To some, surfing is an adrenaline sport; to others, it’s a spiritual connection to Earth. Regardless the size of wave you chase, the sport is an excuse to discover new and exciting seascapes—and there are still plenty of unknown swells to add to your bucket list. Pack your bags and get started.
Here are some of the sickest, most secret waves in the world:
Black Rock, Australia
Locals call this special place the “Aussie Pipe,” which is 100 miles from Sydney to Jervis Bay – the closest town to the reef break. Just south of Booderee National Park, surfers need to expect a 10 to 15-minute walk along a trail, which leads to the east point of Wreck Bay or Summercloud Bay. Known to have the best waves on the east coast, the rides are short but exciting with eight foot super hollow barreling on the left with a four to five foot right.
Rincon, Puerto Rico
Rincon is a small town located on the west coast and known to be the surfing jewel of the Caribbean. The locals are not too keen on hitting the waves as they range from two to 40 feet in height. This peninsula features nine named surfing spots on the south and seven named on the north. Although there are many waves in between, the swells are consistent and the West Coast Surf Shop offers expert advice about trade winds and when to surf at what location and time.
The IDK, Mentawai Islands
The IDK, or “I don’t’ know,” swells were that secretive that no one named this region according to surfer, Tyler Wright. Her experience included swells coming from extremely deep water, which concocted barrels. To find this spot its best to take a charter with Quest 1 and chat with longtime surf guide, Captain Albert Taylor, and head to the southern most area of the islands – situated west of Indonesia in the Indian Ocean.
This country comprises of 1,192 islands and countless surf breaks. Best time to surf is April through October (March and November offer excellent weather). The islands are broken into three sections, north, central and south Atolls. The south is known to be the last frontier and contains the most secretive swells, but due to politics a special government boat is required for boats to travel the southern waters.
Secret Sumatra, Indonesia
This villa and bungalow hotel are footsteps away from countless waves – soft to heavy to reef breaks to beach breaks. They cop the brunt of the south and southwest swells of the Indian Ocean and come from the deepest parts of the ocean in Indonesia. Peaceful and solo swells are waiting for you.
Boca Barranca, Costa Rica
With very few surfers, you’ll be guaranteed a wave-filled day. The long left comes from the river-mouth, which is considered the second longest wave in Costa Rica. Rides can last up to a kilometer, or 0.6 (near two-thirds) of a mile in American language. Swells are great for long boards and short boards can catch a lip. Best waves are on the south swell during low-tide.