Are you planning a surf trip, traveling with family and friends, or simply searching for perfect surf?
Discover the best surf spots in the world, and the most popular surf breaks near you.
Waves are everywhere: lost in secret breaks, or pumping in world-class lineups. Enjoy the ultimate surfing experience. Explore the surf map:
British Virgin Islands
Haiti & Navassa
St Kitts & Nevis Island
US Virgin Islands
Oceania & Asia
Papua New Guinea
Republic of Palau
United Arabs Emirates
Wallis and Futuna
What Makes a World-Class Surf Spot?
The best surf spots in the world are usually located where four variables meet positively, and consistently, all year round. Several factors impact the quality of surfing waves, but these are by far the most important:
2. Swell Direction;
Wind is most relevant variable in the creation of quality surf. Its strength, direction, duration and consistency change the surface of the ocean waters and may produce quality waves for surfing.
Waves propagate faster or slower. The wave period means the time between two waves. When waves reach the shores, they lose energy as they pass through different sea floor types.
There are good and bad surfing waves in rock, reef, coral and sand bottoms, and there are no beaches with top class waves all 365 days of the year.
The interaction between the wind force and direction, the strength and direction of the swell, the tide in a particular hour, and the type of a sea floor creates a determined type of wave.
For instance, in full moon days, the high tide is very high, and the low tide is extremely low, which means you may encounter mushy waves or heavy close-outs, respectively.
Simultaneously, you may have land issues influencing the wave - a jetty, a pier, a river mouth, or a building can transform your local surf spot into a beach break, point break, sand break, reef break or shore break.
Surf reports and surf forecasts analyze this weather interaction in order to deliver accurate probabilities of having great surf sessions in the world's most popular peaks.
The best surf spots in the world are the ones with the most number of days with good surfing conditions.
The Surf Trip Checklist
Wax, toothbrush, contact lens, passport. What else do you need for a long journey?
Surfers are regular travelers. Whether you're on a surf trip with friends, or touring the world as a pro athlete, it's always important to go through the surfer's checklist.
Surf Forecasting At Your Local Spot
How Waves Are Formed
What is wind? How wind is formed
The importance of swell period in surfing
The difference between ground and wind swells
Tracking waves and swell in surf forecasting
Hurricane waves, swell prediction and storm surf
The effects of shoaling and refraction in wave height
The tidal "Rule of Twelfths" in surfing
The Beaufort Wind Force Scale
The best surf forecasting books
The surf spot directory is in continuous improvement. Have we missed a surf spot? Send us an email.