Destinations for Surfers

by Hallie Engel

There's no sport quite like surfing. With nothing but a board, you can ride the waves and experience the power of the ocean. Surfing is also a sport that can take you across the world, from remote Mexican beaches to famous locations in countries like the United States and Australia, where surfing isn't just a sport, but a way of life.

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Mexico

Just south of the border, Mexico is home to surfing hot spots, sunshine, warm weather and big waves. With over 6,000 miles of coastline, according to Guide Mexico, the country has challenging waves for pros and easy spots for newbies. The state of Jalisco is home to several surfing destinations, including Quimixto, which is south of Puerto Vallarta and the Barra de Navidad area. Baja, in northern Mexico, features remote surf sites where few dare to venture, meaning it might just be you and the waves.

Hawaii

The Aloha State has long been known as a surfer's paradise, thanks to its bodacious waves and tropical breezes. During winter, check out the North Shore of Oahu. The region features the best conditions in the state, according to Destination 360, and winter storms create serious waves. Diamond Head Beach and Waikiki Beach offer the best waves from summer to autumn, while Kauai also features good surf at Tunnels Beach and Poipu Beach. Various resorts and hotels in Hawaii offer surf lessons for beginners.

Australia

Head down under to catch some big waves in Australia. The north coast of New South Wales, stretching from Angourie to Byron Bay, features big waves and unspoiled beaches. The area is also home to Australia's vibrant surfing culture. The state of Queensland also attracts surfers to Noosa and Snapper Rocks, which features the "super bank," regarded in surfing circles as the longest, most consistent and most hollow wave in the world, according to Australian Geographic.

California

California is loaded with places to surf, and many of the varied locations are easy accessible, according to Surfing Waves. Though Cali beaches can be crowded and the water chilly, surfers still flock to places like Malibu, Steamer Lane and Rincon. Malibu is also home to Surfrider Beach, the first beach in the world dedicated exclusively to the sport. Waves are at their largest in the fall and winter, though dipping water temps may necessitate a bodysuit.

About the Author

Hallie Engel is a food and lifestyle writer whose work has appeared in several international publications. She served as a restaurant critic for "Time Out Abu Dhabi" and "Time Out Amsterdam" and has also written about food culture in the United Arab Emirates for "M Magazine." She holds a bachelor's degree in communications and film studies from University of Amsterdam.