5 most desired sport gadgets to use in 2018 – Amazon best sellers

One of the most common new year’s resolutions is doing sports and having a healthier lifestyle. Have you considered going hiking, skiing or biking next year? Well, you’re not the only one. Amazon has unveiled the list of the 100 best selling products of the moment per category and this year there is an amusing quantity of devices and products designed for adventurers.

There are hand and foot heaters, gadgets for doing all kinds of sports, foot counters, thermal goggles, portable purified water bags and much more. Those who have behaved well this year but are still unsure about what to ask Santa Claus for Christmas this year or want to make a great gift can get some ideas from the selection of products we have made among the most popular sales on the e-commerce website. Get inspired!

Water filter

When the hiking trails ends in exotic landscapes such as jungle areas, warm riversides, lush forests, deserts or wild mountains, having a portable water is a basic safety measure to ensure the water we drink has the right quality. This Life Straw water filter kills most types of bacteria and filters up to 1000 liters of water contaminated with chemicals such as iodine or chlorine.

The filterer works like a straw through which we can drink from a bottle or fountain. We already know that outside our regions it is not recommendable to drink tap water as we are not used to the local bacteria so this filter is perfect for the holidays.

 Hand warmer

 For skiing, snowboarding or simply strolling through snowy slopes, hand heaters are our our favorite accessory when temperatures below zero make the limbs to freeze. To warm the hands, the most popular product is the pocket Zippo hand warmer, which springs heat for twelve hours through the side holes or the small device, once is filled with lighter fluid. Keep one in each pocket.

Bike wheels with LED lights

Those who love biking know that being visible from the distance is a primary rule when we talk about safety on the road and it is extremely important when we go biking in the darkness of the winter. Among the most popular items for bikers such as clothes with reflectant materials, we have found Activ Lites, a great wheel with LED lights spread over the border that are visible from hundreds of metres.

The wheels come in different colors and can be seen from various angles. The best part is that they last for hours with an impeccable and clean light. The lights work with battery so they light even when the bicycle is parked. It is suitable for both children and adults.

Speaker for camping

Portable music is the soundtrack of the holidays and a good hiker is willing to have a quality, lightweight and durable speaker to brighten up the nights of camping.  makes The Apie speaker more suitable for adventure goers than other speakers is its robustness and stiffness, able to withstand falls, scratches by friction and extreme temperatures. It is also resistant to water and other non-corrosive liquids. We can easily hang it from the backpack and put our favorite playlist on the phone.

Helmet with LED light

When we realised that a helmet with a built-in light was a popular item we imagined ourselves going on an expedition in abandoned mines or natural caves. However, its use extends far beyond the cavities of the terrain and has become the essential accessory of the hikers. With it we can feel relaxed when we are walking down the mountain and the beginning of the night falls on the slope.

The LE Headlamp helmet is comfortable to carry, lightweight and its powerful LED light ensures hours of blatant light. As the creators point out, it is useful even for the most mundane activity, such as reading at night in the camping tent.

Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18: everything your need to know, stages, climate and stunning videos

“Hark, now hear the sailors cry, smell the sea, and feel the sky let your soul & spirit fly, into the mystic…” said the singer Van Morrison and could not describe better what will be the most important regatta in the world, the Volvo Ocean Race. More than 45,000 nautical miles throughout the world will be the scenario for a speeding race with the best navigators in the world.

The world competition will be played between 7 participating teams of various nationalities and men and women who will conquer the oceans. Several of them have Olympic medals and a long career in the seas, although for others it will be the first time they will experience a 7 month sailing around the world facing calm seas, icebergs, tropical storms and a hostile climate, in which the navigation strategy will mark the decisive victory of each stage.

The Volvo Ocean Race is a world regatta that started in 1973 from Portsmouth, in the United Kingdom and had only 4 stages. By today it is been extended to 11 stages and departs from Alicante, in Spain.

