1. Sumba - Occys left - Indonesia
Gods left or Occy’s left is famous in some circles, like wealthy holiday surfers and professional surfers. The reason you may not of heard of it is because it is completely private, and you must stay at Nihiwatu in order to even have the chance to surf. If you want to surf you will have to pay extra and make a reservation at the time of your booking. So if you do plan on going to this remote Indonesian paradise make sure you’re booked in for a surfing slot daily. They limit them to 10 and are constantly at capacity.
2. Ujung Bocur - Indonesia
This 300-400 meter reeling point break is a goofy footers wet dream, with 2 barrel sections and a nice steep wall all the way to the inside. It is in a remote village in Southern Sumatra and getting there is half the fun and all the headache. Once you arrive in the small airport typically after 20-30+ hours of travel you will now hop in a car for a 6 hour journey through small towns and two mountainous jungle passes. It is all completely worth it, especially with consistent offshore winds and a generous amount of swell. There are a variety of accommodations on the break, but some have problems with items “disappearing” others are set on the land side of the road away from the sand. The best combination of value, comfort, and surf break proximity is Ujung Bocur Bungalows. There are a variety of other waves close by and there are also rumors Mick Fanning will make an appearance for next years QS event that is held here.
3. Secret spots in The Mentawais - Indonesia
A lot of surfers head to The Mentawais to surf the famous breaks, HTs, Macaronis, Lances Left, Playgrounds, and so on. That is great, but in the peak of the season you will be met with more crowded conditions at these spots. Our recommendation is to get on a boat with a highly experienced local guide. For example, Dedi who is the guide aboard The Saraina, grew up in the islands, is a good surfer and one of the best guides in all The Mentawais. He knows where every spot is, and the crew aboard The Saraina will journey day and night to get you out of the crowds and into epic empty barrels.
4. Lohi’s Left - The Maldives
This one some of you probably have heard of before, but maybe not with the current conditions that are in place. Lohi’s left is now completely private, with the hotel limiting the amount of surfers on the island to 45. This may sound like a lot, but with two complimentary boat trips per day, and all inclusive food and drink packages, there are multiple times of day with firing surf and no one out. Especially the Saturday morning after the fish barbecue, you will most likely have the wave to yourself as long and you stay away from the pina coladas. You must book through a surf agent, who will issue you your surf pass for your stay. The hotel is called Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi, another tip; stay in the surf villas, walking from the other side of the island can be a bit of a hassle.
5. Yankee - Nicaragua
Yankee makes the list, not for being the longest wave, but it is one of the most fun. It barrels at the top wedging off of backwash from an adjacent rock formation, forming a perfect wedging barrel that can be tricky at times to read but is insanely fun to backdoor when you figure out the line up. The rest of the wave is nice and steep sometimes with a nice oncoming end section, good for airs or big finishing maneuvers. Costa Dulce is a 10-15 minute walk and has stellar food, staff and nice rooms. There are a number of other waves in the area too.