5 reasons Halifax is the best place to learn how to surf!
If you are visiting Halifax or live here in the region and want to learn how to surf, then you are in luck! Halifax is an amazing place to learn how to master the sport, and here are 5 reasons why:
- Coastal access: The best spot to learn how to surf in Nova Scotia is just a short drive from Halifax’s urban core. Lawrencetown Beach Provincial Park is the most well-known surf spot around Halifax and there’s a good reason for that, as the conditions are ideal for new surfers.
- Support local: Surfing is a great way to support our local economy and have fun while doing it. You’ll find plenty of locally owned businesses to rent or purchase surf boards and gear, take individual or group lessons. More details below!
- Surfing is for any age: Surfing is not a sport exclusive to the young and athletic. In Halifax, surfing is enjoyed by people of all ages and is not an activity that needs to be learned as a child. You’re never too old or young (minimum age limit is 5 years old for some surf schools in the region) to enjoy riding waves.
- Community support: Thanks to organizations like the Surfing Association of Nova Scotia, surfing in the Halifax continues to grow and support a fun and respectful surf community. Surfing in Nova Scotia is always a great way to meet like-minded people and build life-long friendships.
- There are waves for everyone: As a learner, it’s best to plan your surf trip or lesson when the days are longer and the weather and water are warmer. Around summer (May to September) is the best time to learn how to surf in Halifax.
Along with warmer temperatures, summer also brings small-to-medium waves. Winter waves are big and chilly, and should be reserved for those with more experience.
- East Coast Surf School, which also houses Quiksilver Surf Camps and One Life Surf Lessons
- Kannon Beach Wind and Surf Shop
- Happy Dudes Surf Emporium
Photos taken by Nico Manos, owner of East Coast Surf School and Haley Kerr