When you are high amongst the waves, riding ten feet high waves, you feel truly alive. Surfing is much more than just a sport; it’s a lifestyle. Surfers are always trying to catch that big wave that will take them higher than ever before. In this search they travel around the world and run after storm systems to find that perfect place to surf. Some places are naturally great for surfing and attract the highest numbers of surfers every year. Let’s take a look at such top 10 surf spots in the world.
Samoa is an independent state in the Samoan Islands archipelago near Fiji. Located in the South Pacific, it is one of the best places to find big and consistent waves. Waves come in all directions and the tropical warm waters are great for surfing year round. All the beaches on Samoa are great for wave hunters.
9. Teahupoo, Tahiti:
Teahupoo in Tahiti is one of the better known places for catching huge waves. The annual Billabong Pro Tahiti surf competition is held here. Being located in the South Pacific means great big waves of over 10 feet, warm waters to surf in and sunny beaches to chill out on.
8. Huntington Beach, U.S.A.:
Huntington Beach is known as Surf City in U.S.A and is the best place to surf in America. It offers some of the largest waves with the perfect break. The OP Pro Surfing Tournament and the International Surfing Championship is held here every year. The summer months attract most surfers but locals claim that the waves in winter are less choppy.
7. Isla Ensenada, Panama:
This is a new find in the world of surfing. It lies just 5 miles off the Panamanian coast. The best thing about this area is that only 20 surfers can surf at one time as part of the Morro Negrito Surf Camp. There are breaks for beginners and more challenging ones for experts too. This is an untouched paradise as compared to other more commercialized areas.
6. Northern Peru:
Peru is a paradise for the left footed Goofy Footers. The waves here break at the reefs and offer a challenge for most surfers. You can visit Lobitos, Cabo Blanco, Panic Point and Chicama. The waves at Chicama are some of the longest waves in the world. You can visit year round and find waves even during the Southern hemisphere winter.
5. Tamarindo, Costa Rica:
Tamarindo in Costa Rica became famous after being featured in the surfing movie The Endless Summer 2. Since then surfers have made a beeline to this place which has turned into a pretty decent resort. The waves here are aggressive and both short and long board styles of surfing are welcome.
4. Fuerteventura, Spain:
Fuerteventura is an island that is part of the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa. It is located at a very good latitude for surging that aligns with Florida and Mexico. The weather here is perfect year round and the waves are challenging. This place is known as the Mecca of surfers.
3. Gold Coast, Australia:
This place is known as the Surfer’s Paradise Beach and that says it all about the quality of waves that form here. There are waves of every level and beginners and experts can both enjoy this beach together. The pipes here are some of the longest in the world. The weather is perfect from March to June and September to December.
2. Jeffery’s Bay, South Africa:
Jeffery’s Bay is a paradise for surfers as there is nothing much to do except surfing. This means that only surfers visit this area and there are no annoying tourists to bear. There are 6 breakpoints and some legendary waves roll onto the beaches all the time. The Billabong Surfing Festival is held here as well.
1. Tavarua, Fiji:
The best surfing camps in the world are held in Tavarua, Fiji. The area has developed into a five star surfing resort and you can tackle the waves while also enjoying luxurious hospitality of the resorts, restaurants and bungalows. The prices are sky high as well because of the exclusivity of this location.