How to Choose the Best Surf Spots in the World

Once you've been surfing awhile, sometimes the travel bug bites. And if it does, boy are you going to want to find the best surf spots in the world! There are lots, so be guided by what is within your reach, your budget, and your skills.

Steps

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    Check your budget. Before you get over-excited make sure you have the funds. There is nothing sadder than making plans before the cash can come to the party.
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    Visit Australia. A lot of Australia can be surfed. Some of it's crowded though while other parts are shark havens. Then again, a lot of it's deserted, so you're just going to have to ask around and trust the locals. Good spots include:
    • Gold Coast (but crowded)
    • South Stradbroke Island
    • Bells Beach Victoria
    • Byron Bay
    • Sydney (the surf city in Australia).
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    Book a flight to South Africa. There is some great surf here, especially in the Eastern Cape province.
    • Try Jeffrey's Bay.
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    Head on over to California. If you don't already live or frequent this state, it's the state for surfing. The water tends to be cold and crowded but it's good surfing all the same.
    • Try Malibu, Santa Cruz, Half Moon Bay and Steamer Lane.
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    Head to Bali in Indonesia. Bali has excellent waves, especially around the Bukit Peninsular. A major drawback though is the crowd likely to be sharing the beach with you, including people touting their wares.
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    Visit Brazil. There are some good surf beaches around Joaquina Beach and Santa Catarina island.
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    Try Costa Rica. It has great beaches in many places. You may have difficulties getting around though, so be prepared for rough roads.
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    Go to Hawaii. Hawaii is well known for its great surfing beaches. The best beaches depend on the type of waves you're after. Good beaches include Sunset Beach, Pipeline, Waimea, Ala Moana, etc.
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    Narrow things down. Within any destination in any country, there will be better places to surf and not-so-great places to surf. Some of this will depend on the season, some on the nature of the sea, and some on whatever is happening with the local tourist industry. It pays to do very localized research once you've chosen a location so that you can find the best waves, at the best time of year, and try your absolute best to avoid the crowds.

Warnings

  • Beware sharks and too many surfers. Beware thieves when leaving gear on beaches you're not familiar with.
  • Have travel insurance for your health and gear when leaving your own country.

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