BoardingCollageWith winter season approaching some of us are looking forward to grabbing our boards. Whether you are grabbing your snowboard to shred the slopes or you are grabbing your surfboard to shred some waves: StudentUniverse has some new destinations for you to go. These destinations aren’t your typical global hot spots, but rather the unknown locations that provide an epic ride.

Surfing

Lighthouse Beach, Kovalam, India: With an artificial reef 150 meters off of this beach, Lighthouse Beach has become India’s surf central. The beach provides surfers with great swell and even hosts surfing competitions , such as the Spice Coast Open. India has 4,700 miles of coastline, with some of the best waves hitting Lighthouse Beach.

Lake Tahoe, Nevada/California: As fall end and winter approaches the crystal clear water of Lake Tahoe becomes chilly, but it’s worth it for those surfers who want both a snowboarding and surfing experience. With the Sierra Nevada being located right there as well, Lake Tahoe provides the opportunity to hit the slopes followed by a cool down surfing session.

The Almadies Peninsula, Senegal: On the westernmost point of Africa, this peninsula is home to one of the largest swell windows in the world. Another bonus to this destinations is that it’s rare to find more than 15 people at any location, so riders have plenty of space to roam. In the heart of winter the water temperature will drop slightly below 65°F, otherwise the water temperature is ideal for surfers.

Special K, Samoa: To get to this beautiful location surfers must take a boat 500 meters off the southern coast. Once there surfers will be nothing short of peaceful as they try out the swell in middle of the ocean. With this island being in the middle of a tropical zone, Special K in Samoa is a breathtaking experience.

Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka: Aruguam Bay provides one of the most unique surfing experiences. After a long day of surfing this destinations right hand peaks, surfers share the beach with wild elephants and monkeys that live in the nearby forest. Whether you’re in the water or on the beach Arugam Bay is a must visit.

Snowboarding

Field, British Colombia: Field belongs to the Canadian Rockies and is complimented to breathtaking scenic backcountry. Field is home to two major ski resorts, one of them being Lake Louise, one of the finer resorts in the Canadian Rockies. Field is known for its endless backcountry skiing opportunities to go alone with its infinite background beauty.

Bansko, Bulgaria: Located at the foot of the Pirin Mountains, the Bansko resort is the best winter resort in Bulgaria. The snow conditions at this resort are excellent, with the snow cover remaining from December till May thanks to the 44 Techno alpine snow cannons that cover most of the slopes. Bansko offers a variety of ski runs:  a 5 km cross-country track, a 3 km Rollbahn ski run, slalom and giant slalom ski runs, etc.

Davraz, Turkey: One of Europe’s best kept secrets, Davraz is quickly becoming a new snowboarding and skiing destination . There aren’t many places where people can enjoy snowboarding yet still be able to access the Mediterranean Sea. Davraz receives 2 meters of snow depth each winter, and just when you thought it couldn’t get better it is located in the middle of three crystal lakes offering some of the most pristine views.

Aviemore, Scotland: Aviemore is known for providing snowboarders with some of the best scenery to shred to. When conditions are good there are thirty available slopes best for beginners and intermediates between early December through to mid-May. For the more advanced skiers looking for more challenge than scenery, head to Nevis Range resort at Fort William.

Revelstoke, Canada: Revelstoke is the only place in the world that offers ski lifts, cat skiing, and heli-skiing under one roof. Revelstoke has some of the best powder for snowboarders and the terrain is suitable for all levels of boarders. Surrounded by the Monashee Mountains, this resort may be too good to be true.

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