Apart maybe from sipping coconuts with (insert favourite pro surfer name here) on a surf charter boat in the Maldives or Mentawais, there are very few things better than a surf road trip.
Since many of the world’s best overseas surf travel destinations – Bali, Sri Lanka or even Morocco – have entry requirements that seem to change as often as the tide, many frothing European surfers are trading long haul flights and tropical waters for adventures much closer to home. And, why not?!
I mean, Europe has an incredible surfable coastline with waves around almost every corner, a very consistent Atlantic ocean swell, rich and diverse culture and a campervan/road trip culture that would rival the famous Route 66.
Before you pester your friend that’s got a van, you buy a tent, fling a mattress in your banger and convert your own van or rent a motorhome (insert whichever fits your budget), there are some essential tools you need to get the most out of road tripping through Europe.
Luckily for you guys, I am somewhat of an expert! 80,000 miles on the clock of the T5 between the UK and the Canary Islands, 5 times back and forth turning every stone and searching every corner for epic waves and good times.
Although I’m not going to share every secret surf spot with you, I am going to give you some first hand advice on what you don’t want to miss on your surf road trip of a lifetime. Bon voyage & see you out there!