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5 of the Most Gnarly Surfing Spots in the World

Travel Blog - Ross French - September 22, 2017

Surfing Spots

You’ve probably heard the saying, “A bad day in the water is better than a good day working,” but what if days filled with bad surfing conditions were few and far between? You need to find a beach with an amazing surf, and it might be easier than you think. Stop randomly chasing the waves, and check out some of the most gnarly surfing destinations in the world.

1. Oahu, Hawaii

There’s a reason that Hawaii’s Banzai Pipeline is a fixture on the surf tour circuit — it’s one of the heaviest waves in the world. The flawless water tube hovers more than 19 feet over the shallow base of the reef that lines the shores of Ehukai Beach on Oahu’s north shore. Unfortunately, most surfers will never be good enough to surf the Pipeline. The granddaddy of all waves is also one of the most dangerous. If you need more practice, Honolua Bay in Maui. If you’re lucky, you might see a whale or two from your board.

2. La Jolla, California

Southern California has several excellent surfing spots, but La Jolla, CA is one of the best because it’s home to several surfing spots with varied wave levels. If you’re a beginner, check out La Jolla Shores. It’s a pretty basic beach, but its reliable, predictable waves make it a favorite among local surfers. To find the gnarliest waves in the area, head to La Jolla Cove. Some of the largest waves in the area break just outside the protected part of the cove.

3. Eastern Cape, South Africa

When traveling to South Africa consider staying in Jeffrey’s Bay in the Eastern Cape province. The laid-back beach town is about an hour’s drive from Port Elizabeth — one of the largest cities in South Africa. Jeffrey’s Bay has some of the best waves in the world, according to Surfer Today, and it’s known for its long, fast barrels and intense breaks. The bay itself is divided into sections, making it easy to choose a wave that matches your skill level. Find Magna Tubes, Kitchen Windows, Boneyards, and the craziest of them all, Supertubes.

4. Raglan, New Zealand

Raglan, New Zealand burst onto the surf scene in the 1960s when it was used as a filming location for the surf classic, “The Endless Summer.” The sleepy surf town is filled with cafes and bars that have surfing videos on continuous play. Manu Bay is the most popular surf spot in the area. It’s a long, left-hand point break along a boulder beach that has waves that start as a hollow drop before going into a barrel, and finally into a long walled section. On epic days, surfers can surf from Indicators straight through Whale Bay to Manu Bay.

5. Gold Coast, Australia

Gold Coast, a coastal city in Queensland, is a well-known surfing mecca. The surfer’s paradise is home to over 40 miles of pristine beaches and four epic point breaks, including the Superbreak. Generally considered one of the best surfing spots on the Gold Coast, the Superbreak, is a right-hand wave that barrels regularly — it’s known for producing heavy, hollow barrels only suitable for experienced surfers. Surfers also flock to Currumbin Alley. Known simply as the Alley, the popular surf spot produces consistent, world-class waves that advanced surfers love, as well as whitewash waves ideal for beginners.

The key to finding an amazing surf spot is finding beaches that produce surf-worthy waves on a regular basis. This way, when you’re ready to hang ten, the waves are ready for you.

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3 Hawaiian Attractions You Must Visit

North America - Ross French - February 14, 2012

Beach Photo Credit: Liz Noffsinger

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Photo Credit: Liz Noffsinger

The Hawaiian Islands offer visitors beautiful scenery, tropical rainforests, stunning waterfalls, pristine beaches and some of the most beautiful coral reefs in the world. You can relax on the quiet island of Kauai, or spend your free time in Honolulu. Every island in the group has something to offer everyone, and if you have been planning a vacation, Hawaii should be at the top of your wish list, with Hawaii flights becoming cheaper through a number of low cost carriers.

Waikiki Beach?

The first thing that pops into most people’s minds when they hear the word Hawaii is Waikiki Beach, and if you are headed to the Aloha State, be sure and put Honolulu on your list. Waikiki is a two mile stretch of sand that is surrounded by hotels and resorts, but the water is still beautiful to swim in, and there are lots of water activities that will entertain you and your family and friends. You can rent a board and go surfing or snorkeling, or just lie on the beach and watch the world go by. If you want to spend some time at this popular beach, head up towards Diamond Head where you will find a huge picnic area and Kapiolani Park. Of course you cannot leave Waikiki without taking a paddle in an authentic outrigger canoe.


There is so much to do on the island of Kauai. Book a bungalow by the beach, unpack your bags and get ready for the time of your life. After you spend the day kayaking up the river, head over to Smith’s Tropical Paradise for an authentic Luau. You will be awestruck by the torch-lit amphitheatre that sits in the middle of a beautiful lagoon. Be sure and take the tram tour which will guide you through the beautiful gardens. Make room for dinner because you will enjoy kalua pig, teriyaki beef, adobo chicken and sweet and sour mahi mahi. While you are in Kauai you will not want to miss the great Kaui adventure where you can float down the tropical waterways and glide through the mysterious underworld on the island. You will be impressed with the Lihue’s Old Sugar Cane Plantation buried deep within the lush green interior.


When you arrive on Maui, and get to one of the many Maui condo rentals you will be staying in, you are going to want to get a bird’s eye view of the island. Take a scenic helicopter ride that will take you over the beautiful tropical rainforests, volcanos and waterfalls. One of the best places to see the world’s largest mammal at play is in Maui. Book a whale watching trip out of Ma’alaea in South Maui where you will enjoy the afternoon at sea. Take a full day tour and ride the Hana Highway. You will be picked up from your hotel for the ride of your life. You will go through Pa’ia Town and discover what it was like to live in old Hawaii. You will stop for a swim at the Puukaa Park Falls and have a tasty lunch in the Wai’anapanapa State Park.??Of course this is just a taste of what it is like to spend your vacation in Hawaii. If you really want to experience the magic of the Aloha state, book your tickets today.

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