Nick Crook

A man wearing swimming shorts, a t-shirt and a hat standing barefoot on the beach with a dramatic sunset behind him.

The Soho House London member and founder of Boardies swimwear takes us on a tour of his favourite beaches around the world

Batu Bolong – Bali, Indonesia
‘Recently I was living in Bali and learnt to surf on this beach. World-class waves, epic sunsets and fresh coconuts make this a favourite spot.’  
Bondi Beach – Sydney, Australia
‘While being a bit of a cliche, there are good reasons why Bondi is world-famous. A long and wide beach, Bondi has it all, from surfing to yoga, scenic coastal walks, amazing coffee spots, and a community vibe.

Every Friday morning, I would take part in a weekly event called Fluro Friday, part of the charity One Wave, helping to raise awareness for mental health via surfing and a friendship group.’


A large beach next to a town on a sunny day.

Shark Bay – Sydney, Australia
‘An awesome little spot in Sydney near Nielsen Park where I would spend Boxing Day each year with my family. Great for picnics and family days on the beach. Despite the name, the beach is protected with shark nets and the swell is really mellow; it’s perfect for swimming.’ 
Venice Beach – Los Angeles, US
‘Being a fan of all things surf-, skate- and basketball-related, Venice has it all. Vintage shopping, quirky people and 1980s throwbacks all make this a fun place.’

Surfers riding a long wave.

Santa Cruz – California, US
‘This beach has a huge boardwalk filled with amusements, giant roller coasters, and a pier. It’s where the cult movie The Lost Boys was filmed, and visiting there is always so nostalgic. Santa Cruz is as classic American beach town as it gets.’
Newquay – Cornwall, UK
‘I spent some time in Cornwall this summer and it honestly felt like being abroad. I was amazed at the scenery, relaxed vibe, and stunning beaches. We’ll be back again soon.’
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