5 of The Most Unusual Surfing Destinations In The World
When you think of surfing, you think of bronzed, ripped bodies in warmer climes such as the Californian coastline or Australian beaches but sometimes there are more extreme locations where you can get on a board and catch some waves.
Here we look at five of the most unusual.
Sistan and Baluchistan Province - Iran
Surfing isn't particularly big in the middle Eastern country where many entertainment and leisure activities are widely discouraged by the religious police but a surfing school in the country is trying to boost the popularity of the sport in the country. We Surf In Iran is a school set up by Irish pro surfer Easkey Britton, along with Iranian pro snowboarder Mona Seraji and Iranian diver Shahla Yasini who wanted to introduce surfing to the women of the area.
Now it teaches men, women, and children and was featured in the documentary, Into The Sea.
Hamhung - North Korea
The isolated hermit kingdom of North Korea doesn't get a lot of tourism but for those that do make the journey, it's second largest city, Hamhung, has a surf school that caters to all levels and could well be the world's most remote surf spot.
Tours can be booked and you will receive on the spot training alongside first time local surfers.
Olafsfjordur fjord - Iceland
Arctic temperatures aside, this surf spot offers up great views of the stunning Icelandic coastline if you can brave the chilly waters.
You can do tours that will take your snowboarding and then surfing in the country but you have to be made of sturdy stuff.
Severn Bore - England
England actually has many great coastal surf spots but this inland surfing phenomenon happens on the river Severn at specific times of the year when the Atlantic tide enters the Bristol channel and surges up the Severn estuary.
The wave created can reach up to two meters in height and speeds of 20kmph and more experienced surfers will dot a 25 mile stretch of the river in a hope of catching the wave.