The Best Surf Spots for an Endless SummerJuly 25, 2018
Summer may be winding down, but you still have time to make yours endless.
With Aircraft Services Group, the world’s best surf spots are at your fingertips, from the Pipeline of Oahu to the Supertubes of South Africa. So reach out today, and let our knowledge concierges and experienced charter team help you plan one “hecka choka” surfing excursion.
It’s simply a matter of deciding where you want to go…
The mecca of California surfing is Huntington Beach, aka “Surf City, USA”:
Featuring four different-facing beaches, there’s a break for everyone.
However, just over 30 miles south of there lies San Clemente, home of Surfing Magazine, The Surfer’s Journal, and Longboard Magazine. Not to mention, the hallowed breaks, “Lower” and “Trestles.” And 60 miles further is Black’s Beach in San Diego — considered the best surfing spot on the U.S. mainland — which flaunts some the most powerful breaks on the West Coast.
Pro Tip: Because the winds do not affect Black Beach’s waves, you can have fun until much later in the day than you might be used to.
Where to begin with Hawaii, the 49th state yet undoubtedly our most beautiful.
Explore every nook and cranny of these islands if you have the time, but if we had to choose, the list would have to start with “Pipeline” in Oahu, the object of every surfer’s dream on the island where surfing was first created.
Coming in at a close second though, is Waikiki, where infinite unintimidating waves crash up a wide swath of beach adorned with lights bright enough to let you surf well past dark. Surfing’s more hardcore elitist will tell you it’s grown too commercialized; the nightlife proves otherwise.
Pro Tip: On Friday nights, you can pack a picnic — or paddle out — to catch a fantastic fireworks show on the beach.
Montauk, New York
A three hour drive — or half hour private jet ride — from Manhattan will get you to what locals call “The End” — Montauk, New York.
The enduring fish town nestled on the easternmost point of Suffolk County has long been known as the best surf spot on Long Island, if not the East Coast.
The spot to hit is Ditch Plains, though, but be warned: the waves are choppy and break consistently, and the currently can get a little wild.
Pro Tip: Order the daily catch at Byron at the Surf Lodge.
Indonesia — the world’s largest archipelagic state — boasts 34,000 miles of coastline; and all of it is stunning.
It’s also home to Bali, the island of “1,000” temples, and Asia’s undisputed surfing capital:
There are over 100 surf spots to explore, which cater to all varieties of skill levels. Beginners should check out Kuta Beach, Canggu, Dreamland and Medewi, while more advanced surfers can venture to Padang Padang, Bingin, and, our personal favorite, Ulu Watu — home to the oldest Hindu temple in Bali, professional-grade waves, and the nightly Kecak dance performance at sunset.
Pro Tip: The seven bungalows available to rent at Mick’s Place sit atop the cliffs of Bingin Beach and overlooking some of the best waves in Bali (in addition to post-surf yoga sessions).
The Samoan Islands
The heart-shaped of island of Tavarua, Fiji may be home to “Cloudbreak,” the most revered break in the surfing world. But just northeast of there lies the Samoan Islands, one of the best overall surfing destinations one can find — if they can get there.
Pro Tip: Almost everything in Samoa (besides hotels) is closed on Sundays. Islanders instead spend the day going to church — an elaborate affair with long sermons, lots of singing, and colorful hats — and eating with family.
The Maldives consists of approximately 1,190 coral islands, grouped in a double chain of 26 atolls and spread over roughly 90,000 square kilometers, making this one of the most disparate countries in the world. It’s also one of its most beloved surfing destinations.
Across the breathtaking islands churns a consistent reef wave that is positively pumping come spring.
Geographically speaking, the archipelago is divided into three surf regions: the Malé Atolls, the most visited, and crowded; the Central Atolls, which provides endless pristine barrels; and the South Atolls, known for their remote breaks.
Pro Tip: One of the most famous waves in the Maldives is “Pasta Point.” Unfortunately, if you want to experience this great wave, you have to stay at the Dhonveli Beach Resort, which can cost you up to $343 a night.
The town of Jeffreys Bay — known colloquially as “J Bay” — was made famous by the surf cult classic Endless Summer, but its legacy lives on as home the annual Billabong Pro ASP World Tour surfing competition.
Due to its quality and consistency, the break of the Bay is lauded as one of the one of the best right-hand point breaks in the world, offering long, fast barrels off the keen point breaks. There are a spoil of riches to choose from; including “Boneyards,” “Kitchen Windows,” “Magna Tubes,” “Point,” “Albatross,” and, the mother of all waves, “Supertubes”:
Pro Tip: The air temperatures of South Africa may get hot in the summer, but the water temperatures can still be cold. Make sure to bring (or rent) the right wetsuit.
Zanzibar, an archipelago off the coast of East Africa, is more known for its diving and kitesurfing, though there are also an abundance of waves for beginners to advanced surfers.
The best surf spots include the multiple reef breaks at Zanzibar North Reefs and Zanzibar South Reefs, a right hand break on Bongoyo Island just outside Dar es Salaam and the beach breaks at Oyster Bay.
If you do plan on going kitesurfing, we suggest heading to Paje, Dongwe or Jambiani.
Pro Tip: You cannot go to Tanzania without taking in a safari. Or, if you’re feeling bold, take on Mount Kilimanjaro.
The Canary Islands
This Spanish archipelago located in the Atlantic Ocean some 62 miles west of Morocco has long attracted surfers from all over the world. Specifically, Fuerteventura, the second largest of the islands.
The most advanced of those surfers will fend off locals for a chance at the expert right-hand tube “The Bubble,” a fast, shallow, and hollow reef break that are the closest to Hawaii’s world-class waves you’ll find on this side of the world.
Aside from The Bubble, other popular waves include the “Rocky Point,” “Harbour Wall,” “Shooting Gallery,” and “El Quemao.”
Pro Tip: Lanzarote is the most aesthetically pleasing of the Canary Islands, and it’s all thanks to one man: César Manrique, a Lanzarote-born architect who stamped his creative architectural style on the entire island.
Known as a surfer’s “cold water Eden,” the shores of Bundoran, Ireland, situated on the southwestern tip of Donegal, provide nonstop swells. It also happens to be an incredibly surfer-friendly town, going so far as to offer discounts to surfers who visit during the the peak season.
The brisk water requires a wetsuit, but to watch it lap against the headlands flat rocks is worth any temporary shivering.
Pro Tip: A carnival atmosphere illuminates the beachfront of Bundoran, with glowing amusement rides, arcades, and fast-food diners abound.
Hossegor, France has earned its title as “the surfing capital of Europe.”
Among the extravagant mansions and opulent luxury homes are sand dunes where rich breaks present heavy waves — such as the legendary “La Graviére” — that rival those of the Aloha State.
To quote Nicolas Leroy, European Media Manager for the World Surf League, “As far as beach breaks go, there isn’t much on the continent that compares.”
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Safe travels, and may your sets be epic!