Described as "an adventure in magnificent settings,” by local surfers, the Falklands beaches and coastline have barely been explored to date. "There are no crowds and on most occasions we share the water with Peale’s Dolphins and have Giant Petrels and other seabirds flying overhead,” said one surfer.
It’s no surprise that the South Atlantic waves rolling into pristine beaches are cold with water temperatures varying little between summer and winter, (7-9C in winter and 8-10C in summer) however this doesn’t deter local surfers who simply recommend a 5mm wetsuit as the minimum requirement to keep out the cold. Hood, booties and gloves are also recommended to keep the extremities warm and a standard surfboard is adequate.
The most commonly surfed spot is Surf Bay just a few minutes drive from Stanley and areas along the north coast of East Falklands have been explored and enjoyed. Although accessible only by boat because of minefields on the shore, Yorke Bay with an easterly wind and swell is heralded as being world class.
With more than 1,000 miles of rugged coastline on both East and West Falklands there are many areas which have rarely been surfed and others that have yet to be discovered and experienced by the more adventurous surfer.
There are no shops selling or renting equipment in the Falklands, however those interested in surfing the Falklands and breaking new waves, can contact local travel agents or get in touch with local surfers on Facebook, at FSC Falklands Surfing Community.
Wind and kite surfing and kayaking are also enjoyed by residents, but are not exploited commercially. There have been several kayaking expeditions in the last year, the most successful of which was a circumnavigation of the Islands by New Yorker Marcus Demuth. After 22 days of paddling an average of 29.1 miles a day he had completed 639 miles around East and West Falkland and only capsized once.