The Best Surf Destinations in January

Looking for the best surf destinations in January? We’ve got you covered. Over the past year, our team have worked tirelessly to compile a detailed list of the surfing conditions in more than 30 countries around the world. Keep reading to see a comprehensive breakdown of where to surf and when. 

Best Surf Destinations in January For Beginners

If you’re looking to try surfing for the first time this January, think blue skies and sunshine. All the best surf destinations for beginners in January benefit from tropical climes and warm waters. Meaning you can enjoy a warm weather vacation while learning to ride your first wave in no more than a bikini, in destinations like Costa Rica, Nicaragua, or even Sri Lanka.

Average air temp

27°C / 80.6°F

Average rainfall

62mm

Average SWELL

1.5-4ft

Average water temp

28°C / 82.4°F

Wetsuit

Boardshorts / Bikini

Average air temp

27°C / 80.6°F

Average rainfall

4mm

Average SWELL

1.5-4ft

Average water temp

28°C / 82.4°F

Wetsuit

Boardshorts / Bikini

Average air temp

27°C / 80.6°F

Average rainfall

18mm

Average SWELL

1.5-4ft

Average water temp

27°C / 80.6°F

Wetsuit

Boardshorts / Bikini

Average air temp

19°C / 66.2°F

Average rainfall

3mm

Average SWELL

1.5-4ft

Average water temp

24°C / 75.2°F

Wetsuit

Boardshorts / Bikini

Average air temp

27°C / 80.6°F

Average rainfall

75mm

Average SWELL

1.5-4ft

Average water temp

28°C / 82.4°F

Wetsuit

Boardshorts / Bikini

Best Surf Destinations in January For Intermediate Surfers

For improvers looking to catch their first green waves or something more challenging, January is a great time of year to head out to Bali. The weather is warm, the waves are consistent, and you can’t go wrong with the island vibes. Lanzarote and Fuerteventura also have some solid waves in January, great if you’re based in Europe and you’re looking for a quick trip.

The Pacific islands and Australia throw out some sound waves for intermediate surfers in January. But, watch out for the rainy season, it can make surf spots unreliable and unpredictable.

Average air temp

19°C / 66.2°F

Average rainfall

64mm

Average SWELL

4-6.5ft

Average water temp

15°C / 59°F

Wetsuit

4/3mm Full Suit

Average air temp

26°C / 78.8°F

Average rainfall

90mm

Average SWELL

4-6.5ft

Average water temp

29°C / 84.2°F

Wetsuit

Boardshorts / Bikini

Average air temp

28°C / 82.4°F

Average rainfall

333mm

Average SWELL

4-6.5ft

Average water temp

29°C / 84.2°F

Wetsuit

Boardshorts / Bikini

Average air temp

24°C / 75.2°F

Average rainfall

165mm

Average SWELL

4-6.5ft

Average water temp

26°C / 78.8°F

Wetsuit

Boardshorts / Bikini

Average air temp

28°C / 82.4°F

Average rainfall

240mm

Average SWELL

4-6.5ft

Average water temp

28°C / 82.4°F

Wetsuit

Boardshorts / Bikini

Average air temp

29°C / 84.2°F

Average rainfall

290mm

Average SWELL

4-6.5ft

Average water temp

28°C / 82.4°F

Wetsuit

Boardshorts / Bikini

Average air temp

17°C / 62.6°F

Average rainfall

16mm

Average SWELL

4-6.5ft

Average water temp

19°C / 66.2°F

Wetsuit

3/2mm Spring Suit

Average air temp

18°C / 64.4°F

Average rainfall

14mm

Average SWELL

4-6.5ft

Average water temp

19°C / 66.2°F

Wetsuit

3/2mm Spring Suit

Average air temp

4°C / 39.2°F

Average rainfall

80mm

Average SWELL

4-6.5ft

Average water temp

9°C / 48.2°F

Wetsuit

6/5mm Full Suit

Average air temp

27°C / 80.6°F

Average rainfall

314mm

Average SWELL

4-6.5ft

Average water temp

29°C / 84.2°F

Wetsuit

Boardshorts / Bikini

Best Surf Destinations in January For Advanced Surfers

Looking for monster waves? If you can brave the cold, you’ll find awesome waves in Europe. And, if you’re really brave, January is known to be one of the best times to visit the infamous Nazare in Portugal.

But if you’re looking for something a bit warmer, Morocco is a great winter destination for Advanced surfers. And for more tropical vibes head to Hawaii to really see it pump.

Average air temp

11°C / 51.8°F

Average rainfall

100mm

Average SWELL

6.5-10ft

Average water temp

16°C / 60.8°F

Wetsuit

4/3mm Full Suit

Average air temp

15°C / 59°F

Average rainfall

37mm

Average SWELL

6.5-10ft

Average water temp

18°C / 64.4°F

Wetsuit

3/2mm Spring Suit

Average air temp

8°C / 46.4°F

Average rainfall

110mm

Average SWELL

6.5-10ft

Average water temp

11°C / 51.8°F

Wetsuit

5/4mm Full Suit

Average air temp

11°C / 51.8°F

Average rainfall

110mm

Average SWELL

6.5-10ft

Average water temp

13°C / 55.4°F

Wetsuit

5/4mm Full Suit

Average air temp

10°C / 50°F

Average rainfall

128mm

Average SWELL

6.5-10ft

Average water temp

17°C / 62.6°F

Wetsuit

4/3mm Full Suit

Average air temp

26°C / 78.8°F

Average rainfall

808mm

Average SWELL

6.5-10ft

Average water temp

28°C / 82.4°F

Wetsuit

Boardshorts / Bikini

Average air temp

24°C / 75.2°F

Average rainfall

78mm

Average SWELL

6.5-10ft

Average water temp

25°C / 77°F

Wetsuit

Boardshorts / Bikini

Enjoyed reading about the best surf destinations in January? We’ve created a destination guide for every month of the year, take a look here.

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