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.

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    196 comments on “World’s best surf spots”

    1. Duane Barson says on April 15, 2011 at 6:15 pm:

      RT @hotelclub: 10 of the World's Best Surf Spots http://bit.ly/bqxAfN

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

      obviously u have not been in NICARAGUA!!!

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

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

    4. Fatima Paniagua says on April 25, 2011 at 7:03 pm:

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    5. Sabar Setiawan says on April 26, 2011 at 6:22 am:

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    6. SASS Global Travel says on May 4, 2011 at 6:18 pm:

      10 of the World's Best Surf Spots – http://blog.hotelclub.com/10-of-the-worlds-best-surf-spots/ Any Suggestions for a new SGT Surf Location

    7. PeruVillaranrules! says on May 27, 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”.

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

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

    9. Miss G says on June 22, 2011 at 9:13 pm:

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    10. Soloman says on July 4, 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.

    11. J.L says on July 5, 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 ;)

    12. kara says on July 6, 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.

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    14. Martin G says on July 17, 2011 at 10:37 pm:

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    20. Christian Nasution says on August 17, 2011 at 11:12 am:

      Slh 1 surfing spot terbaik di dunia ad di Mentawai http://t.co/CV6sbJs Kt tmn yg suka surfing, Mentawai itu “surfer’s Disneyland” #ACI83

    21. Hek says on August 20, 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..

    22. Ale Casta says on August 23, 2011 at 6:32 pm:

      4th place,,not bad http://t.co/qcxBMdE

    23. Robert says on August 25, 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!!!

    24. Em Cardenas says on September 1, 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. :)

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

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

    26. Alfredo F Santamaria says on October 3, 2011 at 2:03 pm:

      @CaroTower Si la hacemos la hacemos bien ;) http://t.co/jzhue0pS N°1 Gold Coast, Australia #soñemosquepodemos

    27. sweeno says on July 22, 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

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

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

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

      Pipeline?

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

      Ericeira, Portugal is missing…

    31. Derek Brown says on December 11, 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.

    32. Chris says on December 31, 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.

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

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

    34. Mikejohnsson922 says on February 2, 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

    35. social media optimisation agency says on April 3, 2013 at 1:18 pm:

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

      SANTA CRUZ CA. and PHILIPPINES # 1

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

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

    38. Delbaz says on May 18, 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.

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

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

    40. myriam says on May 30, 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.

    41. Ivan says on June 18, 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

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

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

    43. ChristophX says on November 21, 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..

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

      What about panama? Bocas del toro?

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

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

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

      Cloud break fiji should be in the top ten

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