- Corralejo, Fuerteventura
There's a reason why the Euro force contingent always heads to the Canary Islands each winter- the pumping surf. Whereas northern Europe gets waves, the freezing conditions are somewhat less than desirable. So Fuerteventura with its mid 20s temperature, relaxed daytime beach attitude and nighttime pumping party scene is the ideal escape. We love La Concha's accommodation as its serene vibe, and close proximity to the surf and Corralejo town for more than your fair share of tapas and cerveza.
- Lagos, Portugal
As Spring slowly approaches it's time to think about surfing Portugal. The more sheltered breaks of Lagos in the Algarve boast some of the warmest waters around Portugal, and combined with their 300 days of sunshine a year, definitely works on the ideal surf break factor. Some great deals are to be found at the beginning of the season, plus the surf breaks are quiet and you'll have a wealth of delicious restaurants to choose from. Take a look at Casa Offshore which opens in February for an ideal surf retreat for solos, couples or groups.
- Bali, Indonesia
When further shores are calling your name and life at home needs shaking up, it's time to head somewhere completely different. Why not try a surfing mecca such as Bali, Indonesia. There are always waves to be had around its coastline, the East coast in the wet season, and then in the dry season from end of April to October it's all about the West coast swells. Find out why Taj Burrow spends half the year there, and check out the infamous Uluwatu wave which breaks over fiery living coral reef just 18 inches under the wave's surface.