Top Ten Surfing Spots - Page 2
|PERFECTION: Surfers lining up on Hawaiis Banzai Pipeline on Ohaus North Shore (Guy Vanderelst/Photographers Choice/Getty)|
5. Restaurants, Tavarua Island, Fiji
You'll probably notice the words crowded or busy used to describe every other surf spot on our top ten list. Pretty much goes with the territory, as the best waves are usually the most crowded as well. But what makes Restaurants so notable is its uncrowdedness. One of the premier waves on the private Fijian island resort of Tavarua, which limits the numbers of surfers on the island each week, Restaurants is a long, hollow left that's nearly perfect. It's fast, with sharp coral lurking below, so if you're not up to the challenge you can surf the far inside section nicknamed Kiddieland—fun for beginners and longboarders alike. Best season is February to October.
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4. Surfrider Beach, Malibu, California
The 'Bu, as some locals call it, first gained national attention during the 1950s thanks to the novel and film Gidget. Today, it's still the mecca of California cool and one of the best right point breaks on the West Coast. Though Malibu is always mobbed with surfers of every stripe hoping to lock into one of its perfect, machine-like peelers, it's definitely worth braving the crowds on a perfect day when these waves can be ridden for a quarter-mile. The surf is best with the summertime south swells, but Malibu warrants a visit anytime of the year thanks to its colorful crew, including hot-dogging longboarders, retro beach boys, total beginners, model-hot surfers, and the occasional Hollywood star. Rent a board at Zuma Jay Surf Shop across the street and join the action in the water.
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3. Hanalei Point, Hanalei Bay, Kauai
A near-perfect crescent of white sand on Kauai's north shore, Hanalei Bay is one of the most scenic surf spots anywhere on earth. Sure, the two-mile-long beach is bordered by mist-shrouded cliffs and verdant mountains spilling waterfalls, but the surf at Hanalei Point is why you came. Strong winter swells pulse into the bay creating big, glassy right-handers that challenge even the toughest surfers. Thankfully for us mortals, when the waves at the Point are, say, 12 feet high, they might be only two feet high and mellow at Hanalei Pier. There you'll also find rental boards and surf instructors to help you get your game tuned up so you can paddle out to the point.
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2. Banzai Pipeline, North Shore, Oahu
Ground zero of the surf action on the infamous North Shore, Pipe is arguably the most famous wave in the world. Most years from October to March, when the westerly swells are in season, this spot grinds out massive waves that are so perfect and hollow they look almost cartoon-like. But there's nothing funny about Pipe. With a sharp volcanic reef just inches below the surface and waves breaking with spine-snapping force, unless you're an expert it's best just to sit on the sand and watch. No binoculars necessary as the wave breaks very close to shore. Best of all, you needn't be a pro surfer to appreciate its raw power and the cajones it takes to surf inside a watery barrel the size of an 18-wheeler truck.
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1. Supertubes, Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa
Widely considered the finest right point break in the world, J-Bay is worthy of all the accolades it receives and definitely worth the trip. There are several world-class sections here, the most famous of which is Supertubes. The name itself should clue you in to the greatness of this lightning-fast wall that morphs into a large throaty barrel, especially when southwest swells rope into the bay from June to August. While Supers, as it's also known, is the sole domain of advanced surfers, longboarders and beginners will find fun waves at a spot called Point, which is consistently smaller and more user-friendly than any of the other waves at J-Bay.
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