Route of Volvo Ocean Race 2017-2018

In each edition, the race slightly changes its route to cover new cities of each of the continents.

The first stage

It will begin on October 22 from Alicante, a coastal city in Spain located in the Mediterranean Sea towards Lisbon, in the Atlantic Ocean. It will cover 700 miles.

The previous calm of the warm European sea will be interrupted by a foreseeable odyssey around Cabo de Gata, a complicated orography, as it is navigated very close to an outgoing coast with capes, bays, strong winds and extreme climatic conditions. Sailors would feel periods of absolute calm – impossible for navigation – near Lisbon, as forecasted the prologue of the race.

The in-port race will be held on November 3 in Lisbon and it would be a unique opportunity for tourists and fans who want to see the speed and intensity of the race between the teams near the coast, encourage them and feel the power of navigation in front of his eyes.

The second stage

It will start on November 5 in Lisbon and border the entire western coast of Africa to reach Cape Town in South Africa. In this stage of 7000 nautical miles there will be several meteorological changes and different challenges, starting with an autumnal climate in Lisbon and following an extreme climate of high temperatures and instability in the Azores archipelago, where the winds will determine if they stimulate a fast navigation or make it slow down. The in-port race will take place in Cape Town on December 8.

The third stage

It will depart from Cape Town on December 10 towards Australia, throughout the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean. It is a very difficult stage of wear and tear, in which several teams in the past have not been able to finish it, due to the area of ​​continuous storms.

The arrival in Melbourne will depend very much on the weather. The strategy of how participants will use the climate conditions to decide their route will be key to determining if they arrive on time to the Australian coast. In this case, an in-port regatta will not be held to give sailors time to rest.

The fourth stage

It will start on January 2, 2018 and will be a surprise, as there are plenty of alternatives to go to Hong Kong across different seas, such as the Coral Sea and the South China Sea. Sailors will cross 6000 miles with several climatic zones, dominated by tropical monsoons, periods of calm and influenced by the great proximity to the coast along the islands. The in-port race will take place on January 27 or 28 in Hong Kong.

The fifth stage

It features the Guangzhou in-port race on February 3 and water activities there, and will be non-scoring for the sailors, who will have to return to Hong Kong for their sixth stage.

The sixth stage

It will start on February 7 and will return to Australia, this time to the southernmost part docking in Auckland, after a journey of 6100 miles. It is an extreme stage, in which the resistance of the ships will be tested through storms and adverse weather conditions around the Solomon Islands. The in-port race will take place on 10 March in Auckland.

The seventh stage

It will cover the 7600 mile distance between Auckland and Itajaí in Brazil. This stage is the most coveted by sailors, as they will have a bonus the first to cross the Cape Horn. Unlike other stages, in this the navigators will go in search of the cold, leaving an Australia in autumn to cross the South Ocean with icebergs and icy temperatures. On April 20, the bravest sailors will battle the in-port battle in Itajaí.

The eighth stage

It will run between Brazil and the United States, departing on April 22 from Itajaí and arriving in New Port after 5600 miles of sailing. In it, the most important feats will be lived again with the fast winds Alisios, doldrums near the equator, which are always unpredictable, and the anticyclone of Saint Helena, in which they could delay their departure. The in-port battle will take place on May 19 in New Port.

The ninth stage

It will return to Europe crossing the European continent in an incipient summer, after 5600 miles of distance. They will arrive in Cardiff, UK, where the in-port race will take place on 8 June. This is a classic route in the world of Western navigation, illustrated with large ice floes and fog, as happened with the famous Titanic, and the fearsome of the hot spring coming from the Gulf of Mexico.

The tenth stage

It will border the British Isles and Ireland for 1600 miles in direction to Gothenburg, Sweden. Two predictable scenarios can occur, one with storms of the Azores anticyclone, and another more calm, with a warm climate of the summer. The in-port battle will take place in Gothenburg on 17 June.

