Reef Break “ Banzai Pipeline” North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii
A reef break is an area in the ocean where waves crash once they reach the shallows of a reef.
The Banzai Pipeline , or simply "Pipeline" or "Pipe," is located in Hawaii off Ehukai Beach Park in Pupukea on Oahu.
Pipeline is notorious and famous for its huge waves breaking in shallow water just above its sharp and cavernous reef, forming large, hollow and thick curls of water that surfers can ride inside of. Hence the term “barreled”. Pipeline is for experts only!!
A point break is a wave created by the specific topography of the seabed.
Swami's , also known as "Swamis", is an internationally known surfing spot, known for its standout right point break. It is a major surfing destination, especially during good swells in the winter months. Swami's was named after Swami Paramahansa Yogananda, because the grounds and hermitage of the Self-Realization Fellowship ashram, built in 1937, overlook this reef point.
Water temperature at this surf spot averages 65° F- surfers use light- medium thickness wetsuits.
Sand Bar/ Beach Break “Needles” Cannon Beach, Oregon
A beach break is where waves break on a sandy seabed.
“ Needles” is a cold-water surf spot, with a summer-high ocean temperature of 58°F and winter-low of 49°F. Thick 5-6mm neoprene wetsuits are required.
“ Needles” has surf for both beginners and experts depending on the swell and time of year: summer season is generally best for beginners, and fall and spring is generally when the larger swells make for bigger waves.
Tidal Bore “Ghost River” Bono River, Sumatra, Indonesia
Tidal bore waves occur when incoming tides push against the outflowing river current, forming surfable waves that can travel for miles, and they exist in only a few locations around the world, including Alaska and the Amazon.
This Indonesian bore of April 2011 was unprecedented in scale and wave-forming ability as it coincided with an unusually large spring equinox tidal swing that occurs once every 19 years.
Brazilian surfer Bruno Santos, who logged a 35-minute ride after being towed in by supporting water craft, "People dream of experiences like this—it really is the perfect wave.“
Rivermouth Point Break “Nexpa”, “Barra de Nexpa” Rio Nexpa, Michoacán, México
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Rivermouth surf breaks are a type of point break that occur at river outlets merging with the ocean.
Rio Nexpa in Michoacan is a reasonably exposed point/rivermouth break that is usually a safe bet. Summer offers the best conditions for surfing. The best wind direction is from the north northeast. Clean groundswells prevail and the best swell direction is from the southwest. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Often Crowded. Beware of rips and rocks.
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This surf and traveler destination does not cater to those expecting hotels and swimming pools. ¡Qué maravillo!