Summer is around the corner. Imagine having the luxury of some extra time and money to take off from work, and make it a true “Endless Summer“! You decide to travel the world with your quiver of favorite surfboards. The only question is where to go?

There may be some well-known places that you simply cannot skip, or quality waves in secret spots on your list already. There are locations for beginners, and some spots meant only for the pros (or aspiring ones). Well, here’s what we found are the top ten choice, or best surfing spots in the world for 2013:



surfer at beach

Photo By Jon Sullivan [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Malibu, California, USA: Some may say that Malibu is a cliche (think of “Gidget” and “The Beach Boys”). It still remains, however, an iconic surf spot that gave birth to American surf culture. While often overly crowded, Malibu offers beautifully formed, long, peeling waves that wrap perfectly around the point. It is perfect for long-boarders on a small day and fun for shortboarders on head-high to overhead days.

Pipeline, Hawaii, USA: Pipeline was once considered the world’s deadliest and scariest wave, but there have been some others which have ousted Pipeline from its terrifying glory. Still, Pipeline remains a technically demanding wave that can be challenging on even moderate, head-high days due to its shallow, pointed reef. The right hand break, called “Backdoor”, can offer a good ride that eventually closes out. If you’re a lefty, Pipeline will be barrel heaven — if you can negotiate the steep and treacherous drop.

Kirra, Australia: Kirra also fights for the title of world’s best wave. It begins off the point and ends in a series of sandbars, with Super-tubes being the most consistent and famous of the breaks which comprise Kirra. The waves are hollow and form into fast barrels over a shifting sandbar. It works best at medium tide, and best for shortboards. Be prepared for the thick crowds!

Hossegor, France: When one thinks of France, wine, art and delicious food initially come to mind. But the French coastline also boasts of world class waves. Considered the “surfing capital of Europe”, Hossegor also offers amazing tubes and heavy walls which break over a shallow sand bank. Best for shortboards, though longboarding is possible on smaller days.

Jeffreys Bay, South Africa: Comprised of seven connecting sections, J-Bay (as it most known) is another right hand break which delivers intense, fast barrels which work at all tides. Often the wave is rated a 10 — for its long rides, and enough power and speed to carve out some really nice turns and cutbacks. Still, if you plan to surf there, be prepared for heavy crowds, to know your limits (best for advanced surfers), and to fight off sharks.

Raglan, New Zealand: Raglan is really three separate points which offer consistent waves which are best from four to eight feet. Best at low tide. Raglan was featured in Bruce Brown’s “Endless Summer”, where surfer Robert August rode this beautiful, peeling wave on his longboard for what seemed like forever…with no one else on it. There may be more of a crowd now, of course, but I imagine that it might still be a bit more peaceful than, say, Malibu…

Uluwatu, Bali: Again, a series of mini-breaks make up Uluwatu, which offers highly consistent waves that break over a shallow reef. Best swell direction is South, Southwest, or West. It holds waves up to 20 feet…best for advanced shortboarders. You can definitely count on warm water, though!

Riyuewan, Hainan, China: One often does not associate China with surfers or waves, but in this southern tip of China, there are plenty of waves, little to no crowds (for now), and even a surf shop or two. The waves are of good quality and the water is warm, with Hainan being in the tropical region. Check out Surfinghainan.com for more info!

Playa Grande, Tamarindo, Costa Rica: Playa Grande is perhaps the most consistent and well known of the breaks which make up Tamarindo, and provides awesome waves which are great for both beginners and expert surfers. Best at mid-tide, from head-high to double over-head waves. The crowds are heavy as Tamarindo is located in the northern (and much more developed) part of Costa Rica.

Teahupo’o, Tahiti: I saved the gnarliest and most incredible wave for last. If Pipeline is the daddy of all scary waves, Teahupo’o is the big grand-daddy. Pronounced “”cho-poo”, Teahupo’o is loosely translated as “end of the road” or “place of skulls“. Legend has it that Teahupo’o was once an execution site for village criminals — they were walked to the beach, into the waves, forbidden to return. Teahupo’o has the distinction of being one of the Top 10 World’s Deadliest Waves, and is perhaps the deadliest. It is also known as the “World’s Heaviest Wave”. Breaking with brute force over a very shallow and love coral reef, Teahupo’o offers an extremely hollow wave with a small take-off point, only 75 yards. It is for advanced to expert pros only, and though it can be ridden with standard surfboards, it works best with guns and tow-ins.

For the most up-to-date information of various surf spots, also check out Surfline.com.

So, are you ready? Check out this video of the world’s gnarliest wave:

Keep for handy reference this list of THE TOP TEN BEST SURFING SPOTS IN THE WORLD 2013!

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