The hippie commune turned backpacker/yuppie haven of Byron Bay has long been a favored destination for surfers on Australia’s east coast. A short 45 minutes from the decadence of the Gold Coast, this New Age outpost might not be as trippy and pure as it once was, but it is probably a lost closer to…

 Mainland Mexico is one of the most consistent, swell-rich coasts in the Pacific, and the state of Oaxaca has a variety of waves and wave types to choose from. Add to that relatively mellow crowds, warm water, cheap cost of living and delicious food, and it is easy to understand why this has been a…

If ever there was proof that God is a goofy foot, Southern Chile is it. Endless sand-bottom points peel seemingly forever in front of rugged, beautiful backdrops that you have to see to believe. Some points are rippable, others are top to bottom barrels…and then there is Punta Lobos, one of the best left points…

There is more to New Jersey than The Sopranos and Garden State—it is also one of the most densely populated states in the US, which means crowds on land and crowds in the water. Luckily, Jersey also has one of the most surf-dense coastlines in the US—at least as far as number of surf breaks…

Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut are the US East Coast’s unheralded surf havens, hiding quietly in the shadow of headlining names like Florida, North Carolina and New York. But that isn’t to say that the New England region isn’t holding. In fact, these five states combined have more coastline than just about…

Although other regions might lay claim to seasonal epicenter status (think Oahu’s North Shore from November through January or Bali from May through July), Southern California is where the surf industry calls home. Magazines, brands, millions of surfers and billions of dollars have all flocked to this famous stretch of coastline, where top-level pros compete…

Although they share the same governor, Northern and Southern California might as well be two separate states—if not completely different countries. While water temps in So Cal are relatively warm and the waves mellow and user-friendly, up north its cold, rugged and sharky. And while seemingly every other surfer you meet down south has stickered-up…

A short boat ride from Bali, mythical Lombok houses what is arguably the best lefthand barrel in the world. But there is more to Bali’s rugged neighbor than Desert Point, as the island’s southern coast is holding a number of user-friendly waves with minimal crowds—particularly when compared with the circus that is Bali. For something…

For a great majority of the surf population, Java equals G-Land, and little more. But for those in the know, the world’s most populous island houses more than just 60% of all Indonesians—it also has a number of high-quality reef setups! With a little creativity and a touch of persistence, the intrepid explorer can find…

When considering various destinations for an upcoming surf trip, India is rarely at the top of the list. Lacking consistent swell, conveniently shaped reefs and coastal access, the country isn’t exactly Indo—but then again, maybe that’s the point. As far as cultural “otherness” goes, the colors, sounds and tastes of India can’t be beat. And…

India’s original discovery, the Andamans burst onto the scene via Jack Johnson and Chris Malloy’s video opus Thicker Than Water, which featured the first known surf trip into the area after decades of government restrictions were finally lifted. Most of the Andaman Islands still require a yacht for easy access, but Little Andaman has a…

Although Cornwall may be the “capital” of surfing in the UK, northern neighbor Devon is definitely holding as well. Centered around two distinct regions—Barnstable-Croyde in the north and Plymouth-Torquay in the south—Devon has a number of popular waves, but also many secrets with difficult access and far smaller crowds. For the prototypical English surfing experience…

Italy doesn’t often come to mind when considering destinations for future surf trips, but when combined with the country’s culture, food and architecture, the surf on the Mediterranean can make for an interesting adventure. And don’t think that Italy is just for honeymooners looking to score waves on the sly. One viewing of Timmy Curran’s…

Spain’s coverage in the media has been largely limited to its crown jewel Mundaka, but those who have taken the time to explore this culturally rich corner of Europe know that the country is holding much more than the world’s best river mouth. Spain’s various regions are as unique in their waves as they are…

The Emerald Isle isn’t the easiest place to score waves, what with fickle conditions, inclement weather, cold water and a half dozen of the world’s scariest waves. But it is as beautiful as destinations come and practically dripping with history, so a visit is well worth it. And you never know—with the luck of the…

As the country’s name suggests, Ecuador is centrally located, sitting directly on the equator and thus picking up both north and south swells, making it one of the few Pacific destinations that is as consistent in summer as it is in winter. Toss in beautiful scenery, minimal crowds and the Galapagos Islands, and Ecuador qualifies…

