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Surf travel has become more and more popular since the migration of the first American surfers to Hawaii and the release of the surf documentary Endless Summer. Surf travel has become more and more popular since the migration of the first American surfers to Hawaii and the release of the surf documentary Endless Summer. We have come full circles since that day and are beginning to see some pretty amazing surf destinations and accommodations. We’re not just talking about good waves; we’re talking about style. puertohigh 10. Puerto Escondido, Mexico: More commonly known as the “Mexican Pipeline,” this world-class break is home of some of the biggest and best waves that mainland Mexico has to offer. Besides having perfect waves it also has an incredible climate with warm clear water and hot sunny days pretty much year round. This part of Mexico includes amazing 5 star resorts including the Camino Real Zaashila; which is an ocean front resort with great service and everything you could imagine. TurtleBay_Heli_120305_012 9. Turtle Bay, Hawaii: Turtle Bay is unique in the sense that it is the only hotel resort located on the North Shore of Hawaii. This Ocean front hotel is surrounded by the best waves that Oahu has to offer and is literally minutes away from world-class breaks such as Pipeline, Sunset Beach and V-Land. This beautiful resort is equipped with it’s own full golf course with ocean view holes and is the only resort that will give you the country feel that Hawaii’s North Shore is known for. ChildsJ-rizal1 8. Bali, Indonesia: Indonesia is home of some of the best breaks in the world. In recent years tourism has reached an all time high and as a result there are plenty of luxury surf vacation spots to visit including the Blue Point Villas overlooking the break Uluwatu. These ocean front villas overlook the ocean and are equipped with everything you could possibly need while on visiting this beautiful island. 4 7. Bilbao, Spain: Located in the northern region of Spain; Bilbao is home of Europes longest left known to the surfing world as Mundaka. Mundaka is home to the Billabong Pro and is one of the greatest waves in all of Europe. Located in the region is the 5 star hotel called the Gran Hotel Domine Bilbao. Here you will enjoy great waves, rooms and an amazing culture.   naufragados 6. Florianópolis, Brazil: In this beautiful region of brazil you will find one of the top 101 hotels in the world, Ponta dos Ganchos. This luxury beach hotel is nestled in a quiet little cove of it’s own and where it’s not uncommon for guests to arrive in private helicopters. Here you will also find some nice surfing beaches including Joaquina and Mole beach. pretty-byron-bay-view 5. Byron Bay, Australia: Although Australia is full of beautiful beaches and surf breaks there is only one that you can call the best longboard break in Australia and that is exactly what Byron Bay claims to be. Here you will find some of the cleanest and longest waves that will satisfy and longboarders dream. Located on the point of this bay, just steps from the beach, is the beautiful Rae’s at Watego. This high-class resort is has been deemed one of the world’s top 25 hotels and with good reason. as_surf_moorea_2048 4.  Moorea, Tahiti : Not only is Tahiti home of some of the greatest and most beautiful beaches in the world, it also houses some absolutely amazing surf breaks. On the island of Moorea there are several breaks worth spending you time at including Temae and Haapiti. In this secluded region you will also find the St. Regis Resort where you will not only enjoy unforgettable views, but top of the line accommodations and services. fun-wave-burgerworld-mentawai-islands 3. Mentawai Islands: Among these beautiful islands in the Indonesian island chain is the Kandui Resort. Kandui is the perfect luxury surf vaction due to it’s one of a kind location on the Mentawai Islands. Here you will find some of the best surf Indonesia has to offer including Kandui Left, Thunders and Rifles as well as many other breaks. Enjoy the beauty of both the island and the resort while surfing the best waves of you life. 2215646-2091135-thumbnail 2. Sumba Island: Is another island in Indonesia just east of Bali. Sumba is full of tropical rainforest, rice terraces, beautiful beaches and the world’s best hotel in 2005, the Nihiwatu Resort. This resort is ideal in for a luxury surf trip because it’s one of the only one’s that provides a unique hideaway away from civilization and the only one that limits the number of surfing guests to 9 at a time. This means that you and 8 of your closest friends can have the surf to yourselves the whole time you’re on vacation. Now that’s luxury. screen_shot_2012-03-22_at_2.40.51_pm_0 1. Indies Trader IV: This is unlike any other surf trip around considering the fact that this 5 star resort has the ability to move you, your room and all you brought with you through the islands of Indonesia. This large vessel is the newest and largest of three other ships that do custom surf trips through Indo. The trip includes 12 days and 13 nights and 5 star services during your entire stay. They have a handful of activities for their guests including surfing, jet skiing, diving, fishing and they even have the option of bringing a helicopter aboard to see explore everything by land, sea and air. The Indies Trader IV really does have it all.   For more info on where to go and stay, check out our friends at http://www.surfcamp-online.com/.

