Everyone has an opinion when it comes to the top surfing beaches in the world. The following 10 beaches, in no particular order, are some of the best beaches to surf at in the world.
1. Pipeline Beach, Hawaii – The birthplace of surfing is located on the North Shore. Pipeline has humongous waves that break in shallow waters making hollow water curls to ride in. The Quicksilver Eddie Aikau Invitational is held here every year with a requirement that wave height has to be at least 20 feet high.
2. Goldcoast, Australia – With more than 70 km of beaches, year-round good weather and impressive waves, Australia’s Goldcoast is popular with surfers. The beaches here are protected by shark nets although surfers might see jellyfish. The best time for great waves is during their cyclone season from December through April.
3. Lima, Peru – Famous for Machu Picchu, Peru has also become famous as a top surfing destination. With 1,500 miles of coastline, Lima’s beaches offer some of South America’s best waves. The waves in Lima have been compared to those on Hawaii’s North Shore.
4. Fuerteventura, the Canary Islands – Known as one of the ultimate surf spots in the Atlantic Ocean, the coastline of Fuerteventura offers impressive waves and is considered a surfer’s Mecca. Fuerteventura has many areas that have not yet been surfed, powerful waves and is free of crowds.
5. Jeffreys Bay, South Africa – This surf spot is known for Blue Flag beaches, surfing competitions and gnarly waves. South Africa’s surf town, J-Bay, has waves that get to 10 feet, are consistent all year and are known for providing rides that last up to 3 minutes.
6. Malibu, California – Who can not think of California when it comes to surfing? California made surfing popular and is home to the Beach Boys. It is also where all serious surfers head to at least once in their quest for the perfect wave. Although the water tends to be cold here, the quality of the waves makes surfing Malibu’s beaches worth it.
7. Tamarindo Beach, Costa Rica – Perfect weather, warm waters and consistent waves up to 9 feet make Tamarindo a prime destination for surfers. From experienced surfers to those just beginning, Tamarindo has it all – great waves, great weather and gorgeous beaches.
8. Bundoran, Ireland – Once known for green hills, shamrocks and Guinness, Ireland is a top European surfing destination. Bundoran, 3 hours from Dublin, is one of Ireland’s most popular seaside towns. Surfers from all over flock to this once-quiet town. Bundoran has several reefs and options for surfers of all levels with waves ranging between 4 to 6 feet high.
9. Fistral Beach, Cornwall – England, which brings to mind castles, tea and Stonehenge, is now just as popular for surfers. Although the water is considerably colder here surfing in England is an experience worth a try. While summer surfing is best for the beginner since waves stay under 4 feet, winter surfing (invest in a great wetsuit) brings waves up to 15 feet.
10. – Uluwatu, Bali – This beach draws crowds from near and far, all wanting to ride the epic waves of Uluwatu. The waves are known to be very powerful so some experience is good. Beautiful beach, warm waters and friendly locals make this a great spot for all surfers.
Nicole Rodgers has been an avid travler for most of her life; she currently blogs about ways to use your savings to travel and can usually be found in wearing her drinking t-shirts while blogging. Image by michaelswiet