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Cocoa Beach, Waimea Bay, Banyon's and San Onofre top blogger's list

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 6 February, 2017 - If you’re looking for some of the best surfing locations in the world, then America truly boasts a lot of them. With three oceans bordering North America (the Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean and the Arctic Ocean) along with the Gulf of Mexico, it’s no surprise that you can find some of the best riptides to enjoy whether you’re a beginner or an experienced surfer.

If you are thinking about heading to America, then it is important that you have an American ESTA Visa with you at all times in order to get to the locations you want to in the country. Here, we’ve put together a list of the best surfing locations you can find in America.

San Onofre, California

Unlike anywhere else on the stretch of coast from the Mexican border all the way to Malibu, you will find that many people often avoid this area. This is probably due to the nuclear power plant nearby. However, allegedly this part of the Pacific Ocean is actually a little warmer, and while there may not be a lot of swimmers or sunbathers, the surfers here aren’t scared away. With plenty of surf to enjoy, it really is a great spot.

Waimea Bay, Hawaii

You should only head to Waimea Bay if you are an experienced surfer looking for 20ft + giants that are certain to crush you if you make a mistake. There’s shallow reef, super strong currents and even a shore break that is exceptionally daunting. While it may not sound too great, Waimea is actually there for those looking for an exceptionally thrilling ride – one of the reasons why The Eddie happens here.

Cocoa Beach, Florida

If you’re a beginner when it comes to surfing, then you may want to try out Cocoa Beach in Florida. While experienced surfers are likely to turn their nose up at this suggestion, the gentle waves and warm waters really are the perfect place to learn. In fact, Kelly Slater, who brought surfing into the mainstream, learned how to surf on the waves here, giving you the perfect starting point.

Laguna Beach, California

This beach was made famous by the MTV show of the same name, but it really is one of the most beautiful surfing spots in all of America. During the winter months, surfing here is perfect for the experienced, as a big swell can very easily stack waves over 6 feet, but the reef area during the summer can help to provide you with a great beginner spot when the timing is right, particularly if you’re looking for some left handers.

Banyans, Hawaii

While many of the locals will use this spot to surf, meaning you’re going to need to know the rules of the waves if you want your chance on them, this is the most popular surfing spot on the Big Island. This is due to the beautiful, hollow rights during winter season, and aggressive lefts during the summer that all surfers can enjoy.

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