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5 of the world’s best surfing spots

Published August 3rd, 2012

It’s the thrill of the chase. The harnessing of the wild. The ultimate outdoors experience. If you’re yet to be hooked, line and sinker for surfing, the time has come you to get on a board and get out there. The perfect wave is always around somewhere in the world – it’s just up to you to find it. While in Australia we’re pretty lucky when it comes to barrels and breaks, there are plenty of other surfing spots worth hopping on a plane for. If you’ve always wanted to combine your international holiday with a spot of surfing, here are five destinations to consider.

 

Mentawai Islands, Indonesia

Surfers have long enjoyed the breaks found around the 70 islands that make up the Mentawai Islands in Indonesia. With winds varying, waves can hit from almost every direction in Mentawai, providing easy to find breaks. Head to Gilligans or Macaronis during March to October or to watch the pros at work, travel to the Mentawai Islands around June to September when the enormous swells hit.

 

Jeffreys Bay, South Africa

As the host of the annual Billabong Pro ASP World Tour surfing event, Jeffreys Bay is one of the world’s most famous surfing destinations – and for good reason. It is home to what is commonly referred to as the world’s best right-hand point breaks, located on the west side of the bank. Jeffrey’s bay is split up into several sections and with names like Boneyards, Superubes and Impossibles, you’re bound to have a good time no matter where you surf.

 

Surfing in Hawaii

Oahu, Hawaii

The Hawaiian Island of Oahu often prides itself as the home of surfing and some of the world’s best surf spots. Needless to say Oahu’s breaks are incredibly popular, which can be a good thing and a bag thing. Generally speaking, unless you can keep up with the Kelly Slaters of the world it’s best to leave the waves for the pros during winter when the swells are at their biggest. Take to the north shore’s waves in the off season and master popular spots like Sunset, Pipeline and Waimea Bay.

 

Lima, Peru

It may seem like an unexpected spot but surfers in the know have been heading to Miraflores in Lima for years. The attraction is all in the clean and long rides as well as the surf’s ability to accommodate both beginners and the pros.  Beginners should try out what’s on offer at Waikiki or Makaha beaches while experienced surfers can challenge themselves at La Herradura.

 

California, USA

Sure, surfing in California is a cliché, but it’s a cliché for a reason. The Golden State boasts the best waves in North America, just ask the Beach Boys and every other surf-rock band that calls California home. For some of the best waves along the coast line, take your board for a spin at Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay.

Lauren Burvill

Australian born but London based, I'm a sucker for big cities and small tropical islands. When travelling, I like eating like a local, dressing like a local, but staying in 5 star style. Have a travel story to share? Tweet me @laurenburvill.