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With summer right around the corner, the one thing I can’t get off of my mind is heading down to the beach with my board and hitting the waves. There are so many spectacular places around the world to surf, with all sorts of waves to experience. Here are a few of the best surf spots around the globe.

Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii

Widely considered the best place to catch a wave in the USA, Oahu’s Pipeline is every surfer’s dream. It’s no surprise that one of the heaviest waves in the world makes it home on the island that created surfing. The waves can grow over six meters high and are above a shallow coral reef, so if you make a mistake it’s most likely you will break your board and suffer an injury.  Regardless of the risk, hundreds of surfers across the world will take their chances because if you can pull it off, you’ll experience one of nature’s most spectacular formations.

Superbank, Gold Coast, Australia

There’s a reason why Gold Coast is called a “surfer’s paradise”. Gold Coast is home to 70 km of beaches and has four point breaks, with one of them being Superbank, which is known as one of the world’s finest breaks. The area has been a hotspot for surfers for years due to the quality of the waves as well as the large area that can house a large number of surfers.

Hossegor, France

While France may not usually bring surfing to mind, Hossegor is known as “the surfing capital of Europe” for good reason. With waves that can rival Hawaii, Hossegor hits all the check marks as an ideal surfing destination. The town hosts several international surfing competitions every year, and it’s a superb spot for surfers and spectators alike due to the great surfing and the French lifestyle. In addition to all that, the conditions are ideal for surfing no matter what time of the year you go.

The Bubble, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

Fuerteventura, part of the Canary Islands, is known for its temperate climates and awesome waves for surfers all over the world. One in particular, The Bubble, is known for its fast, shallow and hollow reef break. It can offer some world-class tubes on a good day and is the closest to Hawaii’s waves that you can get on the Canary Islands. There are plenty of other great waves to be surfed on The Canary Islands as well, such as Rocky Point, Harbour Wall, and Shooting Gallery.

With so much water covering the planet, there’s going to be plenty of great surf spots. Whether you have the skills to do some of these or you just admire the sport, you’ll never have trouble finding a new place to check out. Get out there and experience the best waves you can, but be safe and don’t overestimate yourself. There’s something out there for you no matter your skill level.