While it’s easy to be a surfer in warm, user-friendly Queensland, southerly neighbor New South Wales (NSW) demands a deeper level of commitment. With a long, varied coastline encompassing multiple climatic and geographic regions, surfing in NSW can mean sunny, perfect beach break tubes or frigid, rainy, windswept rubbish—sometimes both in the same day. But…

When one thinks of surfing and European islands, the mind naturally tracks to the Canaries, and possibly Reunion. The Azores, however, often go unnoticed—which is just fine with the local surfers and core group of visitors enjoying the region’s waves each year. A territory of Portugal, the Azores are located 1300 km off the coast…

Book Cherating Point Surf Camp Not many people would think of Malaysia when listing dream surf destinations, but the truth is that SE Asia’s other Islamic country (besides Indo) has a surf scene that is both vibrant and unique. The country’s coasts are already world famous for their beautiful beaches and five-star luxury resorts, and…

Although not commonly thought of as a surf destination, Thailand does have a small surf scene, making it more than just a backpacker’s destination. Although you’ll probably never go to Thailand exclusively to surf, if you are already in the area, there is no reason why you shouldn’t enjoy a few waves between your coconut…

A tropical Pacific island on roughly the same latitude as Hawaii with consistent surf, a variety of quality waves, and very few local surfers—Taiwan might just be the best-kept secret in surfing! The Surf: Beach breaks, river mouths, points, even reefs—Taiwan has a little of everything. Actually, Taiwan has a lot of everything—swell is more…

South Australia Surf Camps & Surf Spot Guide Whenever anyone mentions South Australia, the first thing people think of is sharks—and for good reason. But if you can look beyond the threat of violent death and dismemberment—and the bitter cold—South Australia is holding a number of epic waves, and not near the crowds you’d find…

Purerto Rico Surf Camps & Surf Spot Guide Puerto Rico had its big coming out in 2010 when Rip Curl ran their Search contest on the island, but this exotic US commonwealth territory has been a tropical destination for surfers in the know since the 1950s. Combining the stability of home with the novelty of…

Cornwall Surf Camps & Surf Spot Guide The center of UK surfing for nearly five decades, Cornwall maintains its relevancy by merit of consistent swells and relatively palatable weather and temperatures. Although Britain suffers from a less-than-stellar reputation for surf, this is a legitimate surf scene with legitimate waves, well worth a visit for both…

Hawaii Surf Camps & Surf Spot Guide This is our ultimate guide to Hawaii surf spots and Hawaii Surf Camps. Matt’s put together a load of information about accommodation, surf camps & surf spots across the islands of Hawaii. If you know where you are headed why not check out the Hawaii Surf Camps we…

Canada’s main western surf hub, Vancouver Island, has seen a boom in popularity over the past ten years, thanks in large part to continuing progression in the quality and warmth of wetsuits. A popular destination with backpackers and outdoor enthusiasts, Tofino has a number of surf shops, surf schools, and board rentals, all of which…

Also known as “The Garden Isle,” Kauai is beautiful, mellow and closely guarded—the kind of place that would prefer not to have a surf guide written about it! While the North Shore of Oahu prints t-shirts and poster boards in an effort to “Keep the Country Country,” Kauai actually IS country, and the locals intend…

Although a huge majority of our surf gear comes from China—including many of our boards (a dirty little secret the industry doesn’t want us to know)—the country has a surfing population that is practically nonexistent. While this is likely to change in the next few years, for the time being at least the waves in…

Literally translated as “the savior,” El Salvador could perhaps more fittingly be called “regular-foot heaven.” A number of epic righthand points line the coast of this Central American country, and with the political situation stabilizing and surf-centric accommodations and other services popping up all over the place, El Salvador is quickly becoming another popular getaway…

Hispaniola houses two strikingly contrasting countries—Haiti, one of the poorest and most de-forested in the world, and the Dominican Republic, which has one of the largest economies in the Caribbean and a largely intact rainforest. While academics, environmentalists, and sociologists will argue the various causes for this disparity, one thing is indisputable—while Haiti sees virtually…

Florida is a bit of an enigma, because it has one of the most inconsistent swell windows in North America, yet seems to produce some of the USA’s most talented and hard-charging surfers. Damien and CJ Hobgood both hail from the Gulf Coast, and are two of the best out at Pipe, Cloudbreak and Teahupoo…

