When it comes to choosing the best places to surf, lovers of this sport have many things to think about. Obviously, the shapes and strength of waves are defining, but there are more factors to consider.
Among them are:
☑️ Wave direction.
☑️ Water temperature.
☑️ Wave height.
☑️ Wind and weather.
Also, for all surfers, it is equally important to find out a good spot that not only offers optimal conditions for surfing but a warm and fun environment in which they can relax and spend a good time. In the list below, you can read a bit about some places every surfer needs to have experience.
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The Best Places To Surf
1. Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain.
Fuerteventura is known as an island of contrasts thanks to its wonderful blue colors of different shades and its great variety of waves of all types. Due to its size, its geography and the proximity of rocky reefs, its beaches offer great waves, compared to those of world-class that allow the surfer to live a unique and unrepeatable experience. For the riskiest ones, the best waves could be found in autumn and winter thanks to the arrival of the Atlantic tidal waves.
The 5 best surfing spots there are…
✅ Rocky Point, also known as Punta Elena: It has two types of waves, the soft ones for beginners and those that are farthest from the beach that is only recommended for experts.
✅ Los Lobos: It offers the biggest waves in Spain and most of them form tubes.
✅ Generoso: It is a rocky surface that generates waves of great movement due to the shock of the water against the rocks, the level of the water must be checked before surfing.
✅ El Muelle: This place offers good waves but usually hollow and fast.
✅ Mejillon: Here you find strong and heavy waves on a rock bottom, so it is exclusive for professional surfers.
2. Florianópolis, Brasil.
Florianopolis, the capital of Santa Catarina, is one of the most visited places in Brazil and one of the best places to surf in the world. It is characterized by offering a great variety of consisting of waves surrounded by a natural environment as beautiful as exotic. Although its geography and location allow it to have good waves throughout the year, the best period to surf here is winter since that is when it generates more waves.
The 5 best surfing spots there are…
✅ Playa Brava: It offers short but strong waves that can reach up to 2.5 meters high and are maneuvered on a sandy bottom.
✅ Playa da Joaquina: It is the most famous place in Florianopolis. It offers waves of all kinds perfect for surfing and even hosts major championships such as the WCT and the WQS.
✅ Playa da Galheta: Here you can find very good waves in a little crowded environment. And, likewise, it turns out to be quite a naturist.
✅ Playa do Matadeiro: It is separated from its neighboring beach by a river, which provides excellent weather and good winds for surfing.
✅ Playa Mole: This is another very famous option in the region since it offers continuous and tubular waves.
3. Manu Bay, Raglan, Nueva Zelanda.
The remote New Zealand brings us this small place that is gaining fame every day due to a great peculiarity: it offers the longest and most accessible wave directed from the left that the entire world has. Its most outstanding advantages derive from its six kilometers of coastline with bottoms that can be rocky or sandy, which makes it one of the best places to surf. In Raglan, there are waves all year round but in winter they become more constant and in summer they acquire a much more favorable temperature.
The main point-breaks it has are…
✅ Indicators (Indies): It is divided into three sections, Outside Peak, Inside Peak, The Valley. It is the longest, fastest and most powerful spot and, if all the sections are joined, it is approximately 600 meters long.
✅ Whale Bay: An excellent option that breaks from the left and has 200 meters in length running from 2 to 8 feet.
✅ Manu Bay: 300 meters in length whose largest size is 3, 4 solid feet. It is the most accessible of all but it is usually a bit treacherous due to its proximity to the rocks.
But this is not all, previously, we list three of the best places to surf that should not be overlooked, however, there are many more to go across the globe.
An example of this comes from South Africa and it is about what was once a quiet and fishing town until surfers from all over the world discovered its waves. That is to say, Jeffrey’s Bay.
Jeffrey Bay is a cove on the South African coast where warm currents from the Indian Ocean and those from the Atlantic mix, creating incredible maritime conditions. It is a mythical wave of the right that is considered the best of its kind. It consists of several point-breaks, including Supertubes (the main and most important) Tubes, The Point, Albatross, Boneyards, Magnatubes, Kitchen Window and Main beach.
In addition to this, we have the case of Costa Rica, which once was territory well known for natural attributes but now has increased its number of visitors per year thanks to the perfect weather for surfing. It has waves all year long although the best waves are between October and April, and its main spots are Playa Naranjo, Potrero Grande, and Ollies Point.
And, last but not least, remember that, to find the best places to surf you must leave your comfort zone and try your luck in every corner of the world. Our planet has endless wonders to offer, especially in this area, since surfing has stopped being a sport to become a lifestyle and more and more people are interested in it.
Surfing is a practice that requires dedication and perseverance but, likewise, requires optimal conditions to be carried out. Nature is there giving them to us so do not hesitate to take advantage of them.