Cloud Nine, Siargao Island, Philippines
This classic wave is known around the world for one thing: its hollow tubes. While certainly not the only must-catch wave in the area, surfers have been chasing down Cloud Nine’s thick walls since the 1980s. Looking for something a little less crowded nearby? Paddle about 330 yards down to Jacking Horse, which is better suited for beginners.
If you judge a surf spot by the size of its waves, then head to Nazaré. Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara entered the record books when he caught a 100-footer there in 2013, and Nazaré Canyon, the 16,000-foot-deep underwater formation, is responsible for creating huge swells off the coast of this fishing village.