Costa Rica is a legendary surfing location where most ‘hardcore’ surfers congregate not only for the year-round waves, but for the number of great surfing spots as well. From April to October, you can expect the coastlines to produce great waves with major swells especially in Playa Naranjo and the river mouth point break at Potrero Grande or Ollies Point. The downside, the road systems are not very good, but this is a small price to pay for the ride of your life. For beginners and experts alike, try the 30-meter waves at the Tamarindo Beach in Tamarindo, a half kilometer of beach with warm waters.
Cloud Nine, Siargao Island, Philippines
For daredevils who want to experience dramatic and powerful reef break that crashes onto shallow razor-sharp coral with left and right rides, Cloud Nine will let you experience a slice of paradise. These magic mushroom-like hallucinations are powerful waves that are wrapped with a Cornish pastry-shaped cocoon of water. However, do not ever slip if you do not want your skin and bones to be ripped to pieces by the ocean bed, definitely for pros only.
Santa Catarina, the ‘Florianopolis’ or capital of Brazil is not only the country’s most visited place, but is also known as a surfer’s playground due to the great consistency and huge variety of its waves, including the Santinho and Mocambique. Other world-class surf spots in Floripa include the Joaquina Beach, Praia Mole, Campeche, and Lagoinha do Leste. If you are into surfing competitions, head on to Sao Francisco do Sul on the east coast for some fun-loving atmosphere and tasty grub as well.
Sultans, North Male, Maldives
Across the Maldives’ painfully beautiful 1,190 coral islands is a consistent reef wave that is absolutely pumping in the spring. However, you need to go with a live-abroad outfit to experience the waves as the rocks can be very hazardous. One of the most famous waves in the Maldives is the Pasta Point, a break that offers both left-hand rides and 100 meters of pure tube riding out to sea. However, there is a catch if you want to experience this great wave, as you have to be a guest at the exclusive Dhonveli Beach Resort, which can cost you US$343 a night.
The Samoan Islands is an archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean, just northeast of Fiji. This is one of the best surfing destinations as it offers warm waters, a tropical paradise, and most importantly, consistent quality of waves from April to October when big waves are created by the big blows down near Antarctica, although there are plenty of swells coming from every direction the whole year through. Classic waves include Special K, which at 500 meters is a perfect immediate peak for all surfers; and the Coconuts, which break over live corals on top days for 150-meter rides.