Sometimes you just need some inspiration for where your next surf holiday is going to be. You can look at surf magazines and films all the time, but there is nothing in comparison to feeling the salty water wash over your toes as you launch onto your surfboard and paddle out into the waves. So in a effort to inspire us through the last couple of weeks of winter, here are our top 10 surf spots around the planet. Enjoy.
There's nothing like embracing the French way of life and the waves of Hossegor. World famous with its annual Quiksilver Pro ASP world tour event, its delicious food and amazing night life, Hossegor is attracts the European surf crowd year round.
Otherwise known as Southern California, it is all about exploring the beaches off of ‘the one', aka route 1, the highway that spans the length of California following the Pacific coastline. Go roadtrip.
Trying to ride every wave around the beautiful surf town of Ericeira would take a long time. The Portuguese town is host to every kind of surf break, perfect for beginners to pros, and even has amazing restaurants and bars for refueling after your session.
- North Shore
If ever there was a surfing mecca it is the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii. The birth place of surfing, no surfer should go without visiting the hallowed Polynesian shores during the winter season and witnessing Banzai Pipeline going off.
Continuing the Polynesian theme, Tahiti is home to the mother wave of Teahupoo, the beasty lefthander that breaks mere feet over live coral reef. Stunningly beautiful and full of culture, the island holds a wealth of reef and sand breaks to try out.
No surf spot list would be complete without venturing over to Australia, and Coolangatta is a must see. Home to some of the best surfers in the world: Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson and Dean Morrison, it's little wonder everyone wants to score a wave at Snapper Rocks- their local break.
- Bells Beach
For any diehard fan of Point Break, or the world's longest running surfing comp location, visiting Bells Beach is essential. Bells Beach was used as the setting for the final showdown in Point Break, and also is the Easter time location for the Rip Curl Pro ASP contest.
For when the tropics are calling escaping to a desert island is a must. The Mentawai Islands are home to some of the most beautiful and unspoiled surf spots on the planet, just remember it's all about the boat ride out.
For thigh burning rides that seem to last an eternity, Jeffery's Bay is the place. With stunning views all around the coastline of South Africa, J-Bay is a treasured spot that is only the tip of a whole string of amazing breaks one after another.
Known as the island of the Gods, Bali is blessed with surf no matter what the season. During the rainy season the East coast lights up, and then when the dry season comes West is best, as the almighty Uluwatu comes alive and calls its pilgrims from around the globe.