25 Best Surfing Spots In The World

Posted by on May 30, 2013

For a lot of surfers, the best spot to surf would be the one where wind, swell, direction, tides, and seafloor meet. Wind creates the quality of the surfing waves, while its force and interaction with the direction of the swell, the tide in a certain hour, and type and status of the ocean floor create a certain wave condition. Popular surfers have traveled the world looking for the best waves, so here is a rundown on what they found to be the 25 best surfing spots in the world.


Superbank, Gold Coast, Australia

Considered to be ‘surfer’s paradise,’ Gold Coast has been 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 professionals 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 is but 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, so 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 its rolling waves from the moody Atlantic that are shaped by bouncing off of the headlands and flat rock reefs is enough to draw them into Bundoran, a few hours away from the city of Dublin. This is one of the world’s best surfing spots in Europe where huge waves are recorded in the area over time, though the average is in the ten-foot range.


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 four picks of 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 of your surfing experience by visiting the biggest swells that occur during the months of 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 of the world located in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. This offers long fast barrels off the intense point breaks and has plenty of 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 the 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.