Departure Gate: Margaret River, Western Australia

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a wave breaking at sunset at gas reef in western australia, photographed by Mat Arney

As good a reason as any to visit WA in search of waves.  Photo:  Mat Arney Western Australia is a massive and remote state, and these are characteristics that it shares with many of the waves that break on its shores. Surfing here is often a raw and powerful experience, making it a prime destination… Read more »

Departure Gate: Bocas del Toro

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a turquoise wave breaking in bocas del toro photographed from the water by james vybiral

Waking up to sudden, seemingly world-ending downpours is not an out of this world possibility in Bocas del Toro. But even with the region’s climate being so inconsistent, its Caribbean waters are bound to offer the opposite when sought in the right season. Providing a plethora of crystal clear waves, from Indo-like points to top-end… Read more »

Departure Gate: North West Puerto Rico

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large perfect waves at gas chambers on puerto rico with palm trees in foreground photographed by rachel tanner

What if we told you that at this time of year there’s a tropical island where you can surf world-class waves out front of palm-tree lined beaches, and that said island wasn’t Oahu? You could be forgiven for not believing us as news feeds across the surfing community were filled almost exclusively with doings on… Read more »

Departure Gate: Peniche

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a surfer getting barreled at supertubos in peniche

As the northern hemisphere moves towards winter, European surfers move south. By October and November the last bastion of solid swell and sunshine is the west coast of Portugal, with the town of Peniche (situated an hour north of the capitol Lisbon) proving the most attractive destination. Like an outstretched fist with its thumb raised… Read more »

Kamaka: 23° South by 134° West

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surfer paddling towards an empty tropical lefthand point break wave

1500km south east of Tahiti, and 6000km south west of the Americas, the Gambier Archipelago could definitely be mentioned in the Collins dictionary as a definition of “isolated”.  These islands are not a common surf destination; or even a common destination. With less than a thousand inhabitants the capital Mangareva receives most of its tourists… Read more »