Avon Beach, Dorset, England
Probably the most trendy windsurfing spot in Great Britain, Avon Beach is located at the mouth of the Avon River in Christchurch harbor.
Part of the attraction is that it's ideal for all levels.
The sand bar is shallow enough to pick up waves (up to four meters) even with a limited swell running beneath.
After storms pass, the spot turns into a magnet for addicts who come for the high waves and break points.
Most of the area's shops rent gear and there are plenty of surf schools (Shoresports and Avonmouth Watersports), where you can find all the essential equipment.
Peniche Peninsula, Portugal
One of the most powerful swells in Portugal is located on the coastline just south of Peniche Peninsula.
Local wave riders have nicknamed the perfect wave here "Supertubos" ("Supertubes"), a fast, barreling tubular wave.
Those supertubos are for advanced surfers with barrel experience.
Due to the quality of the waves, this spot gets busy in the summer.
SBOSurf, a well equipped surfing school and shop, organizes surf safaris to the peninsula's Silver Coast, as well as surfing holiday packages.
Les Culs Nus Beach, Hossegor, France
Les Culs Nus -- "the naked butts" in French -- was originally a nudist beach.
Today, it's a crowded surf hangout tossing out one of the best beach breaks in the Hossegor area, right in front of the Bay of Biscay.
Surfers flock here in winter, when the consistent, powerful five-meter waves break on the exposed Atlantic coast.
Thanks to the fame of Les Culs Nus, the entire Hossegor coastal area has become a surfing microcosm filled with outstanding schools, surf camps and hostels where you'll find everything from equipment to accommodation, food, lessons, surf tours and events.
Located on a long sandy beach within walking distance of the best surf spots, the Koala surf camp is a 13-person guesthouse for traveling surfers who don't mind sharing an open space loft.
Eisbach River, Munich, Germany
Munich authorities have long tried to ban canal surfing in Eisbach's artificial stream, a trend that kicked off in the 1970s and remains a top tourist attraction.
It's tough though, and not just because the "ice brook" ("eisbach" to Germans) is freezing cold.
River surfing is more difficult than any other type of surfing. You've got to surf in place, on a "stationary" wave, trying to keep your balance as water churns beneath you.
Eisbach's swell is the result of fast pumping water pushing at a rate of 20 tons per second, which crashes into a rock and forms a crest.
Just 15 meters wide and five meters deep, only one person can surf at a time on Eisbach's rough, one-meter standing wave.
Surfers wait in line along the banks of the river, which runs through the city's main park.