Surfing is an ancient pastime, originating among Polynesian islanders and first recorded by Europeans in the 18th century. It is sport and hobby enjoyed by many all around the world.
Last week we discussed some of the greatest surfing locations in the world. While those locations are all undoubtably amazing, there are many more locations that deserve to join the list as well. Here are 5 more locations that surfers should consider checking out:
The Samoan Islands is an archipelago in the central South Pacific. Located northeast of Fiji, Samoa is one of the best surfing destinations in the world for a variety of reasons. The warm waters and big blows near Antarctica, create a high-quality of waves between April and October. However, if you are not able to make it to Samoa during these months, the rest of the year offers great swells as well.
9) Cloudbreak, Tavrua Island, Fiji
This heart-shaped island off the coast of Fiji offers waves for any level of rider, from professional to beginners on the board. However, Cloudbreak is an area that should only be taken on by hardcore surfers. The predominant winds are from the southeast, providing good side-offshore winds for Cloudbreak for most of the year. These brutal waves can form up to 10 meters in size, 1,600 meters off the coast and hold form up to 500 meters, making for a truly remarkable ride.
8) Manu Bay, Raglan, New Zealand
If you are a surfing fanatic, then chances are you have seen the 1960s film ‘Endless Summer.’ This location was made famous by the movie and attracts riders for both its charm and surf. A relaxing, sleepy town which offers great bars and cafes centered around the areas passion for surfing. When it is time to get out on the water, Manu Bay has waves ranging from a meter to three meters as well as the occasional barrel. This location is very low key and is simply a fun and relaxing place to hang out while waiting for good surfing conditions to pick up.
7) Riyuewan, Sanya, Hainan, China
Not many would expect China to be a location offering great beaches and surf. But on Hainan Island, off the southern coast, you will find just that. Seemingly untouched beaches with consistent waves making for some awesome rides. Riyuewan Bay is the perfect place for beginners as it is uncrowded and easy to paddle. When the sun goes down, recharge with some fresh local fish cooked in spicy Hainan-style.
6) Rincon, Puerto Rico
Located on the northwest corner of Puerto Rico in the Caribbean, Rincon offers many awesome locations to go surfing. During the winter, as storms cross the Atlantic, Rincon receives long period swells that provide spectacular rides. The clear-blue water is absolutely beautiful and the warm water means you can stay out in the water for as long as you could possibly want. One of the better locations, Maria’s beach, is friendly, easy to access spot. Getting in and out of the surf is fairly easy, but it is recommended to watch where the experienced surfers are moving in and out. Rincon, Puerto Rico is easily accessible from Aguadilla airport making it the perfect destination for those in the United States.
If there are any places that you think should be added to the list, please share with me on Twitter. I look forward to bringing even more great surfing locations in the weeks to come!