Excellent surf lodges are popping up all over the place.
We sought out the very best, keeping geographical diversity in mind.
Billing itself as "the only wilderness surf camp in Canada," the resort consists of 5,000 feet of boardwalk that wind around treehouses, a sauna, biomass outhouses, and a main lodge.
Be warned, this ain't exactly the Four Seasons—the village's website boasts electricity as an amenity—but it is a bona fide adventure, complete with rainforest hikes, slabby storm waves, gentler point and beach breaks, and the truly awesome natural surroundings of the Canadian west coast.
Boards and wetsuits are provided, as are the services of surf guide Raphael Bruhwiler, who will make sure you get the most out of the occasionally tricky tidal waters surrounding the island. Cocoa Beach, Florida The Florida surf scene is defined by often-mushy waves that ironically produce some of the best surfers in the world—the most famous of whom is, of course, Kelly Slater.
The 11-time ASP World Tour champ hails from Cocoa Beach, one of the best places in the state to paddle out.
Salt Creek is a powerful and technical break that attracts the pros when it's really going off.
For the rest of us, the Ritz recommends making the five-minute trip to Doheny State Beach, where mushier waves are ideal for longboarders, groms, and other beginners. Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina The tiny island of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, has an unusually rabid surf culture owing to its consistent swells, clear water, and surprisingly high-profile contingent of surfers—such as Ben Bourgeois and the Hobgood brothers—who either call the area home or never pass up a visit there.
From 0 per night (peak season); from per night (off season).Even better, the hotel is just a few minutes up the road from Hanalei, arguably the best little surf town in the world.Head there in the evening for poke (aka Hawaiian sushi) at the Dolphin's outdoor bar, then walk down the street to the divey Tahiti Nui for one of its famously stiff mai tais.You can cruise from Trestles to Steamer Lane if you want, stopping anywhere and everywhere in between.And though the VW Westfalia is a legendarily finicky vehicle, thanks in no small part to an underpowered engine and a decidedly nonaerodynamic shape, have no fear. "There's an incredible pool with a restaurant and bar right above the surf break.We dare you to read this without daydreaming about booking a flight.Kauai, Hawaii For a nice change of pace from the crowded, aggro scene on Oahu's North Shore, check out the St."But then a few years ago, they realized what an incredible amenity those waves were, and they set it up so the hotel has great views of the waves, and they run surf camps, and rent boards, and do family lessons and stuff.If you're a surfer, it's truly an awesome place to stay." The hotel offers all the lux amenities and services you'd expect from a Ritz-Carlton property, including a full spa, a fitness center overlooking the Pacific, and a bevy of restaurants highlighted by Chef Richard Sandoval's Raya, which serves up fresh California seafood with pan-Latin flare.The most quality surfing is found by the Cocoa Beach Pier, which fares best during southeasterly wind chops or nor'easters. Pacific City, Oregon Although it's not always mentioned as a surfing hotspot, the rugged and majestic Oregon coastline has some of the best waves you'll find on the mainland.Other Cocoa Beach surf attractions include Ron Jon's, currently the largest surf shop in the world. The beaches of Pacific City are some of the most accessible in the state and feature two surf spots: the consistent, mellow, year-round rollers at Kiwanda Cove, and the faster, more powerful waves at ominously named Kiwanda Gas Chambers.