A lot of factors go into deciding what makes a great surf destination.
Do you want to ride big waves? Maybe you’re a beginner? Or perhaps you want to combine the coast with the city? Luckily for you, we’ve managed to compile a list of the gnarliest surf spots around. Take a look to see which destinations made the cut.
If you’re looking for an iconic surf destination, then Waikiki in Hawaii is an absolute must. Hawaii is the home of surfing, and Waikiki is the surf break next to the island’s capital city, Honolulu.
Waikiki offers waves all year round, however, the surf is particularly dramatic over the summer months. Historically, Hawaiian royalty built houses next to the beach to make the most of the good surf – which has resulted in the high-rise city next to the beach.
The warm water and moderate waves (between two and eight feet) makes it suitable for beginners and experienced surfers alike.
If you’re looking for one of the best surf destinations in the world, Hossegor is a great place to start. In fact, conditions are so good that every year the world’s best surfers flock to the town.
As such, when Hossegor is really firing, anybody that’s not an experienced, accomplished surfer may feel a little intimidated by the thundering swell. However, the southern end of the beach is more sheltered, accommodating less experienced surfers.
The waves at Hossegor are large during the winter months (between seven and eight feet) and drop to between three and five feet in the warmer months.
Barcelona remains somewhat of a hidden gem in the surfing world. The Catalan capital is renowned for its culture, art and food, but did you know that professional surfers flock to its beaches every year?
The waves at Barceloneta Beach are frequent and reasonably high – averaging between three and five feet. This makes Barcelona an ideal surfing beach for beginners and intermediates. The best time of year to visit is between October and March, when waves are at their highest.
And if you arrive and the surf is flat? Well, you’re in Barcelona!
Jeffreys Bay, South Africa
When a beach is referred to as “the Mecca of all waves” you can safely assume it’s one of the top surf destinations in the world. Surfers love Jeffreys Bay because of the numerous surf breaks that line its 1100km coastline.
Intermediate surfers can ride all of the breaks at Jeffreys in one continuous journey, starting at ‘Supertubes’ and finishing at ‘Point’, minutes later.
The waves at Jeffreys Bay are at their highest during the summer months, although it offers exceptional year-round surfing conditions.
If you’re looking for one of the most famous surfing beaches on the planet, Sydney should be top of your travel itinerary.
In the north of the city is Manly Beach – the birthplace of Australian surfing. While Manly can get very busy, the year-round surf and mid-sized waves makes it among the best surfing beaches in the world.
For the more experienced surfers, head half an hour south, past Sydney Harbour Bridge, onto one of the most recognized surf spots on Earth, Bondi Beach. Bondi is known for its tasty food, great atmosphere and exceptional surf. The larger, barrelling waves make Bondi beach a haven for the world’s best surfers.