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Re:warm beginner waves & tropical setting: jan- fe - 2009/05/30 06:49 Hey Liquid Peace, thanks for sharing Uh, once you realize the world is big and you haven't seen much you just don't know where to start... but I guess now I have a few options I can check out in detail.

Also thanks for your advice of going on my own. I can be a bit of a chicken which is part of my motivation to finally make that trip! I meet people easily anyway, and should be fine using common sense, and I love reading, too
Regardless of my friends (who all work in 9 to 5 jobs or have small kids) I will make this trip. It cannot be postponed another year
Thanks again
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Re:warm beginner waves & tropical setting: jan- feb - 2009/06/06 09:24 Lilo,

I would recommend Wales, definitely no sharks or poisonous jellyfish!! You could learn to surf at my surf school - check out www.Llangennithsurfschool.com (blatant advertising).

Only joking....I would recommend South Africa for the winter months. The whole country is just awesome. i didn't go this winter just gone and boy I regret it. Okay there maybe sharks but accidents dangers exist around every corner in all shapes and forms, life is short to worry about things that will probably never happen.

Best of luck with your travels and surfing.

Surfguy888
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Re:warm beginner waves & tropical setting: jan- feb - 2009/06/07 02:23 as soon as I read all of those requirements, I instantly thought about Tobago. It has all you need, but at the same time is so relaxing and laid back it's unreal. At that time of year, there are waves, and there are two local guys down at the beach who teach surfing, and are very accomodating. I am from Trinidad and Tobago, and although I don't live there right now, every time I go home, I visit Tobago for the waves.
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Re:warm beginner waves & tropical setting: jan- feb - 2009/11/11 05:27 Hey,
Definitely look at Sri Lanka. Dec-Feb is peak time for the west side of the island, i.e. around the Hikkaduwa area. Midigama is a nice left hand reef, very forgiving, and made for longboards. Some steeper rights further along. All very chilled and no crowds.
Rich
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Re:warm beginner waves & tropical setting: jan- feb - 2009/11/12 05:50 Hi Lilo,

After reading your post and your answers, I really think you should consider Cabarete in the Dominican Republic.

I came to Cabarete the first time 4.5 years ago and started surfing. I got totally stoked and since that time I change a lot of things. Usually I am from Munich but since a while I am living here in Cabarete, D.R. and managing a very nice apartment Hotel built up for Surfers, Kitesurfers and other active people. Our place is located right at the main Surfbeach Playa Encuentro in a beautiful surrunding.
The spot here is perfect for all kinds of surfers, no matter if they are really good or just beginners. At the beach you can find some Surf schools with instructors and boards.
We get a lot of guest from Germany, Holland, Italy and so on who all want to lern surfing here and they have a great time. The locals are friendly (opposite to some other places) and there is a lot of space in the water. No worries about Sharks, Jellyfish or anything else-)

About your allgergies, our apartments all have a private kitchen and you have a wide selection of good quality food in the supermarkets. Cabarete is kind of a special place here in the D.R., because a lot of western watersport people (kiters, windsurfers, surfers) have settled down here and also opened restaurants, bars and so on.

Apart from the Surf, Cabarete is a great place with a really cool vibe. Lots of nice bars and restaurants on the beach and a pumpin nightlife. Cabarete is not a dangerous place at all, so no worries about that.

Have a look at our website www.hookedcabarete.com to see more informaton about the surfing and Cabarete or write me a mail if you want.

Best regards from Hooked
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