The 7 Best Surf-Travel Spots For Longboarders

12 Nov 2019 5 Share

Photo: World Surfaris/Kotch

Photo: World Surfaris/Kotch

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This feature is presented in partnership with World Surfaris

By Ronny Long

This one is for the longboard fraternity. To those who delight in the early take-off, the smooth long glides, to never struggling in the smaller sets, to making it on the flat days. To all the fun and skill of navigating and manoeuvring over 7-feet of fibreglass and making it look easy.

Love your mals and have the travel itch? It’s time to put your toes on the nose and dip into the top hand-picked longboarding trips around the globe, as chosen by the team at World Surfaris.

7. Taiwan Surf Adventures, Taiwan

The first in our longboarder countdown is Taiwan Surf Adventures. Taiwan is known better for its barrelling beach breaks there is also plenty of variety throughout the region. With plenty to cater for longboarders as well. Find your perfect peeler along both the East and South Coast and be spoiled for choice of waves with open faces and predictable smooth peaks on your Taiwan surf adventure.

East Coast Taiwan. Photo: World Surfaris

East Coast Taiwan. Photo: World Surfaris

6. East Java - Batu Karas

If there's anywhere to be for a hang ten in Indo, its East Java. Batu Karas featured heavily in South to Sian with Harrison Roach, Zye Norris and local Indo longboarder Husni Ridhwan. Peak season offers consistent, punchier waves with walled take offs similar to that of Noosa's famous first point. This sand bottom point break starts off with a steep hollow take-off before petering off into a section of long walls which can only be described as "jolly good fun", if you were an expat teetotaller, with a bushy moustache and penchant for tweed (so yeah, hipsters will love it here). There's other surf breaks in the area too, but mostly only accessible by car or boat. Forty minutes away there is a left barrelly reef break that works on small swells and is offshore in SE trade winds June to September. If you're into Noosa, the Pass, Malibu, Rincon style point breaks, Batu Karas is right up your alley!

Batu Karas. Photo: World Surfaris

Batu Karas. Photo: World Surfaris

5. Nusa Island Retreat, PNG

The local people on these islands are peaceful, relaxed and friendly –just like the surf. Nusa Island Retreat is owned and operated by the Keane family (an Australian family) who, between them, have spent more than 30 years in PNG and know the best spots in the best conditions. The Keane brothers' (Shaun and Nick) intimate knowledge of the surf spots in the area means you can be assured of comfortable plank-walking (if that's your style) - all day, every day.

Nusa Island Retreat. Photo: World Surfaris

Nusa Island Retreat. Photo: World Surfaris

4. Telo Island Lodge, Indonesia

Telo Island Lodge is located in a beautiful landscaped coconut grove on the remote island of Sibranun, in the Telo Islands, Sumatra, Indonesia. Some of the most consistent waves in the Telo region are in the front and back yard of the Lodge, where there are many breaks close by and the waves are "not too heavy, not too light," according to the locals. The Lodge sits on a white sand beach fronting a lagoon that features three small islets and a fantastic right-hand reef/point wave directly in front of it. Longboarders will find fun here.

Mishos/Missions Telos. Photo: World Surfaris

Mishos/Missions Telos. Photo: World Surfaris

3. Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has grown in popularity over the years with surfers far and wide. This sand bottom point break paradise is idyllic enough to light up any surfer with eyes. Located to the South of India in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka gets the same swells as Indonesia but, due to the distance it has to travel, can be a bit less powerful.

November to March is the driest and sunniest time of year and also a great time to check out the southern surf regions of Hikkaduwa, Weligama and Dickwella just to name a few. Although Hikkaduwa is rarely flat and a good choice to base your surf trip around, SE trade winds can often mean its blown out by mid-morning.

April to October is the most consistent time of year for swell. You can expect 3 to 8 foot during the season, and a popular spot to base your surf trip is around Arugam Bay.

Sri Lanka. Photo: World Surfaris

Sri Lanka. Photo: World Surfaris

2. Tupira Surf Club, PNG

The limestone seabed punctuates user-friendly breaks in this region where strict local legislation means crowds are of no concern. The surf management plan in the Ulingan Bay area is capped at 20 surfers, with Tupira Surf Club accepting a maximum of 12 surfers at any one time. As well as a delightful right-hander directly out the front of the Club, there are half a dozen, easily accessible breaks within a short distance by car. Enjoy surfing this new frontier with only a select few.

Tupira Surf Club - Uligan bay. Photo: World Surfaris

Tupira Surf Club - Uligan bay. Photo: World Surfaris

1. The Maldives

At number 1, we had to make it the Maldives – an inspiring surf destination that should be on the bucket list of every surfer. With a plethora of smooth, green peelers and clean coral playgrounds to choose from, Maldives trips have quite rightly become popular. With many atolls and trips to choose from, you need knowledgeable, expert advice to get you into the Maldives and away from the crowds.

Maldives. Photo: World Surfaris

Maldives. Photo: World Surfaris


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