Montanita Beach, Montanita, Ecuador
Unbeknownst to many travelers, this small spot on the west coast of Ecuador is home to only 1,000 locals. However, this hidden spot is popular with a lot of surfers as they are acquainted with the locals here, who are known as a friendly bunch. After surfing, they lounge around the village’s bar strip where they can grab a fresh fruit cocktail or have a Tibetan massage.
Manu Bay, Raglan, New Zealand
This was made famous in the 1960s as the location for the surf flick, ’Endless Summer.’ It is a sleepy town that has bars and cafes where you can play surf videos while having New Zealand’s finest healthy smoothies and fresh cakes. The Manu Bay has waves that can rise from a meter to about three meters with some occasional barrel if you are in luck, and a mellow place to wait for the surf to pick up.
Riyuewan, Sanya, Hainan, China
China is not exactly known for its beaches nor surfing, but a gigantic island on its southern tip offers untouched tropical beaches with consistent un-crowded waves. For beginners, locals from Hainan can guide you to the best spot such as the Riyuewan Bay or other lesser-known locations. You can also recharge your body after surfing by eating fresh fish from the day’s catch cooked in spicy Hainan-style at the local cafe.
Cloudbreak, Tavarua Island, Fiji
The Tavarua Island off Fiji is a heart-shaped island that can offer something for everyone including the hardcore surfer to waddling toddlers. However, Cloudbreak is exclusively for hardcore surfers only as this is a brutal wave that can form up to 1,600 meters off the coast. It can hold up to 500 meters and reaches 10 meters in size.
Joe’s Point, Sur, Oman
The Middle East is still very much unexplored when it comes to surfing destinations. However Oman, which has a long stretch of coast that faces the desert on one side and the Indian Ocean on the other, boasts miles of breaks that are waiting to be ridden. Joe’s Point, which is perfect for beginners and professional surfers alike, has a sand bar to the right and rock bottom to the left that offer rides that can last for 40 seconds. You need not even worry about the climate as the temperature at Oman is often in the low 30s while the water is at a comfortable 25°C even when neighboring Dubai is hitting 45°C.