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America remains the most popular destination for surf lessons, but the second most expensive while Ecuador is the cheapest

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 20 July, 2017 - The Surf Lesson Price Index compiled by tech travel company has ranked American Surf Schools as the 2nd most expensive country in the world for a surf lesson at $85, with Norway the most expensive at $128.

Ecuador is the cheapest place in the world for a surf lesson at $22.

America remains the most popular destination for surf lessons in 2016 with 12% of bookings going to the US and Hawaii. You will find every type of wave in America; the country receives swell from the Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf of Mexico and even from the Great Lakes. Australia is second with 10%. The next highest is Portugal at 8%. Costa Rica and Indonesia are joint 4th with 7%. 

Of Americans that travelled for surf lessons, 22% of them favoured Costa Rica. Mexico was the next most popular at 18%, and Europe third with 17%. Portugal is the most popular European destination for Americans at 7%. Other popular destinations include Indonesia, Nicaragua and Barbados.

The Surf Lesson Price Index analysed surf lesson booking data from over 1,250 surf schools around the world. 

Surfholidays provides booking software to surf schools and surf camps. Its technology analysed the different cost of a surf lessons throughout 35 different surf countries and which countries people were travelling to for surf. CEO Nicky Kelly said “Surfing continues its strong growth as a holiday activity. Increasingly Americans are travelling to Europe to find the best waves. Price or proximity to the waves is not a factor. The availability of cheap air carriers, has made it easier for surfers to cross the world, and our technology allows them book lessons and accommodation in advance so all they have to think about is chasing their next wave.”


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