We couldn’t start our selection without shining the light on one of our home-grown favorite spots. The Lofoten Archipelago is located 160km north of the Arctic Circle, so if you’re a fan of warm water conditions, skip to the next pick. Lofoten is recognised as one of the best cold water surf spots in the world and attracts surfers from all over. Professionals come in autumn and winter, while the gentler summer waves are ideal for beginners. If you like blending a bit of nature with your surf, there is no better spot.
Morocco is famed for its spices, culture, soaring temperatures and of course, incredible Souks. What often goes overlooked, however, is its right-hand point breaks. The water is warm (23 degrees kind of warm) and it has something to offer every level of surfer. If you’re experienced, you’re going to want to head to Anchor Point, Killer Point and Boilers. If you’re more mid-level and like a social surf, Hash Point, K11 and La Source have your name on. If you’re new to the game, no worries - head to banana point and enjoy getting some miles under your belt.
Hossegor is a bit of a mecca in the surf community. It offers some of the most consistent waves in Europe, and there is always something for everyone - no matter your level. The real treat however, lies in going in September, where the crowds have thinned out and you can actually get a spot in the car park.
For those wanting to wander slightly further afield - how does Peru sound? You’re going to need a wetsuit here as the water is chilly, but don’t let that put you off. If you’re a keen surfer, chances are El Pointe has been on your radar for a while. It’s where the majority of surfers start their sessions, and you can make your way up the breaks from there.
San Jan El Sur
Moving up to Central America (may as well do a roady if you’ve gone out to Peru), you’ll find San Jan El Sur in Nicaragua. The water up here is MUCH warmer (29 degrees) so you can ditch the wettie and welcome in the board shorts. There is something for every level of surfer and plenty of waves to go around. The second half of September is rainy season, so make sure you hit this one up early in the month.
If you’re based in the Southern Hemisphere, and want to get away for a semi-local surf trip but can’t face the crowds of Indo, then look no further than Fiji. Namotu Island is a bit of a hot spot amongst the surf crowd, offering a variety of waves for every kind of rider. The weather is tropical meaning, it’s an occasion for boardies and feeling the sun on your back. Northern Hemisphere folk, it’s definitely one to consider too for an end-of-Summer celebration.