Best Surfing Beaches

Sunset Beach, North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii
If there is such a thing as a perfect wave, you’ll likely find it on Oahu’s North Shore. The big, glassy winter waves of this legendary surf mecca attract the best surfers in the world. Stretching for more than 7 miles, the beaches of the North Shore host the world’s premier surfing competitions including the Super Bowl of wave-riding, the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. The winter months between November and February are the best times to watch the pros go to work. These massive waves can swell up to thirty feet or more and can even be dangerous for experienced surfers so please heed warning signs. In the summer, from May to September, the waves subside creating the perfect spots for swimming and sunbathing.  Complete Story
Black's Beach, San Diego
The southern portion of Black's Beach is known to surfers as one of the most powerful surf breaks in Southern California. The waves gain their power due to the focusing effects of Scripps Canyon, an underwater canyon just offshore in the San Diego-La Jolla Underwater Park. Because of the large surf and aggressive crowds, Black's is a dangerous surfing location, suitable for advanced surfers only.

Black’s Beach is located about three miles north of the popular La Jolla Shores beach in La Jolla, San Diego, California, below the bluffs of Torrey Pines, which extend up to 300-foot above the sandy beach. On the bluffs above Black’s Beach are the Torrey Pines Gliderport, Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, and Torrey Pines State Reserve. To the north of Black’s Beach lies the rest of Torrey Pines State Beach, which altogether stretches 4.5-mile from Del Mar, California, past the Los Peñasquitos Lagoon toward Scripps Beach in the south. The beach is near the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the University of California, San Diego and is popular with the students of the university for sunbathing and surfing. Many students can be seen walking from the university to Black's. Popular Nude Beach.


Cape Hatteras area, N.C
Midway along the East Coast, a sliver of sand extends far into the Atlantic, exposed to storms from every conceivable direction. With less crippling continental shelf than anywhere else on the coast, swells hit the beaches chock-full of force. This combination of elements, as well as tricky currents and offshore shoals, has resulted in countless sunken ships just off the beach, earning it the nickname "Graveyard of the Atlantic." The same elements that made it the biggest shipping hindrance in history now serve to make Cape Hatteras the focal point of East Coast surfing. Complete Story
Trestles Beach, San Clemente, Calif.
From San Clemente Take 5 Fwy South, exit on cristianitos make left at stop sign, go over the freeway and make left at next stop sign. Parking lot on right hand side.follow crowed to go down. Don't go there with the idea to get a lot of wave and to snake people or you'll get yourself killed. Very nice crowed, very local . "be cool and they'll be cool". Surf the inside first and make you're way to the point after a few days.

Trestles is a fresh breath of air within the folds of the suffocating Orange Curtain. With so many breaks in the area serving fast-food-type waves, it's nice to know that there's a spot that still requires a little effort. Surprisingly enough, the effort to get there doesn't keep enough people away. Trestles is always crowded during summer, particularly at Lowers. And the rest of the breaks -- Uppers, Cotton's, Church and everywhere in between -- have their share of hungry waveriders. Still, it's possible to get your share of quality waves; the kind where you hit the lip a half dozen times and start to think you're much better than you really are. All of the breaks at Trestles have that magic -- the ability to keep you coming back making the 20-minute walks, dodging the train and the surfers, to score that one ego-boosting wave. Complete Story

Surfrider Beach, Malibu California
The Malibu Lagoon is where Malibu Creek meets the Pacific Ocean. Malibu's Surfrider Beach has a long standing as a premier surfing beach.  On the east side of Malibu Creek Bridge, the famous Malibu Pier allows for excellent saltwater fishing. On the west side of Malibu Creek Bridge, visitors will find picnic tables and a nature area, excellent for bird watching and the study of a unique eco-system, a Southern California saltwater marsh.
Cocoa Beach, Florida
A part of the Space Coast, Cocoa Beach sits south of Cape Canaveral between the Atlantic Ocean and Banana River. Other than its surf, Cocoa Beach and nearby cities Cocoa and Cape Canaveral are best known for their association with astronauts at nearby Kennedy Space Center.

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This listing of the Top Ten Surfing Beaches in the United States is constantly being revised as new place to surf are being discovered and also changed by Hurricanes. So, if you feel we are missing one, please email us and let us know!