Surfing has become one of the very most popular holiday pursuits

This is a great thing as there is no better way of getting fit than spending a few hours surfing in choppy seas.

Of course you cannot surf simply anywhere and you also need to find an excellent beach with excellent waves - there are a few destinations that are particularly just the thing for this sport.

Australia could be the mecca of surfing so its along with my list. This owes to its great waves and its particular proximity to Australia, a nation of obsessive surfers.

Byron Bay, found on the far north coast of NSW, is not a major metropolitan center by any stretch from the imagination. There are thousands of surf shops here which means you should have no problem renting gear. Rythm Surf Wear Byron Bay

Today, surfers and alternative lifestylers mix freely with families and jet-setting tourists in Byron Bay.