Margaret River: big waves demand large bottom turns | Photo: ASP/Kirstin Scholtz

Margaret River is a magical place touched by the Indian Ocean. In other words, meet the town known for its premium surf and wine.

In Western Australia, you always seem to feel the power of the elements and, for nearly 40 years, surfers and travelers have crossed the country and the world to take on the world-class waves of Margaret River.

You know you're in surfers' heaven, when over 75 top class surf breaks spread over 80 miles (130 kilometers) of pristine coastline from Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin.

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Malta: it looks like San Francisco, but in the Mediterranean | Photo: W.E. Surf

In one of the smallest nations in the world, you'll find uncrowded line-ups and perfect waves under sunny blue skies. Welcome to the Mediterranean swells of Malta.

La Valletta is the capital of Malta. It is also the smallest capital of the European Union. In this sunny state, there are two official languages: Maltese and English.

But if you ask a local citizen for the nearest surf spots, he might tell you that surfers are only spotted once in a while, despite the multiple reef and beach breaks that can be found throughout the country.

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