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Surfing One of the Nation’s Most Remote National Parks

Destination & Tourism | Janeen Christoff | August 10, 2016

Surfing One of the Nation’s Most Remote National Parks

PHOTO: American Samoa. (Photo courtesy Thinkstock)

The National Park of American Samoa is one of the most remote and least-visited U.S. national parks. It is also one of the few parks that has any coastal waters and it is the only one that is south of the equator. And while it’s not known for its surf, it may be soon. 

American Samoa is located halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand and just 50 miles from the independent nation of Samoa. Samoa is well known for its surf and offers a variety of surf camps, but in American Samoa, the surf is harder to come by in a place that is more renowned for its exports of NFL players than it is associations with the sport of surfing. 

Oustide Magazine documents the quest for finding surf in American Samoa as writer Matt Skenazy heads to the remote archipelago seeking waves.

READ MORE: 9 of the Most Remote Places on Earth  

What he finds is a surf scene that is on the fringe — just eight surfers live in American Samoa — but that doesn’t mean there is nothing to offer. 

Intrigued? Find out more about American Samoa’s burgeoning surf culture here.


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