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Surfing the Web In today’s massive Internet ocean, it can be easy to drown in the overwhelming possibilities…With so much information at our fingertips, we can be easily misled, and just like surfing in the actual ocean, we need to be selective in which waves to catch. If you are a serious surfer on the search for the best conditions, then the times are over of just showing up to the beach with your fingers crossed. . To score the best waves now-a-days, it’s important to have a few reliable resources with professionals behind the scenes mapping, analysing, and accurately forecasting each unique swell event. They’ll help you know when to go, where to go, and which days to call in “sick” from work     What are the waves doing now? Surfline Surfline started 30 years ago as a call-in surf report throughout Southern California. Since then, they have expanded worldwide with host of LIVE SURF CAMS to virtually transport yourself to the best surf beaches in the world. LOLA-300x147 Surfline also has an experienced team of meteorologists and oceanographers constantly monitoring the global wave/storm activity. Impressively, they can accurately (mas o menos) predict swell events up to 2 weeks in advance to help you plan that last minute trip!   Surfline-1-295x211 They’ve pretty much got it all. From the forecasts and webcams to current events and swell stories. Check out contest results, the latest in surfing web clips, or their very own surfing travel guide. Coastal Watch Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 10.37.48 amUsing their camera network and working with some of the country’s pre-eminent coastal scientists our monitoring arm, CoastalCOMS, provides vital real-time data on beach erosion, risk and surf quality for councils and governments, lifeguards and rescue services.   What are the waves doing tomorrow? Magic Seaweed 21bb2780-cc24-4c01-8303-1b21c237ce6a-211x211   This is another great forecasting site. They give each day a 1-5 star rating based on their observations making it easier for the rest of us. Plus, I always liked the name :)Always remember, when forecasting waves, it’s smart to check an array of sources   Swellinfo.com swellinfo_new_logo-300x84 This is a personal favorite of mine. Besides having incredible forecasting maps, Swellinfo breaks down the surf into the the must-know variables. Swell period, swell angle, wave size, and daily tides are all key characteristics that change with every swell and will 100% impact the quality of your session. Check it out yourself   And if I just want to Surf the Internet? Surfermag.com Since 1959 Surfermag is been a core surf publication for over 50 years bringing surfers iconic images and stories since their first issue in 1959. Although they still publish a monthly hard-copy, their web based platform provides professional content on a day-to-day basis.

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1. SEARCH GPS

The Rip Curl SearchGPS Watch is like no other in the lineup. It is the best technology we have seen come out surf watches. Sync your data to the Rip Curl Search App or Website to re-live your surf with location maps, image sharing and graphic charts which showcase your session. A1111_BLACK_1 Features including:
  • Top Speed and distance records
  • Wave count
  • Track every wave with assisted GPS
  • 10 hours GPS surf time
  • Sync your surf to the cloud
  • One touch auto-set with 1,360 tide locations
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  • Cost: $389.
 

2. RAGLAN TIDE TITANIUM

The Raglan Tidemaster Titanium features Rip Curl's famous Automatic Tide System. The solid titanium construction means maximum durability at a very light weight. Meticulous dial detail displays tide height and direction, moon phase, date, and seconds. The rugged custom screw down crown ensures 200M water resistance. 711A-HabFrL._UX342_
Features including:
  • Heat Bezel-A countdown timer on an analog watch.
  • Keeps track of time for anything from surf heats to the remaining time on a parking meter.
  • 200M water resistance.
  • Spring and Neap, Moonphase
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  • Cost: $475.
 

3. K55 TIDEMASTER SILICONE STEEL

The new K55 - Tidemaster is the latest edition to Rip Curl's product line of tide watches and has all the necessary functionality as the original analog tide watch but re-designed with a stealthy fresh look to keep you low-profile when you're on The Search for the perfect wave. It features a high grade 316L marine grade stainless steel case to resist any rust or corrosion when exposed to a marine environment, scratch resistant mineral crystal lens. A1091_0090_1_zoom Features including:
  • 9 jeweled internal movement for precision accuracy
  • ATS tide function
  • spring/neap moon phase function
  • Water resistant up to 200 meters
  • 5 year warranty
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  • Cost: $250.

4. MF TRESTLES PRO WORLD TIDE

Our best selling tide watch the Trestles now comes as a signature team rider edition called the Trestles Pro. The (Mick Fanning) Trestles Pro uses our World Tide technology and is packed with local knowledge for over 500 waves around the planet and each spot is pre-loaded with best tide, wind direction and swell size information to help you score the best surf. It has an , and comes with a silicone wrapped 44mm case and silicone strap for our most comfortable fit yet. A1100_0090_1_zoom
Features including:
  • internal digital compass
  • sunrise & sunset times
  • Water resistant up to 100 meters
  • 5 year warranty
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  • Cost: $250.

5. NIXON LOWDOWN II

"Lowdown II" by Nixon is stronger, smarter and more comfortable than ever before. Pre-programmed with tide info for over 270 beaches worldwide, countdown timer, day and date, wave counter, chronograph and light. A289-1781-NIXON-1 Features including:
  • Countdown timer
  • wave counter
  • Pre-programmed with tide info for over 270 beaches worldwide
  • 2 year warranty
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  • Cost: $179.
 

6. SUPERTIDE

Time your surf sessions right and you don't even have to think. Dissolve your brain in saltwater. With the rhythm of the tide displayed in high-resolution detail, the Supertide syncs you up with the motion of the ocean so you know exactly when to go. Whether you're sitting in the line up at your local break or frothing in your car, stuck in traffic, one exit from the beach, you'll know what you need to know. Features including:
  • High-resolution detail
  • Custom Digital Module 
  • Pre-programmed with tide info for over 230 beaches worldwide
  • Water Resistant 100m
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  • Cost: $249.
 

NOTABLE MENTIONS

The "Brig Tide & Train" is Vestal's surf watch including a digital tide graph that features current tide height and tracks the tide at over 200 beaches worldwide, for the next 20 years. It's worth the $155. The "ED01 - T NATO" by Electric is a simple surf watch with tide prediction, moon phase, calendar, alarm, countdown/heat time, chronograph with 30 lap recall, and light functions. It can be yours for $90. The "Mariner Tide" is presented by Freestyle. It includes sunrise and sunset times to compliment its 150 beaches of pre-programmed tide data. The brand calls it "the perfect surf watch" and can be yours for $84.   

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