Surf’s Up in America! Now that Memorial Day has passed, it’s time to officially kick off summer and participate in fun beach activities, such as surfing. Whether you’re a regular surfer or a beginner, there are plenty of surf spots on along each coast that provides great surf conditions to catch a few waves.
America is home to some of the best surf beaches in the world. From Hawaii to Florida, some of the best surfers in the world got their start at world-class American beaches. If you’re on a surfing safari this summer, check out these 10 best surf spots in America.
1. Oahu, Hawaii
It’s no surprise that Hawaii would be first on our list. If you’ve been to Hawaii, you now that it’s nothing short of a magical paradise on Earth. If you’re a surfer, that paradise can be found at the famous Banzai Pipeline located at the North Shore.
2. Cocoa Beach, Florida
Does the name Kelly Slater ring a bell? Kelly Slater is the best surfer in the world and he got his start at Cocoa Beach, Florida. Cocoa Beach is a great spot to learn how to surf for beginners, or great for those who are more advanced.
3. Manhattan Beach, California
Manhattan Beach is a great spot for all level surfers. If you’re just visiting, you can catch a few waves near the Manhattan Beach Pier, than head back to land to grab a bite from one of the restaurants on the pier.
4. Huntington Beach, California
There’s not doubt that Huntington Beach is one of the best, especially in California. Huntington Beach is home to the national surf competition, the Vans US Open of Surfing that takes places each year.
5. Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii
If you’re headed to the Hawaiian island, Kauai, and looking for a great surf spot, make sure to head over to Hanalei Bay. This is the best surf town and surf spot in all of Kauai.
6. Anastasia Island, St. Augustine
North Florida is home to Anastasia Island located near St. Augustine. If you’re a surfer, you’ll enjoy the island feel with consistent waves here.
7. New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Yes, New Smyrna Beach may be the shark attack capital of the world, but don’t let that scare you away from jumping in and catching a few waves! This little beach town is full of up coming professional surfers.
8. Malibu, California
Just north of Santa Monica is the famous Malibu, California. If you’re hoping for great surf conditions, head over to Surf Rider Beach. This is the location where all the passionate surfers go to spend a few hours in the water.
9. Santa Cruz, California
Santa Cruz is located just south of San Francisco Bay. If you’re not a regular surfer, be prepared for cold waters! You can rent or buy a full body wet suit to stay warm, however the northern California water is usually chilly all year long.
10. Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
Not all can make it out to Hawaii, California or Florida, so if you’re in the mid-Atlantic area, Kill Devil Hills in North Carolina is a fun surf spot for beginning and intermediate surfers.
If surfing isn’t your style, try Stand-Up Paddleboarding this summer!