Sitting on the beach with the sand between your toes, you hear the words “tubular,” “rad,” and “righteous” float through the air. Assuming you haven’t figured out a way to time travel back to the 80s, then you’re hearing the call of the wild surfer in their natural habitat. Whether you are one of these bronzed wave riders or really want to be, we know where you should travel to next. From California to Australia, we bring you five of incredible spots where surfers vie for the perfect wave, brah:
Nihiwatu, Sumba, Indonesia
Whether you’re an experienced surfer or a total shoobie, there’s a perfect break here for you. This 1.5-mile stretch of beach on the southern coast of Sumba island features 430 acres of rainforest, a secluded luxury resort where you can rest between breaks, and plenty of privacy (although the occasional sea turtle may pop by to silently criticize your efforts). The surf breaks on a shallow reef (which won’t cut you up because it’s been pounded flat over the eons) right in front of the resort, and is said to be one of the fastest rideable waves in the world.
Rincon, California, United States
Rincon Beach may not be the most secluded of spots, as the beach is only minutes away from densely populated Santa Barbara, but its waves are legendary. As known as “The Queen of the Coast,” Rincon is world famous for its surf and was even mentioned in The Beach Boys song “Surfin’ Safari.” As with all Southern California beaches, the weather is gorgeous year round…so if you want to visit in January during the epic Rincon Classic surf competition, it will still feel like summer.
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
The Gold Coast in the Southern Hemisphere is aptly named—the bright sun and perfect waves are indeed pure gold. With more than 150 miles of beach and tons of world-class breaks, surfers from around the globe put this location on their bucket list. The waves are known for being consistently good, ranging from 1 to 4 foot swells on average. Some of the best breaks include Snapper Rocks, The Spit, and Burleigh Point.
Supertubes, Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa
Known as J-Bay to locals, Jeffrey’s Bay in South Africa is frequently mentioned on the top of every surf magazine’s “best of” lists. A long 1-km point break, the waves are at their most wicked after a southwest storm, which drives swells into the 4 to 8 foot range. Definitely one of the best, most challenging points in the world, Supertubes is not meant to be tackled by amateurs.
Ehukai Beach Park, Oahu, Hawaii
Hawaii is considered the birthplace of surfing and serious wave riders have flocked to the islands to prove themselves for generations. Ehukai Beach Park on Oahu features the famous Bonzai Pipeline, which is for experts only. The waves are steep and pounding, reaching up to 25+ feet in the winter months. Don’t take this break unless you’re a pro and can earn the respect of the territorial locals.
Ready to ride the world’s best waves? Grab your board and buy your plane ticket, because you won’t want to miss out on any of these breaks or the legendary stories that are sure to come with them.