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World’s best surf spots

Just as you can’t have a good coffee without quality beans, a good surf relies on a decent break. There are 10 beaches in particular which surfers the world over flock to for their epic point breaks and big swells. From Australia to Brazil, here are 10 top spots to ride the waves.

1. Gold Coast, Australia
It’s the 70 kilometres of beaches and four epic point breaks (The Spit, Main Beach, Narrowneck, Palm Beach and Mermaid Beach) that won Queensland’s Gold Coast the nickname, “Surfers’ Paradise”. Other great places to check out are: Snapper Rocks Superbank, Burleigh Heads, Kirra and South Stradbroke Island (Straddie).

2. Mentawai Islands, Indonesia
Located off the western coast of Sumatra in Indonesia, the Mentawai Islands are one of the most consistent surf destinations in the world. There are four main islands that are noted for their perfect waves: Siberut, Sipora, North Pagi and South Pagi. Access is by ferries and charter boats. Go there from March to October, but keep in mind that the biggest swells are likely to occur from June to September.

3. Jeffreys Bay, South Africa
In the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, about an hour’s drive southwest of Port Elizabeth, Jeffreys Bay is one of the most famous surfing destinations you’re likely to find. Especially great during the winter months of June, July, and August, surfers come here for a great ride on beaches like Super Tubes, Boneyards, Kitchen Windows, Magna Tubes, Point and Albatross. Jeffreys Bay is also renowned for hosting the annual Billabong Pro WCT surfing event at Super Tubes during July.

4. Fuerteventura, Spain
Part of the Canary Islands, and the second biggest of them all, Fuerteventura is known as the mecca of surfers. Aligned with Florida and Mexico on the same latitude, the temperatures here rarely fall below 18 degrees or rise above 24 degrees. Surfers should be happy with the weather conditions no matter what time of the year, but October to March is the best season.

5. El Salvador
Bordering the Pacific Ocean between Guatemala and Honduras, El Salvador is winning the hearts of increasing numbers of surfers. Favourite surf spots are: El Zonte, Sunzal and La Libertad. The main swell season is from March to October and coincides with the rainy season. Experienced surfers should expect the south swells during this time to reach up to 10 ft. Don’t forget to take your booties for getting in and out at the rocky points.

6. Costa Rica
The Republic of Costa Rica in Central America is a legendary surfing location. Mostly ‘hardcore’ surfers come here mainly because of the consistent waves year round. Both coastlines produce great waves with the major swell season starting from April and ending in October. Some of the best waves are at Playa Naranjo and Potrero Grande (Ollies Point). Too bad the road systems aren’t up to scratch

7. California, North America
California is home to North America’s best surf spot. Big wave hunters head to places like the mountains of Maverick’s during the huge winter swells. If you just want to enjoy a good wave but you’re not into big waves then choose a spot between Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay. Some other great places include: Steamer Lane, Malibu and Rincon. Keep in mind that the water is cold almost all year round (only hits 24 degrees in July and August) and the surfing spots are likely to be crowded with very good surfers.

8. Bali, Indonesia
Bali is renowned for its great surf spots. A few of the best include the area around Bukit Peninsular (directly south from Dempasar), Kuta (Beach), Dreamland, Uluwatu or Padang Padang. With the swells coming from the Southern Ocean, Bali sees consistent waves up to 12 ft high, from April to November. Main drawback is that it’s pretty crowded and you may get hassled (a lot).

9. Santa Catarina, Brazil
Santa Catarina in southern Brazil is colloquially referred to as ‘Florianopolis’ (the capital) and is one of the country’s most-visited places due to its plethora of beach resorts. The island is blessed with the best Brazil has to offer to a surfer, including a great consistency and a huge variety of waves, such as Santinho and Mocambique. Joaquina Beach. Other world-class surf spots in Florianopolis are Praia Mole, Campeche and Lagoinha do Leste.

10. Samoa
Warm waters and consistent quality waves make Samoa one of the world’s best surfing destinations. Its winning location in the South Pacific ensures there’s plenty of swell from pretty much every direction, all year round. The best time to roll is from April to October, when waves are created by the big lows down near Antarctica. Some of the renowned surf spots are: the A’ufaga Village, Salani, Boulders, Coconuts (compared to Hollow Trees in the Mentawai Islands), Salamumu and Tiavea, Laulii, Fagaloa Bay or Solosolo.

196 Comments for "World’s best surf spots"

Michael says on July 18th, 2008 at 3:37 pm:

Costa Rica is DEFINITELY a top 10 surf location in the world.

