Top 20 Surf Waves in the World

  1. Banzai Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii

The most famous wave in the world and one of the heaviest waves on the planet. Despite only lasting around seven-eight seconds, a ferocious Pipe left will always spit its spray. This wave offers a challenging left-hand experience that most surfers will never be good enough to ride here, but everyone dreams of surfing along its perfect crest.

 

  1. Teahupo'o, Tahiti, French Polynesia

Teahupo'o is one of the most perfect and feared waves in the world, a left-wing wave that reaches more than 10 meters in height, it is not known for being the largest, but for being the most dangerous.

The brutal strength and the coral reef is shallow make it one of the most surreal waves in the world. The heavy hollow-breaking wave is as dangerous as it is rewarding.

 

  1. Supertubes, Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa

Here is the best right-hand ride in the world. Jeffrey's Bay offers long, fast barrels off an intense point break and some of the most consistent tube surfing in the world. Expert surfers flock here for rides up to 300 meters long.

The bay is divided into sections, so there are plenty of choices -- Kitchen Windows, Magna Tubes, Boneyards and, gnarliest of all, Supertubes.

  1. Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia

Uluwatu surf means some of the best darn surf in all of Bali. Uluwatu is a wide reef set below a stunning cliff face offering different peaks that turn on at different tides. All of the surf breaks run left down the reef with variations in sections that change with the size of the swell also.

The cliff and beach at Uluwatu are always bustling with energy and makes for a spectacular viewing platform. There are five spots, all with truly rippable walls and sweet barrels.

  1. Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico

This Mexican state attracts surfers from around the world with powerful barrels and surrounding sandy point breaks. Huge waves, a gorgeous beach and a lot of surfing competitions. Plus, the local food is great, so how can you go wrong.

 

  1. Superbank, Gold Coast, Australia

Superbank is one of the longest and most consistent sandbars in the world. It occupies an area of around 2 kilometers and extends longitudinally from Snapper Rocks to the mythical Kirra spot, passing through Rainbow Bay and Greenmount. Itproduces tubes and solid walls that offers one of the longest wave rides in the world.

Despite the crowded waters, Superbank offers a complete adventure into the wave riding portfolio: fast barrels, mushy sections, aerial ramps, and classic wave faces.

  1. Maverick's, California, US

The wave of legends is surfed by only the gutsiest of board riders, is one of the most feared surf breaks on the planet. The mammoth peak forms as a result of hair-raising storms out at sea and reaches heights of 25 meters.

The only way to reach this wave is by boat or jet-ski.

  1. Jaws, Maui, Hawaii

The most iconic big wave reef break on the Hawaiian Islands takes its name from the ferocity of its legendary waves. It offers both left and right giant barrels for anyone who's crazy enough to ride them,

Waves can reach an unbelievable 25 meters in winter, when strong winds create the monster swells for which the break is famed.

 

  1. Cloud Nine, Siargao Island, Philippines

The Cloud Nine break is by far the most famous wave on Philippines. This dramatic and powerful reef break, which crashes onto shallow razor-sharp coral, offers right and left death rides for fearless surfers.

  1. Padang Padang, Bali

Padang Padang is one of the most beautiful barrels in the world. Also called Ballinese Pipeline, it is the most know wave in Indonesia. Located in a beach with the same name, produces perfect tubes during most of the year.

  1. Hossegor, France

This Atlantic surfing spot is know as the “Frech surfing paradise” or "surfing capital of Europe." It is one of the most iconic stretches of sand in the Old Continent, especially for the European surfing community.

People come from miles around to watch the pros ride tubes, which can rival Hawaii for heavy walls breaking left and right on an unnervingly shallow sandbank.

There are five main surfing beaches in Hossegor: From south to north, you'll find Plage Notre Dame, Plage de la Sud, Plage Centrale, and Plage de la Gravière.

  1. Mancora, Peru

Its long white sand beach, its delicious typical food and, of course, its fantastic waves, have made Mancora a must for all surfers in the world.

