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List of the Best Countries for Surfing ranked from best to worst. There are so many wonderful places to catch an epic wave across the world. Which country is the best for surfing? That all depends if you prefer surfing amongst pro-surfers, hitting the water in secluded spots or surfing along side rocky cliffs. Vote on this list and weigh in on which country has the best waves in the world.

The United States of America has tons of great surf spots. Oahu features some of the biggest waves in the world and California is a popular destination for surfers of all skill levels. Australia also has some of the world's greatest breaks. The Gold Coast offers surfers the experience of a lifetime and Byron Bay in New South Wales provides surfers with shark nets so you can hang ten with no worries.

Expert surfers regularly journey to Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa to experience their infamous Supertubes. The beaches of Bali, Indonesia offer a range of waves giving beginners and experts a chance to co-mingle in the water. If you're looking for your next surf adventure check out AST surf camp to ensure you get epic waves and have an amazing time. 

Which country do you think is the best for surfing? Vote on this list and let us know where you have caught the gnarliest waves. Hang Ten!
list ordered by

1
223 132
Australia is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Countries for Surfing
Canberra

2
185 121
Portugal is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Countries for Surfing
Lisbon

3
167 118
Indonesia is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Countries for Surfing
Jakarta

4
121 96
New Zealand is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Countries for Surfing
Wellington

5
49 26
Republic of Hawaii is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Countries for Surfing

6
121 94
South Africa is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Countries for Surfing
Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Pretoria

7
102 77
Peru is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Countries for Surfing
Lima

8
72 60
Costa Rica is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Countries for Surfing
San José

9
127 115
United States of America is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Countries for Surfing
Washington, D.C.

10
92 72
Brazil is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Countries for Surfing
Brasília

11
106 90
Philippines is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Countries for Surfing
Manila

12
74 56
Mexico is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Countries for Surfing
Mexico City

13
67 55
Fiji is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Countries for Surfing
Suva

14
64 49
El Salvador is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Countries for Surfing
San Salvador

15
61 47
Puerto Rico is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Countries for Surfing
San Juan

16
85 71
Morocco is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Countries for Surfing
Rabat

17
58 42
Sri Lanka is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Countries for Surfing
Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte

18
76 60
Republic of Ireland is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Countries for Surfing

19
85 80
France is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Countries for Surfing
Paris

20
78 73
Spain is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Countries for Surfing
gamedemon24 added Madrid

21
43 40
Samoa is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Countries for Surfing
Apia

22
48 39
Maldives is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Countries for Surfing
Malé

23
60 51
Ecuador is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Countries for Surfing
Quito

24
52 50
Barbados is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Countries for Surfing
Bridgetown

25
45 37
Dominican Republic is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Countries for Surfing
Santo Domingo

26
64 56
Greece is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Countries for Surfing
PanagiotisStavropoulos added Athens

27
51 46
Cape Verde is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Countries for Surfing
Praia

28
59 54
Wales is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Countries for Surfing
jackslee2 added

29
44 39
Thailand is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Countries for Surfing
Bangkok

30
58 49
England is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Countries for Surfing
London

31
45 49
Vietnam is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Countries for Surfing
Hanoi

32
46 42
Canada is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Countries for Surfing
Ottawa

33
55 52
Germany is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Countries for Surfing
Berlin

34
45 45
Oman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Countries for Surfing
Muscat

35
18 20
Chile is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Countries for Surfing
Santiago

36
40 47
Singapore is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Countries for Surfing
Singapore

37
15 20
Nicaragua is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Countries for Surfing
Managua

38
42 55
Japan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Countries for Surfing
Tokyo

39
40 52
United Arab Emirates is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Countries for Surfing

40
7 13
Iran is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Countries for Surfing
sogol added Tehran

41
36 63
China is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Countries for Surfing
Beijing

42
48 86
Taiwan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Countries for Surfing
Taipei