Top 10 Surf Spots for Beginners

Top 10 Surf Spots for Beginners
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Jess Loiterton

New to Surfing? These waves are great for getting you up and riding...

1. Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii

Located on the south shore of Oahu, you'll find soft rolling waves and warm water. Waikiki surfboard rentals or Waikiki surf lessons.

2. Doheny, Dana Point, California

Located right next to Dana Point Harbor. Waves are slow, making it easy to stand up. Doheny surfboard rentals

3. La Jolla Shores, San Diego, California

Wide sandy beach nestled between La Jolla Cove and Scripps Pier. Large beachfront parking lot, restrooms and showers. La Jolla Shores surfboard rentals/lessons

4. Cowells, Santa Cruz, California

Located in a protected cove, sheltered from strong wind. You'll need a wetsuit as average water temps are low 50°s to low 60°s. Cowells surf lessons

5. Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia

Something for surfers of all levels but beginners may want to start at Main Beach or Clarkes. Best time to visit? Summer months run December-February for smaller swells and winter months run June-August for bigger swells. Byron Bay surfboard rentals/lessons

6. Playa Tamarindo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Long, sandy beach located on the Pacific coast. Best months for beginners are December and January when waves are smallest, but usually no more than waist high from November to April. Tamarindo surfboard rentals/lessons

7. Mondos, Ventura, California

Perfect for beginners! Check tides if you are planning on staying after your surf as there could be little to no sand during high tide. Park across PCH next to railroad track. Mondos surf lessons

8. Kuta, Bali, Indonesia

Sand bottom beach break, gentle waves and warm water. Most often, waves are knee to waist high. Kuta surfboard rentals/lessons

9. Playa Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico

Mellow sandbar providing regular sets, glassy conditions and a long take-off zone. Warm and tropical! Sayulita surfboard rentals/lessons

10. Kirra & Greenmount, Queensland, Australia

Kirra is one of the most protected beaches on the Gold Coast, making wind, swell and strong currents a non-issue. Greenmount is located next to Kirra at the eastern end of Coolangatta beach and breaks on a sandbank. Clear water and picturesque coastline. Ideal months for beginners run December-February or March. Kirra/Greenmount surfboard rentals or Kirra/Greenmount surf lessons

Jimmy Nalick

Jimmy - World Surf Connection founder