The eleventh and final stage of the Volvo Ocean Race

It will culminate in the Dutch city of The Hague, after 700 miles in which sailors will make the final sprint to become champions of the largest sailing competition in the world. The in-port battle will be in The Hague on June 30, accompanied by the celebrations of the victory.

The in-port races are a great way to live on the beachfront the action and strategy of the sailors, the excitement of the sport and to know a new city. Thousands of people will flock to the beaches these days, so we recommend the free Wave Application app, where you can meet your group of friends or family even in the crowd, sharing your live location privately on a map and for a limited time. It’s available for iOS and Android.

“It seems impossible until it is achieved”, says the world champion of windsurfing: Interview with Blanca Manchón

The Spanish athlete Blanca Manchón has just been proclaimed for the sixth time windsurfing world champion. Former Olympian athlete, queen of windsurf and recently mother, Blanca reveals the secrets of a training to the height of a championship. 

“Eat healthy and rest” are the premises by which any training should starts, according to Blanca. “On the pillars of a healthy life, you can grow as an athlete as your strength improves to train more and better. And therefore you do better in competition. The physical strength in windsurfing will not make you win a competition but it can make you lose. From there is also very important to get familiar with the equipment and the technique you will use in every competition”, says the athlete.

Blanca began training as a minor in the port of Cadiz, Spain, with the help of her parents, who are also windsurfing professionals. The family used various technologies to fine tune their material with indicators of winds, tides and sediments. Nowadays, technology has helped a lot to speed up this process and Blanca recognises that she uses several apps integrated in her smartphone to predict the weather conditions and to prepare the training accordingly.

“We use both mobile apps and small weather stations integrated in the boards to make sure that we know the precise weather conditions. Trying to anticipate the behaviour of the wind can be decisive in the course of a race”; says Blanca.

Training not only starts with the sail set, though, the exercises that Blanca does every day include running, swimming, cycling and stretching on balls in balance to improve her stability. Like any other competitor, Blanca has suffered several injuries. The most severe ones are in the shoulder, so she has to deal with specific exercises to prevent injuries. “In dry training I always use functional assessment systems to measure my workout and to avoid muscular asymmetries”; reveals Blanca.

Blanca’s career started when she was a child. She won her first world title for children in 2000 competing in Cádiz. After that, she won two other world titles and several championships that headed her to the Olympic games of Athens, where she participated being only 17. Between that first adventure of the elite and the next one that she hopes to culminate in the Olympic games of Tokio, there is a whole life of races. Full of curiosity, we asked her about how she has managed success at different ages.

“I spent a few years maybe too obsessed with the Olympic event and without taking into account that it is only once every 4 years”

 

“I’ve gone through several emotional stages regarding the competition. I lived the Olympic Games without being aware that I represented a country and that there were many people pending on my performance. I was only 17 years old and I did not value it as I do now. After that I spent a few years maybe too obsessed with the Olympic event and without taking into account that it is only once every 4 years, and that in between there are many other competitions to enjoy, says Blanca.

“Now I am at the right point of maturity to value the Olympic Games as they deserve, but knowing how to enjoy the 4 years that I have to take them. Enjoying therefore of the way and not only of the objective to obtain it”; says the athlete. “To me world championships are the ones that I enjoy the most because it is where there is more competition”, says Blanca.

Her last world championship, the sixth of her titles, was conquered last July in Salou, competing with a borrowed sail and paying by herself the particular costs for training, accommodation and travel. It seems incredible that being a world champion goes through economic hardships, however part of her job is to get good relationships with sponsors who support her in every race.

In her case, getting pregnant was crucial for her sponsors to lose faith in her work and finish all the economic support she was receiving for years. Fortunately, she showed to the world again that she is a champion and she was capable to win just 7 months after giving birth.

