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Being an Australian and travelling a lot, people are always asking me if I can surf - apparently that's a stereotype of us.

So right now I'm on the other side of the world in Tbilisi, Georgia and some locals are telling me it's their dream to learn to surf. But where on earth would be the closest surf spot to here?

There's no surf on the Black Sea or the Mediterranean. There is some very good but very cold surf in Ireland and Scotland. I think there is some surf off France. But what about in the Middle East or India? I know you can surf in The Philippines but is that any closer to Tbilisi than California or Hawaii?

If you wanted to go on a crazy adventure with a surfboard and a van or hitchhiking out of Tbilisi Georgia, would it be possible to get somewhere where you can surf?

(Flying answers are probably not in the spirit of the question if they involve flying half way around the world.)

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we kitesurf on tbilisi lake see a video here –  user7417 Jul 7 '13 at 6:34
    
There is surf in both the black sea and the Caspian sea: redbullusa.com/cs/Satellite/en_US/Video/… –  user7585 Jul 19 '13 at 8:25
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Caspian Sea is quite good for surfing. My hometown even holds competitions on kite-surfing. The best time for this is in August and September. Later is bit dodgy as waves are really high and water is cold. So I would advice to go to Makhachkala.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcvgxA6y7UA

N.B. Be careful nowadays it’s not the safest place in the world :(

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There's no surf on the Black Sea or the Mediterranean

Are you sure?

There are some nice spots in Turkey. The most famous ones are located on the Aegean Sea. I would be more than surprised if there was no surfing spot in or around Kilyos, a suburb of Istanbul located on the shores of the Black Sea.

I do not want to lure the readers away, but I would ask the question on the Turkey Travel Planner Forum, which is an excellent resource on Turkey ...

On the Russian side, I would have a look at Sotchi. But I do not know if it is easy to get there overland from Georgia.

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I'm pretty sure that surfing requires waves resulting from tides. I hear surfers talk about waves resulting from wind derisively. But I'm not a surfer so maybe those kinds of waves are good for learners. –  hippietrail Nov 14 '11 at 20:10
    
Doing some Google Image searching I can only find photos of sailboarding on the Aegean at by Sochi, but it does indeed look like there is surf in Kilyos! –  hippietrail Nov 14 '11 at 20:14
    
Are you confusing surfing with windsurfing? I was just in Turkey and went windsurfing in Alacati. I asked a Turkish friend about surfing, and his response was "Hmm...I saw a wave in Turkey once. I think..." :) –  Jer Dec 4 '11 at 19:06
    
Well ... Yes. If you believe that he answer is wide off the mark, I will delete it. –  user766 Dec 4 '11 at 19:17
    
I once read an article in the magazine 'the surfer's path' about surfing off the black sea coastline, but I think it was in the winter. –  Andrew Welch yesterday
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