Six distinct regions—Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, West Australia, and Tasmania—make up the landscape of Australian surfing, and each region is characterized by its own specific variety of waves, making the world’s smallest continent one of its most diverse surf destinations. Water temperatures, weather conditions, and swell windows lend each coast its own…

1) India: Not often considered for surf trips, India actually has thousands of miles of coastline facing into two distinct swell windows. Coastal access and pollution are problems, but empty lineups and one of the world’s most vibrant cultures make India worthy of a second look. Fly into Chennai and head straight to the Shore…

The Sunshine Coast’s answer to Byron Bay, Torquay, or Santa Cruz, Noosa Heads is a former country town/hippie commune turned thriving tourist and resort hub that also happens to house some of the world’s best righthand point breaks. Set against the picturesque backdrop of Noosa Heads National Park and surrounded by pastoral hills and a…

The once sleepy town of San Clemente is now literally ground zero for the surf industry, housing a number of the biggest US surf magazines and brands. The town hosts a world tour event every autumn, but the party never really stops, as an endless stream of pros, groupies and wannabes flock to San Clemente…

With its upscale hotels and eateries and sleepy backwater setting, the central Californian town of Half Moon Bay has long been a favored destination for weekend holidaymakers. Starting in the late 1990s, however, the town became famous for a another reason—namely, the infamous big wave spot Mavericks. Originally surfed by Jeff Clark (whose dog Maverick…

Although Margaret River has been a known Australian commodity for years, it is only now on the verge of becoming a household name around the globe. Having been officially named as a World Tour spot for both the men and ladies starting in 2014, Marg’s will be ripped to shreds by the world’s best surfers,…

Nestled between the swank of Orange County and the seedy streets of Tijuana, San Diego is a family-friendly beach city at the very bottom of the Golden State. With ritzy hotels, a number of professional sports teams, and attractions like Sea World that appeal to the kids, San Diego has a little something for everyone—including…

Santa Barbara is located just south of Point Conception, which marks the point where Southern California ends and Central California begins. For those who enjoy the SoCal lifestyle but feel the need to escape to the solitude on occasion, this town may represent the perfect balance. A popular university at UCSB keeps the social life…

Perhaps the best thing about this region is the easy coastal access. The drive from Brisbane to Sydney covers 575 miles (around 975 kilometers), with hundreds of named waves and thousands of empty sandbar setups waiting a few short minutes off the highway. The Queensland/New South Wales coastline is just begging to be road tripped,…

The road trip has been an integral part of the surfing experience for as long as cars and boards have co-existed, and the coastline stretching from San Diego to Smith River has always been home to the quintessential road trip. Highway 101 stretches virtually the entire length of the state, from the northern border down…