Tom Lowe, Old Albion. Photo: Al Mackinnon

Surf trips, of course, needn’t have to involve long haul flights, inoculations, equatorial sun and rice-based cuisine.

Surf Consistency: 5 Wave Variety: 5

Climate: 2 Budget: 3 Radness: 4

They needn’t entail eighteen months of fiscal austerity in order to save up for them, nor months of credit card burden upon return.

At their best, surf trips are an escape from the daily routine. A bolt for freedom. They are this weekend, this afternoon, now.

A gaze beyond rolling green hills, then a journey to their end.

An embracing dunk in the bracing brine.

Up the road, down the coast. Go tripping.