It’s not hard to fall in love with surfing. Stoke, to surfers, is comparable to what hygge is to the Danes. It’s one of those things that you do, without much control, that just brings you so close to creation — in this case, the sea — that you feel one with it.
Now, if you’re looking to fill your surf bucket list, here are the top places in the world to choose from:
Banzai Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii
Those who’ve conquered bigger waves all dream of riding the Banzai Pipeline. Its waves are legendary, and it’s home to intense surfing competitions like the Pipeline Masters Surf Contest which is attended by hardcore professional surfers around the world. The waves go up to 30 feet — and this is why it topped CNN’s list of the world’s best surfing spots.
Cloud 9, Siargao, Philippines
Our very own Cloud 9 in Siargao has a reputation for thick, hollow tubes and barreling waves that make for a surfing paradise. It is, after all, the surf capital of the country. The waves come year round but are most consistent from October until May. They can get pretty high, thus the spot is recommended for the more experienced surfer.
Huntington Beach, California
Huntington Beach may be a conventional choice, but its four different-facing beaches offers varying options for different types of surfers. Winter is the best time to surf to avoid the summer crowd and experience the bigger swell of waves. Surfing schools surround the area, so it’s a great option for those who are still learning the sport. The northwest beaches are perfect for longboarders while shortboards are best to try in the south.
Taghazout is a laid-back fishing village in Morocco which is a great choice for surfers seeking a chill environment without the hassle of big crowds. This small town has something for everyone — its waves are tolerable for beginners and enjoyable for experts, and the peaceful vibe will relax your senses. The view is also breathtaking and calming, it’s also a perfect spot to do yoga.
Canggu, Bali, Indonesia
While Canggu has been one of the fastest-growing communities in Bali, its beaches remain pristine and uncrowded. Echo Beach, one of its finest beaches, offers big, intermediate-friendly waves. Plus, its panoramic view of the sunset is one of the reasons why it’s one of the favorite site for sunset surfs.
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