Ride the Thrill: A Surfer’s Guide to the Best Beaches for Surfing Worldwide

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Surfing lovers will travel around the world just to get the perfect wave to ride. Surfing is no easy sport to engage in. The waves of the ocean need to be just right in order to get the perfect surf. As many people may know, Mother Nature does not always do what we want her to do. The beach waves can be too rough to swim in, or a storm may be rolling, which diminishes a surfer’s chance to ride a good wave. Some surfers will say that the best surf waves happen when there is a thunderstorm on the way. Of course, it is very dangerous to be in the open water during a thunderstorm, but surfers love the thrill. When surfing, you should always check for shark-infested waters. It is no secret that many people have lost their lives or limbs trying to catch the perfect wave by being bitten by a shark. If you are a surf enthusiast and want to check out the best beaches in the world for surfing, then check out the list below.

1. Superbank, Australia

Superbank is composed of over 70 km of beach. This beach is also known as “Surfers Paradise”. The waves of this beach have attracted surfers from all over the world. Whether you are a beginner or a veteran of surfing, Superbank is a surfer’s best travel destination.

2. Ulu Watu, Bali

The best part about this beach is the exclusiveness. This beach is not a top tourist destination for beach lovers, but it ranks high for surf lovers. The great waves of the ocean make for the perfect surf ride every time.

3. Bundoran, Ireland

When you hear the word beach, many places come to mind, but not Ireland. Bundoran is known as “Cold Water Eden” by the unground surfing community. The peak season for surfing is from September to May. The best part of this beach is that beachgoers are less likely to linger during the off-season.  The weather gets extremely cold during the surfing peak season, so pack blankets and towels.

4. Supertubes, South Africa

The name of this beach comes from the awesome waves that accompany surfing lovers during their rides. If you are looking to ride the best waves, then you should visit this beach in June, July or August.

5. Black Beach, San Diego, California

It is no surprise that California has some of the best surfing beaches in the USA. Black Beach is known for the color of its sandy beach and for the greatest waves. The waves of this beach should only be surfed by the most experienced surfers.

6. Sunzal, El Salvador

El Salvador is located in South America, along the Pacific Ocean. The Pacific Ocean has some of the best waves in the world, especially in this area, from March to October. Don’t be alarmed if the waves reach a high of over 10 ft. That is the norm for this area.

7. Sultans, Maldives

The Pasta Point wave at this beach in the Maldives is the most dangerous but thrilling wave ever. The only downside to this beach is that only guests of the nearby resort have access to it. But if you are willing to spend the extra money, the waves will certainly make it worth it.

8. Manu Bay, New Zealand

This beach was made popular because of the film, “Endless Summer”. The waves of this beach are so low that even beginner surfers can take a ride.

9. Cloudbreak, Fiji

If you are looking to catch huge waves, then Cloudbreak is the place to go. You can catch waves that are up to 10 meters long. This beach is recommended for only experienced surfers. The enormous waves could crush a beginning surfer, leaving them injured or worse.

10. Rincon, Puerto RicO

As you enjoy a day filled with sun and sand, the beach of Rincon gives surfers a run for their money. If you are planning to spend a fun beach day with family that includes surfing, Rincon has you covered.

11. Tofino, Vancouver Island, Canada

If you aren’t afraid to get cold and wet, then the waves of Tofino are a great place to surf. The colder months of the year tend to increase the height of the wave. Pack extra wetsuits and clothes because you’ll be in for a ride.

12. Huntington Beach, California

California makes it on the list again with a great surfing beach destination. This beach is perfect for families and surfers to enjoy a great day in the water.

13. Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka

Between the months of May and November, this is a top tourist destination for beach and surf lovers. Even though the waves may not be extreme, beginner surfers can learn to control their boards and the waves.

14. Biarritz, France

This top beach resort is a perfect combination for beach and surf lovers. If you are not a fan of surfing, you can enjoy the amenities the beach resort has to offer. This surfing destination is one of the oldest places in which people come to get their surf on.

15. Hanalei Bay, Hawaii

Hawaii is a great place to catch up on your sunbathing as well as your surfing. The wave “Pinetree” is one of the largest waves on this beach. The wave can reach up to 20 meters long and takes the shape of a pine tree (hence the name).

16. Hoddevik, Norway

Cold-weather surfing is not made for everyone. Up until recent years, surfing in Norway was not accessible or available (at least not permitted). On the picturesque beach of Hoddevik, beginner and intermediate surfers from around the world can enjoy a great icy wave.

17. Lagos, Portugal

Portugal is a wonderful country filled with culture and great beaches. The waves at Lagos Beach are perfect for every kind of surfer. Since this beach town stretches out for miles, you can work your way up from the smallest waves to the highest waves of the beach.

Written by Rachel Pearson

Rachel reports on a wide range of topics from the United States and around the world. She keeps a close eye on the rapidly pour in of new headlines to get the best research and sources possible.

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