BEST OF THE CRESTS
Summer is officially here, though in the past week or two there have been curious weather patterns across the country suggesting all manner of seasons. Wild winds and dust storms, concentrated downfalls of rain in some places and a big dry in others, and cold when it should be hot.
Same goes for our cover story where everything you thought about top surf spots is turned on its head. I could’ve confidently predicted the inclusion of the Maldives, Bali, Hawaii and California. I possibly would’ve come up with Mexico too. But France? No way! Ireland? Not a chance I’d even entertain the notion of the Emerald Isle coast luring surfers from around the world.
Such is the intriguing nature of a travel “best” list. Some places deservedly maintain their position from year to year, constantly delivering the goods. Others – like the Irish and French surf breaks – seem like curveballs but completely justified when you dig a little deeper into the writer’s rationale. Then there are the exclusions that leave us wondering what’s happened to lead to the fall from favour.
When you read Escape’s 10 amazing places to catch a wave, it’s illuminating to know that its writer, Celeste Mitchell, spent six months last year roaming the world with her other half, and looking for the best waves. Both are dedicated and experienced surfers, so you can be sure you’re getting the opinion not just of an excellent travel writer but one who can defend her opinion with her surfboard.
I’ve no doubt many Escape readers will have additions to or thoughts on the list, so please share them.
JANA FRAWLEY, NATIONAL TRAVEL EDITOR