotia, is a year-round surf destination with consistent waves. The community here is welcoming, and the surf can accommodate all levels. Whether covered in neoprene to brave the cold or enjoying the summer swells, Lawrencetown is a Canadian gem.

Taghazout, Morocco

Taghazout is a small fishing village turned surf mecca. With its point breaks and long rides, it’s a spot that caters to various skill levels. The mix of Maghrebian culture, vibrant markets, and the allure of the nearby Sahara makes Taghazout an exotic surf destination.

Tofino, Canada

Tofino, on Vancouver Island’s west coast, is Canada’s surf capital. The cold Pacific waters are home to a thriving surf culture and consistent waves. The lush rainforests and local wildlife add to the experience, making Tofino a place where nature’s majesty is always on full display.

Cherating, Malaysia

Cherating offers a laid-back surf vibe on Malaysia’s east coast. The monsoon season brings the best waves, turning this quiet village into a surfing hotspot. With its friendly locals and tropical climate, Cherating is an ideal spot for those looking to combine surfing with cultural immersion.

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