Surfing is probably one of the most exciting sports out there. Riding the waves in the warm sun and being one with the water is truly a unique experience. In order to get the best out of it, you need to pick out a good location. When it comes to this, everyone has different standards. Still, all of the most exciting places to surf in the world have tall waves, long beaches, and lively surfer communities. If you’re wondering where to head for your next surfing trip, check out our list of suggestions.
Hawaii is much more than a tropical vacation spot. Modern surfing was popularized in Hawaii and, from there, expanded worldwide. Experienced surfers should not skip visiting Oahu’s North Shore. It’s famous for its surfing competitions, but its beaches are also available to recreational surfers.
Those who are very experienced advanced surfers should head to The Pipeline. CNN named it the world’s best surfing destination, as the waves there go up to 30 feet. If you’re starting out, calmer waters at Waikiki beach could be a better option for you.
You can also hop over to another island, Maui for some beautiful beaches and more surfing. Check out SwellWomen’s Maui Surf and Yoga retreat if you’d like to learn surfing in Maui.
Dubai definitely doesn’t lack options for exciting activities, and surfing is one of them. The main surfing beach is Sunset Beach. You’ll have no trouble finding it, as it’s right next to Burj Al Arab, one of Dubai’s most famous landmarks. Mamzar Beach and Kite Beach are also popular with surfers. One of the main things to know before your trip is that waves here are quite beginner-friendly, so don’t worry if you’re not as experienced.
There are a few places where you can get surfing equipment, with the most famous one being the Surf House. Keep in mind that Dubai’s surfing season lasts from October to April. While you technically can surf year-round, it can get really warm outside during this time period, so spending too much time in the sun isn’t the best option.
While many people choose Bali for their romantic getaways, you can also get some great surfing action there. You can find some of the most exciting places to surf in Bali on the southern shores and in the area of the Bukit peninsula. Because they typically include challenging reef breakers and famous curves, they can be pretty challenging. While some of these reefs are dangerous for novices, expert surfers will love the waves here. If you’re looking to learn to surf on a surf and yoga retreat in Bali, check out the SwellWomen retreat.
If you’re a fan of surfing competitions, Padang Padang and similar surfing spots are the way to go. There are also plenty of scenic places like Uluwatu, where you can enjoy views of Bali’s unique cultural heritage from the sea. If you want to switch things up, head to Pantai Batu Mejan beach in Canggu. Apart from fast waves, this unique beach has black volcanic sand.
Mentawai Islands, Indonesia
The Mentawai Islands are a great alternative to Bali if you’re not too fond of crowds and commercially popular places. There are around 70 islands in the archipelago. In order to catch the best waves, consider visiting Pagi or Siberut Island. There are plenty of surfing spots there. However, not all of them are clearly marked. Your best bet is to hire a local guide to show you all the best places on these magnificent islands or join a SwellWomen surf and yoga retreat in the Mentawais!
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
There’s a reason the Gold Coast is known as Surfer’s Paradise: it has 43 miles of magnificent beaches and some of the best reefs and breaks in the world. Because the Gold Coast is at the top of most surfers’ “must-see” lists, the accommodation and the amenities are very surfer-oriented, and you can get everything you need there.
An absolute must-visit is The Superbank. This is one of the best beach breakers in the world, and both professional and recreational surfers love it. Several international surf contests are performed here since the waves are steady throughout the year.
Just 45 minutes outside of Los Angeles lies Malibu, celebrities’ favorite playground and one of the most exciting places to surf in the United States. Malibu has something for everyone, from complete beginners to surfing experts. The surfing season here lasts all year round due to generally pleasant weather. Still, in order to get the best experience, we suggest you head out to this SoCal piece of paradise during the summer months.
There are multiple beaches to choose from, so you should do your research beforehand. The most famous one is probably Malibu Surfrider Beach which has three breaks that pro surfers love. If you want to get away from the crowds, make sure to check out Zuma Beach. This beach is much more beginner-friendly, so it’s a good place for families with children.
Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa
If you’re a pro surfer who’s looking for a challenge of a lifetime, Jeffrey’s Bay is the place for you. It has some of the most spectacular waves in the whole world. They are ideal for surfing and can reach anywhere from 8 to 10 feet. Here you’ll find the Supertubes, world-famous right-hand point breaks that surfers tell stories about.
The town itself is also a gorgeous place to stay, and the local folks are really kind and inviting. Besides surfing, you’ll have the chance to enjoy absolutely breathtaking surroundings. Beautiful beaches and lighthouses will be all around you, making this an experience you won’t soon forget.
Costa Rica’s Guanacaste province’s north Pacific Coast is home to the magnificent Playa Grande. The waves here are moderately high, and the surf breaks are quite reliable and mild enough to suit surfers of all abilities. Its location provides nice, sunny weather all year round. The consistent warmth of the sea allows for almost ideal surfing conditions at any time, so planning out your vacation should be a piece of cake.
Another great location to surf in Costa Rica is the Osa Peninsula. Home to monkeys, macaws, pumas, toucans, tree frogs and thousands of other creatures, the Osa Peninsula is a way to soak in the tropical rainforests of Costa Rica. Learn to surf on some uncrowded waves on a surf and yoga retreat with SwellWomen.
Deciding on your next surfing trip destination is difficult, with many good surfing spots worldwide. World-famous ones like Hawaii are pretty dynamic and attract thousands of surfers annually. However, some of the most exciting places to surf are not that widely popular, which is a part of their charm. We hope you have a lovely trip for whatever option you choose!
About the Author
Nancy Stevens is a travel blogger and a sports enthusiast. In order to stay fit on her travels, she often collaborates with different health and fitness professionals from DubaiPT – Personal Trainers Platform. She never misses out on a chance to try a locally popular sport on her numerous trips, as she feels like it’s a great way to immerse herself in the local culture.