Now that you’ve mastered the Australian shores (or at least stood up for a couple of waves) you’ll be itching to hit the water when you get back home. The good news is that you picked one of the best spots in the world to learn how to surf. The bad news is now that you’re heading home you don’t know where—if anywhere—will measure up. Sure, every surf magazine, movie, and even screensaver shows the crystal clear waters and white sand beaches of Fiji and Bali, but what if home is in the United States? While some of the world’s best surf spots are miles away from home, the U.S. has a few hidden gems for those who aren’t ready to hang up their board quite yet. Hanalei Beach-Kauai, Hawaii Perfect for beginner and advanced surfers alike, Hanalei Beach boasts consistent swells year round. During the summer months, new surfers can get a feel for the mild waves, but if you’re looking for a challenge, hit this beach during the winter season for bigger and more powerful surges. Two miles of perfect sand and a view of the mountains that can take even the most seasoned traveler’s breath away, Hanalei Beach is not to be looked over. Nantucket, Massachusetts If you reside further North than the well-known surf spots, there’s still hope for you to catch a wave or two. Nantucket, Massachusetts is a picturesque Northeastern town known more for its’ lighthouses than its’ surf, but don’t be fooled by what’s on the surface. On Nantucket’s southern shore lies 14 miles of beach that catches every bit of southern wind swell that bypasses the rest of the state’s coast. With rolling beach breaks and 70 degree water, this makes for the perfect spot to practice your newfound skills. Folly Beach, South Carolina For those who are unfamiliar with the South, it’s not just cowboy boots and barbecue. Just south of historic Charleston, South Carolina, Folly Beach kicks out bigger waves than any other nearby stretch of coast. If you’re still working on the basics, Folly Beach is the perfect place to learn on beginner waves. However, if you’re a more advanced surfer, consider elsewhere; the surf here can be frustrating for those looking for a challenge. Malibu, California Five miles of any beach is respectable, 10 miles is better, but 27 miles of perfect sandy beaches and southern swells is too good to be true, right? Right outside of bustling Los Angeles is the 27 Mile Miracle, a stretch of beach that attracts hordes of people from those who have never stepped foot on a board, to world famous longboarders. During summer, the water is warm and the waves are crowded so be careful to not drop in on your neighbor, it could be Matthew McConaughey after all.