Thai Hotel Expert says on July 18th, 2008 at 6:35 pm:

wow they’re all beautiful..too bad none from Thailand.

Evan Asano says on July 18th, 2008 at 6:38 pm:

I can’t believe you left off Hawaii?! The North Shore is the mecca for surfing and the congregation grounds of all the best surfers in the world in December. Also, El Salvador was a bit of a huh? I’ve been there, they’ve got good waves and good surf and it’s not that crowded but definitely not one of the top 10 destinations. In fact Nicaragua has better waves.

Felipe says on July 21st, 2008 at 3:42 am:

By coincidence I’m the owner of the pictures 2 and 3 of samoa, and I must say that Samoa should be on top of Santa Catarina (I’m brazilian from the south so I know what i’m talking about).

Salani is a really powerful wave i’ve got there with more than 4 feet everyday and surfed the odd 6+ to 8feet one day that was absolutely glassy, warm, uncrowded (6 guys).

Sorry but the coral reefs of samoa have just no comparison with the overcrowded beach breaks and rare points of the brazilian coast.

yunie says on July 22nd, 2008 at 9:18 am:

do u ever know “ombak tujuh(7)”,in west java,indonesia,,,the wave awesome

Jawa says on July 22nd, 2008 at 9:32 am:

I think Indonesia is the most beautiful and the best surfing place.

Alex says on July 27th, 2008 at 4:18 am:

What about Puero Escondico in Mexico?

Ainoah says on August 2nd, 2008 at 7:57 pm:

I think El Salvador has everything : beaches, culture , volcanoes etc, everything in one pack (surf) that’s the best thing.

Jordan says on August 19th, 2008 at 9:42 am:

Haii.
The gold coast is DEFINATLY number 1! good call.

i live there and i live to surf.

B-RenT says on August 21st, 2008 at 3:11 am:

what about the sebastian inlet or the monster hole in fl?

Jacko says on August 22nd, 2008 at 1:50 am:

North Shore?

surfy says on August 22nd, 2008 at 12:30 pm:

i reken margaret river, western aus is way better than surfers paradise

Rebecca says on August 26th, 2008 at 11:20 am:

What about Hawaii?

rein says on September 21st, 2008 at 9:50 am:

yess i agree, these places are all amazing surf spots, but margaret river should deffinately be in that list somewhere

Mario says on September 29th, 2008 at 11:08 pm:

I think Costa Rica offers some of the best beaches I´ve ever seen, definitely a major spot, too bad its becoming so popular !

Roland says on October 9th, 2008 at 5:56 pm:

I think this refers to the current hot spot not the best of all time because if you dont include hawaii in the top 5 this has 0 credibility! After being in all many of those places I like El Salvador and Costa Rica!

Roland says on October 9th, 2008 at 5:59 pm:

I dont know about Spain for sure not a top ten and brazil too crowded

BillyBob says on October 30th, 2008 at 3:32 pm:

yeye

adam.s says on November 10th, 2008 at 7:33 am:

um, bondi?

Juan says on December 18th, 2008 at 2:44 am:

I think Peru has the best beaches for fanatics surfers

Juan says on December 18th, 2008 at 2:45 am:

How about California?

lucy says on December 30th, 2008 at 2:18 am:

great spots! specially costa rica
but come on you left out hawaii!?
i agree with b-rent
monster hole is a pretty good spot

Chaya says on January 24th, 2009 at 9:16 am:

Cant beleive that surfers paradise got a mention and not Victoria Australia They have heaps more variety of breaks than surfers and more swell

daniel says on February 4th, 2009 at 10:50 am:

Hawaii ??? thats a given?? north shore come on

emerson says on February 10th, 2009 at 9:47 pm:

El Salvador may not be best country BUT ONE OF THE BEST SURFING SPOT ON EARTH

808boi says on February 12th, 2009 at 12:08 am:

oh bra! How cum no like put hawaii on top here cuzz.
Brah hawaiian surf da best and den…ahhh brah lose money
hawaii shoul be on top here…i bet plenty ov u guys neva go to
north shore ahhh?

zac says on February 25th, 2009 at 11:10 pm:

come on what about jaws in hawaii

Surfreak says on March 3rd, 2009 at 11:31 pm:

El Salvador is definitely one of the best surfing spots i have experienced even better than costa rica… Its a great surfing spot all year around

Brian says on March 11th, 2009 at 4:22 am:

