While much of the U.S. suffers through cold and snow, many other destinations are still heating up with warm temperatures, plenty of sun and surf. Destinations such as the Caribbean, Hawaii and Australia are all offering some of the biggest waves of the year and in some places, the biggest in a decade. While not for the inexperienced, these epic waves are the talk of the town. Take a look at three of the top surf destinations in winter.
Barbados – Situated far out in the Atlantic Ocean and surrounded by coral reefs, winter waves really stand out from the rest of the year. Named some of the best waves in the world, surfers can find waves on almost any side of the island however, the east coast of the island is known for being the biggest. Some of the top beaches for surfing including the Soup Bowl (east coast) which is world renowned, South Point, home to many surf competitions and Crane Beach, a good place to find waves year round.
Hawaii – While Oahu is the island that most people think of when they talk about surfing in Hawaii, the island of Maui has recently begun to make a name for itself in the surf world as well. Known for being a bit less mainstream and quieter, Maui, which is nicknamed the Valley Isle is known more for its solitude. Like Oahu however, waves really pick up in winter, especially along the north shore of the island. Beaches such as Honolua Bay and Paia are both known for their major winter waves, not for the inexperienced.
Australia – This is surf season in Australia. From north to south, beaches offering amazing waves are rarely far away during the Australian summer months. In fact, so good are the waves in this iconic surf spot that major competitions take place here each February including one of the biggest set to take place at Manly Beach this month. The Hurley Australian Open of Surfing runs from February 8th to the 16th and a feature surfing’s biggest names.
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