Peru has over 1,500 miles of coastline and though there are only a few locals who rent surfboards to backpackers and the pebbled beach and gray waters do not look appealing, it is still one of the most popular surfing destinations in the world as Lima, the capital of Peru, offers some of the best waves in all South America. The waves range from a meter and up, which breaks in three sections – large, medium, and small – great for surfers of all abilities. These waves are comparable to those found in Hawaii, with significantly less competition for waves and crowds.
The Bubble, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
Part of the Canary Islands, Fuerteventura is the Mecca for surfers off the coast of Africa. With temperate climates between 18 to 24 °C, surfers from all over the world will be happy with its weather conditions. However, you will need to fend off some unfriendly and aggressive locals who will not voluntarily give you a turn on their waves, so go for a paddling race to get a shot at riding the expert right-hand tube The Bubble, which works best when it is a head high to double overhead though a little short for a left-hand ride. Aside from The Bubble, other popular waves include the Rocky Point, Harbour Wall, Shooting Gallery, Generosa Suicides, Mejillonas, El Hierro, German Rights, Cotillo, and Esquinzo, which are best experienced from October to March, the top season for great waves.
Black Beach, San Diego, California
Black Beach is for the seasoned professional as it has the most powerful breaks that come with strong currents, and are not advisable for beginners. Considered the best surfing spot on the mainland of the United States, it can host a number of expert surfers in every direction. In addition, the winds do not affect the waves, so you can still have fun until late in the day giving you plenty of time to experience the best waves in the Western Hemisphere, but do avoid weekends as it can get too crowded.
Dubbed as ‘the surfing capital of Europe,’ Hossegor is located on the Atlantic and is known for the rich and famous mansions and holiday homeowners who lived near its beach. Here, you can watch professional surfers ride tubes and heavy waves that break on the shallow sandbank that can rival those in Hawaii, without the corals.
Bordering the Pacific Ocean between Guatemala and Honduras, El Salvador is a natural tourist attraction that is gaining popularity with surfers. Popular surfing spots include El Zonte, Sunzal, and La Libertad because they are not very crowded. Visit the main swell season from March to October where you can expect the south swells to get up to 10 feet high. Just look out for the rocky points and bring along your booties.