It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realise that marrying a non-surfer is a recipe for disaster. This type of foolhardy behaviour should naturally be avoided whenever possible, but if you find yourself eschewing common sense and tying the knot with someone who doesn’t share your passion and need for the ocean, you may soon find yourself looking for creative ways to maximise and justify your water time.
Why not start with your honeymoon?
At first glance, the traditional post-wedding escape might not seem like the best time to chase waves. After all, this is potentially the happiest your marriage is ever going to be, so the last thing you want to do is sully your newfound marital bliss with a fight over barrels versus couples’ massages.
But on the other hand, the surfing honeymoon actually has a few things going for it. For one, romantic destinations often involve proximity to the coast, and more often than not have pretty good waves. A trip to France to celebrate your nuptials is an easy sell, what with all the wine and art and Eiffel Towers. You don’t have to mention the world-class beach breaks until you are happily ensconced in the romantic ambiance of Hossegor or Lacanau.
Many of the most idyllic honeymoon destinations are also extremely popular with tourists, which means that rental boards are easy to come by. While we tend to be rather particular about our boards and generally prefer to bring our own equipment along on surf trips, it is a lot easier to talk your way into a few sessions on a rental board than it is to justify packing a coffin for your honeymoon.
Finally, if you are smart about it, you can even earn yourself a few brownie points while scoring barrels. Honeymoons typically involve spending a lot of time together, but a few hours of alone time can actually be quite therapeutic and help you connect more deeply—after all, absence does make the heart grow fonder.
Treating your spouse to a spa day or a round of golf on the local links is a great way to show them you care while also laying the foundation for a healthy, non-codependent relationship. Of course, while they are busy being pampered, you will have to find some way to entertain yourself…but as a loving partner, you are happy to make that sacrifice.
Even if you are the only surfer in your new family, your first vacation together as man and wife doesn’t have to be a dry one. Here are six of the best surf trips disguised as honeymoons.
While a post-wedding road trip might not be everyone’s idea of a good time, for the adventurous couple, a couple weeks of van life could be just the ticket. New Zealand is one of the world’s most popular road trip destinations, and for good reason.
Rocky headlands, wild seas, towering fjords, pastoral hills, and a thriving population of marine life make this honeymoon destination equal parts adventure and romance. There are also hundreds of waves on both sides of the islands, which means there’s almost always somewhere with clean, surfable swell.
The quintessential beach destination, Fiji is peaceful, exotic, tropical, beautiful, and definitely romantic. Five-star resorts abound, most of which are located on pristine beaches that just happen to be a short boat ride away from dreamy setups like Cloudbreak and Swimming Pools. There are also resorts on the country’s north-facing coasts, which pick up user-friendly north swell during the offseason.
When it comes to lounging together on idyllic beaches, it is hard to beat this chain of picturesque atolls located off the west coast of India. The Maldives set the standard for luxury holidays, with some of the most widely renowned all-inclusive resorts on the planet. Conveniently, many of these resorts also happen to be set in front of postcard-perfect peelers like Lohi’s and Pasta Point.
The Sandwich Isles are one of the most popular destination wedding locations on the planet—and since you are already there for the ceremony, you might as well stick around for the honeymoon.
Breathtaking vistas, exciting entertainment, world-class spas, and famous hotels make Waikiki and Turtle Bay timeless places to bask in the glow of your new marriage. The consistent waves breaking right out front don’t hurt either.
Whether you are in France, Italy, Spain or Portgual Europe exudes romance. The food, the art, the architecture, the scenery—hell, the locals even speak “romance” languages. All four countries also enjoy swell windows of varying consistency, both in the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Come in fall, when the weather is best and the waves are cranking, and everyone goes home happy.
For those who want a bit of culture with their tropical romance, the Island of the Gods is the obvious answer. From exclusive resorts and secluded bungalows to black sand beaches and the culture and arts centre of Ubud, Bali is a no-brainer for a honeymoon. It’s also cheap, friendly, politically stable, and easy to get to. Oh, and it’s one of the best surf destinations on the planet.