When you think about surfers, chances are you have a quite specific image in mind. Endless beaches, blue, steady waves and an always-present sun. Let’s add some palm trees and a coconut cocktail – just for fun – and that’s it. There you go. That’s the typical surf setting. Yet it doesn’t have to be. There are other options if you wish to hit the waves. Because while a sunny destination is undoubtedly a nice plus, you can also have a great surfing session in less tropical places.
With Covid-19 running our lives in 2020, we are forced to rethink our usual travel plans. Going to a destination far away just for a week of surfing fun might not be possible right now – wether it is because of the travel restrictions or your slightly more limited budget. And you know what? That’s ok. Sometimes less is more. And that may also be the case for your surfing trip this year. If you are living in Europe and you don’t have a surfing spot nearby, you could head to a little Danish town called Klitmøller.
1. Danish surfing culture?
While Klitmøller obviously has been around for a while, the town only recently gained the attention of surfers. Surfing is by no means part of the Danish culture but many Danes enjoy to hit the waves from time to time. Some of them already discovered Klitmøller a long time ago, some of them saw their travel plans cancelled and stumbled across the local surfing town while searching for alternatives. But no matter how they got there, Klitmøller turns out to be a big hit.
2. A grey and chilly Hawaii
The town is located on the Northwest coast of Denmark and usually looks grey and feels chilly. No sign of palm trees and coconuts whatsoever. But thanks to the great amount of surfers who gather here daily, Klitmøller is now also known as the ‘Cold Hawaii’. Thanks to the Northern storms that pass here on a regular base (especially during the winter months) the waves offer a nice challenge for surfers of all ages. Back in the nineties and nullies, surfing wasn’t really appreciated by the locals. It took quite some convincing to show them that Klitmøller, as the ‘Cold Hawaii’, could actually profit from the sports activity. Now, twenty years later, surfing schools and camps are part of daily live in the coast town. So if you are still looking for the perfect surfing vacation, Klitmøller might be it. Just imagine this for a moment: you get back from a day in the sea, you are cold and tired. But then you get to your house or hotel room and can enjoy some of the Danish Hygge. Snuggle up under a cozy blanket and drink a hot chocolate. Honestly, it doesn’t get much better, does it?
For more information on Klitmøller you can visit the town’s website.