Photos: Surf Havens

As you prepare to book your summer holiday, why not make it a surfing one?
Photos: Surf Havens Danita Delimont/Alamy

Surfer Alex Wade tailors his family vacations around surfing. Addicted to the high-adrenaline, fast-paced sport, he is the ideal guide to the best places to ride the waves.

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Wade describes surfing as the ultimate thrill—one that has held him captive for 32 years. Surfing that first wave, he says, is an unforgettable experience.

Even if you find yourself a little unsteady on your feet, it is well worth visiting one of these surfers' paradises. Each offers beautiful beaches and the chance to observe the surfing masters at work.

Members of a surf school embark toward the ocean in Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa. Danita Delimont/Alamy