Photos: Surf Havens

As you prepare to book your summer holiday, why not make it a surfing one?
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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.

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