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    4 Epic Places Around The World To Surf

    4 Epic Places Around The World To Surf

    Photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority

    We don’t tend to sit still for long when we travel. We love getting up early, taking on new challenges and adventuring into experiences that aren’t necessarily accessible at home. There are many ways to stay active on the road, but one of my absolute favorite hobbies is surfing. Every beach and every set of waves offers a fun and unique experience, often with spectacular vistas. Not to mention, surfing is also an excellent way to meet people while you're sitting on your board and waiting for the next set to roll in!

    There are heaps of places to surf around the world, but here are some of my favorite countries to grab my board and go:



    Photo by Sunova Surfboards via Flickr

    Indonesia is a mecca for surfing in Southeast Asia. The chain of islands offers everything from beginner breaks to legendary surf spots. By far the most popular break on the Isle of Bali is at Kuta Beach. Crowded but consistent, this is a good place to start if you are a beginner, and you don’t mind throngs of tourists. If you have a bit of experience and want some waves with a bit more punch, then head south to the Bukit Peninsula where you'll find powerhouse waves at Uluwatu, Padang Padang and Bingin Beach. 

    If you're looking for something way off the map, the island of Lombok has its own surf break named Kuta (different from the one mentioned above). When the waves get good here, famous surfers such as Kelly Slater have been known to get dropped off via helicopter. It's difficult to reach Kuta without your own transportation, but you may just end up catching the ride of your life!

    Costa Rica

    Dominical surf

    Photo by Sergio Quesada via Flickr

    Costa Rica might be a small country, but the vast coastline offers consistent opportunities for sun and surf. One of the best things about surfing in Costa Rica is that the country catches waves from both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. On the Caribbean side, you’ll find multiple beaches just south of Puerto Viejo that become progressively more advanced as you travel down the road.

    The more popular Pacific coast seems to have surf-able beaches around every corner. On the Nicoya Penninsula, head down the dirt road to Santa Teresa. This town was built off of surfing and is the home stomping ground of many professional Costa Rican riders. 

    If you're looking for something easier to access, Dominical is just two minutes off the Pan-American highway. To give testament to the waves here, Costa Rica's 2014 Olympus National Surfing Circuit competition took place at Dominical. There are boards of all shapes and sizes for rent at just 15 bucks a day. It's an excellent opportunity to try out a few styles you wouldn't otherwise get to ride.


    Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast_Series 2

    Photo by Michael Dawes via Flickr

    It’s typically a stereotype that every Australian knows how to surf. But with world-class waves and some of the best board shapers in the business, why wouldn't you at least give surfing a try while you’re here? Surf companies like Billabong, Ripcurl, Quiksilver and O'Neil are plastered on every billboard and clothing store. Surfing here is more than a pastime—it’s a way of life.

    I recommend grabbing a Wicked Van and cruising up and down the Gold and Sunshine Coast. The Gold Coast has a younger, more hip feel to it and boasts over 50 surf spots along the strip of ocean. The more consistent waves can be found at Burleigh, Tower 35, Currumbin Alley, and Snapper Rocks.  The Sunshine Coast is more laid back but still offers a multitude of outstanding surf breaks.


    Jeff Rowley Big Wave Surfer Jaws Peahi Maui First Australian to Paddle in 4 January 2012 Xvolution Media

    Photo by Jeff Rawley via Flickr

    Hawaii ranks as one of the best surfing destinations on the planet, and with good reason. Hawaii is the birthplace of modern surfing, and it seems there is a new surf competition taking place here nearly every other weekend. Big waves like Pipeline and Jaws are only ridden by the most extreme and skilled athletes, but are still a blast to watch at any stage of your surfing journey.

    For more manageable waves, the famous beach at Waikiki was where I was first introduced to surfing. The long gentle waves here are great for beginners who want to give surfing a try. 

    These are our favorite places to go for a surfari, but we want to know: where is your favorite place to surf?


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