World's Best Surf Cities Teahupoo, Tahiti

Slyde's Surf City List

Here is the second part of our three-part series on the top cities to surf in.  With a top-rating surf city with high-class waves in just about every corner of the world, it won't be hard to find a surf city near you.

 

1.  Teahupoo (Tahiti, French Polynesia)

World's Best Surf Cities Teahupoo TahitiDon't be fooled by this city's size.  This little village on the southwest coast of Tahiti is home to some of the world's biggest, glassiest waves.  Both surfers and bodysurfers alike enjoy swells as high as 21 feet.  Teahupoo annually hosts the Billabong Pro Tahiti surf competition.  Laird Hamilton was recorded in 2000 for riding the heaviest wave here.  Teahupoo is known for having the heaviest waves in the world, so surf with caution!

 

2.  Haleiwa (Honolulu, Oahu)

World's Best Surf Cities Haleiwa North ShoreHaleiwa is located on the North Shore, aka the surfing capital of the world, so it's no surprise why it's on our list.  The waves here are legendary, hosting the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing and The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau every year.  Swells often reach the height of three-story buildings, and Haleiwa is home to famous spots like Waimea Bay and Banzai Pipeline.  Built around the surf culture, the city is a laid-back place where you can refuel after a session, shop and relax in the sun.

 

3.  Kuta (Bali, Indonesia)

World's Best Surf Cities Kuta Bali IndonesiaWhat used to be a fishing village has now become one of Bali's most popular towns to visit.  Kuta Beach, also known as Sunset Beach, is lined with luxury hotels, restaurants, shopping and clubs.  Kuta Beach is a very popular surf spot for beginners, but the surf city still draws watermen and waterwomen of all levels to it with its fast tunnels and short corners.

 

4.  Playa Grande (Costa Rica)

World's Best Surf Cities Playa Grande Costa RicaThis is known as one of Costa Rica's best surfing spots, and is home to a number of resorts, hotels, condominiums and townhouses.  Playa Grande's beaches combine a sandy bottom with a perfectly sized wave.  With multiple breaks to choose from, a crowded lineup is never an issue.  Hit Playa Grande for a vacation and stay awhile!

 

5.  Huntington Beach (California, United States)

World's Best Surf Cities Huntington BeachHuntington Beach delivers world-class surf in beautiful, laid-back California style.  Breaks are plentiful and include The Wedge, Bolsa Chica State Beach and Dog Beach, just to name a few.  Large sandbars make for fast, hollow breaks for most of the year.  With the sandbars shifting with the seasonal changes, you'll have a chance to shred on every board you own, regardless of size.  You can even put your board away and bodysurf to your heart's content at the Wedge, one of the best bodysurfing spots in the world.

 

Check back later for the final five surf cities that made our list!

December 04, 2013

World's Best Surf Cities: Part 2

World's Best Surf Cities Teahupoo, Tahiti

Slyde's Surf City List

Here is the second part of our three-part series on the top cities to surf in.  With a top-rating surf city with high-class waves in just about every corner of the world, it won't be hard to find a surf city near you.

 

1.  Teahupoo (Tahiti, French Polynesia)

World's Best Surf Cities Teahupoo TahitiDon't be fooled by this city's size.  This little village on the southwest coast of Tahiti is home to some of the world's biggest, glassiest waves.  Both surfers and bodysurfers alike enjoy swells as high as 21 feet.  Teahupoo annually hosts the Billabong Pro Tahiti surf competition.  Laird Hamilton was recorded in 2000 for riding the heaviest wave here.  Teahupoo is known for having the heaviest waves in the world, so surf with caution!

 

2.  Haleiwa (Honolulu, Oahu)

World's Best Surf Cities Haleiwa North ShoreHaleiwa is located on the North Shore, aka the surfing capital of the world, so it's no surprise why it's on our list.  The waves here are legendary, hosting the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing and The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau every year.  Swells often reach the height of three-story buildings, and Haleiwa is home to famous spots like Waimea Bay and Banzai Pipeline.  Built around the surf culture, the city is a laid-back place where you can refuel after a session, shop and relax in the sun.

 

3.  Kuta (Bali, Indonesia)

World's Best Surf Cities Kuta Bali IndonesiaWhat used to be a fishing village has now become one of Bali's most popular towns to visit.  Kuta Beach, also known as Sunset Beach, is lined with luxury hotels, restaurants, shopping and clubs.  Kuta Beach is a very popular surf spot for beginners, but the surf city still draws watermen and waterwomen of all levels to it with its fast tunnels and short corners.

 

4.  Playa Grande (Costa Rica)

World's Best Surf Cities Playa Grande Costa RicaThis is known as one of Costa Rica's best surfing spots, and is home to a number of resorts, hotels, condominiums and townhouses.  Playa Grande's beaches combine a sandy bottom with a perfectly sized wave.  With multiple breaks to choose from, a crowded lineup is never an issue.  Hit Playa Grande for a vacation and stay awhile!

 

5.  Huntington Beach (California, United States)

World's Best Surf Cities Huntington BeachHuntington Beach delivers world-class surf in beautiful, laid-back California style.  Breaks are plentiful and include The Wedge, Bolsa Chica State Beach and Dog Beach, just to name a few.  Large sandbars make for fast, hollow breaks for most of the year.  With the sandbars shifting with the seasonal changes, you'll have a chance to shred on every board you own, regardless of size.  You can even put your board away and bodysurf to your heart's content at the Wedge, one of the best bodysurfing spots in the world.

 

Check back later for the final five surf cities that made our list!

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