“It seems impossible, until it is achieved”; she says. “This is the phrase I always keep in mind when things get complicated and seem so difficult to get. When I was without sponsors I had a very sad feeling of abandonment, but my team supported me and encouraged me to get a good sporting result again. They have always believed that as soon as I showed that I was up again, the supports would reappear. And so it seems to happen”, she says.

Having seen amazing landscapes while competing, we asked Blanca which one she enjoyed the most, perhaps we can get ideas for our next holidays!  “I would very much like to spend a vacation in New Zealand because the times I have gone have been to compete and I have not been able to visit anything. Also, I would definitely repeat vacation in Barbados. I went with my husband to surf and rest for 10 days and we fell in love with the island”, says Blanca.

 

Camino de Santiago route

How to prepare your route to Camino de Santiago

Famous throughout the world, these routes that run in the north of Spain and south of France to Santiago de Compostela, have turned a medieval tradition into a spiritual, religious and sportive experience enjoyed by more than 200.000 people every year.

The Camino de Santiago is, in fact, a Catholic pilgrimage from the thirteenth century to the city of Santiago de Compostela, in Spain, where it is believed that the remains of the apostle Santiago El Mayor are found in the cathedral. Walkers from all over the world reunite to go on foot, by horse or by bike into an experience that mix medieval history, ancient religious devotion, personal growth, meditation and adventure with stunning landscapes.  

There are several routes from all over Europe that are valid, however the most famous one is Roncesvalles, that departs from this small city in the south of France and is about 760 km in total. Any walker can jump into the route at any moment and it is only needed to walk 100km to get the certification of the route.

Getting up before the sun rises and walking the whole day across natural landscapes could be hard though, but if it is just what you were looking for, read our guide and find out how to prepare your route, and get some tips from previous travelers and the official organization:

Get ready months before the route

Train yourself several months earlier. You will have many kilometers to do every day, and although it is recommended that you adapt your route to your speed and fatigue, it is normal to travel between 10 and 30 kilometers a day. So start a few months before walkingslowly to avoid damaging your feet and ligaments during El Camino. Good footwear, a very, very light backpack, many pairs of socks and continuous massages will help you overcome the physical part of the route.

Choose the landscape you like best

The options are very varied, you can make a way through stone walls and small towns for which it seems that the centuries have not passed. You could also get into the forest, cross bridges over rivers and climb mountains. It is an adventure and nature trip, and you have many options to choose from. On the official website you can find pictures and tips to help you decide.

Use apps for your security

Wave Application

Depending of the season, making the Camino de Santiago can be a solitary experience and personal knowledge. Even though there are thousands of people with whom you will have dinner, most of the day you will be on your own. As in any activity, several things might happen, such as losing yourself, injuring your ankle along the way, running out of water and not knowing where to get another or needing to rest without knowing where is the nearer hostel. You can always be connected to others with your smartphone and acquire some apps that will make the way easier.

In order to not to get lost and to let other walkers or your family know where you are, share your live location with them temporally on Wave application, a private app where you can create a group with other walkers and share for some hours a day your location, spot each other on the map and gather together in the best place. Wave is a free location app that has already millions of users in 150 countries and is compatible with Android and iOS.

Another interesting app is Emergency + in case you are in trouble, you just need to push a button and it will automatically call the nearest emergency services that will come to your position.

Get to the hostel soon

All those who make the road can sleep for free along the way in the thousands of hostels that are ready for it, but in the most crowded areas those are filled quickly, so it is best to use the app Buen Camino de Santiago Pro to see all accommodation options available. Another interesting app is Camino, a social network where you can connect with other walkers, meet them or just read their reviews of routes, restaurants and accommodation.

Ready for the trip? Let us know your best tips!

Guy riding a bike and doing flips

Feedback from a user: How using a real time location sharing can be helpful when things don’t go as planned?

