Have you ever traveled to new places to catch a wave? Then you’ve certainly caught the surf bug. Here are the top surfing destinations in the world to add to your bucket list.
1. Bondi Beach, Australia
The legendary beaches of Bond Beach is a major tourist attraction because of the vibrant surfing community set against a backdrop of gorgeous blue ocean. Bondi Beach has a consistent swell all year round, making it a magnet to surfers who are drawn to its waves, culture, and people. It’s also home to great shops selling all kinds of boards and surfboard fins.
2. Bali, Indonesia
Next stop is one of Asia’s entry to the top surfing destinations in the world – Bali. Indonesia’s tropical climate makes this best surfing spot accessible all year round with over 60 various right-hand and left-hand breaks. Best of all, staying in budget-friendly accommodations in Bali’s cultural art towns and beachside villas is an experience itself.
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3. Tavarua, Fiji
Tavarua earned its moniker “small island with a big heart” because this is a premier surf destination that generously caters to both pro and amateurs. A few boat rides away is a famous cloud break that averages 4-6ft in height. Tavarua also has 200 yards of desirable reef breaks dubbed as the “skate park in the sea”. During high tide, beginners can sharpen their FCS fins in the “restaurants” over the diverse coral reefs.
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4. Snapper Rock, Queensland, Australia
The jewel on the Gold Coast is a small rocky outcrop called Snapper Rocks. Its super bank is hailed for having one of the most consistent breaks and multiple barrel sections in Queensland. This surfing destination is no doubt one of the hollowest, longest, and best waves in the world that it holds the annual World Surf Leagues’ Quicksilver and Roxy Pros. Because of its quality, high standard of surfing, Snapper Rocks is one of the top surfing destinations around the world and there are numerous surfing contests throughout the year.
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5. Teahupo'o Taihiti
Teahupo’o is a small fishing village in French Polynesia that’s directly facing the great ‘ol Pacific Ocean. If you can probably imagine, this surfing destination has exciting surf breaks and glassy waves that can swell up to 9 to 23 feet - on any given day. It’s no surprise that Teahupo’o is notorious for producing some of the heaviest and largest waves in the world. This reef break is not for amateurs and their surf fins. Teahupo’o is the site of the yearly surfing competitions like the Billabong Pro Tahiti and the World Championship Tour (WCT).
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6. Maui, Hawaii
Hawaii is home to many volcanoes and various surfing spots, so it’s so hard to pick one. Maui, also known as the Valley Isle, is a premier surfing destination and the backdrop to several world-class surfing championship events. Its notorious “Jaws'' surf break is accessible through tow-in surfing with a PWC that’s just reserved for the pros. Beware of sharp rocks that could damage your surf fins.
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7. Nazare, Portugal
Portugal has more than 1,000 miles of Atlantic coastline. Finding a good spot where to surf is no problem as it has several picture-perfect surf breaks running along its shores. Depending on what time of the year, seasoned surfers head to Nazare, a small town in Portugal famous for creating the most powerful waves in the world. Surfing camps all over the country also cater to both pro and newbie surfers who want to shred their FCS fins.
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8. Jeffreys Bay, South Africa
The J Bay is considered as a surfing Mecca by many. This hip seaside town by the Indian Ocean is also famous for its golden sand beaches and of course, the perfect waves that are straight, hollow, and long - just the perfect water platform for any surfboard fins! Pro surfers will also have their own fill of amazing “tubes'' in Jeffreys Bay. J Bay’s popular surfing spots can create 3-meter waves and are aptly called Kitchen Window, Phantoms, Magnatubes, Albatross, and the Supertube which is the location of the Billabong Pro Surfing Contest.
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