Outdoor Adventure / Seasonal January 8, 2019

5 Reasons to Give Winter Surfing a Chance in Halifax

Winter surfing isn’t for everyone, but if you’re looking for a different kind of surf escape, far from the busy beaches of Costa Rica or Mexico, Halifax is the place to go. You might be wondering why anyone would be crazy enough to hop in the frigid Atlantic while the sandy beaches are hidden under a gelid layer of water powder.

Well, read on to discover 5 reasons you should give winter surfing in the Halifax region a chance.

1 – The surf season doesn’t end in October.

Surfing in the Halifax region is a year-round activity. Local surfers actually look forward to the winter surf season, thanks to consistent swells and less crowded line-ups.

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2 – Cold water but warm vibes.

Although the water temperature can drop to a only few degrees above freezing in the winter months, the vibes are warm. We all know that Nova Scotians are friendly and that doesn’t change in the frigid winter surf line-ups. Consistent waves and warm-hearted people can make for a fun session despite the chilly air and water.

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3 – Swells just keep coming.

Big winter swells light up the East Coast, making Nova Scotia a perfect option for winter surfing. It’s important to note that winter surfing isn’t for beginners and bigger days should be reserved for those with more experience! You should never surf alone, especially in the winter season.

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4 – It’s easy to rent gear.

If you’re just visiting or you’re a local but don’t have your own winter gear, don’t fret – East Coast Surf School has you covered. They offer rentals on full winter suits with hoods, mitts, booties, and surfboards.

Rentals must be booked a day in advance, which is great because they’ll take a look at the forecasted conditions and help determine if it’s a good day for your skill level. 

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5 – You can easily find places to stay near the surf.

The best places to winter surf around Halifax are Lawrencetown Beach Provincial Park, Martinique Beach Provincial Park, and White Point Beach.

If you’re looking for accommodations near Lawrencetown Beach, book a cozy cabin at Lawrencetown Lodge. After a session of paddling, retreat to your own wood-fired cedar barrel hot tub nestled within the trees – you won’t be disappointed.

 White Point Beach Resort is also a destination that gives surfers a warm welcome and offers some awesome amenities that will make your stay one to remember.

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Winter surfing is a unique experience that isn’t always for everyone, but if you want to give it a try, Halifax is the place to do so!

If you haven’t tried surfing but have always wanted to give it a go, check out the TOP 5 Reasons That Halifax is the Best Place to Learn to Surf.

If you’d rather spend the winter safely on dry land (which we can FULLY appreciate!), check out some of the other great things that you can do in Halifax during these chillier months:

4 ways to fall in LOVE with winter in Halifax
– Everything you need to know about having fun in Halifax this winter
– What To Pack For A Winter Vacation To Halifax
– Top 5 Reasons to Visit Peggy’s Cove During Winter
– Halifax Waterfront To Do List – WINTER Edition
– 5 snowshoe walks you MUST experience in Halifax
– THIS is why you should visit a snowy beach in Halifax
– Where to Cross Country Ski in Halifax!
– Top 5 Tobogganing Hills in Halifax
– Things to Do In and Around Halifax – Indoor Edition

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