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Top 5 Best Surfing Spots In The World

Updated on May 31, 2017

Surfing was first invented by the Polynesians. British explorers may have stumbled upon them in 1767 in Tahiti but the first written account of surfing was in 1779.

Mark Twain wrote about surfing as well in 1866 saying, "In one place we came upon a large company of naked natives, of both sexes and all ages, amusing themselves with the national pastime of surf-bathing."

There are hundreds of beaches worldwide. Some of them are ice cold while others are nice and warm but not every beach can be called a surf spot. Ideal surf spots have huge waves that's consistent throughout the year for surfers to enjoy. Here are five of the most popular and best surf spots in the world.

Hawaii

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Hawaii is probably the most popular island in the world. It has a certain atmosphere that you can't get anywhere else. It has the people, it has the beaches, it has the waves and it has a active volcano. Hawaii is best known for the huge waves it can produce. Numerous surf competitions are held in Hawaii every year and here's why; as mentioned earlier, it has some of the biggest waves in the world and since the art of surfing was basically discovered in Hawaii, it creates the perfect destination for just about anything related to surfing.

Jeffrey's Bay

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Jeffrey's Bay is a small town situated on the East coast of South Africa and is regarded by many as one of the best surf spots in the world. It is known by surf enthusiasts as having one of the best right hand point breaks in the entire world. The wave sizes are mostly equal to those of Hawaii. One fact that stands out from the rest is that during the right season a certain wave can form which offers a ride of over one kilometre long. Jeffrey's Bay has many self proclaimed hippies and beach bums which makes it even more exciting. Jeffrey's Bay also hosts the annual World Surf League which you can check out whenever you're in the area.

Mavericks

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Mavericks is well-known by surfers and is located in California. The only time there's any big waves is during winter and we're talking really big. The waves can reach 18 meters in height and you can only surf here via an invitation. Water can be a very powerful force and Mavericks proofs this over and over again. If you happen to get an invitation to surf Mavericks; the only way to get to the big waves is through the use of a boat. It's basically impossible to paddle out since the force of the waves will keep pushing you back, even if you duck underneath them.

Taghazout

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Taghazout is a small fishing village on Morocco's Atlantic coast. Taghazout is generally uncrowded, especially in the waters. The waves aren't too big or too small, it's just perfect. It's best known for it's long right hand point breaks which, during the right conditions, can take you on a two kilometre ride. You can literally surf from village to village. There are several surf spots in Taghazout with different types of waves making it an ideal spot for beginners and professionals alike. The best waves form from September to April but you can generally surf all year long while enjoying the local cuisine in between.

Teahupo'o

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Teahupo'o is located in Tahiti and has some of the heaviest waves in the world. The waves can reach a staggering height of seven meters. Imagine you're laying flat on your board in front of that wave. It's no surprise that this site hosts the annual Billabong Pro Tahiti surf competition that's part of the World Championship Tour. The waves in Teahupo'o are known to form consistent barrels. It is a must for every surf enthusiast to visit this site one day. It should be noted that only professionals ought to attempt to ride the heavy wives. The power of the waves combined with the shallow shorelines can result in serious injury or death.

There are many more surf spots around the world but these are my personal favorites. If you surf or like watching people surf; do yourself a favor and visit some of these destinations.

Have you surfed at any of these spots?

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