Here are our top 10 alternative surfing destinations, some of which are hidden gems within wider-known sites.
Although an entire island, surfing on the west and northwest coasts of Maui is as close to perfection as you can get. Although there are many world-class spots, Paia is an alternative, family-friendly surf town that isn't overrun with tourists.
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
Although Costa Rica has long served as a mecca for surfers, on the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsular lies Santa Teresa, a small surf town. With powder-white beaches and year-round surf on offer, what's not to like?
Watergate Bay, Cornwall
Although the UK hosts some questionable rollers when it comes to consistency, Watergate Bay is a lesser-known diamond on the Cornish coast. Crouching in the shadows of famous Fistral Beach in Newquay, this craggy cove is not only gorgeous, but a fabulous spot for some surfing, too.
Byron Bay, Australia
This epic surf spot is no secret, but we couldn't resist including it in our list. Boasting 43 miles of sand hugging the shore, Byron is best surfed between June and September. The beach itself is peppered with hidden gems, where you'll be able to catch some waves in peace.
Florianópolis, fondly known as Floripa, is a striking island off the southeast coast of Brazil. Fringed by dramatic scenery and azure waters, Santa Catarina in particular is home to consistently good waves.