The Mediterranean Coastline gives rise to loads of opportunities for surfing in Israel, ranging from urban surfing in Tel Aviv to surfing in the rural parts of the Mediterranean Coastal Plain. As well as traditional surfing, windsurfing in Israel is especially popular, with a number of recent Olympic medal winners coming from the country, whilst kitesurfing in Israel is also popular. Since the first surfboard was brought to Israel by a Californian doctor in the 1950’s, it is safe to say that Israelis have developed into a country which has embraced surfing, and as soon as the waves get good, the beaches become dotted with surfers of all abilities.
Surfing in Tel Aviv by Flickr user werkunz1
Surfing in Tel Aviv is incredibly popular. Surf schools dot the city’s coastline, and surf-boards are constantly seen around the city, usually on the side of a moped as its rider nips through the city traffic to the beach. Of individual beaches which make up the long Tel Aviv Beach, Hilton Beach, Maravi Beach, and Dolphinarium Beach are the most popular for surfers due to the wave conditions which are created. You can rent a board or take lessons at the surf-schools at these beaches, and have an unusual experience – surfing in the city.
Tel Aviv is not Israel’s only popular surf-spot. The beach at Herzliya is also very popular with surfers, and when the waves are good, is full of local surfers all year round. Meanwhile, further north you will find surfing in Netanya, surfing in Caesarea, and surfing in the city of Haifa.
Because of the water temperature in the Mediterranean, surfing in Israel happens all-year-round which is great. The water temperature are about 29 degrees Celsius (84 Fahrenheit) in summer, with swells at 1.5 to 3 feet, whilst in winter, water temperatures are about 14 degrees Celsius (57 Fahrenheit) and wave heights reaching up to about 10 feet in rougher conditions.
Where to Surf in Israel
We recommend a hugely prestigious surf school on Israel’s Mediterranean Coast, about 45 minutes north of Tel Aviv. The sea is quiet, the teaching is good, and the experience is exhilarating. Among their past students are an Olympic Gold Medalist so believe us when we say they know what they’re doing!
They run a number of programs perfect for tourists (or residents) – full information on these courses, as well as prices, and the ability to enquire or book can be found on the relevant page: