Top 10 Best Surfing Beaches
Not every single wave is created equal. If they were then we would never have to leave our homes in order to find the best breaks. Most of us can admit that staying around our local neighborhood would be much more ideal than leaving. But on the other hand, leaving our home and traveling to foreign lands to go surfing can be fun as well. Let’s take a look at the top 10 best beaches to go surfing.
10. Old Man’s: San Onofre State Beach, California
If you really want to take a taste of a classic Southern California culture then you should head out about 100 miles outside of Los Angeles to San Onofre State Beach. This beach thrives with all kinds of surfers and holds a rich history which rivals some of the most popular beaches in the world. Here, all ages of wave riders meet here and take on challenging waves while being spectated by massive crowds during all hours of the day.
9. Cape Hatteras Lighthouse: Outer Banks, North Carolina
Commonly referred to as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic”, this beach contains some dangerous waters where a lot of shipwrecks have occurred. It is by far one of the more treacherous beaches on this list and a lot of surfers see this as a challenge. By far, the outer banks of this beach pick up swells from almost any direction and surfers of all skill levels come here to find fun in the water.
8. Les Cavaliers: Anglet, France
Would you like to go surfing in France? A lot of surfers would love to do this. Well if you want to then you should consider visiting Les Cavaliers in Anglet, France. This is a surfer’s paradise and can make any surfer want to lick their lips. The best time to come surfing here is during the fall and summer and can sometimes be dominated by large swells and crowds. However, there are places down the beach where you can find less crowded places and you can even rent boards if you don’t have your own.
7. Pavones: Costa Rica
In the southern tip of Costa Rica, you’ll find a small town called Payones and you’ll also discover some of the longest left point breaks in the world. Spending a solid summertime here will provide you with the ability to take on some two or three-minute rides that would prove to be unforgettable. This can feel like an eternity considering that most waves in the world only last for a few seconds or so.
6. Surfers Point: Margaret River, Australia
Located in southern Perth, Margaret River is a prime spot for Australia’s surf culture. It is home to waves that offer a solid and consistent powerful left and that can raise easily up to 20 feet. The secret to their massive swells are the swells that came rolling in from Roaring Forties. If you really want to experience some massive waves at this beach is one that you’ll want to visit during the months of October and November.
5. Restaurants: Tavarua Island, Fiji
You would probably notice that we have mentioned the worlds “busy” or “crowded” when describing most of the beaches on this list. However, the next beach is something quite different. What really makes this one stand out is the lack of people who surf here. It is one of the premier beaches on Tavarua and this island limits the amount of people allowed on it each day. This exclusivity allows for some individual surfing with few people and big, fast waves.
4. Surfrider Beach: Malibu, California
Today, this beach is a mecca for California surfers and has waves that break right off of the West Coast. Although Malibu has been labeled as a prime area for surfers, it can be quite crowded during some parts of the year so a lot of people like to seek refuge down the beach or at a different spot. But if you are lucky enough to find a spot here, you will experience perfect waves that you can sometimes ride for up to a quarter-mile.
3. Hanalei Point: Hanalei Bay, Kauai
Hanalei Bay is a surfer’s paradise and probably offers one of the best scenic views as any other beach on this list. Sure, it may be boarded by mountains that spill waterfalls and jagged cliffs, but that isn’t why most people come here. Surfers come here for the waves. Even experienced surfers find these waves challenging and while most of them only get about 15 feet high, they are fast and challenging and can really force you to step up your game.
2. Banzai Pipeline: North Shore, Oahu
This is ground zero for best surf spots and is arguably one of the better ones in the world. The North Shore Pipe is very busy from October to March and there is always a good spot to grind here. Most waves are so perfect that they almost look like they belong in a cartoon. But there is nothing funny about them. Some can be incredibly dangerous for novice riders and the sheer power behind them requires a skillful mind behind the board.
1. Supertubes: Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa
Last but not least on our list, we have the J-Bay. This one will receive all of our accolades as being the best surf spot in the world, mainly because it is. The name itself exudes power and speed while at its peak this beach can produce waves up to 15 feet high. It is the single best domain for surfers as well as long boarders and even beginners can find nice spots to settle.
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