Almost all year round there are waves at Mancora. Mancora receives both summer and winter swells, resulting in a long left wave (reef break), very consistent, with several sections during the wave. The waves in the area never exceed 3 meters and in general the surfers come to this stretch of coastline looking for perfection more that big waves.

  1. Waimea, Oahu, Hawaii

Waimea Bay, on Oahu, is an iconic place for the history of surfing in the world. The surf break at Waimea Bay was significant in the development of Big wave surfing, this site is considered the dawn of big wave riding

Waves in the 20-foot plus Hawaiian scale always attract dozens of local and foreign swell hunters, eager to stamp their mark and authority in this historical surfing location. Paddling in and out is extremely tricky, and the rip currents are powerful, so surfers need to time their movements between sets to avoid obliteration. The shoreline is also tricky because it drops off quickly from shallow to 20-foot plus deep waters.

  1. P-Pass, Pohnpei, Micronesia

P-Pass is known for its incredible right-hander, an indisputably world-class barrel, although one of the least-consistent spots. But when it's on, Palikir is a heavy, long, flawless, wide-open tube - pedal-to-the-floor with a few performance sections, a fairly forgiving reef, and a nice, deep paddling channel.

Due to a remote location and the relatively high cost to reach it, the spot remains largely uncrowded despite its superlative rides.

  1. Lance's Right, Sumatra Barat, Indonesia

The beautiful Indonesian island of Sipora has a killer right tube that's worth the time, money and effort it takes to find it.

 A reef break is an area in the ocean where waves start to break once they reach the shallows of a reef. Lance's Right is known as one of the most perfect & consistent waves, and the crown jewel of the Mentawai Isles

  1. Sultans, North Male, Maldives

A consistent reef wave that's absolutely pumping in the spring, the rocks at Sultans can be hazardous, so going with a live-aboard outfit is recommended. Always rideable, the waves here are typically in the 4 to 6 feet range, but reach ideal form at about 8 feet.

On the other side of the atolon you also have Honkey’s lefthander on the other makes it a double threat that is hard to beat, especially when you consider that if Honkey’s is onshore, Sultans is offshore.

  1. Sunset Beach, Hawaii

Known for big wave surfing during the winter season, the original Hawaiian name for this place is Paumalū. It is a two-mile (3.3 km) stretch of mostly beige sand that offers a dangerous lava-rock reef and, at least, six wave peaks: Val's Reef, The Bowl, West Peak, Sunset Point, The North Wall and Backyards.

This beach is very risky since when you least imagine it, a wave of up to 14 feet high can appear.

  1. Mundaka, País Vasco, España

There is not a more perfect or long left wave in the Spain or in Europe. Probably between the top ten best in the world and arguably the best river mouth wave. It can reach up to five meters in height in high season.

The unique layout of this bay-meets-estuary was created over the  years due to natural deposits, sculpted by the tide and has created a sandbar that forms perfectly-hollowed, consistent tube waves, which have given Mundaka a reputation as one of the best lefts in the world.

(Check our article about the best places to surf in Spain)

  1. Nazare, Portugal

The phenomenon of giant waves is due to the Nazaré Canyon, an underwater valley with a depth of about 5,000 meters and an extension of 230 km. Its funnel shape, narrowing at Playa do Norte, is what causes the huge waves that have reached heights of 30 meters, ideal for the most extreme surfing.

 

  1. Arica, Chile

South Pacific storms that collapse on Chilean coasts produce very famous waves all over the world such as El Gringo or El Brazo,

El gringo, also known as the Chilean Pipeline! Certainly, the most famous wave of Chile. A-frame with very intense right and left tubes on reef, spot suitable only for experienced surfers.

El Brazo, another tubular a-frame, less exposed to the swell, to be checked during a big swell. Wave with high quality tubes. Suitable for experienced surfers.

 

And to finish, we leave you this video with amazing clips of the best surfing in the world.

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