Going out with a bike on a summer afternoon is one of the greatest pleasures. On holidays it becomes an essential activity for sport lovers, like Julio, one of our beloved users. Julio knows that the physical activity of biking couples well with the chance to discover some places that otherwise would remain hidden, such as mountain tops, getting through the fog in the forests or surrounding a lake. Riding a bike means speed, freedom, beautiful landscapes and of course, getting fit.  

“My son usually goes cycling before going to work, even if we do not go together we like to be connected so I can see his whereabouts, how far he has traveled and feel calm while he goes out to the nature with the bike. Parents love to share experiences with their children even through an app”, says Julio.

Not only is it nice to share same interest, but it can also result very helpful. Julio recently explained us how using Wave helped him to overcome a bike accident:

“I opened a wave one day that my son was going out with the bike and I saw that he stopped at one point for a long time and then went to a gas station. There he texted me on the Wave chat to inform me that he had to fix the wheel of the bike, however it did not go well. After a while he stopped again and texted me he needed me to get and pick him because the wheel was broken again and he did not have time enough to fix it before returning home”, says Julio.

“Therefore, I opened the map on Wave and I saw exactly where he was, I got the directions to get to him and picked him up with my 4×4. It was super easy to arrive there. Without Wave, I would have been more complicated for me to know where he was and understand his explanations”, reports Julio.

In the nature there are no clear signs to indicate how to get to a place or how long it takes to reach one place. It is also not easy to arrange a meeting point as you could do in a city, so with Wave you can locate all those who go by bike in real time, see where they are and how to reach them.

Wave is an app to share your location temporarily and privately with whoever you want. This way you can open a map to follow your friends footsteps and feel connected and safe as at any moment they can identify where you are. On the map the participants can spot each other, get directions, set a meeting point and chat.

“When he goes out we open a Wave and we both share the location in real time so he knows where I am and I can see that he is fine, where he is going to and if he takes too long to return home. Wave is the best application I have found to be connected with my son without picking up the phone and calling him, as it does not disturb us when it comes to going with the bike and it allows me to help him whenever I can”, says Julio.

User stories make us very happy because we see how useful Wave is for helping people to be connected and feel safe anywhere in the world practising their favourite activity. Here you have some other stories to get you ready for the next adventure!

Do you want to write us your own case? Feel free to drop us a comment. Enjoy the ride!

5 activities to stay fit without stepping into a gym during the summer

While half the world waits the spring to settle in, the other half is enjoying a warm summer, holidays and plans with friends or family to relax, have fun, try new food, eat ice cream and… say ‘goodbye diet!’ The summer ends with all the exercise plans that we have imposed during the year and the lack of time stop us from continuing with our exercise routine.

Whether you usually go to the gym or exercise at home, there is a bunch of fun activities to do outdoor that are flexible enough to fit your timetables and introduce a fresh new way of getting fit while enjoying the holidays.

These outdoor activities can change the location from time to time, so we recommend that you download for free Wave Application, an application where you can share your location on a private map with your sports partners and meet them, even in the most remote part of the park where you will tone your muscles. The best thing is that it is private and temporal, use it only to meet them and no one else will know your location.

Try some of the following ones and you will see how you feel better at the end of the day, you maintain your physical exercise at an optimal level and also enjoy your free time.

Yoga in a park

In all cities there are large parks in which to enjoy a walk outside the noise of cars, the civilisation and the daily routine. Surely, now and then you have walked by it, you have done a picnic or you have sat under a tree to read or to chill. Probably, you will also have seen groups of people sitting doing yoga, pilates and toning exercises.

Yoga increases agility and flexibility and helps you control your breathing. It is an activity that relaxes the mind but strengthens the body at the same time, very suitable to start because it does not require prior knowledge. Also, it is a good exercise to do during the high summer temperatures.

You may not be prepared to sign up for specific yoga classes in a gym, but why not try it a Saturday morning at the park near your home? You have nothing to lose and you may end up loving it. There are usually groups at various times during the week and you can join the ones that best fit your schedule.

