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May 11, 2011

Top Ten Surf Spots

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Banzai Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii (Photodisc)

All waves are not created equal. If they were, surfers would never leave their home breaks. Thankfully, each surf spot has its own distinct personality and style. Some, like California's San Onofre State Beach, are mellow and cruisey, while others, such as Oahu's famed Banzai Pipeline, are high-performance, teeth-gnashing barrels. On this list you'll find ten of our favorite worldwide surf spots. These aren't simply great waves. They're iconic spots that have kept surfers coming back for generations. Think of this list as a menu. Whether you're a beginner or a salty surf veteran, there's something here to suit your taste. Pick your favorites and hit the road…and then the beach.

10. Old Man's, San Onofre State Beach, California
If you want a taste of classic SoCal beach culture, head 80 miles south of Los Angeles to San Onofre State Beach. San-O is home to a thriving longboard scene with a rich history that rivals Oahu's Waikiki in terms of aloha.'s Guide to Surfing California

9. Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Outer Banks, North Carolina
Once known as the "Graveyard of the Atlantic" because of its treacherous waters and frequent shipwrecks, North Carolina's string of narrow barrier islands, including Cape Hatteras, rope in some of the East Coast's punchiest beach-break surf. By far, the most consistent spot on the Outer Banks is the Hatteras Lighthouse, which picks up swells from every direction and works on all tides.'s Outer Banks Beach Travel Guide

8. Les Cavaliers, Anglet, France
Surfing in France? You bet. Actually waves like Anglet's Les Cavaliers in the South of France boast peeling rights and lefts that would make any Californian surfer salivate.'s France Travel Guide

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September 11, 2009

Watch Behind-the-Scenes Footage from Kelly Slater's New Surfing Movie

Nine-time world champion surfer, Kelly Slater, and his big-wave companion, Raimana Van Bastolaer, have just wrapped principal photography for Ultimate Wave Tahiti, the first 3D IMAX and giant-screen movie to use extreme surfing to focus on the science of waves, according to its executive producer, K2 Communications, Inc. The film, scheduled for worldwide release in February 2010, was primarily shot in Teahupoo, a legendary "slab wave" in Tahiti. Check out the behind-the-scenes clips below for a look at some of the awesome cinematography, not to mention surfing! wiae6pyn87

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December 09, 2008

La Libertad, El Salvador: For Better or Worse, Surfing Hotspot of Central America

By Liza Prado

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SURF'S UP: Riding a wave in El Salvador (courtesy,

La Libertad, on El Salvador's southern coast, is not exactly a postcard-perfect destination. The town is decaying, with worn-looking storefronts, huge potholes, and garbage in the gutters. There's inevitably someone lying on the sidewalk, passed out from drinking or doing some sort of drug. And you kind of get the feeling that you're being sized up—even if it's not true—by the sideways glances you get as you walk off the bus.

But then, you get to the beach. Or more importantly, a near perfect wave known as Punta Roca. Fast and strong, Punta Roca is considered one of the top ten point breaks in the world; most say it's the best in Central America. It's long enough to perform a dozen maneuvers or more, and crashes on a long, curving, almost-black sand beach. It gets crowded, but only by the way-off-the-beaten-path standards of El Salvador. You'll definitely get lots of chances to drop in.

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