El Salvador is my favorite . i found a perfect spot .i wont tell u its location is my secret i hope nobody found it so i can keep it for me and my friends. is a surfer paradise ……Brian from Canada.

gitachan says on March 17th, 2009 at 9:06 pm:

def Indonesia there’s too many too list

Ya'atulo Bate'e says on March 23rd, 2009 at 1:50 pm:

You forgot NIAS ISLAND, it lies on the northern part of Sumatera-Indonesia, it should be included in the list. for SURFERS….YOU MUST TRY!

jojo says on March 29th, 2009 at 3:24 pm:

watch out for cloud 9 siargao, philippines. surfers are beginning to invade this paradise island southeast of the country

peace brah says on April 12th, 2009 at 10:34 pm:

none of you been to oman hey? long long point breaks like indo .got 2 go there

i w a n says on April 23rd, 2009 at 11:35 am:

UJUNG GENTENG – WEST JAVA – INDONESIA… It’s new !!

sofia says on May 14th, 2009 at 9:46 am:

The best place in europe to surfing is ERICEIRA!

MARIANA says on May 14th, 2009 at 9:52 am:

no its not is ESPINHO! :P

Cuco says on May 30th, 2009 at 12:59 am:

El Salvador definitely has it all, the perfect weather, friendly locals, no crowded at all, and such a great food for the right price…is a small region so the spots are pretty much one after the other, waves range from 6-10′…
I personally had a great time…check Olas Permanentes in El Zonte…great folks..

Dev says on June 2nd, 2009 at 2:40 am:

Hawaii, North Shore should be up there

Kevin says on June 3rd, 2009 at 8:44 am:

I’ve been living in southern California for over 20 years and used to live/surf in north shore, Oahu. Honestly I don’t think the person that created this list has ever surfed the pipe in Hawaii!? I suggust any surfer visit Hawaii in winter! One of the top ten places to surf in the world.

cenilhippie says on June 8th, 2009 at 2:24 am:

Indonesia still has alot of surfing spot except bali and mentawai…..
because the country is surounding by sea…….

joe says on June 24th, 2009 at 10:51 pm:

I’ve been to Costa 9 times Fiji once and Hawaii and Hawaii is the proven ground for sure, I’ve been surfing for 20 years and Hawaii humbled me for sure I surfed the sickest and most powerful waves in my life and I’m going back but first I’m off to Nicaragua

fprayudiutama says on July 2nd, 2009 at 11:54 am:

Batu Karas & UJUNG GENTENG, West Java – Indonesia

Karen says on July 15th, 2009 at 6:39 pm:

Umm..hello..ARUGAM BAY!!!

Kato Nomura says on July 19th, 2009 at 11:54 pm:

I just came back from Arugam Bay in Sri Lanka. I’ve been waiting to go there after i heard about it from other surfers. I loved the surf there and the surf life. Its still rather isolated and pure, but it will become more popular as word gets around. Also went to the wild life parks nearby too.
Arugam Bay rockz!!!

Andrew says on July 21st, 2009 at 10:39 pm:

I’ve surfed up and down the California coast, Costa Rica, Peru, Hawaii and Australia. All of these places have great waves and cool vibes (with a few exceptions), but by far Hawaii is the Mecca of surfing. Hands down, no place where surfing is taken more seriously. It should be #1 on the list.

seth says on July 29th, 2009 at 7:00 pm:

hawaii is a great spot for surfing if you like really hard monster waves and massive amounts of people but thats the problem to many people i was thinking of a place with a 15 ft face every day with warm water and maybe 5 people there that would be the best in the world. brian from canada you suck waves are for everyone

Tom says on July 30th, 2009 at 3:29 am:

How can you take this seriously without Hawaii in it. What rubbish. Not that the breaks mentioned aren’t great, but top 10????????????????? I smell a bias to Austrialia. Of course, I live near Maveriks in lowly California. Am I west coast bias?????? I think so.

Aaron Ortiz says on July 31st, 2009 at 5:39 pm:

San Diego California has some of the best breaks which include Swami’s and Black beach.

arya says on August 4th, 2009 at 5:52 am:

Hi, d’ya guys know that indonesia has the second world longest beach line.. i think there are a lots of surf spot there that is yet to be found or kept secret anyway try south coast of nusakambangan island – central java, indonesia

paddy says on August 9th, 2009 at 11:07 pm:

typical,all nice tropical surf.come to the west of ireland and surf the big stuff where its not all about posing for the girlies.