“Seward’s Folly.” “The Last Frontier.” Alaska. Whatever you call it, the place evokes feelings of respect and awe—and rightly so. This is untamed land, wilderness in the truest sense of the word, a place populated by shaggy outdoorsmen and semi-suicidal fisherpeople. It is rugged, cold, unpredictable, and immense—which is exactly why it is worth a…

Surfing is big in Japan—heck, everything is big in the Land of the Rising Sun, but surfing is REALLY big. The locals love the sport (both participating and watching), and for years the various beach breaks around Tokyo featured prominently on the ASP World Tour schedule. A late ’90s emphasis on quality waves and far-flung…

One of the United States’ two territories (Puerto Rico being the other), Guam is half military base and half tourist trap, with over one million visitors per year (mostly from Japan) and a massive, ongoing military build up making the island very busy. In many ways Guam has a Hawaiian feel, with Tumon Bay being…

Jamaica—the spiritual home of Rastafarianism and reggae—gave the world Bob Marley, dreadlocks, and a legitimate excuse to toke up, but what a lot of people don’t realize is that it has a lot to offer to the surf community as well. Although not the first spot that might pop into your head when dreaming of…

While Northern Baja suffers from cold water and a reputation for violence, Baja Sur is essentially a series of safe, warm surf oases strung along the desert coastline. From party/surf destinations like Cabo San Lucas to the dusty, timeless perfection of Scorpion Bay, Baja Sur has something for everyone, and has been a favorite California…

Widely recognized as one of the most beautiful islands in the world, New Zealand’s south island offers landscapes ranging from grassy, pastoral hills to towering fiords, from snow-capped peaks to expansive glaciers—and nearly everything in between. Oh, and there are also a ton of epic setups on both coasts, making this a classic surf/eco-adventure destination.…

Although practically everyone thinks of Lord of the Rings and sheep whenever they think of New Zealand, there has always been a lot more to the “Land of the Long White Cloud” than hobbits and rings of power (or wooly mammals, for that matter). Aotearoa—as the country is known by the Maori—is easily one of…

The Big Apple was officially introduced to the surf world in 2011 at the Quiksilver Pro New York, but the Empire State had been surfed for decades before that circus ever came to town. Although only a small portion of New York state has surfable coastline, Long Island has literally dozens of quality waves breaking…

Only brought into the public eye in the past few years, the Marshall Islands have been surfed for decades, albeit sporadically and in a limited fashion. Now, with Martin Daly running both a land camp and one of his Indies Trader boats in the region, it is much easier to access the excellent waves this…

Named for the mythological demi-god who fished the Hawaiian Islands out of the ocean with a magic hook, Maui is an island rife with mystery and legend. A veritable hotbed for hippie communes in the late ’60s and ’70s, the island has always had a taste for the transcendental—just ask anyone who has locked into…

While the rest of the East Coast has the reputation of being cold and urban (with the exception of Florida, of course), North Carolina conjures up images of brown sandy barrels, countrified beaches, and boardshort-warm water (although winter actually can be horrendously cold). A fickle destination, and one that takes a lot of local knowledge…

What Costa Rica was 15 years ago (before the gringos came and bought up all the land), Nicaragua is today—cheap, warm, beautiful, consistent and relatively empty. The icing on the cake is Lake Nicaragua, which produces daily offshore winds that groom the country’s reefs, points and beach breaks into glassy perfection. Nicaragua’s popularity as a…

France’s “other” overseas island department is often overlooked amidst the hype surrounding Tahiti’s infamous break at The End of the Road, but this island off the east coast of Africa is noteworthy in its own right, both for breathtaking landscapes and world-class waves. A thriving tourist destination for French travelers, Reunion has seen its popularity…

Located thousands of miles off the Chilean coast, Rapa Nui is geographically one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world, which means huge swell windows in multiple directions and unfettered fetch potential. Add to that the fact that the island houses the remnants of one of the most mysterious and intriguing lost cultures…

Puerto Rico had its big coming out in 2010 when Rip Curl ran their Search contest on the island, but this exotic US commonwealth territory has been a tropical destination for surfers in the know since the 1950s. Combining the stability of home with the novelty of a foreign culture, Puerto Rico might be one…

