The World's Best Surf Cities

- Dec 01, 2018 -


It’s an inescapable feeling. You’re in a crowded city, and yet, whilst roaming the streets in a sea of people, you feel completely alone – like Holden Caulfield in 1950s New York City.

Now, if only that solitary feeling translated to the water. But alas, much to the dismay of local surfers, the waves in heavily populated cities often do not reflect the collective feeling of big-city loneliness; instead, they’re some of the most crowded lineups on earth (i.e. Malibu just north of Los Angeles). And so goes the curse of the modern city-dweller – yearning for connection, yet simultaneously praying for a new plague.

But big cities aren’t all disillusionment and loneliness. After all, there’s a reason why so many people chose to live there – although it’s likely not for the exceptional surf. Sometimes, however, you do get lucky. So, in praise of metropolises (metropoli?) with above-average waves and above-average populations (i.e. > 1 million), we enlisted the help of surfing city-slickers and well-traveled waveriders to compile this list of the world’s greatest surf cities.

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