The world is full of exciting surfing spots, but what about the ones that are rarely in the limelight? Like the most passionate surfers, we are eternally in search of that perfect wave, so why stop at the most popular places. Here are a few surf lesser known locations that you may want to add to your list:
1. The Zoo, Michigan
While surfing on a lake may not sound exciting, we promise you that you won’t be disappointed with The Zoo. The best action on Lake Superior happens between the months of October and March when waves can easily reach 10-12 ft. in height. Who says surfing is not a winter sport?
2. Port Austin, Michigan
For more freshwater shredding, check out Port Austin. It’s an exposed beach break on Lake Huron, making it the perfect spot for surfers to take advantage of intense windswells.
3. Yakutat, Alaska
For a real breathtaking experience, it’s hard to beat Yakutat Bay’s views of the 17,000 ft. Saint Elias Mountains. Add to that consistent swells that can rise up to 20 feet and you have one hell of a surf spot. Just make sure to bring a full wetsuit!
4. Turnagain Arm Tidal Bore, Alaska
Want to surf the same wave for hours? The Turnagain Arm Tidal Bore is the way to go! Though it occurs every day, if you want to catch the larger bores, it’s best to surf during the five-day window surrounding the new and full moons.
5. Lake Tahoe, California
Skiing is not the only thing the Sierra Nevada’s have to offer. A growing number of daring surfers are plunging into Lake Tahoe’s chilly waters to catch some serious waves. During the stormy fall days, waves can get about head high.
6. Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Ever surfed a rapid before? The snowmelt and release activities from the Jackson Lake Dam can create the perfect conditions to surf for days. River surfing though dangerous for unseasoned surfers, can be an exhilarating experience in its own right.
7. Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia
Don’t discount Canada when it comes to surfing eh? Lawrencetown is located on the shore of a small island called Nova Scotia and boasts some of the best waves you can catch on that side of the Atlantic Ocean. What’s more, if you prefer to avoid the crowds, you will love this quiet spot where you can be one with the ocean.
8. Tofino, British Columbia
Another Canadian surf spot? Yes! This list would not be complete without mentioning Tofino. Located on Vancouver Island, just past the forest of enormous 800 year old red cedars, you’ll find massive stretch of beach that hosts a plethora of surf breaks. The variance in breaks makes it the perfect spot for beginners and pros alike.
Happy surfing y’all!
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