Quick: What country has over 7000 islands, many of which face into multiple swell directions and boast quality setups ranging from perfectly symmetrical reef passes to coastlines rife with river mouths? Here’s a hint: its best-known wave is named after a candy bar. It’s been more than two decades since the perfect righthand barrels of…

Panama is better known for its canal and hats than it is for its surf—but that doesn’t mean it’s not holding. While Nicaragua and Costa Rica have been practically overrun with gringos, Panama is still relatively empty, even though it enjoys the same warm water and swell season as its Central American neighbors. One can…

Oregon enjoys only a fraction of the attention that its southern neighbor receives—and this is just fine with those who frequent the area. Plagued by frigid water and problematic winds, Oregon is all about having the commitment to wait out the down days in order to score those rare moments of magic. While you may…

For the screw-footed small wave aficionado, there aren’t many places that can top Northern Peru. The land of the Inca is also the land of endless lefts, and between good wind and consistent year-round swel, the dusty coast north of Lima is the stuff of goofy-footed dreams. But don’t limit yourself to surfing! Peru is…

Although southern Chile’s lefthand points are legendary amongst goofyfoots, the waves in the northern half of the country are not as widely known. That isn’t to say they aren’t just as epic, though! In fact, some would argue that the waves north of Santiago are even better than their southern neighbors. And while this debate…

Virtually everyone that has ever flipped through a surf magazine knows about Teahupoo, but what many don’t know is that Tahiti has a wide diversity of waves for every level of wave rider. A French territory, Tahiti is about as far removed as it is possible to be from the posh beaches of Biarritz and…

When people think of Indo, they tend to limit themselves to Bali and the Mentawais. What many forget is that Bali has a number of neighboring islands with great surf only a short flight or ferry ride away. Sumbawa is a volcanic island in the Nusa Tengarra region, and is much more rugged than Bali—but…

While Northern Peru is known for its endless lefts fronting dry, dusty deserts, the surf in Southern Peru is of a different flavor, with the beachside desert being the only common denominator. Although Lima isn’t technically in the far south, the capital city and nearby Punta Hermosa have the highest density of surf spots in…

“The last true Polynesian culture” is how Tonga likes to bill itself, and although Christianity’s hold on the country might dispute this claim to some extent, it can’t be denied that there is still a rootsy feel to the place. Populated by a people as welcoming as they are…well, big!…the Friendly Islands, as Captain Cook…

Tasmania is to Australia what Vancouver Island is to Canada—a rugged, picturesque island covered with temperate rainforests and populated by hardy locals and a number of fickle, hard-to-access slabs. The difference? Shipstern’s Bluff, one of the heaviest waves in the world, where Australian hell-men continue to redefine what is survivable. Shippies perfectly symbolizes Tasmania as…

Although the Gold Coast might be the heart of the surf industry in Australia, and Sydney the epitome of city surfing life, Bells Beach in Victoria is the spiritual home of the sport. Home of renowned wetsuit brand Rip Curl, as well as one of the longest running professional contests in surfing, this iconic point…

Australia’s wild, wild west is a man’s land—rugged, barren, physically and mentally demanding, and stuffed full of heavy slabs. With a reputation for big sharks, gnarly locals, and incessant winds, WA might not be at the top of most people’s list of dream destinations, but for those who enjoy sleeping under the stars and charging…

“Charlie don’t surf!”—the famous line from Apocalypse Now—might be one of the only times in history that the Vietnamese people and surfing have been referred to in the same breath. Yet while the basic premise of this derogatory statement does hold true—there are very few local surfers in Vietnam, even now—that isn’t to say that…

Hawaii’s Big Island—also simply known as “Hawaii”—has a reputation for being fickle and hard to score, and this is a reputation the local surfers have worked hard to cultivate. The truth is that with a bit of persistence and a solid 4×4, it is possible to unearth as many setups on the Big Island as…

With an ever-increasing representation on the world tour and an improving reputation in heavy water, Brazil is quickly becoming about much more than crappy beach breaks, sleek wax jobs and Reef models in g-strings. The country has an incredibly vibrant culture—complete with Carnaval, Samba, and one of the most fertile, undeveloped regions in the world…

Gold Coast – Surf Spot & Surf Camps Guide What Southern California is to the US, Queensland, and specifically the Gold Coast, is to Australia. Like its American counterpart, this region is rich in perfect right points, talented surfers and pleasant weather, and is the heart of the surf industry, with virtually every major brand…