Tel Aviv-Jaffa Surfing

About Tel Aviv-Jaffa

The Middle East is the only part of the mid-latitudes where surfing has never taken off. There is certainly surf in Yemen, Oman and Pakistan with their Indian Ocean coastlines open to S swells but for political reasons they are not classed as surf destinations. Israel, on the eastern Mediterranean coast, may seem an odd place to surf, having never been known for its consistency or quality. Its not the place you'd go for a hard-core surftrip, where rideable swell is by no means guaranteed, so a blend of patience and luck is a must. However, in this land where western civilisation began, there is no shortage of cultural diversions to wile away the time during flat spells. It's the feeling of surfing somewhere very different that is the reward.

Pros

  • Unusual place to surf

  • Good sandbank jetties

  • Historical sites

  • Top quality hotels

  • Israeli culture

Cons

  • Inconsistent mushy waves

  • Crowded line-ups

  • Parking hassles

  • Fairly expensive

  • Civil unrest

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