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Many people dream of surfing in Hawaii and Indo due to the warm water and perfect reeling waves. But the crowds really put a big dint in the experience, making the wait for a wave ages and the chances of being hit by a loose board goes up.

For me I have no problem surfing the cold water breaks of Yorkshire, the waves might not be perfect all of the time, but occasionally they get incredible and when that happens the line-ups get busier but nowhere near as crowded as places like Pipeline.

Small waves, but no other surfers getting in the way.

It’s rare but not unheard of to score empty waves on this coast, usually it’s down to a dawn patrol or catching the swell if it arrives early, something that is almost impossible at some of the world’s most well known spots.

So if you want waves to yourself, get off the beaten track, prepare to get cold and settle for waves that aren’t quite perfect. Your wave count will go up and the stoke you get from discovering a new spot (or quieter spot) is pretty special.

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