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10 of the World’s Best Waves

There’s a lot of ocean in the world, which mean’s there’s a lot of beach, which means there are a lot of places to surf. But some waves rise above others and some scenery is so beautiful it can make even a wipeout seem worth it. Here are 10 of the best surf spots in the world.

Hawaii Pipeline is a fixture on the surf tour circuit for a reason. It’s one of the heaviest waves in the world, but it’s also one of the deadliest, so chances are you’re probably not good enough to surf here yet. Hell, you may never be, but keep practicing.

Pipeline, Oahu

South Africa In short: Supertubes lives up to its name. With the some of the most consistent tube surfing in the world, it’s no wonder it’s popular. But again, the tubes and waves here aren’t for the faint of heart—so be sure you’re ready for it.

South Africa

Mexico Puerto Escondido is known to many as the Mexican Pipeline. Which is to say: huge waves, a gorgeous beach and a lot of surfing competitions. Plus, the local food is great, so how can you go wrong?

Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca

Don’t let the pebbled beach and gray water scare you away; there’s great surf to be had in Lima. Waves have a fairly large range and pier waves break into three sections, perfect for surfers of all skill levels.

Lima, Peru

Australia There are too many great surf spots on the Gold Coast of Australia to pick just one. It’s Australia’s national sport, so just pick a bay and chances are it’ll be ready for the surfing. And that’s absolutely what you should do.

Gold Coast

California When you go to Zuma, you should expect clean beaches and world-class breaks. You should also expect there to be a lot of people. But if you’re willing to deal with crowds, then this a must-surf location.

Zuma Beach, Malibu

New Zealand With good surf and a slight chance of a barrel wave, Manu is also a gorgeous surf location. Oh, and it’s famous thanks to the 1960s cult flick Endless Summer, which is why there’ll be crowds, but did I mention it’s gorgeous and there’s good surf?

Manu Bay, Raglan

France Of course the “surfing capitol of Europe” is on this list. It’s a great place to watch the pros expertly navigate tubes rivaling Hawaii’s. Hossegor can be dangerous for beginners though, so only head here once you’re confident in your surf skills.


Spain “Fuerteventura” means strong winds, so it’s no surprise it’s famous for its windy conditions. So head here for awesome wind surfing, and great long and short board surfing. Oh, and the Canary Islands? Beautiful.

Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

Maldives Surfing and the gorgeousness that is the Maldives—what’s not to love? North Male has a pretty consistent reef wave, but the rocky conditions around it can be on the dangerous side, so it’s probably in your best interest to go with a liveaboard group.

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