Surfing The World: 5 Beaches That Every Surfer Will Love

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There’s nothing quite so soothing yet simultaneously thrilling as catching waves at a sublime beach and forgetting about the world beyond. What could make this vision better? Not much, perhaps, except coming up against the world’s best barrels. From the big name Hawaiian beaches and South African classics to laidback Australian options and remote Indonesian islands, here is our collection of 5 beaches that will excite and enthral every surfer.

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Banzai Pipeline, Hawaii
This classic is a guaranteed dream destination on every serious surfer’s wish list. Befitting its location in Hawaii – also known as the original birthplace and current capital of surfing – Banzai Pipeline in Oahu is almost synonymous with that long-standing surfing cliché: ‘gnarly tubes’. In this case, the cliché is true. It’s so ‘gnarly’, in fact, that these waves have claimed the lives of several pros over the years. For equally awesome yet less death-defying surf, hit up Laniakea.
Banzai Pipeline, Hawaii
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Florianopolis, Brazil
The beaches in Florianopolis in southern Brazil are not only the country’s best options for surfing but also its most beautiful. Though its famous Joaquina Beach hosts the ASP World Championship Tour every April, the best surf – and biggest waves – is on offer during the low season between June and August. If you’re after a more isolated option, Moçambique is another world-class beach in the area.
Florianopolis, Brazil
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Byron Bay, Australia                                                                                            
With over 37,000 kilometres of coastline and the ‘beach bum Aussie’ a national stereotype, you’d be forgiven for expecting Australia to boast its fair share of world-class surf spots. And, as Byron Bay demonstrates, it won’t disappoint, either. A laidback community on the northern New South Wales coast, Byron Bay has a hippie vibe, a large population of European backpackers, and a range of beaches to choose from. The point break at Angourie, along with swells at Tallow Beach and Belongil Beach, is worth the long trip down under for.
Byron Bay, Australia
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Cape St Francis, South Africa
Further south and less well-known than big brother Jeffreys or ‘J Bay’, Cape St Francis is well regarded in South Africa for its range of shore and point breaks. When the wave known as Bruce’s Beauties makes an appearance, unbelievably long barrels span the beach. Special mention must go to Hout Bay, situated on the opposite end of the South African coast, where the elusive yet tremendous Dungeons swell attracts the brave and foolish after winter storms.
Cape St Francis, South Africa

Mentawai Islands, Indonesia
Mentawai is a spectacular and remote set of islands just off the western coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. Accessible only by ferry and charter boat, the islands are not the easiest place to get to. Its isolation serves it well, however, as it remains a quiet spot for surfers. With consistently world-class surfing conditions, you can’t go wrong with this hidden gem.
Mentawai Islands, Indonesia
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Jenny Johnson
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Jenny Johnson is a media student and freelance writer from the Gold Coast, Australia. With her daredevil spirit and signature surfboard fins, she has conquered waves around the world.

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