February 21, 2012 17:07 ET Celebrates Australia's First World Surfing Reserve

By Highlighting the World's Most Unlikely Surfing Destinations and What Makes Them Worthy of Riding the Wave

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA--(Marketwire - Feb 21, 2012) - As Sydney prepares to open its first World Surfing Reserve,, the online leader in travel deals publishing, has chosen to honour the occasion by having its in-house experts pick out the best unlikely surfing destinations around the world.

"Surfing enthusiasts go all around the world chasing waves, so while there's plenty to choose from right here at home, why not make a holiday out of exploring the world's shorelines?" says Oonagh Shiel, Senior Site Editor for

"You never know when or where you'll catch your next big wave and you might even be the first to discover a new surfer's paradise," adds Shiel.

The list of hotspots -- or wet spots -- includes highly improbable suspects such as Alaska, China and even Lebanon, but that's precisely what makes it so interesting. Here we dive in to the first five of the top unlikely surfing spots around the world.


This Central American country lies in Mexico's shadow as far as tourist numbers are concerned, but there's an under-discovered 225km stretch of Pacific coastline against which the waves tower and crash. Best time to go? The weather is good and the waves are decent between March and June. The waves are bigger and better during the rainy season (July-February) but you'll find a few more (United States) tourists about.


You won't find many wimps if you go surfing in Alaska. Its frontier spirit puts off the lily-livered, but for those with a strong constitution, it offers an amazing experience. Yakutat is at the northern end of the Alaskan panhandle and offers consistent surf with heart-stoppingly beautiful views of the Saint Elias mountains. Best time to go? Spring (April) and autumn (September) -- the storms produce long, towering breakers.


Taking on the might of the Atlantic at Aileen's, the Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, is highly regarded, but we're going north to Donegal. Bundoran is the best known surfing spot, but around the Fanad Peninsula you'll find unforgiving Atlantic breaks. Best time to go? Between September and May for those legendary swells.


China's coastline is one of the world's longest and, unfortunately, one of its most polluted. The best location to head to for surfing is currently the island of Hainan where the water is warm year round and is relatively clean. Best time to go? In China, it's the wind of typhoons that drive the surf potential. Typhoon season runs from approximately the start of summer through September, so October through March is the recommended surf season.


In recent years Beirut has become synonymous with partying. Some of the best nightlife in the world can be had there. However, a lesser known fact is that it's also a great unlikely location for surfing. While there might be all of a few hundred surfers in the entire country, the number of visitors heading there to surf is on the rise. Best time to go? August or October through December. During the cold winter months, surfers should make sure to include warm wetsuits among their gear and head to either Jonas or Jiyeh beaches in the south or Chekka beach in the north.

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