George says on August 11th, 2009 at 1:35 am:

WHAT!!!!!! El salvador beter then CSTA RICA!!!!!! NO WAY !!! I don´t think El Salvador should even be on the list and Hawaii shoud definitely be at least top 5. OOHHH AND BY THE WAY THEY DIN´T PIC COSTA RICA AS THE 09 ISA WORLD SURFING GAMES LOCATION FOR NOTHIN!!!!!!!!!

Fozz says on August 11th, 2009 at 8:26 am:

Yep, came to add Donegal on the Irish West coast. About nothing but the waves so if you don’t mind the colder clime then the waves will impress any real big-wave surfers among you. Check out the movie ‘Waveriders’ for a look at what’s on offer. You’ll be impressed.

Alex says on August 12th, 2009 at 10:32 pm:

Yes George, El Salvador is “BETTER” “THAN” Costa Rica. And yes el Salvador is in this list.

Chip Rohlke says on August 26th, 2009 at 9:33 pm:

1. Sunset Beach Hawaii(surfed it 20 ft March ’04 at 50 yrs old…almost drowned but got killer rides)
2. Margaret River- surfed it 12-15 ft with cyclone coming May ’78…like a Sunset Beach left.
3. Cloudbreak Fiji…was a peace corps volunteer there in ’77 but never surfed Tavarua..surfed Singatoka rivermouth. Went back in ’90 & caught classic 6-8 ft Cloudbreak. Rode a locals trash board but didn’t matter-take off & get barreled.
4. Mahia Peninsula New Zealand..Black’s beach..caught it 10 ft & perfect in Nov ’77. Beautiful wave.
5. Bali…surfed Uluwatu & Kuta Reef everyday for 2 months in June ’77…surfed Ulu’s with Terry Fitzgerald and amazed at his speed.6.
6. Monster Hole Oct ’91 during perfect storm 20 ft swell…8-10 ft and perfect…closest thing to Hawaii in Florida.
7.Hossegor France..caugt it sept ’75 classic watched Bruce Valluzi tear the place up & surfed with the Tahitian surf team during the french surfing contest there.
8. Hanalei Bay Kauaii…killer break.
9. Waimea Bay…rode it 15 ft march ’04…actually a fun day.
10. Playalinda Beach..grew up surfing with the Crawfords…Jeff & his brother..many great memories surfing there..great A frames in Oct.

samii says on August 28th, 2009 at 1:33 am:

have you ever thought of PNG ??? the surf is realy good…!!!!Its one of the best surf spots…

Tobias says on September 4th, 2009 at 5:36 pm:

Cornwall is better than the Gold Coast!

John Newton says on November 28th, 2009 at 1:57 am:

The Costa Rica beaches around a town called Dominical is the best location in the world.

Ronald says on December 4th, 2009 at 11:32 pm:

Costa Rica…….The best beaches, have great waves, and a amazing people!

Javier says on December 12th, 2009 at 5:19 am:

Costa Rica is awesome: Witches rock, Pavones, Playa Grande, Playa Negra, Avellanas, Dominical, Escondida, and houndred more… must go there…

Boots says on December 15th, 2009 at 4:46 pm:

The best place to surf in my opinion is Jeffereys Bay, South Africa and Costa Rica Because of there waves and beaches. Trust Ive been to both and know what there like AMAZING !!!!!!!

Steve says on December 22nd, 2009 at 12:42 pm:

try Lakey beach, Indonesia…..

anonimo says on December 31st, 2009 at 1:41 pm:

Every one has it´s opinions, and all are different, that´s why I don´t like very much “top 10s”

jhon1 says on January 10th, 2010 at 6:28 am:

Definitely the best beaches are Russia Alaska Canada and Siberia they forgot
If you want I can give you a tour? Give me your opinion please

DIEGO MARCH says on January 21st, 2010 at 4:28 pm:

One of the 10 of the world’s best surf spots are in NICARAGUA, i belive the waves are much better than COSTA RICA & EL SALVADOR because the Waves are biger, i was surf in COSTA RICA, EL SALVADOR & NICARAGUA & NICARAGUA are the BEST i recomended

marcel says on January 22nd, 2010 at 5:25 am:

what the f*** are you kidding me i´ve been to el salvador and ain´t got nothing compare to costa rica it shouldn´t even be on this list. And you forgot the north shore in HAWAII. what´s wrong with you?

nuggies says on January 24th, 2010 at 10:44 pm:

anywhere on the north coast, spain
southwest france

unique.W says on January 26th, 2010 at 1:59 am:

Best surf spot in the world is North Shore Oahu. Hands down.

esco says on January 27th, 2010 at 3:58 am:

i think El Salvador Is The Best,i had a great time big waves and a nice place to stay.

lexi says on January 29th, 2010 at 4:04 pm:

jersey shore baby!!!!!!!!!!

