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Grande Plage, Biarritz, France
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Balangan, Bali, Indonesia
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Wategos, Byron Bay, Australia
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Sennen, Cornwall, UK
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Izu Shirohama, Japan
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Imsouane, Morocco, West Africa
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Cornish Left, Lahinch, Ireland
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The World's Best Surf Spots with Nathan Ball

British singer-songwriter Nathan Ball writes honest and stirring indie music largely inspired by the outdoors and his solo travel trips. His sound combines melancholic lyricism with electronica and his love for the darker side of the house music genre. His tours have taken him across the world and has given him the unique opportunity to explore another of his passions, surfing. As explained in an interview, surfing gives Nathan a chance to unwind. It has meditative properties which truly show to him nature's wonders and strengths. Read below to see Nathan's favourite surf spots across the world.

British singer-songwriter Nathan Ball writes honest and stirring indie music largely inspired by the outdoors and his solo travel trips. His sound combines melancholic lyricism with electronica and his love for the darker side of the house music genre. His tours have taken him across the world and has given him the unique opportunity to explore another of his passions, surfing. As explained in an interview, surfing gives Nathan a chance to unwind. It has meditative properties which truly show to him nature's wonders and strengths. Read below to see Nathan's favourite surf spots across the world.

Grande Plage, Biarritz, France

By no means a secret spot, but this is without a doubt one of my favourite places in the world to surf. Right in the middle of the city, you walk down to the beach barefoot and in boardies alongside the best dressed folk in France. The waves can be world class, but it gets so busy in the height of summer so be prepared to share each wave without about 10 other surfers. Biarritz oozes class; the buildings, the people, the wine, it’s got it all. Within 5 minutes of getting out of the sea you can be sipping back on a St Emilion red at Bar Jean in Les Halles… ultimate vibes. Wasted Talent is well worth a visit up the coast in Hossegor too.

Balangan, Bali, Indonesia

The whole Bukit peninsula has some of the greatest waves I’ve ever seen. World class waves peeling off razor-sharp reefs under gleaming sunshine. I spent a couple of months based in Balangan a few years back, staying with a local legend Froggy. The best thing to do is hire a moped and just explore that whole peninsula, there are world famous waves such as Uluwatu and Padang Padang for the more experienced surfers, and Bingin and Dreamland for those just starting out. It’s a surf trippers dream here, surfing all day interspersed with about 5 Nasi Gorengs followed by a few Bintangs in the evening, before passing out with exhaustion. The people and the culture in Bali are amazing and it’s well worth a trip inland for a true cultural hit too.

Wategos, Byron Bay, Australia

The whole east coast of Australia is awash with incredible surf spots, but for me Wategos always stands out as a favourite trip. Byron Bay is no secret to anyone and when you arrive you can quickly see why. Wategos (round the corner from the Pass) is a longboarders dream! Ideal for any level of surfer, it’s a right hand point break that is fun as hell and every time I’ve surfed here there have been pods of dolphins sharing the waves. The water is crystal clear and the beaches among the most beautiful in the world. Top Shop is the spot for post surf coffees and brekkie and for you early risers, a trip up to the lighthouse to watch the sunrise in the morning is a must.

Sennen, Cornwall, UK

It’s so hard to pick a favourite spot at home, there are so many amazing beaches and fun waves. Granted it’s not the warmest of seas you’ll surf in, but the beaches are in my opinion the most beautiful in the world. Cornwall feels like a world away from the rest of the UK and the further West you go, the more raw and wild it gets. I love everything about this place, the people, the landscape, the stunning little villages; there’s a real magic to it. There are waves for everyone here, no matter what your ability and it’s well worth exploring the whole county; it’s the ultimate setup for a camper trip, so hop in a van and hit the road. Sennen feels like a small slice of paradise to me, the water is turquoise, the scenery is stunning and the sunsets are out of this world.

Izu Shirohama, Japan

Japan is without a doubt the coolest place I’ve ever been. I’ve mostly visited on snowboard trips, but Izu Shirohama is well worth a look if surfing is your thing. It reminds me a lot of Australia; white sand, crystal clear waters and the waves can get very fun. It’s suitable for all abilities and the local surf crowd couldn’t be nicer. Japan as a whole is just mind-blowing in terms of culture; the food, the people, the architecture, the technology… it’s absolutely incredible and I couldn’t recommend it enough. If you’re combining a surf and snowboard trip, hop on the bullet train from Tokyo and head for the hills of Myoko; it feels like a bit of a hidden gem and you can spend days floating through powder in the trees with monkeys in the trees overhead, then settle into the onsen (natural hot baths) with an ice cold beer after a day on the mountains.

Imsouane, Morocco, West Africa

Morocco on the whole is a glorious surf trip for all abilities, in particular Imsouane. We cruised the N1 road out of Agadir, passing incredible spots like Boilers and Anchor Point on the way and headed for the legendary right hand point break of Imsouane. I’ve had a few leg-burning waves around the world, but this wave just goes on forever! Set to a backdrop of stunning hills and fishing boats heading out for their daily catch, these waves can go for 600 metres and you don’t even have to paddle back, just hop off onto the beach and walk back round, jump off the harbour and you’re at the take off spot again… It’s a long boarders dream! There are some great shacks serving fish caught fresh off the boat and lots of places to stay if you fancy endless days of endless waves.

Cornish Left, Lahinch, Ireland

A couple of years ago I hopped in my van with a few friends and headed straight for the west coast of Ireland in search of waves. We scored the second we arrived with head high lefts peeling off the reef at Cornish Left with only 2 other surfers out. We surfed for about 6 hours a day, and couldn’t believe our luck. There are waves for everyone in Ireland, from deathly slabs at Mullaghmore, to cruisey beach breaks at Lahinch and the local community are so welcoming. A lot of the crew we would see in the pubs at night and have a good chat to over a fair few ales. The pubs were one of my favourite things in Ireland; after a long day of surfing, settling in to a cosy pub with an Irish stew and a few pints of Guinness listening to a little folk band jamming away in the corner is as good as it gets. The scenery is absolutely stunning around Ireland, the roads wind through stunning hills and countryside and the cliffs of Moher are one of the most jaw-dropping places I’ve ever seen.