U.S. Open of Surfing: Where the Pros Go to Surf

  • Mentawai Islands, Indonesia
  • Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Tavarua Island, Fiji
  • Boucan Canot, Réunion
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Canary Islands
  • Catching a wave at Huntington Beach

    Huntington Beach, California

    Known as Surf City, USA, Huntington Beach plays host to the annual U.S. Open of Surfing and is home to 2009 and 2010 title holder and 2012 competitor Brett Simpson. With waves reaching up to ten feet with a tendency to break perfectly just off the long pier, Huntington Beach offers some of the best waves in the continental United States.

    Photo courtesy of Michael Roy/Flickr

  • Surfing the Thunders reef break

    Mentawai Islands, Indonesia

    The Mentawai Islands off the coast of Western Sumatra are home to some of the most consistent breaks on earth. The archipelago of 70 islands includes including 79 named breaks and more than 100 miles of surf-able coastline.

    Photo courtesy of Colm Walsh/Flickr

  • Catching a wave off Dunedin

    Dunedin, New Zealand

    New Zealand is known for its adventure sports scene, and surfing is no exception. Breaks conveniently located close to the city center and a range of more remote point breaks on the northern coast means days without surf are a rarity.

    Photo courtesy of Dunedin NZ/Flickr

  • Surfing Koel Bay

    Cape Town, South Africa

    Due to its unique geography, the entire Cape Peninsula gets fantastic swells and breaks nearly every day of the year, though the water can get chilly in the summer months. There are over 50 spots within an hour of the city; Muizenberg and Big Bay are perfect for surfing newbies, while heading to Koel Bay or Long Tamarindo Beach gives you the chance to watch the pros at work.

    Photo courtesy of Daniel Flower/Flickr

  • Cloudbreak off the coast of Tavarua Island

    Tavarua Island, Fiji

    Fiji's beaches bring to mind crystal clear placid waters, but just over six miles off the coast of Tavarua Island, pros will find Cloudbreak. The powerful, hollow and long swell is one of the gnarliest in the surfing world.

    Photo courtesy of Jeff Rowley/Flickr

  • Surfing in posh Boucan Canot

    Boucan Canot, Réunion

    Even though the island of Réunion is a 14-hour flight from Europe, it's considered part of the EU. Boucan Canot, considered the best beach on the Hawaii-like tropical island off the coast of Africa, provides some truly world class reef breaks.

    Photo courtesy of Jean-Marc Astesana/Flickr

  • Riding a wave off Leme Beach

    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    The world famous beaches of Rio de Janeiro are lined with dozens of surf spots, including rocky reefs, sandbars, beach breaks and point breaks, all right within the city. A city-run surf bus shuttles surfers to the city's best waves throughout the week, making it easy for beginners and experts alike to find that perfect swell.

    Photo courtesy of Ptérodactyl Ivo/Flickr

  • Surfing La Santa reef break off Lanzarote

    Canary Islands

    The Canary Islands, off the west coast of Africa, are considered by many to offer the best surfing in all of Europe, particularly the easternmost volcanic island of Lanzarote. The surf is at its best and biggest in the late winter months when waves rarely fall below head-high.

    Photo courtesy of surfglassy/Flickr


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