Superbank, Gold Coast, Australia
Considered to be a “surfer’s paradise,” Gold Coast is known for its 70 km of beaches and four epic point breaks including the Superbank, which is considered one of the world’s finest breaks. This will give you the ride of your life as it produces tubes and solid walls. Gold Coast has been known for luring and welcoming surfers for decades not only for the quality of its waves, but also for the large expansive area that can accommodate all the surfers that flock there, making it one of the top must-travel surfing locations.
Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii
The best place to go surfing in the United States, Oahu has been a popular surfing destination and ranks at the top of every seasoned professional’s list of great surfing spots. Every surfer’s dream is to ride the perfect crest of Pipeline, the big daddy of all waves. One of the heaviest waves in the world, it’s fitting that you can find it in Oahu, the island that created surfing. The waves grow in size over six meters of a shallow base of razor-blade table reef. If you dare charge this flawless tube, you will experience one of nature’s finest formations.
Bundoran Beach, County Donegal, Ireland
The cold may deter a surfer who is just beginning, but not the seasoned ones. For die-hard fanatics, the shimmering green waters with their rolling waves that are shaped by bouncing off of the headlands and flat rock reefs is enough to draw them into Bundoran. Just a few hours away from Dublin, this is one of the world’s best surfing spots in Europe.
Mentawai Islands, Indonesia
The Mentawai Islands are made up of 70 wave-rich chains off the western coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. If you want to be hit by a barrage of beautiful waves, the southern and northern points of Pagi, Siparo, and Siberut are your best choices. One of the most consistent surf destinations in the world, you can get the most from your surfing experience by visiting the biggest swells that occur from June to September. Accessible only by ferries or charters, the top Mentawai waves include Bankvaults, Lance’s Left and Lance’s Right, Macaronis, and for beginners, the Gilligan’s.
Supertubes, Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa
Known to many surfers as “J Bay,” this is one of the most famous surfing destinations in the world, located in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. This location offers long fast barrels off the intense point breaks and has plenty of wave choices, including Boneyards, Kitchen Windows, Magna Tubes, Point, Albatross, and the mother of all waves: Supertubes. Supertubes is something all surfers at any levels of expertise should see and try as it offers the highest walls of water in an area where unexpected scenarios can happen when the waves start to roll on over to form their tubes. Visit J Bay during the winter months from June to August, or go to the annual Billabong Pro WCT in July, and enjoy a great ride in some blue-flag beaches.