Even though the weather has been cracking, the swell has been a tad on the small side and with the main summer months coming around, let’s be honest, things can get a little tedious with the summer swells.   

Surfers all over the country are starting to mark the days off the calendar as we head towards the return of the Autumn swells, so if you feel yourself daydreaming of sunlight on your skin and plunging into the salt, remember, you’re not alone.  

We are craving some great surf, warm evenings in front of the BBQ and a break from away from it all, so in celebration of Autumn surf holidays, we have used our ‘Surf Trip Finder’ to select the best surf spots to visit. We have also categorised them into beginners, intermediates and advanced levels to help you find the best surf for your ability:  
   


Where to surf in September and October      

        



Beginner Surfers – Europe  

1. Ericeira, Portugal      

Wetsuit needed:
3/2mm
Air temperature: 21 - 28°C
Surf Trip Finder star rating: 5/5
Best Wave: If it is your first surfing holiday to Ericeira then head straight to Foz do Lizandro and Sao Juliao beaches south of town, they are perfect beginner spots that offer easy to manage walls and peaks.
Place to stay closest to the surf: Villa Ana Margarida Beach – 7-night Surf & Stay Package from £356.77    

Beginner Surfers – Rest of the World  

2. Bali, Indonesia     

Wetsuit needed:
Board shorts, UV rash guard, reef boots and sunscreen

Air temperature: 27 - 31°C
Surf Trip Finder star rating: 5/5
Best Wave: So many waves, so little time comes to mind when thinking of Bali’s surf locations. Balangan, Impossibles and Dreamlands are all excellent waves for beginners, providing mainly lefts, but the occasional right does appear on the outside at Dreamlands, offering up the perfect conditions to get a grip on the basics. For those looking at where to surf in September and October should look no further than a Bali surf trip.
Place to stay closest to the surf: Suarga Padang Padang – 7-night Surf & Stay Package from £1085    

Intermediate Surfers – Europe  

3. Zarautz, Spain     

Wetsuit needed:
3/2mm or a spring suit

Air temperature: 21-27°C
Surf Trip Finder star rating: 5/5
Best Wave: Zarautz is a booming surf town, and its beach offers 2.5kms of beach break peaks offering up both left and rights that can get really hollow on the right tide, with a wind and swell combo that allows you to take your tube riding to the next level.
Place to stay closest to the surf: All-Inclusive Zarautz Beach Camp – 7-night Surf & Stay Package from £371.65.    

Intermediate Surfers – Rest of the World  

4. Siargao, The Philippines    

Wetsuit needed:
Board shorts, UV rash guard, reef boots and sunscreen

Air temperature: 24-31°C
Surf Trip Finder star rating: 5/5
Best Wave: Remember those empty a-frame peaks you used to draw on the back of your school books? Well, Cloud 9 is that wave, a top to bottom a-frame peak that is often wider than it is tall. A perfect spot for quick-footed intermediate surfers, and for those that want to pass up Cloud 9 due to the coral that lurks beneath, head to Horshoes for a more manageable wave.
Place to stay closest to the surf: Siargao Inn Beach Resort – 7-night Surf & Stay Package from £446.11      

Advanced Surfers – Europe  

5. Kerry and Dingle Peninsula, Ireland     

Wetsuit needed:
3/2mm, also pack a pair of boots for the late October dawnies

Air temperature: 11-20°C
Surf Trip Finder star rating: 5/5
Best Wave: Inch Reef is known as the longest-running wave in Ireland and when all the conditions align it can produce right-hand walls that run for up to 400-metres, with open walls to carve up and barrels to pull into.
Place to stay closest to the surf: The Green House 7-night Surf & Stay Package from £347. 45    

Advanced Surfers – Rest of the World  

6. Bathsheba, Barbados     

Wetsuit needed:
Boardies, rash guard, reef boots and plenty of SPF 30

Air temperature: 24-31°C
Surf Trip Finder star rating: 5/5
Best Wave: The Soup Bowl is arguably the best wave in the area, with the GOAT Kelly Slater describing it as one of his favourite spots in the world, and we have to agree. It’s a world-class right-hander that breaks over a shallow rock shelf, producing a heavy thumping barrel that packs power similar to Hawaiian waves. It faces the east, so the wind can often be a factor. It’s best surfed early in the morning or in the late afternoon session, and is one of the best spots in the world to head to when considering where to surf in September and October for advanced surfers looking to push their limits!
Place to stay closest to the surf: Sea-U Guest House – 7-night Surf & Stay Package from £612.66