Chicama, in the North of Peru, is probably the longest ocean wave for surfing in the world. The "lost jewel of Latin America" offers an endless two kilometer (1.25 miles) ride with close-outs, reforming, and barreling sections.
Chicama is one of the best waves for surfing because of its long, creative and challenging wave face. It's the ideal surf spot in Peru for attempting to make a Guinness World Record in surfing.
Cristobal de Col, for example, has pulled 34 maneuvers in one single wave ride for the books of history. Chicama is the wave that dreams are made of.
The pleasure of surfing endless waves can also be enjoyed in Costa Rica. The well-known spot Pavones will present you with long left-handers that can last for three minutes.
The Pavones wave is a remote peak and demands a prior study of the swell charts. If you see a Southern swell approaching, pack your bags and prepare for the longest ride of your life. Robby Naish has loved Pavones.
La Libertad, located in El Salvador, is a long wave, too. It breaks for more than 200 meters and can be surfed by all surfers, from beginners to advanced wave riders.
In Australia, the Gold Coast offers another of the longest possible rides in the world: the famous connection from Snapper to Kirra. Like a freight train, you take-off at Snapper Rocks and surf all the way to Kirra, for a total ride length of two kilometers (1.25 miles); all thanks to the Superbank.
With good offshore winds and a consistent size, Jeffreys Bay can sometimes produce challengers to the world's longest rides. Here, you'll catch a wave at Boneyards and enjoy the powerful right-hand barrels to The Point. That's one kilometer (0.6 miles) of pure joy.
In 2004, Picuruta Salazar rode the Pororoca wave for 37 minutes, and 12.2 kilometers (7.4 miles). That's a very long ride for a surfer. Located in the middle of the Brazilian Amazon, Pororoca is a tidal bore wave.
It can only be surfed three days, between February and March. The powerful energy of the Pororoca will push you along on an endless ride among piranhas and natural debris.