Mark says on January 30th, 2010 at 7:02 pm:

EL SALVADOR is the BEST surfing beach in the world not crowded at all, and the food is awesome, they dont say its the best surfing spot in the whole western hemisphere for nothing!

pier says on January 31st, 2010 at 5:55 pm:

you guys forgot to put chicama, peru the longest wave on the planet with the best breaks

Jake says on February 14th, 2010 at 2:30 am:

This publication has no credibilty if they do not at least included North Shore in Hawaii. I live in Santa Cruz and to include them and not Hawaii is just crazy. I have surfed at also all of these places and some are very good but none compare to North Shore. There are great places in Peru and New Zealand that you left out. GET REAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hostel says on February 21st, 2010 at 3:17 am:

Cool, there is actually some good points on here some of my readers will maybe find this relevant, will send a link, many thanks.

Mark C says on February 21st, 2010 at 5:35 pm:

Love El Salvador! Very nice place for Waves, very nice people, good, and cheap food.
Surf El Salvador!!!
Cheers, Mark.

Mauro says on February 23rd, 2010 at 10:21 pm:

I love Brasil, but Santa Catarina is not comparable to Indonesia or bali or Costa Rica !!! Cmon !!!! All Brazilian dream going to Costa Rica !! . Santa Catarina waves are not so good !! Santa Catarina GIRLS YEEESSSSS !!!!!!
(Giselle Bundchen, Alessandra Ambrosio are from Santa Catarina… )

Rc says on February 24th, 2010 at 6:37 pm:

The best place for surf in the world is Nicaragua,,for Many reasons
big waves,long left handers an rigths but the most important thing is
that we have off shore winds all day/all year ,,if you been traveling and surfing the world you know that the Wind change,but in Nica is off all day
you wont find something so amazing like that,,so you can sleep get breack fast and surf any time no worry about winds,,

claire says on February 25th, 2010 at 8:36 am:

you forgot about Port Macquarie !!!!

Fede says on February 25th, 2010 at 1:48 pm:

Hey, what about Peru, Chile, Hawaii, mexico???????

Rene Flodman says on March 5th, 2010 at 8:31 am:

There are some very usefull information here , thanks

jeremy says on March 13th, 2010 at 9:09 am:

loved central america especially punta mango in el salvador GREAT SPOT!

miky says on March 25th, 2010 at 5:27 pm:

costa rica was awsoeme went to 3 diffrent beachs all had huge waves

MARK MCALLEN says on March 27th, 2010 at 9:09 pm:

EL SALVADOR HAS THE BEST SURFING, I HAVE BEEN AROUND THE WORLD.
CHECK IT OUT. COSTA RICA SUCKS

MARK MCALLEN says on March 27th, 2010 at 9:11 pm:

EL SALVADOR HAS THE BEST SURFING, I HAVE BEEN AROUND THE WORLD.
CHECK IT OUT. COSTA RICA OK.

karla says on March 30th, 2010 at 6:24 am:

EL Salvador is my favorite!! the beaches are very nice! and true not crowded at all!!!

steve from canada says on April 7th, 2010 at 10:45 am:

i think i’m gonna invest in el salvador surfing “hint

Jesse says on April 9th, 2010 at 7:48 am:

I have surfed every spot on the list but the ones in Indo (I know, I am saving it)… I don’t understand how they post “Jeffery’s Bay, South Africa”, then California and Costa Rica? One is a spot and the other is hundreds of miles of coastline? The author should have done this list very differently – best ‘spot’ or best ‘place’. It seems to me that they simply don’t surf… at least much…
They should have put Hawaii, where it all began… plus if they are just listing countries, Mexico has a spot that may be the best in the world right now… anyone who surfs knows where I’m talking about (its just a bitch to get there). They way this is written, I was surprised to not see ‘Africa’! I think lots of people are commenting on the fact that there favorite spot isn’t on here, but I’m glad mine aren’t :)
Well… one or two of my favs are on there, but I’m not telling… let me write an updated edition of this!

top ten beaches in the world says on April 27th, 2010 at 9:08 am:

Such nice post.
Australia is a beautiful country. My favorite place is Gold Coast.
The Gold Coast Hinterland’s supply of cedar began drawing timber cutters to the region in large numbers in the mid 1800s and in 1865 the inland township of Nerang (named after the local aboriginal word neerang, meaning ‘shovel nosed shark’) was surveyed and established as a base for the industry.

agan says on May 2nd, 2010 at 7:13 pm:

Bali and Mentawai i think the best world island surf..

