We don’t need too many elements to surf. A surfboard and a neoprene would be enough, to begin with, although, if accurate, numerous surf materials will complement the experience of a good swim. Despite needing a few physical materials, two of the essential elements for surfing do not depend entirely on us, and are, weather and an excellent beach with surfable waves for our level.
Where are the best surf beaches in the world?
p>The decision to select the best beaches in the world to surf has provoked great debates. Each surfer has his or her favorite beach to surf, depending on his or her favorite wave style, level, conditions, and sensations. Therefore, it is difficult to make a top of better beaches to surf, because they depend entirely on the subjectivity of the person who makes it. To try to make the best surf spot guide, we have made a list of beaches where we have introduced places from different continents and conditions. Each beach on the file has been explained in a detailed way, showing the reasons for its selection.
In our collection, we show you several of the most famous beaches and with the best conditions in the world, recognized by the most famous people of this sport. Many of these beaches are located in paradisiacal places, which seem to come out of a film, but others are within reach of our boards, and perhaps we have not noticed the slightest. The beaches do not follow a strict order, as, as we have mentioned, it is complicated to choose one instead of the other. Here you have the top 6 surf beaches in the world:
- The pipeline, Hawaii, USA
Pipeline Beach is located on Oahu island in Hawaii, USA. It is one of the cribs of the world of surfing, starting to surf continuously in 1961. On its about 11 km of coast we can find perfect waves for experienced surfers, due to the quality of its period and its beautiful tubes. However, it is not advisable to enter this beach if we are not yet skilled with the board, as its large waves are mixed, with a shallow bottom of coral reefs.
As we have discussed in other articles on the seabed, a coral reef bottom can cause deep cuts and painful blows. Many fatal accidents have taken place on the beach because of this dangerous background. It is, therefore, one of the most dangerous waves in the world. The seabed is placed on a volcanic reef, with quite a few peculiarities. The Rock has numerous sharp edges and deep cracks, making any fall complicated.
- Supertubes, Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa
We move to South Africa, to Jeffrey’s Bay where is the beach of Supertubes where we can find one of the best rights in the world. Supertubes Beach is one of the best surf beaches in the world, and the name “Supertubes” goes like a ring to your finger. In it, there are long series of right-wing waves with long tubes that reach the shore. The beach began to be surfed in 1964, being quickly included in World Circuit trials.
In the vicinity of the main beach of Supertubes, there are several breakers for different levels. This makes the place perfect for a multi-week surf trip, as you can try different wave styles within a few kilometers. The same applies to the beaches of Suances in Cantabria, beaches with different orientations and various types of waves. It also offers the possibility to travel with surfers of different levels, sharing a unique experience.
- Superbank, Gold Coast, Australia
One of the places where this sport has been most popular in recent years in Australia, which has the most extended wave in the world. The surf breaks of Snapper Rocks, located on the Gold Coast of Australia form a succession of spots unmatched to any surfer. Among them, the Superbank wave is the most outstanding, reaching over 500 meters in its best days.
The Superbank is an “artificial” wave that was created in 1999 with the displacement of a large amount of sand that prevented navigation along the mouth of the Tweed River. This caused a change in the type of wave, making it one of the best surfing beaches in the world. Before 1999, The Snapper wave there was quite mediocre and unstable, breaking very abruptly and randomly. It is currently one of the best rights in the world. Also, in this singular set of breakers of the ocean-continent, other nearby waves, such as those of Kirra and Duranbah, attract attention.
- Zicatela, Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico
Zicatela Beach is one of the most powerful and best wave beaches in Mexico. This unique spot is located in Puerto Escondido, in the state of Oaxaca. In its nearly 3 km thick, the beach offers a succession of waves of high height and power. It is one of the highest waves in the world and the highest in America.
The beach was discovered by Californian surfers, giving it the nickname “Mexican Pipeline” or “Mexican pipe” for the quality of its waves. The beach is quite dangerous due to its strong currents. If you’re starting to surf, you can watch the professionals who enjoy this wave or head to the tip, located in the south of Puerto Escondido Bay. On this secluded beach, you can try smaller waves that are accessible to any surfer.
- Mavericks, Half Moon Bay, California, USA
One of the largest waves in the world with about 400 meters of travel and a height that exceeds 30 meters in days of extreme weather. This wave, located in Half Moon Bay just 30 minutes from San Francisco, is one of the Colossus of the surfing world. This is a wave suitable only for the professionals of the giant waves. Its discoverer, Jeff Clark, was the pioneer in providing it, and, over the years, it has been many brave men who have also tried.
It is one of the best-known waves in the world, due to its location and being a protagonist in one of the most famous surf movies ever made, “Chasing Mavericks” of 2012. It is the legend of Jay Moriarty, a 15-year-old who wants to surf the biggest waves on the planet. In Spain we also have a competition with giant waves,” La Vaca XXL,” celebrated on the Cliffs of the Bocal in Cantabria.
- Mundaka, Basque Country, Spain
The Mundaka wave, located in the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve in the Basque Country, is the best left in Europe. It is a wave in the form of a tube which comes out of the bar of Mundaka and ends at the nearby beach of Laida. In its best days, this wave can reach 4 and a half meters and have a route close to 400 meters. The quality of this wave is due to its deep penetration into the Urdaibai estuary.
It is a wave aimed at high-level surfers, both national and international. It is a high-speed and secure wave, with a hardened bottom of sand. It is one of the most outstanding beaches in all of Spain, along with Rodiles in Asturias, Los Locos and Somo in Cantabria, Razo in A Coruña, Pantín in Ferrol or El Palmar in Cadiz.