How can you join? You can approach a weekend in the morning to the groups that you see or search in Internet and in social networks yoga groups that meet in your city. The prices will be lower than in a gym.

What do you need? Comfortable clothes, water and a towel, bringing a yoga mat or lying on the grass is your choice.

Roller skating

Roller skating in men group

Roller skating is a fun activity with which you strengthen your entire lower trunk, legs, hips, knees and calves. It tones your muscles and it also makes your adrenaline go up when you accelerate a little or relax if you go slowly, it’s up to you!

Even though you probably skated when you were a kid, roller skating is becoming a favourite activity for people over 30 who want to exercise and have fun once a week, because it is easy to learn, does not require a high investment in equipment and also allows you to do outdoor sports, in a group or alone when you want.

How can you join? There are several schools in all cities and if you look for social networks, surely in the park we talked about before you find groups of people who want to join. Fun and besides, it does not compromise you to follow a routine that does not fit with your vacations.

What do you need? A second-hand or brand new roller skaters, they are cheap and last for years!

Surfing, kitesurfing or related

During your holidays on the beach you can enjoy more than just a bath in the sea! Try something new and sign up to the many schools of surfing, kite surfing or paddle surf that take place in the most tourist areas. In just a week you can strengthen your body, improve your balance and your swimming skills. If you need a little inspiration, check out our latest post with the best surfing destinations in the world, for all levels.

Depending on the days you go to the beach, you can take a course of several days or try one morning to see if you like. The teachers know how to motivate you and you will see that after a few hours you will feel confident enough to get on the surfboard. Many surfers make it a lifestyle, but for you it can be add a bonus to your vacation, while you play sports and you know people who share the same passion as you.

How can you sign up? Look for the best schools in your area, surely you have several options to choose. In addition, you can usually enjoy offers and discounts to encourage you a little more.

What do you need? A swimsuit and nothing else, the rest of the equipment will be provided by the school.

Dance ‘Despacito’ in a pub

Dancing to the sounds of music on a summer night may be the culmination you need after a day of work, especially after suffering the torrid heat of the street. Swing, bachata, salsa or funky, no matter the style because they are all excellent ways to have fun while toning your body. It helps you to exercise your arms, neck, legs and hips, on one hand, and learn how to walk with a better posture, on the other hand.

In all cities many bars and discos organize weekly dance sessions for the price of a drink. You can go to try different styles to discover which one is best for you. Summer is a good time to try because groups are usually smaller as many people are on holidays, so you can be with new ones like you, who always look for partners to practice the new steps. It does not require experience or skill, just your willing to move and enjoy the rhythm.

The best thing is that every day you will find new people who are learning and you will never feel out of place, as you might do when you join a dance course in the middle of the season.

How can you sign up? You will find in social networks all the dance events related to the style you are looking for.

What do you need? Bring any comfortable clothes and you are all set up!

Volleyball in the beach

Playing volleyball is a very complete activity that you can take advantage of even when you are on vacation at the beach. It burns calories and fat, increases your energy levels, improves your coordination of eyes and hands, increases your muscle tone in arms and legs, improves your agility and flexibility and stimulates your competitiveness, among many other advantages.

Volleyball is a game in which you can learn very quickly to improve, even if you have never played before. In addition, it is surrounded by a very cool, competitive environment and allows you to meet people anywhere.

How can you sign up? You just need to join one of the leagues that are organised daily on the bigger beaches and start enjoying even more of your vacation while you get toned.

What do you need? Bring sneakers, shorts and a T-shirt. The more experienced incorporate wristbands, but if you are starting you will not cause your muscles to suffer so much to need it.

Which one of those activity suits you best? Make a change this week and choose one! Let us know how it goes! 😀 

Woman surfing

Check Out The Best Surf Destinations Around The World! – For all the levels

The beauty of holding the balance on the board, follow the wave ( 😉 ) and control your body, smell the salty sea and observe the surroundings are some of the reasons surf is so enjoyable. There are many valid destinations around the world to surf, depending on the weather conditions, the season, the number of surfers who will be queuing to hunt a wave and the landscape.

