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…

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…