Netherlands

Netherlands

Europe
LAST UPDATED 29/08/2008
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Level of surfing

Beginner

Quality of surf

Average

Call code

31

Net code

nl

Area

41526

Coastline

451 km

Climate

Temperate; marine; cool summers and mild winters

Hazards

None

Best Months

November - January

Population

16570613

Currency

Euro (EUR)

Time Zone

CET (UTC+1) DST CEST (UTC+2)

Special Requirements

Private Beaches

surfing

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NASA: Den Helder, The Netherlands; 2005

The Netherlands makes the most of her shore line with some fun beachbreaks. Its all mainly windswell dependent unfortunately with December to February offering the best chance of a decent swell to build up during that time. This is winter of course in the Northern Hemisphere and you may be surfing with snow on the beach - everyone should do this at least once in their lives.

There are a number of piers and groynes that have been constructed along the beach and these have served to actually pool the sandbanks in various places offering what can sometimes be a very good wave. Den Helder to the north will offer you your best chance of success.

The odd storm cell that threads its way from Scotland and spins away in the near landlocked body of water to the north of Belgium will offer a few rare gems along the coast. Bring everything you have made of rubber for this trip. 

what to pack

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Cserlajos: Nike Cortez 'TB trainers; 7 January 2007

A small backpack makes a good carryon bag and will be useful in daily life.  Women: remember to take a good flat pair of shoe's.... And for everybody: pair of comfortable walking shoes will be great for sightseeing. Beach clothing & sandals will be useful if you are going in the warm season. Try to choose classics, and items that you can mix and match. Have at least one set of nicer clothing for more formal occasions.

Definitely take along some bug repellent spray, good sunscreen and sunglasses! Better take your medicines with you (esp. anti hastamine tablets), as the brands can be unfamiliar. By the way, getting a trip medical insurance would be a good idea.

All the gear if you plan to camp: a good sleeping bag and tent that are good for very low temp; special gas container u can use for heating food and water; a sturdy backpack or a cargo pack with a good daypack. Invest in a portable water filter or at least take some puri-tabs or boil the water.

Bring plenty of memory for digital cameras and bring plenty of batteries.

Everything can be bought in Netherlands, but again, travelling to the remote areas, better to bring everything with you.

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