Surfs Up Dude: 15 of the Best Surfing Spots
Surfing is an activity that many people wish they can do, some actually learn how to surf and even fewer master surfing. It is an activity that has become a competitive sport and attracts different people for different reasons. One of the major reasons why people surf is because of the locations. Surfing only works on water so naturally beaches are the go to destinations for all surfers. On top of perfect weather conditions, big waves, small crowds, perfect tubes and a lot of space for surfers to ride are some of the things that surfers look for in a surf spot. These destinations have all of them and more.
Gold Coast, Australia
Considered to be ‘surfer’s paradise,’ the Gold Coast has been known for its beaches and four epic point breaks. The Superbank is considered one of the world’s finest breaks. This will give you the ride of your life as it produces tubes and solid walls. Being a major tourist attraction the Gold Coast lures and welcomes the large area that can accommodate all the surfers that flock there. This place should be on all surfers must-visit list.
There are only a few places to go surfing in the United States. One of the best places to go surfing in the United States, is Oahu, Hawaii. The Pipeline in Oahu has been a popular surfing destination and is at the top of every professional surfers list of great surfing spots. Every surfer’s dream is to ride the perfect crest of Pipeline, the big kahuna of all waves. The waves climb over six meters tall revealing the reef laying at the bottom. All real die hard surfers make a pilgrimage to the birth place of surfing at least once in their lives.
Bundoran Beach, County Donegal, Ireland
Ireland isn’t the first place you would think of for surfers to flock to, but on Bundoran Beach in County Donegal, Ireland the surf is great. It may be a little cold for a surfer who is just beginning, but not the seasoned ones. The shimmering green waters with its rolling waves from the Atlantic. These waves are formed as they bounce off of the headlands and flat rock reefs. Bundoran is only a few hours away from the city of Dublin. This is one of the world’s best surfing spots in Europe. Waves here reach an average of 10 feet but it isn’t abnormal to see a wave go well above that.
Mentawai Islands, Indonesia
The Mentawai Islands are made up of 70 wave-rich chains off the western coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. The top picks of the northern and southern points are Pagi, Siparo, and Siberut to experience the best waves in the area. From the months of June to September is the best time to go for consistent surf. Other spots in the Mentawai Islands include Bankvaults, Lance’s Left and Lance’s Right, Macaronis, and for beginners, the Gilligan’s. These spots are only accessible by ferries or charters.
Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa
Known to many surfers as ‘J Bay,’ this is one of the most famous surfing destinations of the world. Jefferey’s Bay is located in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. Long fast barrels off the intense point breaks are in abundance. There are plenty of point breaks to choose from including Boneyards, Kitchen Windows, Magna Tubes, Point, Albatross, and the mother of all waves, Supertubes. Supertubes is something all surfers no matter what level of expertise should see. It offers the highest walls of water in the area where unexpected scenarios can happen when the waves start to roll on over to form their tubes. It’s best to visit J Bay during the South African winter months from June to August. This is also where the annual Billabong Pro WCT is in July.
With over 1,500 miles of coastline in Peru it is easy to find a nice surf spot. Though, there are only a few locals shops who rent surfboards to backpackers and the pebbled beach are surrounded by gray waters, it is still one of the most popular surfing destinations in the world because of its proximity to Lima, Peru. The capital of Peru offers some of the best waves in all South America. The waves range from a meter and up. With waves that won’t break you in half and no crowds to feel embarrassed in front of, Lima is a great place for those who are just learning how to surf.
Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
More than a vacation spot the Canary Islands, Fuerteventura is the Mecca for surfers off the coast of Africa. With temperate climates between 64 to 75 Fahrenheit on a consistent basis, surfers from all over the world will be happy with these weather conditions. This is not a place for beginners or the timid. You will need to fend off some unfriendly and aggressive locals who will not voluntarily give you a turn on their waves. So their will be a paddling race to get a shot at riding the expert level, right-hand tube aka The Bubble. This wave reaches head hieght and sometimes it can be twice as high. Aside from The Bubble, other popular waves include the Rocky Point, Harbour Wall, Shooting Gallery, Generosa Suicides, Mejillonas, El Hierro, German Rights, Cotillo, and Esquinzo, which are best experienced from October to March.
Black Beach, San Diego, California
Black Beach in San Diego is for the seasoned professional surfers due to its powerful breaks that come with strong currents. This is not the place for beginners. Considered one of the best surfing spot in the mainland of the United States, expert surfers flock here from every direction. The wind is not the driving force behind the waves so you can enjoy surfing until there is no more sunlight. My advice is to go during the weekdays, the weekend crowds will prevent any type of surfing.
With all the beaches and beach front cities in Europe, Hossegor, France is dubbed as ‘the surfing capital of Europe’. Located on the Atlantic, Hosseor is also known for the rich and famous mansions and holiday homeowners who lived near its beach. You can watch or join professional surfers as they ride tubes and heavy waves that break on the shallow sandbank. The waves here can rival those in Hawaii, without the corals.
Between Guatemala and Honduras, and bordering the Pacific Ocean, there is El Salvador. It is a natural tourist attraction that is gaining popularity with surfers. Surf spots in El Salvador that are catching the attention of surfers include El Zonte, Sunzal, and La Libertad. These spots are not very crowded. The best time to enjoy the swell is from March to October where you can expect the south swells to get up to 10 feet high. Just look out for the rocky points and bring along your booties.
Legendary on the surfers circuit Costa Rica is a location where most hardcore surfers congregate. They come here for the year-round waves, and the number of great surfing spots as well. April to October is the ideal time to head to Costa Rica. This is when you can expect the coastlines to produce great waves with major swells especially in Playa Naranjo and the river mouth point break at Potrero Grande or Ollies Point. The only obstacle that will keep you from the waves is the poor road systems, but this is a small price to pay for a great ride on the waves. Beginners and experts alike will enjoy the 30-meter waves at the Tamarindo Beach in Tamarindo.
Siargao Island, Philippines
On Siargao Island in the Philippines the popular wave is Cloud Nine. Cloud Nine is a brief moment in heaven. Siargao Island is a place for daredevils who want to experience dramatic and powerful reef breaks that crashes onto shallow razor-sharp coral with left and right rides. Looking at these waves will put you in a hallucination like state and amaze you with their power. This is a surf area that is best left to the pros. The ocean bed can and will rip and break your skin and bones if you slip.
Brazil is also known as a surfer’s playground due to the great consistency and huge variety of its waves. The most popular wave are the Santinho and Mocambique. World-class surf spots in the city of Floripa include the Joaquina Beach, Praia Mole, Campeche, and Lagoinha do Leste. If you are into surfing competitions, go to Sao Francisco do Sul on the east coast for some fun-loving atmosphere and tasty grub as well.
North Male, Maldives
The Maldives is a beautiful destination for everyone who wants to visit, even for surfers. However, it is a little dangerous so you will need to know what you are doing to avoid the hazardous rocks. The Pasta Point is one of the most famous waves in Maldives, its a break that offers both right and left hand rides and 100 meters of pure tube riding out to sea. This wave is an expensive one, costing $343 a night. In order to experience the Pasta Point, you have to be a guest at the exclusive Dhonveli Beach Resort.
The Samoan Islands is a group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, just northeast of Fiji. One of the best surfing destinations due to its warm waters. It’s a tropical paradise, and most importantly, has a consistent quality of waves. From April to October you can ride big waves when they are created by the winds coming from down near Antarctica. There are still plenty of swells coming from every direction the whole year through. Well known waves include Special K, which at 500 meters is a perfect immediate peak for all surfers and the Coconuts, which breaks over live corals and reaches 150 meters high.