If you are enjoying the waves, it is most likely that your friends are on a nearby beach or a few waves away. It’s always quite difficult to find friends on the beaches full of people and umbrellas. The coolest way to avoid getting lost is to open Wave Application. Thanks to this free app you can create a group with your friends and share your live locations on a private map for a limited period of time.

Once you are all set, take a look at the list of the best surfing destinations in the world. They are the result of the comments of the most experts, the beauty of the landscape and the regularity of the good waves. Check them out and get inspired:

AUSTRALIA

Palm Beach surf destination

We start in Australia, a paradise for new wave lovers, since in practically every area there are beaches with wind and nice swell conditions. If you are a beginner, Palm Beach is the best option to start thanks to its several schools for beginners.

If you’ve spent a few years on the board and need a little more action, Bilgola Beach can be your favorite destination. Located in the northern part of the country, it is a long beach that blows a gentle southeast wind and allows a prolonged swell with waves of 1 meter high or more.

Just for adventurers, Superbank Beach is famous all over the world for its vast wild waves and solid walls where surfers crowd to prove their bravery. This beach is located on the Golden Coast, a spectacularly good area for surfers by waves and swell and for the length of its beaches.

UNITES STATES

Pipeline famous surf wave

Nantucket in Massachusetts is where beginners can find their paradise, thank to its gentle waves and its location, as it is protected from the south wind. You will find several spots along the coast to practice.

Hawaii is THE destination for the US surfers, because it offers good conditions and beautiful scenarios. The mother of all waves is in Pipeline and you can find a strong west swell following a strong north swell. Three large reefs crown this beach and cause waves of up to 6 meters. In addition, the tubes that are formed are fun and a challenge reserved only for the best.

EUROPE

To start off with your footing in the surf world, San Sebastian in the Bay of Biscay, can be the best combination of gastronomic holidays with soft beaches and a vibrant Spanish atmosphere. Many surf schools are grouped along the coastline that offers consistent waves but also has very nice protected caves. It is quite windy though.

Intermediate swells with strong wind are the characteristics that make Gwithian Beach in Cornwall, the suitable destination for those intermediate surfers who want a bit of challenge without risking their board.

The Atlantic is not an easy battlefield, and in northern Europe it can be extremely cold. If this does not discourage you, try to go to the beautiful emerald island, Ireland. One of the most consistent and best quality reef jumps in Ireland is The Peak, a benchmark for the more experienced in Bundoran Beach. It has a long swell from the southeast and forms barriers with high and wild side walls.

ASIA

In Asia the coasts of Indonesia are famous and in the internet forums the options are very varied. You have probably heard about Bali with fear and admiration, but among its many beaches it does have spots for beginners with surf schools around. The best known is Kuta beach, a long sandy beach that sends gentle waves with a slight swell. Fun and very cool to practice balance.

For experts on riding waves, it’s recommended to go near Sumatra, to the islands Mentawai. The advantage of this place is that you can go with few friends to surf without waiting queues, as there are so many islands and beaches with good conditions that the surfers are very spread out. It has strong winds and swell, not recommended for beginners.

AFRICA

South Africa is home to the best surf spots in the continent, as hosts many schools for beginners. One of the most beautiful beaches and with a consistent but gentle wave is Unzumbe.

Also in this country, there is one of the most recognized destinations in the world: J Bay or Jeffrey’s bay. Nowhere have we seen the precise water formations, such as supertubes, vertical walls or albatrosses. It has a very definite and constant swell and the waves can reach several meters height. The dominant winds are then offshore from the west to the southwest. If you feel like going to visit another country, Senegal offers wild conditions and a stunning landscape, especially in Les Almadies, that has reef breaks and consistent swell.

Do you dare to try some of these places? Let us know your own favourite spots!