Top Surfing Destinations: The Best Places to Test Your Surfing Skills
As a surfer, you are always on the lookout for new destinations to surf in. Besides, surfing the same area and the same wave over and over again can bore you out of your mind. It can even bore you to the point where surfing will no longer be interesting for you. Or you are only surfing that home spot when it is magically amazing for that one tiny window of time. So, where are the places around the world that you should go to in order to test your skills in surfing?
Well, for starters, you’d be surprised to know that there are quite a lot of surfing destinations all over the world which will surely interest you. The world is a fantastic place which is really full of surprises. In fact, there are even surfers who travel to remote islands and even in the middle of the ocean just to find the perfect place to surf. However, here are a few top surfing destinations that you may want to try.
Gold Coast, Australia
You may want to remember that Australia is known all over the world for its excellent surfing conditions. And, because the Gold Coast offers sunny skies and four main breaks. This place has been considered by surfing aficionados, such as yourself, as a surfer’s paradise. Another great thing about this place is that there are plenty of activities aside from surfing. After hitting the waves, you can go shopping or even go to wild parties during the night. Some of the popular surf spots on the Gold Coast are Snapper Rocks, Kirra Point, Burleigh Heads, Coolangatta, and Duranbah.
Snapper Rocks would be from advanced to intermediate levels as I would recommend it. To get in the water at Snapper Rocks, you have to jump off the rocks. Which makes it kind of tricky for beginners to do. Kirra point would be for more advanced surfers since the speed of that wave is extremely fast and the wave barrels really well. Duranbah is a surf spot where you are in between two inlets, it is rocky and would be tricky to surf, but a lot of fun.
Now Burleigh Heads and Coolangatta can be surfed by any level surfer. As long as the swell is not humongous. Going to the Gold Coast is a lot of fun. With all the activities a part from surfing, your day will be easily entertained. And with all of the options of surf spots, you will have have a blast all day long, winter or summer time.
Whether you are a beginner or you consider yourself as an equal of Kelly Slater or Andy Irons. You will see that you will be able to find the perfect place for you to do your surfing here in Kandahar, Mexico. With a very large variety of surf breaks, you can be sure that you will find a wave that will challenge your skills. Also, you will be able to have a lot of fun in the process. The great thing about this place is that the beach is not very crowded. With its great weather the whole year round, you will be able to experience the best surfing you will ever have. But, if you are looking for the big waves, then you may want to visit Kandahar during May or June as it is the peak season for surfing.
Mexico has that tropical weather that every surfer dream of when imagining a surf trip. During the summer months of April through October, the water temperature is above 80 degrees Fahrenheit. And during the winter months of October through April the water temperature does not drop much, only by 8 degrees to 72 degrees.
Banzai Pipeline, Oahu
If you consider yourself as an equal of Andy Irons or Kelly Slater, then the Banzai Pipeline is for you. With some of the best and the most dangerous waves in the world. You can be sure that you will have a lot of fun surfing the big waves of Hawaii in this surfing spot. However, you might want to remember that this place is definitely a no-no for beginners! In fact, even pros shy away from the Banzai Pipeline as the waves can get very intense.
The reef at Pipeline is extremely sharp and the water is super shallow (maybe a foot or two). Pipeline is not a surf spot that you just got out and enjoy all day long. You would be lucky if you don’t break your board, catch two waves, or even hit the reef. It is one of the most dangerous wave in the world, especially when it is at its epic conditions. Being one of the most dangerous wave, the ones that do paddle out there are extremely courageous and well aware of the situation. Some study the wave for years before even paddling out there.
Watching Pipeline can be so amazing and intense to watch break. It is definitely the go-to spot for surf photographers trying to get the perfect shot.
Half Moon Bay, California
This particular surfing destination is famous for its waves that can range from 25 to 50 feet. Half Moon Bay or even called Mavericks is considered to be the Mecca of surfing. Although the waves are not the biggest in the world. You will see that the waves here are the biggest in the state.
Mavericks is on the north coast of California and the water of super cold. So, who dears to surf there has to wear a really thick wetsuit. Also this window only opens for a couple month out of the year during the winter. The best of all swells that hits Mavericks is El Nino. This swell makes the waves twice the size and so much more powerful than they usually are.
Just like Pipeline, some surfers take years to paddle out in this spot. Some people have died trying to surf this wave, some have gotten hurt on the rocks, some drowned. It is not a spot where you just surf to enjoy your day, you will catch one wave and go in. The intensity and courage that this wave takes from surfers is tremendous. This wave is one of those waves where even if you are just watching, you are nervous the entire time for the people surfing it.
Listed above are some of the best surfing destinations that you should try visiting, even if you will just be watching. If you are sick and tired of the same old waves in your place. Then it may be time for you to pack your bags and experience more challenging waves. You’d be surprised as to how many places there are that will be able to satisfy your surfing needs. These are just some examples but honestly, anywhere in the world that has some waves. It will always be better than surfing at home.
We Want to Travel More To Surf
Our team travels at least three times a year internationally. To get some surf and challenge ourselves at different breaks. We already went to Guatemala, Nicaragua, California, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Panama and will soon we heading to Brazil or one more country in Latin America.
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