The 5 Most Extreme Surf Spots
Expert surfers are real adrenaline junkies who travel the world to ride the most extreme, challenging and hardest waves. For them, simple excitement that the power of nature can offer is not an option any more – they desire a mixture of joy, fear, panic, felicity and thrill. According to this, we collected the 5 most extreme surf spots of our planet which makes our heart beat faster even when just looking.
- Pipeline – Oahu, Hawaii
Pipeline is probably the most famous surf sport all over Hawaii, that was first surfed in the 1960s and has huge waves breaking in shallow water above its sharp, hollow reef thus forming large, thick curls of water looking like pipes. The rough and unpredictable swells challenge surfers when riding inside that “pipe” which heads to three reefs in gradually deepening water.
- Teahupo’o – Tahiti, French Polynesia
Being part of the World Championship Tour, Teahupo’o hosts the annual Billabong Pro Tahiti surf competition. This spot is famous for its monumental, left-handed waves that often reach 2-3 m (7-10 ft), delivering constant number of barrels and ending in a shallow shoreline that locals call the “End of the Road”. The heavy water can easily turn into a more-than-tall monster, making for a very dangerous experience.
- Shipstern’s Bluff – Tasmania, Australia
Once known as Devil’s Point, the waves of Shipstern’s Buff were only myths instead of reality for decades, and was considered to be the crossover point to the Underworld. No one have ever thought about riding these waves which include and combine all the biggest nightmares of a surfer – rocks, rips, sharks and waves that usually double or even triple, without any in between or half measures.
- Dungeons – Cape Town, South Africa
The scenic landscape of Dungeons in Cape Town that is the home of the Red Bull Big Wave Africa contest can easily fool its visitors but in fact, it is one of the most extreme surf spots in the world. The frosty water is full of underwater boulders of half-truck size nearby the Seal Island which is the number one place of food for white sharks. On top of that, the unusually deep water can easily defeat even the most advanced surfers.
- Cloudbreak – Tavarua, Fiji
The perfection of Cloudbreak lies in its huge size, breaking off the edge of a heart-shaped reef. Being an open ocean reef break, there is hardly any protection from wind which makes this spot a suitable and user-friendly option only for fast surfers since waves increase in speed as they peel off. However, as a result, it ends in a near-perfect, intoxicating barrel to ride.
All these extreme surf spots require advanced, professional level of surf skills and only recommended for thrill seekers who are completely aware of the detailed features of each location. Until then, Mondo Surf Village is happy to welcome surfers of all levels, starting from surf “virgins” to every-inch experts.