Alice says on May 8th, 2010 at 4:12 am:

Yewwww Gold Coast is #1 forever!!

Bogs says on May 25th, 2010 at 2:59 am:

You forgot the North Shore, Hawaii

Gonzalo says on May 27th, 2010 at 7:34 pm:

and PERU ???? they have the best surfing beaches that i ever have seen !!!

Adit Redline says on June 2nd, 2010 at 8:09 am:

Hohoho…..I Think You Must Visit Lombok Island, In Indonesia. You’ll Find The “Desert Point” (Bangko-Bangko) As The Best Surfing Beach. Also Kuta & Ekas in South Lombok…

fay says on June 4th, 2010 at 6:30 am:

Another best spot is G-LAND, Plengkung Indonesia

Fatboy says on June 4th, 2010 at 9:03 am:

Let’s do a top 100 and Hawaii’s North Shore and Australia’s top east coast spots will feature bigtime!

ben says on June 9th, 2010 at 9:39 am:

sw wa is the best spot ever for surfing

vlad says on June 15th, 2010 at 7:11 am:

you forgot the 7 mile miracle, oahu’s north shore. that should be top 5 at least.

and puerto esondido, the mexican pipeline?

Jeje says on June 16th, 2010 at 12:41 pm:

Morocco – warm, friendly, cheap, beautiful, some uncrowded spots :-)

ben kyllonen says on June 28th, 2010 at 10:37 pm:

this “dude” who came up with this top 10 list is clearly retarded! how can north shore be left out, as well as tahiti.

brodey says on June 29th, 2010 at 4:30 am:

this is shit i want to go to these places!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

luki says on July 14th, 2010 at 12:08 am:

Fuerteventura is great! Has all kind of bottoms there you can find world class spot and empty beaches as well. I know a secret…

Maddie says on July 14th, 2010 at 12:12 am:

Hey, i have never surfed before and im thinking about starting soon. um does anyone have any good tips for me?

ulcsx says on July 24th, 2010 at 8:17 pm:

I think that El Salvador has recently been discovered as one of the best places for surfing, so some do not realize it, but it is a real place for surfing!
better than Costa Rica …

twist says on July 29th, 2010 at 11:02 am:

Victoria, australia should be up there for sure… i mean we’ve got sick surf all along our coast!

hector says on August 3rd, 2010 at 2:01 am:

tell me a good reason why puerto escondido in mexico is not in the top10??

Max says on August 3rd, 2010 at 3:39 pm:

Visit west lampung, indonesia…it’s an amazing beach to surf…don’t miss it

yurin says on August 19th, 2010 at 9:12 pm:

Bali and the Mentawai is one of the thousands of spectacular islands in Indonesia.
and a very beautiful beach

lois says on September 23rd, 2010 at 9:12 pm:

I can’t believe you left out Hawaii, Fiji and Tahiti! Come on, those three locations beat out California by far!

Steve says on September 27th, 2010 at 2:45 pm:

I agree Goldie is best in the world followed by J Bay!

BERNARD says on October 3rd, 2010 at 4:57 am:

DEFINITELY EL SALVADOR HAS VERY WONDERFUL BEACHES FOR SURFING. YOU MUST COME TO THE TOP 5 SURFING BEACH MENTIONED ABOVE AND I PROMISED YOU’RE GONNA BE AMAZED…AJA

Pitufo says on October 17th, 2010 at 10:16 am:

I’m from El Salvador and I’ve been traveling like mad lately … I think many os the places listed and not listed have good surf but it’s not consistent throughout the year… And I think that’s what makes a World Class Surfing Destination… Consistency. In El Salvador you can surf pretty much year round but obviously like many places you have the great season which in Salvy pumps up to 12-14feet waves …. One thing is sure you won’t get disappointed and chances to get flat conditions are close to Zero.
El Salvador is a World Class Surfing destination… And I’m proud to be listed here….

Dragan says on November 3rd, 2010 at 4:04 am:

I´m From El Salvador but live overseas and in all honesty I think the country is a Great place to surf due to the lack of Overcrowded beaches, the wonderful weather all year round (you´ll never need a wetsuit) but most importantly the friendliness of the locals , I know this was mentioned before but is true, My only complaint was te the bunch of Rocks in some of the beaches that I visited, but overall is Great!!!!

