On the chilly shores of Canada or the tropical beaches of the Philippines, the ideal spot to catch some waves looks remarkably different around the world. Whether you’re gunning for one of the most dangerous breaks in the world or just in the market for something mellow, these surfing destinations offer something for everyone. Pack your bags, grab your board, and get ready for the ride of your life at these 10 must-surf spots.
Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia
Backpackers’ Rip, which got its name from being so close to the nearby bus station, sits on the south side of the beach and attracts some of the city’s top surfers. Not ready to tackle that rip current? Head to the north side, where gentle waves roll. No matter which side (and difficulty level) you surf, keep an eye out for whales and dolphins, especially during migration seasons.
Les Cavaliers, Anglet, France
The powerful waves at Cavaliers make it the ideal spot to host a handful of pro surf competitions and events, including the WSL World Tour. The long, soft stretch of sand that lines the water has also been known to host many family-friendly festivals, which makes Cavaliers Beach a go-to for surfers looking to bring along the kids.