Got any trips booked this winter? You know, the couple of months after Christmas when it really sucks living in the UK. One of the best things about being a surfer is that you don’t go on holiday – you go on surf trips. There’s a difference. There are few things better than leaving your dark and icy local surf break in the dead of winter to head off somewhere with the promise of epic waves – even better if it’s tropical, a bit sexy, and the beer is cheap.
The problem for us weekend warriors is that we are probably taking a bit of excess baggage. I’m not talking about the board bag; I’m talking about the wife and the mini-mes. I’m afraid it’s time to forget those £5 a day feral trips of your youth. No matter how good at marital manipulation you think you are, she just isn’t going to buy the Mentawi jungle as a family holiday destination.
You have to consider the kids too – you can probably forgive yourself that time you dropped them on their heads when they were babies, but you really should avoid crazy tuc-tuc drivers and cerebral malaria.
So planning a surf trip, or ‘holiday’ as your wife insists on calling it, is a never ending juggling act trying to agree a destination where you will get your surfing fix, and your family will remain disease free, un-kidnapped, and even have a half decent time themselves.
So unless your kids are albinos and your wife has got a Guinness habit, then Ireland is probably out this winter, or any time for that matter. We’re talking Portugal, south-west Spain, Canaries, or maybe Madeira . Cough up for long haul flights and you’re into the tropics or even the southern hemisphere summer. It can be done without remortgaging the house; expensive flights, but pick somewhere that is cheap when you get there and it almost balances out. Bali, Mexico, Costa Rica – all family friendly and I hear they have a wave or two.
Morocco and South Africa for me this winter; where are you off to?