Five Unconventional Surfing Trips

To Add To Your Bucket List

Bali, Fiji, California, and Australia are among the top destinations that come to mind when most people think about surfing. Simply put, they think of warm, sunny beaches.  While these destinations are definitely world class spots for surfing, there are many other lesser-known, but still great surf spots in the world. If you have ever dreamed of surfing under an Aurora Borealis, trying out river surfing, surfing on a lake, or even riding waves in deserts of the Middle East, the five surf spots below around the world are anything but unconventional and should be a part of your Surf Bucket List.

Eisbach River Surfing


Surfers lineup to catch a ride on a man-made wave on a small channel that runs through the central park in Munich. River surfing on Eisbach has been legal since only 2010, but people have allegedly been doing it since the 1970’s. Eisbach has a wave that is continuously 3 feet in height and 12 feet in width. The non-stop wave and shallow water make it an ideal destination for skilled surfers.

Snaefellsnes and Garour


Iceland is the least place where you would expect to find surfers. However, Reykjavik has a growing surfing community and uncrowded rolling swells that keep you coming for more. Surfers are either dropped at some of the barely touched surf breaks in the world or paddle out between icebergs. The surf might be a bit colder, but it gives other volcanic islands a run for their money.


Wadi Surf Adventure


Al Ain is just about one-and-a-half-hour drive from Dubai and it is one of the top surf destinations in the Middle East. The city is home to the Wadi Adventure, which is an indoor rafting, surfing, and kayaking facility. You can learn how to ride the waves in the largest surf pool in the world while looking out on the burnt landscape of this nation.

Lake Michigan


Sheboygan is known for hosting freshwater surfers. Fall to spring is when the surf season runs and when there are significant waves in Lake Michigan. The smaller waves and much higher temperatures in the summer are great for less experienced surfers to enjoy. Sheboygan is the perfect spot for surfers in the Midwest since it protrudes 5 miles into Lake Michigan with its high winds and bigger waves.



Papatowai is a favorite for big wave surfers in New Zealand since it has consistent waves as well as strong, hollow barrels. You will find some of the biggest waves in New Zealand surfed there. The break is located at one of New Zealand’s Southernmost points, and the break is definitely worth a trip to the bottom of the world.

The Bottom Line

The world is full of places that you can enjoy surfing even though they are not traditional surf zones such as seas and oceans. The five unconventional surf destinations discussed here should be on your bucket list. You are guaranteed to have a good time and memories that last a lifetime if you try the destinations discussed here. Happy surfing!

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