For us, the ocean has a pull unlike any other force of nature. The opportunity to surf is a large motivating factor when we choose which destination to work and live in. There’s little as disappointing as picking a city because of its swell – and then you arrive at the wrong time of year.
With this in mind, we’re compiling a series on the most consistent surf in the world according to each month of the year.
There’s no better gift for a surfer than to have amazing swell on a daily basis. Here’s our guide on where to surf in June so that you can shred as much as you want.
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Surfing Accessory Checklist
Contrary to popular belief, the best waves in the world are not always going to be found on long stretches of sand and tropical waters. Sometimes there will be sharp reefs, cold water, and scorching sun.
You may find that several of these items are needed if you want to enjoy long hours in the water.
- Surf booties – the thickness will depend on the temperature of the water and sharpness of the reef
- Vest (and hood) for extra-cold water
- Winter wetsuit
- Summer wetsuit
- Surf hat
- Rash vest for protection against the sun and chafe
- Boardies for surfing
- Surf costume
There will be other gadgets and accessories that you need which may vary depending on the destination. For example, your surf wax will differ depending on the water temperature.
Best Waves in Africa in June
The southern region of Africa experiences winter in June. With it comes incredible swell. In particular, South Africa and Namibia have awesome waves in the middle of the year.
1. Jeffreys Bay, South Africa
Located in the middle of the South African coast, Jeffreys Bay is a small, surf-centric town full of people with sun-bleached hair and amusing neck tan lines. The water is a pleasant 20°C but a wetsuit is recommended for longer sessions. There are a variety of waves to surf including a legendary right-hand point break.
Jeffreys Bay is home to arguably the best leg of the World Surf League – and for good reason. There is a big surfing culture in the town and plenty of surf schools and surf camps to choose from.
The town is set up to accommodate travelers who love to surf and there is no shortage of options for backpackers and Airbnbs with easy access to the beaches.
2. Skeleton Bay, Namibia
Skeleton Bay is not for the faint-hearted. The left-hand break is one of the longest in the world, with surfers achieving up to 8 barrels on a single wave. Talk about a swell magnet! The soft sand extends from the beach into the desert beyond and makes for an epic adventure overall. But it doesn’t work all year round, and if you get to enjoy a ride then you can count yourself lucky.
The waves are quick and not as easy to navigate. The surf spot is not beginner-friendly and so there are no real surf schools along the coast. However, there are several organized tours where you can meet fellow shredders.
The surf spots are on a remote beach and it is best advised to go with people who know the ropes. For the same reason, there aren’t beach shacks and surf camps to book into. Instead, you’ll have to browse for accommodation along Skeleton Coast.
Summer Surf in Europe
While Europe may be best known for its fine wine, romantic history, and seductive accents, there are a few great surf spots that work particularly well in June.
3. Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon is often overlooked as a surfing destination but Carcavelos, a beginner-friendly beach, is a short 20-minute drive from the center. The beach’s shore is scattered with spots to rent boards, enjoy a drink post-surf and laze in the sun.
June is the summer season in Portugal and the beaches are frequented by foreigners and locals alike. As the break is gentle enough for beginners, there are several surf schools and camps available.
When looking for places to stay, you can pick between easy access to the beach or easy access to the city center. Both are convenient and offer a unique experience.
4. Hossegor, France
Hossegor is a diverse surf spot in the southwest of France. In the summer, the waves are manageable for beginners while the winter swell is a bit more intense with quick barrels. Regardless of when you visit, Hossegor is one of the most consistent waves in Europe, and not as intimidating in June.
As there are different areas for different skill levels, there is a choice of surf camps and schools. They offer a great opportunity to get acquainted with the French culture while enjoying the summer waters.
If you want to experience Hossegor on your own and pick your own accommodation, then you won’t be short of options.
Surfing in North America in June
When you think of surfing in North America, you probably think of California and Hawaii. But there are several other epic spots – especially in June.
5. South Coast, Barbados
South Coast, Barbados, has something for everyone and a special treat for surfers at an intermediate level. There are left point breaks, right reef breaks, and left reef breaks – all of which have been described as being close to perfect.
The water is warm and the mood is relaxed, making Barbados a great choice for a surfing holiday. Once you arrive, you can skip down to the closest break with your board, or ask one of the local surf schools for guidance.
Barbados is the type of destination that you’d want to come home to a private space and decompress (before heading out to the water once again). There are several Airbnb and accommodation options that give you this opportunity.
Best Surf Spot in South America in June
South America is a personal favorite of mine, with some of my best surfing moments being hosted in the tropical waters.
6. León, Nicaragua
In June, León boasts some of the best waves for surfers who have recently been hooked by the sport. The swell is perfect for beginners who are looking to steadily advance through practice and without the limitation of wearing a wetsuit. Just make sure to keep an eye on the tides for the best experience.
Nicaragua, as a whole, is a popular surf spot with plenty of surf schools and camps to make the trip effortless. The rustic environment adds a relaxing mood and you’re certain to feel the perfect combination of zen and stoked.
Staying at a surf camp is an awesome way to soak up the experience. But there are also other options if you prefer privacy and more freedom.
June Surfing in Australia
You’ll never be disappointed if you head Down Under for a surfing holiday. But where to go in June?
7. Byron Bay, Australia
June offers consistent surf in Byron Bay, Australia. The winds play ball and tend to blow offshore, making for a perfectly peaked wave. Depending on which beach you visit, you’ll have your craving for waves met – no matter what your level. Byron Bay caters for beginners to advanced.
As the spot is popular among novices and pros alike, there are options of surf schools, camps, and rental shops throughout the area. Just pick which one best suits your needs and you’re good to go.
Byron Bay is a popular spot for travelers, yet June is off-peak tourist season which means that you can get some epic deals on places to stay.
Asia Surf Spots in June
Asia is home to some of the best surf destinations all year round, and June is no exception. These are just a few of the legendary spots.
8. Mentawai Islands, Indonesia
June is the middle of the dry season for the Mentawai Islands and promises tall peaks and fast rides for advanced surfers. The challenging ride is best suited for those that are comfortable in the water, with the sweet reward of endless barrels and steep drops.
As the Mentawai area is made up of several islands, you can enjoy different types of breaks depending on where you are, including reef and beach breaks. One of the best ways to experience the area is with a surfing tour or liveaboard surf charter – you won’t be sorry!
While we definitely recommend the liveaboard experiences in the Mentawai Islands, there are also options to stay on land.
9. Bali, Indonesia
The incredible surf in Bali is one of the reasons that the destination is our dream spot to work and live. There are several spots around the island that range in difficulty and surf type so there’s something for everyone – beginner, advanced, reef break, point break…
Bali has rapidly risen to be one of the most iconic surf destinations in the world. With this in mind, there’s no shortage of surf schools, camps, and rental spots.
We chose to stay in our own accommodation – of which there is a very wide choice of options. Whether you want a private villa, a convenient beach house, or a communal spot to kickback.
Where’s your favorite spot to surf in June? This list hopes to get you started but is by no means exhaustive. We’d love to hear about your surfing adventures around the world – and perhaps even plan a trip based on your tips!