Don your dang wetsuit, because it’s time to catch a tasty wave.
From detailing our favorite sunglasses deals to revealing the most “nom-worthy” food destinations, we dig list articles. So, what would be better than running down the finest examples of some of the world’s most beautiful breaks? Nothing. That’s what.
So, whether you’re a college student sick of la biblioteca and dreaming of the crash of the waves, or, you know, just your everyday surfer gang member robbing banks to fund your addiction to the sport (we’re looking at you, Point Break), the following list is everything you’ve been aching for, compadre.
Without further delay, here’s 10 of the Dopest Surf Spots in the World (in no particular order):
1. Sennen Cove, Cornwall
Although it’s almost as far out as Land’s End, it’s well worth it. Sennen Cove in the United Kingdom’s Cornwall boasts green, rolling hills and an aesthetic that feels “untouched” by the passage of time. It’s not as crowded as similar destinations, and the waves play to a number of skill levels, too.
2. Morro Bay, California
This west-facing beach in Cali is tailor-made for beginners and intermediate surfers alike. (And really, how could California not
make this list?
3. Ulu Watu, Bali
Enormous waves that separate the pros from the scrubs occupy this scenic spot, dominated by the vista of a gigantic cliff. And overlooking it all? The oldest Hindu temple in Bali, no less.
4. Tofo Beach, Mozambique
Want to go off the beaten path? Adventure awaits amongst the mostly unexplored 2,500km coastline of Mozambique, home to highly surf-able areas and standout white sand beaches. Nestled along the Ponta da Barra peninsula, Tofo in particular brings the goods for beginners, while experts need only scoot over to nearby Tofinho Beach to dance among the reefs.
5. Mavericks, Half Moon Bay, California
Powerful, yawning waves. Cold water. A rocky seafloor. Friggin’ sharks. Yeah—Mavericks in California is here to claim your surfing soul, and enthusiasts wouldn’t have it any other way. Oh, and it’s home to the Titans of Mavericks invitational each year, too.
6. Jeffreys Bay, South Africa
Considered one of the finest right-hand rides on the planet and first made famous by the boarding classic Endless Summer
, South Africa’s Jeffrey’s Bay features wickedly-fast barrels on a consistent basis, with some stretching as long as 900 feet (holy sh**!). Plus, it’s home to the yearly Billabong Pro ASP World Tour surf competition, so you know it’s legit.
7. Cloudbreak, Tavarua Island, Fiji
Ready for a challenge? The heart-shaped, deep-sea reef locale of Tavarua Island, Fiji is home to Cloudbreak, one of the most notorious breaks in the entire surfing world. Waves can reach as high as 25 feet, particularly during the prime months between April and October.
8. Teahupo’o, Tahiti
A shallow coral reef and crystalline blue waves make this a drool-worthy destination for any serious surfer. The hollow barrels here are primed-and-ready for the pros—a big reason why this Tahitian locale is included in the World Championship Tour of the Association of Surfing Professionals circuit.
9. Duppies, Saint Lucy, Barbados
Secluded on the northwestern Barbados coast, the Duppies break at Saint Lucy is renowned for its pulse-pounding ferocity. Take note: This is a hardcore spot for thrill-seekers, and you’re likely to even run into a shark or two. (Although judging from recent events
, it seems we’re becoming increasingly equipped to handle the worst the ocean has to literally throw at us.)
10. Jaws, Maui, Hawaii
C’mon, you should have known we weren’t gonna spit out a list of dope-ass surf spots and not feature Hawaii. Reppin' that most famous of archipelagos on this roundup is Maui—specifically, Jaws, the “big bad” of Hawaiian surfing locations. Legend has it the waves here grow to as much as 120 feet, meaning this destination wasn’t even accessible to many before tow-in surfing.
There’s something above for you no matter your boarding skills, so grab your sunglasses and sunscreen and get to it!