27. Tamarindo Beach, Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Good for beginners and experts, this half-kilometer stretch of beach with warm water generates waves that reach heights of three meters.
Howler monkeys swing through the trees and parakeets screech in the background.
26. Pasta Point, Maldives
One of the most famous waves in the Maldives, this break offers left-hand rides and 100 meters of pure tube riding out to sea.
There's a catch: only Dhonveli Beach Resort & Spa guests can access the spot. A stay on the exclusive island costs upwards of $340 per night.
25. Backdoor, Oahu, Hawaii
An experts-only spot, the reef bottom here creates potent, hollow, fast and intimidating world-class tubes.
Epic, though not quite as epic as its North Shore neighbor, Pipeline.
Non-expert surfers should probably just experience this break from the beach.
24. Watergate Bay, Cornwall, England
Watergate Bay isn't as famous as Fistral Bay, but it has more English charm, is less crowded and is equally as surfable, with waves ranging from 30 centimeters to three meters.
23. Cloudbreak, Tavarua Island, Fiji
In the easygoing South Pacific, Cloudbreak is strictly for experts.
This brutal, hollow wave forms about 1,600 meters off the coast, and holds for up to 500 meters, reaching 10 meters in size.
22. Superbank, Gold Coast, Australia
Superbank produces tubes and solid walls.
It's crucial to save some energy for the two-kilometer walk along the beach back to where cars can be parked.
21. Surfrider Beach, Malibu, California
These small, perfectly formed crests where Johnny Fain and Miki Dora surfed in the 1950s are a great place to grab a longboard and surf Beach Boys-style. Unfortunately, the place is absolutely rammed for exactly this reason.
20. The Box, Margaret River Valley, Australia
The Box is possibly the world's most venerable slab wave, meaning that it transitions quickly from deep to shallow water.
Named for its square barrel shape, the Box is said to be responsible for a resurgence among thrill seekers to search out dangerous slab waves around the world.
"It's sharky as all hell, but worth it," says Surfing Magazine editor in chief Taylor Paul. "It has an incredibly late takeoff and offers a short, powerful right-hand barrel."
19. Jaws, Maui, Hawaii