This piece originally appeared on Travel + Leisure.
Learning to surf can be as hard as it looks. After all, humans weren't really built to stand on water. But with the help of friendly waves, warm ocean temperatures, and dedicated on-site instructors, the chances of catching your first wave are high at these beginner-friendly beaches.
Byron Bay, Australia
A premier surfing destination that can be enjoyed year-round, thousands of travelers experience their first waves and wipe-outs in Byron Bay. For good reason, too. There are a number of surf schools to choose from, and a welcoming, new-age hippy vibe that makes wiping out easier to handle.