Whether you’re an expert at riding big breaks, or you’re a beginner who fancies learning how to handle a board, we have the perfect surfing spot for you. From waves crashing onto vibrant cities’ shores to idyllic island beaches to jungle shrouded bays, take a look below to get in on the action and find your perfect wave.
10 - ULUWATU
While Bali is regarded as the place in Southeast Asia for surfers, Uluwatu is considered to have the finest waves on the island. With its first-class surf break and professional-grade waves, this area draws in adrenaline junkies from Australia to Hawaii, while Kuta is an excellent choice for beginners. Uluwatu also provides an unusual touch with its majestic temple looming on the dramatic cliffs above the shore.
9 - SUMBA
The founder of Nihiwatu, on Sumba’s southwest coast, set out looking for the perfect wave, and when he found it, he camped out on the beach for four years before the locals would allow him to build there. Now, Nihiwatu is one of the most popular surf spots on the planet, not just because of its great lefthand reef, but because of the unique culture of the island and the unspoiled land that surrounds the beautiful resort.
8 - CAPE TOWN
A wealth of surfing hotspots are located in the dazzling city of Cape Town. From huge, powerful waves in large beaches to little, soft swells in coves – sun-bleached surfers can enjoy their fun all year round here. Charming Hout Bay, or Dungeons as it is known to the local surfing community, offers grand waves, numerous reefs plus the annual Red Bull Big Wave Africa competition.
7 - THE SKELETON COAST
If you’re up for a challenge, head to Namibia‘s epic Skeleton Coast for a truly wild surfing experience. Home to one of the best lefthanders on the planet, the coastline’s icy waters and remote location make this spot a serious but rewarding challenge.
6 - DURBAN
When it comes to this awesome sport South Africa really does have heaps to offer, from location to variety, and Durban holds the title as one of the country’s ultimate surf settings. Its world-class waves are deemed the most consistent in S.A due to regular swells and fantastic conditions, while the beaches themselves are lovely. What’s more, Durban offers the chance to spice up your surfing with diving opportunities with black tip reef sharks and ragged tooth sharks.
5 - EASTERN CAPE SAFARIS
Arguably Africa‘s finest surfing destination is Jeffrey’s Bay in the Eastern Cape. Just an hour’s drive from Port Elizabeth, Jeffrey’s Bay boasts international acclaim, hosting the yearly Billabong Pro ASP World Tour surfing competitions. The crème de la crème of globetrotting surfers, including Kelly Slater, flock to this South African town for its long, fast barrels and rides of up to 300 metres long.
4 - LIMA
Whether you know everything there is to know about surfing, or you’ve never tried it before, the Peruviancapital provides fun for all. Thanks to the coastline’s small, medium and large breaks, Lima promises an amazing range alongisde clean, long rides and relatively uncrowded beaches.
3 - FLORIANOPOLIS
In the city of Florianopolis, in southern Brazil, you’ll find Argentines and Europeans grabbing their surboards to try out some of the wonderful waves found on the vast, secluded beaches. Early March to late May and late September to early November are the best times of year to head here and it is always advised to bring a wetsuit with you.
2 - THE NORTHERN BEACHES
Deep in the north of Peru is the idyllic Mancora beach where surfing is not just a sport, its a part of the culture. Everyone here surfs, from the young to the old, in superb conditions of perfect waves and reliable winds. Meanwhile friendly locals and exceptional cuisine add to the stunning area, making this a delightful choice.
1 - THE GUANACASTE COAST
Costa Rica is known for its legendary surfing spots, with the Guanacaste Coast considered one of the best. The dry, warm climate and thrilling year-round waves found at Punta Islita make for a top-class combination, while the vibrant wildlife adds to this exciting locale.