Many surfers dream of catching the biggest and best waves in the world, training for years to become good enough to surf the world’s most famous locations. Whether you’ve reached this level or are only starting out on your surfing journey, consider one of these five magnificent surf spots for your next holiday.
Pipeline, Hawaii, United States
For the ultimate surfing experience, visit the island where the sport was invented and catch the pipeline, the daddy of all waves. Few surfers will ever be good enough to ride this famous tube wave, which can scale over six metres tall over a seabed of razor-sharp coral. However, for those experienced enough to handle it, this will be the best wave they ever surf.
To surf a six-metre pipeline, you’ll need a good-quality surfboard at least 7 feet long. Plus Surfboard from PKS is a great choice, and you can pick one up from Amazon.
Uluwatu and Kuta, Bali, Indonesia
The perfect glassy faces of the Bali surf attract some of the best surfers in the world. In summer, conditions are perfect as the beaches feel the full force of the swells direct from the Antarctic Ocean. Competition is fierce for the best spots at magnificent Uluwatu, but it’s worth the wait for the exceptional waves.
Beginners can also enjoy the pristine conditions at Kuta bay, which is much less intense and has a friendly atmosphere.
Superbank, Gold Coast, Australia
Renowned for its pristine beaches and beautiful weather, Australia is home to some of the greatest surf spots in the world. The very best is undoubtedly Superbank, located on the Gold Coast, which produces spectacular tubes and solid walls. Comprising of Snapper Rocks, Greenmount, Little Marley and Kirra, if perfect conditions hit, this will easily be the longest wave of your life. To make sure you keep your grip on this gigantic wave, invest in some quality deck grips, which you can order with free UK delivery from Yakwax.
Hossegor has been dubbed the “surfing capital of Europe”, and has become a favourite holiday destination for pro surfers and the rich and famous. Heavy walls break on the unnervingly shallow sandbank, and the tubes rival those you’ll find in Hawaii, making this a thrilling spot for those good enough surf it.
Avoid the crowds by visiting Hossegor in the winter. You’ll need a good-quality wetsuit to brave the waves at this time of year, so check out Carve Magazine’s guide to choosing the right wetsuit for advice on finding the right one for you.
Riyuewan, Hainan, China
At the southern tip of China, you’ll find the island of Hainan, home to almost untouched tropical beaches and, often, empty waves. While China is unlikely to be the first place that comes to mind when you think of the world’s best surf spots, Hainan, or “China’s Hawaii”, is a great winter surf spot, as the northeast swells deliver the biggest waves of the year from October through to March. This is also the perfect spot for beginners in summer, when the swells are much calmer.
Keep these locations in mind when planning your next holiday, and you’re sure to experience some of the best conditions you’ve ever surfed.