Ask any surfer anywhere in the world where the best breaks are and you’re bound to get a huge variety of answers. Big wave enthusiasts may have a vastly different opinion than an average surfer who may tend to stick to their home break. Regardless of the destination, women go toe to toe with men in the surfing world these days, and all over the world, girls are making time to include surfing in their travels. Here’s a list of some great surf spots you might want to consider adding to the itinerary for your own endless summer.
Hanalei Bay, Kauai, Hawaii
Hawaii is sometimes considered one of the places in the world to surf. Beginners and experts alike flock to the islands to catch the waves. Each Island has its own unique breaks, but perhaps none are more popular than Hanalei Bay on Kauai, also known as the Garden Isle. Pro surfers like Keala Kenelly and Laird Hamilton love this break for its consistent waves that can get huge during winter swells. Stand up paddling is popular here as well. Not up to braving the waves? Hanalei Bay’s gorgeous beach is also the perfect spot to catch some sun and watch the locals tackle the surf, and nearby Princeville has some of the nicest condos on Kauai.
No trip to hot and steamy Brazil would be complete without a surf adventure and the gorgeous beaches of Florianopolis are a perfect place to do it. Home to world champion Jaqueline Silva and the only place in South America to host a competition for the ASP World Tour, Florianopolis has breaks ranging from Barra da Lagoa, the “bunny slope” of surfing, to Praia Mole, a championship break. During the winter months surfers share the waves with the occasional penguin, and the lovely beaches are packed year around.
Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia
A spot popular with backpackers and surfers, Byron Bay, Australia is a tiny surfing and fishing village on Australia’s northeast coast. Home to pro surfer Kieren Perrow, Byron Bay’s sheltered breaks offer the perfect waves for beginners, as well as bigger swells for the more advanced surfer. Byron Bay is a very popular spot for surf camps and lessons, with several great surfers ready to share their knowledge of and passion for surfing. The community embodies that laid back surf culture, and is a great place to just relax and soak it all in.
The largest wave ever ridden was caught off the Atlantic coast of Portugal in May 2012, but Portugal has been a very sought-after surf destination for years. Perhaps no surf break in Europe is more popular than Supertubos near the town of Peniche. The always incredible Kelly Slater surfs here, and it is the home of the Rip Curl Pro competition each year. While this break is usually recommended for experienced surfers only, beginner waves can be found at several beaches nearby. Many local experts are available to give lessons, but this is also a great area to simply watch the pros ride some of the best waves in the world.
Bukit Peninsula, Bali, Indonesia
Adventurous surfers have “discovered” places all over the world, alerting other travelers to epic breaks and great places to stay. Bukit Peninsula is one of those places. Beaches like Bingin and Ulu Watu throw out some very intense sets, with waves of two meters considered to be small. Bali is a must on the map of surfers from all over the world, and during the winter swells the water can be choked with boards. However, during the dry season waves are smaller and the breaks are less crowded, making this area a great one for the beginner or casual surfer.
Whether you’re a serious shredder, a beginner or someone who just appreciates the vibe, and the eye candy, that come with the surf lifestyle, these five places have it all wrapped up. What are you waiting for? Pack up the boards and catch a plane for your favorite surf destination.