Vladimir says on November 8th, 2010 at 6:00 pm:

Yes, I agree the coast of Russia is #1. Followed closely by the far north coast of Vermont – quite rad. Maybe a little Galveston action. Please all pack your bags and get going. Stay long time.

Bojokan says on December 14th, 2010 at 8:43 am:

How about Hungary?

Ben from SFBAYAREA says on December 20th, 2010 at 4:31 am:

Oahu?! I’ve never been there but it is a given that it is the best. Santa Cruz has some great spots though. #1 Surf City in the US.
Steamers, the hook, pleasures…

mick says on January 2nd, 2011 at 7:34 pm:

hawaii’s not on the list, because its not a top ten surfing destination!! its a top 10 wave destination but its also a cirkus. the crowds are crazy, the localism gnarley and your wave count minimum, because all the pros and wannabe pros snakes u, yells at u from being haoleeeee and so on. therefore the list here is very accurate. dont go to hawaii to catch waves unless u are expert surfer. go there to be amazed of watching some of the best sufing in the world.

Roy says on January 31st, 2011 at 8:16 am:

Nicaragua is a GREAT spot, is a new destination and you can surf ALL year around. Also very safe, cheap and have some amazing views, you will get it all in one spot. I like Playa Maderas, El Astillero y Pie de Gigante.

Rylan says on February 4th, 2011 at 2:46 am:

Sorry but cali is nice but how did they forget hawaii????? Hawaii has very good spots even though its crowded when you think of surf the first thing u think is hawaii. Just my opinion

rashed says on February 5th, 2011 at 3:35 pm:

Syria is also a wonderful natural beauty and I hope that I visit these places also

live2surf91 says on February 13th, 2011 at 3:23 pm:

dude you left Bells beach, Torquay, victoria,aus – best waves ever!

Englishkookboy says on March 8th, 2011 at 11:26 am:

What about Scarborough, East Coast of England! Beautiful brown water and lovely mushy onshore slop! Should be at least top 5 guys! Come on!

Mike B. says on March 29th, 2011 at 9:17 am:

Why isn’t San Diego, California mentioned? It has the best surf in the continental United States.

Atahuallpa says on April 19th, 2011 at 6:49 pm:

obviously u have not been in NICARAGUA!!!

Kebi says on April 21st, 2011 at 11:01 am:

I strongly believe that the best place in the world for surfing is Peniche, Portugal! He! He! :)

PeruVillaranrules! says on May 27th, 2011 at 7:20 am:

The best surf in the world is CHICAMA, PERU….but shhhhh, it’s a secret!….. Hope all you guys go to El Salvador, Costa Rica and Nicaragua so I can have Peruvian beaches to myself and watch Peru’s national champion Gabriel Villaran do the greatest “tubazo” ever! Check him out on “youtube”.

Gusto says on May 27th, 2011 at 6:52 pm:

El Salvador definitely the best in latin america!!!!!

Soloman says on July 4th, 2011 at 12:02 pm:

Hawaii’s surf is good. Definitely shouldn’t be in the top 10 though. The only reason Hawaii is so well recognized is because it is in the US. Americanization drives the world. Indonesia definitely has the best surf in the world along with El Salvador. Although Uluwatu should definitely be in here as #1, not the gold coast.

J.L says on July 5th, 2011 at 6:59 am:

Puerto rico is a great spot to surf trust me, just come and visit youl all fall in love with our waves and more importantly some of the hottest most beutiful girls in the world ;)

kara says on July 6th, 2011 at 10:09 pm:

How did Hawaii not make it onto that list? I would think it should have, not that I know from experience but still.

Hek says on August 20th, 2011 at 2:02 pm:

This is totally wrong.. where is Mexico?? people from usa goes there all the time to catch better waves than in California!, watch todos santos pipeline..

Robert says on August 25th, 2011 at 4:38 am:

El Salvador is a great spot,Im from England and The best place for surf in the world is El Salvador!!!

