The culture of surfing has brought a community of life enthusiasts the worlds biggest waves, inspirational journeys, breathtaking scenery and lots of awesomeness from those who ride the waves. I have put together 10 great surf spots from around the world that everyone should put on there bucket list. Surf towns were you can immense yourself in the culture, learn of the deep history and have incredible fun and an amazing experience.
Tofino, British Colombia
Got to give it up to my hometown. The huge tides flatten out the beaches and create very mellow beginner waves. An old fur trading town sitting on the prettiest spot on Vancouver Island has fresh culture with great markets and festivals
This ancient Berber encampment became an outpost for European adventurers trekking into southern Morocco in the 1960’s. The waves are almost long period ground swells and the winds consistently blow offshore means great shape and plenty of power
This centuries old fishing village catches just about any swell that steamrolls through the North Atlantic. Known as Europe’s cold water Indonesia the Emerald Isle most famous reef break the Bridge is a unique mix of old school Ireland and surf culture.
Near the remnants of prehistoric rain forest of the Gondwana forests in Queensland, Byron Bay stands out as one of the spiritual and historical homes of surfing that favours live bands and relaxed cafes. A place for great waves and a pleasant atmosphere.
Considered the birthplace of European surfing Biarritz is a nice combination of French high culture and SoCal surf culture. If you need to get away from the high end vibe check out surrounding villages such as Ahetze and Espelette for a taste of small town Basque.
Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina
A small town tucked away between the salt marshes, sandy barrier islands and old wooden piers of the American southeast. The southeast is hotbed of stand up paddleboarding and Wrightsville has one of the most popular loops in the region
Santa Cruz, California
Tucked between sea cliffs and redwood forests this NorCal gem boasts a fantastic surfing museum and classic surf spots like Pleasure Point. Steamer Lane was proving ground for aspiring West Coast big wave riders in the 1950’s who rode giant winter swells on wooden longboards
Nosara, Costa Rica
Warm water, friendly locals, endless beaches, powerful river mouths, long point breaks, and high swells make it a veritable surfing Disneyland. To get some volcanic reef action head north to Playa Pelada or experience the awesome power of the heavy tubes of Bocas del Nosara
Paia, North Shore Maui
Starting out as a sugarcane boomtown now has a artsy, eccentric vibe perfect hangout for artists, surfers and wind sport enthusiasts. Not as well know as Oahu’s North Shore, daily side shore winds that shred the lineups most afternoons means that there are a lot of waves for everyone.
Raglan, New Zealand
The town is a throwback to the the golden days of surfing. Whaingaroa as it’s known in the local Maori language, introduced itself to the world when the seemingly endless left hand point breaks were featured in Bruce Brown’s film The Endless Summer.
Bukit Peninsula, Bali
The peninsula is a rural outpost of limestone cliffs, pristine beaches, fearsome reef breaks, and hilltop temples where Indonesian culture still dominates. For the more experienced surfer visit two of the most famous waves in the world at Padang Padang and Uluwatu.
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