Vegan-Friendly Surfing Destinations
There is no such thing as enjoying the waves on dead polluted oceans. Hence, why many surfers switched to a more eco-friendly lifestyle, like being vegan or vegetarian, and no, you do not need to give up the stoke—you can still enjoy surfing. Follow this vegan-friendly surfers’ guide.
Surfing sure has opened up our eyes to the many ecological problems of our world. After all, it will not be fun to catch a wave threaded with plastic and other nasty substances. Also, marine life plays a crucial role in keeping our oceans alive. That is why it is understandable why most surfers have given up inorganic products and blood-ridden meat to help Mother Nature keep her beauty.
But being vegetarian and vegan goes way beyond food choices. It also affects how you plan your surf trips and choose your next surfing destination. So, we make it easy for you!
In this article:
Vegan vs. Vegetarian: The Difference
- Vegan-friendly Surfing Spots
- Mykonos, Greece
- Noosa Beach, Australia
- Lake Ontario, Canada
- Mawgan Porth, United Kingdom
- Tamarindo, Costa Rica
- Seminyak, Bali
- Majorca, Spain
- Sardigna, Italy
- Vegan-friendly Surfing Gear
Vegan vs. Vegetarian: The Difference
Common misconceptions surround being vegan and vegetarian, as many people often mistake the former as the same for the latter. But being vegan and being a vegetarian is not the same. To put it simply, vegetarians only avoid meat while vegans stay away from every animal product. Also, vegetarians still indulge themselves with dairy and eggs, while vegans are all about plant-based alternatives. So, no, you cannot be a vegan if you think of yourself as a vegetarian.
Vegan-friendly Surfing Spots
Now that you know the difference between veganism and vegetarianism, you can easily choose your itinerary for your surfing trip. You can always find an excellent plant-based restaurant anywhere in the world, but a vegan accommodation? Not. So, let us start with your next vegan-friendly surfing destination.
Where to stay: Koukoumi Hotel
Blessed with cerulean waters, clear skies, and windy coasts—Mykonos, Greece, is one paradise of a destination for wave lovers. Not to mention, Greece is among the countries with a vegetarian-friendly diet. However, if you are vegan, you might have trouble finding true vegan options in Mykonos. So, for vegans looking for an excellent surfing destination around the city of white-washed agriculture, you can stay in the town of Ano Mera at Koukoumi Hotel—the first vegan hotel on the island.
Noosa Beach, Australia
Where to stay: The Beet Retreat
Ber-months are here, and it will surely not forget to bring icy-cold winds with it. But it is always summer somewhere around the world, especially in the land down under—Australia. One of the best places to go surfing is in Noosa Beach, Queensland. You do not have to worry about cold waters as summers in Queensland fall on winter calendar months, so that you will be basking in more or less 31℃ under the sun. Our vegan friends can treat themselves to a summer vegan-friendly holiday at The Beet Retreat, just less than an hour away from Noosa Beach.
Lake Ontario, Canada
Where to stay: Sugar Ridge
Surfing is not only for sandy beaches and saltwater along the coastline; you can also surf on freshwater. If you want to try something new, go lake surfing at Lake Ontario in Canada, and relish your vegan appetite in Sugar Ridge Retreat Centre.
Sure, the waves are not as robust as the ones you see in the ocean, but lake surfing is an excellent place to start if you want to continue honing your surfing skills; take it from the local lake surfing scene experts Rob Baytor and Steve Graham.
Mawgan Porth, United Kingdom
Where to stay: Scarlet Hotel
When it comes to the most vegan-friendly countries, the United Kingdom is consistently among the top five. Its coasts are home to consistent surf conditions, especially around Mawgan Porth, Cornwall. According to The Surf Club Cornwall, the coast’s westerly facing position allows you to surf almost every day under exquisite sunsets. Not to mention, you can find one of the quaint vegan-friendly hotels a few minutes away from the beach at Scarlet Hotel—a lauded hotel with “serious eco-credentials and mesmerizing views over Mawgan Porth beach,” as per The Great British Life.
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Where to stay: Mother Earth Vegan Hotel
If there is any destination that every surfer needs to add to their surfing trip, it must be Costa Rica. And you cannot miss out on Tamarindo—the country’s leading surf town, brimming with tons of surf breaks and excellent surfing camps. Not to mention, it is home to a recently-opened luxury vegan hotel, Mother Earth Vegan Hotel.
Where to stay: Potato Head Studios
Bali is a haven for vegetarians and vegans alike in Southeast Asia. It is also among the cheapest surfing destinations in the world! You will not have trouble finding vegan foods and accommodation around, but why not have a relaxing and luxury stay at Potato Head Studios, a beachfront hotel in Seminyak Beach. It is a great surf spot for beginners and intermediates with moderately high waves and less crowded shores.
Where to stay: Villa Vegana
Majorca is a serene island in the Mediterranean, and a home to beach resorts, limestone mountains, and historical remnants. But it is also an excellent destination to catch surf breaks, being the largest among the Balearic Islands. Barcelo Experiences notes that indifferent opinion towards Majorca surfing is unfair, given that there are “175 days a year when you can surf in at least one part of the island,” and because the island offers an excellent coastal appeal with a “pleasant climate during the four seasons, the warm, crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean.” And you can most likely find vegan accommodation at Villa Vegana.
Where to stay: Terradome
Another excellent surfing destination in the Mediterranean is Sardigna, home to a 1,849 km coastline and epic surf spots all year round. Its location makes it great for cold water surfing during the winter, thanks to strong winds. During summer, you can enjoy intermediate-friendly waves. Vegans and vegetarian surfers can opt to stay at Terradome, less than an hour from Poetto Beach, one of the surfing spots in Sardigna.
Vegan-friendly Surfing Gear
We celebrate World Vegetarian Day every October 1, and what better way to celebrate it than going on a vegan-friendly and/or vegetarian surfing trip?
As you prepare for your next vegan surfing trip, you might as well complete your essentials by getting vegan-friendly surfing gear. Here at Wave Tribe, we are all about the stoke sans severe ecological damage. You can find sustainable gear from our website, including eco-leash from recycled plastics, surf socks and board travel bags made from hemp, and a whole lot more. Check out our website and click Add to Cart now. Also, do not forget to join our Heal the Oceans campaign.
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