Em Cardenas says on September 1st, 2011 at 8:59 pm:

As a former Gold Coast girl I miss the surf back home, now living in Cancun with no surf..would love to be able to visit all the other destinations…Pictures are amazing also. :)

dean.m says on October 2nd, 2011 at 2:56 am:

what about the northern beaches in australia theres a beach every 10 kms and the waves are awesome

sweeno says on July 22nd, 2012 at 8:15 pm:

St. Francis bay. uninterupted, continually breaking, clean. full minute long barells. most perfect wave in the world. one after another. sometimes breaking as far out as 2-5 miles. that is 2-5 miles of one ideantical wave after another that breaks horizontally without whitecapping. an absolutely perfect never ending wave from start to a 10-30 minute later finish. imagine riding a perfect wave for half an hour str8. Its been 30 years since ive seen these things tho so I have no idea if the spot has been left alone to be a surf paradise

rick says on July 24th, 2012 at 8:43 pm:

dont underestimate the south carolina coast esp folly beach washed out and outside clouds

Kai says on August 14th, 2012 at 8:46 pm:

Pipeline?

Pedro says on August 30th, 2012 at 1:59 am:

Ericeira, Portugal is missing…

Derek Brown says on December 11th, 2012 at 9:59 am:

For me El Tunco Beach in El Salvador is the best. I’ve been to Costa Rica, Hawaii, Mexico, and even Australia. But, El Salvador was the best for me and my friends.

Chris says on December 31st, 2012 at 10:50 am:

I grew up in El Salvador. I just went this past summer and fell in love with El Playa del Tunco. Best place to go surfing at, But I know the best surfing spots in the world is a bit subjective, but this place is really nice. But even the locals know this, tourist come from all over the world just to surf at El Playa Del Tunco. So all I am saying is that, if you go to El Salvador, stop by el Playa Del Tunco. You’ll love it.

Mikey says on January 30th, 2013 at 10:46 am:

Can’t believe you left out Hawaii!!!?!? So disrespectful!

Mikejohnsson922 says on February 2nd, 2013 at 12:17 pm:

Are you guys serious?????

Hawaii is where surf is born!! And you didnt even put it on the list!?!?! Hahaha laughing at you guys who made this stupid list :)

It’s like ranking popartists without mention Michael Jackson

HAWAII is SURF
SURF is HAWAII

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bert says on April 27th, 2013 at 11:26 am:

SANTA CRUZ CA. and PHILIPPINES # 1

bert says on May 7th, 2013 at 11:28 am:

Santa Cruz Ca. and the Island of Philippines definitely best spot to surf…

Delbaz says on May 18th, 2013 at 5:20 am:

Santa Catarina Brazil is not in the top 100, let alone top 10. It is a an average beach break. North Shore should be on there. Fiji should be on there. Tahiti should be on there. They are all in the top 5 of any pro surfer’s list. There is no way you should be even thinking about any spot in Europe before putting those on there.

Vivie says on May 25th, 2013 at 2:24 pm:

Where is Hawaii dude ?? Hawaii should be #1 on this list … Its ridiculous when I saw this list … !!!
HAWAII !!!!

myriam says on May 30th, 2013 at 6:21 am:

Well, I have been in the area of Liberia in Costa Rica, it is great but the beaches can never be a surfing spot…no waves. I read somewhere that Puerto Limon is good – I never been in that part, but by logic it couldn’t be…it is on the Caribbean Sea (lake style) By logic, places over the Pacific are where the waves are. North of Chile you can surf year round. Over the Atlantic, Nov-March in Miramar, Argentina. Peru, Ecuador, should be good too. North shores in Hawaii I ‘ve seen it too, and yes it is great. Prices to stay are a killer.

Ivan says on June 18th, 2013 at 12:58 pm:

I can’t believe you didn’t add Arugam Bay in Sri Lanka??? Last year I went there, it was like the best ever, unmatched

jose says on November 5th, 2013 at 1:36 pm:

And where’s Peru?!?! Peru is on of the best places for surfing!

ChristophX says on November 21st, 2013 at 6:06 pm:

i’ve been to indonesia…and it’s not like what u’ve seen on the internet..it’s kinda dissapointing..Kuta beach in bali is full of rubbish and the worst and dirtiest beach i’ve ever been to…i think Hawaii and cloud9 in the Philippines should be on the list..
Hawaii was the most beautiful island on earth and their pipeline was amazing..

Mike says on March 24th, 2014 at 5:43 am:

What about panama? Bocas del toro?

G.Vasmel says on April 27th, 2014 at 10:40 pm:

WOW ! ! FOR WAVES EL SALVADOR IS ONE OF THE BEST, ASIDE OF SO MANY OTHER NICE ATTRACTIONS .

romal says on May 30th, 2014 at 11:01 pm:

Cloud break fiji should be in the top ten

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