Best Surf Destinations Around the World

What better way is there to get to know the fascinating world around us than by riding its gnarly waves? Here are the best surf destinations in the world:

Oahu, Hawaii, USA

The best waves in the world are right here, on Oahu’s northern coast. The Banzai Pipeline is one of the most famous and most photographed waves in the world, offering a unique challenge to even the most seasoned surfers.

banzai pipeline photo
Photo by mmdurango

Kuta Beach, Bali, Indonesia

The most surfed beach in Bali, Kuta Beach is a beginner surfer’s paradise. It’s where surfing began in Bali, and today it attracts thousands of surfers. The waters can get a little crowded, but this epic surfing spot is also filled with jovial locals cheering on those who venture into the water.

kuta beach surf photo
Photo by paul.wienerroither

Black’s Beach, San Diego, California

Seasoned professionals will thrive on the powerful breaks on Black Beach. Considered the best surfing spot in mainland United States, expert surfers flock here to hone their skills. Fun fact: Black’s Beach was a nudist beach until the 1970s and even now, in the northern side of the beach, clothing is optional.

black beach surf photo
Photo by 1bluecanoe

Bondi Beach, Australia

An iconic surf destination, Bondi Beach is all about celebrating the surf-side good life. The laidback surfer crowd will make you feel right at home as you try to ride some of the world’s gnarliest waves. Fun fact: “Bondi” is actually an aboriginal name that translates to “water breaking over rocks” in English.

bondi beach surf photo
Photo by Heatwaves Australia

Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa

Located on the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, J Bay is one of the most popular surf destinations in the world. The bay’s intense break points create plenty of options to keep surfers happy from Kitchen Windows to Albatross and Supertubes. Fun fact: Every summer, the Billabong Pro World Championship takes over the beach for 10 days in July.

jeffrey bay surf photo
Photo by Chris Bloom

Tofino, Vancouver Island, Canada

One of Canada’s premier surf destinations, Tofino is perfectly suitable for surfers of all levels. Just make sure to bring a thick wetsuit – the water can get pretty chilly! The picturesque beach, surrounded by a lush rainforest, is the perfect background for a fun day of surfing.

tofino surf photo
Photo by Monster Energy Canada

White Beach, Okinawa, Japan

Beginner surfers will love this stretch of white sand off Japan’s coast. Practice here and then test your skills on nearby reef breaks like Aha-Yoko or Suicide Cliffs. Just beware that it can get pretty crowded on the weekends.

joes point surf photo
Photo by Steve Acuff

Joe’s Point, Sur, Oman

The Middle East is still flying under the radar as a surf destination. But Oman’s long coastline boasts plenty of breaks waiting to be ridden. And the dramatic desert view from the ocean isn’t hard on the eyes either. At Joe’s Point, both beginners and pros will find waves to keep them happy.

joes point surf photo
Photo by jonasflanken