There's a catch: only Dhonveli Beach Resort & Spa guests can access the spot. A stay on the exclusive island costs upwards of $340 per night.
25. Backdoor, Oahu, Hawaii
An experts-only spot, the reef bottom here creates potent, hollow, fast and intimidating world-class tubes.
Epic, though not quite as epic as its North Shore neighbor, Pipeline.
Non-expert surfers should probably just experience this break from the beach.
24. Watergate Bay, Cornwall, England
Watergate Bay isn't as famous as Fistral Bay, but it has more English charm, is less crowded and is equally as surfable, with waves ranging from 30 centimeters to three meters.
23. Cloudbreak, Tavarua Island, Fiji
In the easygoing South Pacific, Cloudbreak is strictly for experts.
This brutal, hollow wave forms about 1,600 meters off the coast, and holds for up to 500 meters, reaching 10 meters in size.
22. Superbank, Gold Coast, Australia
Superbank produces tubes and solid walls.
It's crucial to save some energy for the two-kilometer walk along the beach back to where cars can be parked.
21. Surfrider Beach, Malibu, California
These small, perfectly formed crests where Johnny Fain and Miki Dora surfed in the 1950s are a great place to grab a longboard and surf Beach Boys-style. Unfortunately, the place is absolutely rammed for exactly this reason.
20. The Box, Margaret River Valley, Australia
The Box is possibly the world's most venerable slab wave, meaning that it transitions quickly from deep to shallow water.
Named for its square barrel shape, the Box is said to be responsible for a resurgence among thrill seekers to search out dangerous slab waves around the world.
"It's sharky as all hell, but worth it," says Surfing Magazine editor in chief Taylor Paul. "It has an incredibly late takeoff and offers a short, powerful right-hand barrel."
19. Jaws, Maui, Hawaii
The most iconic big wave reef break on the Hawaiian Islands takes its name from the ferocity of its legendary waves.
"It's a right and a left, and both offer giant barrels -- and potentially deadly consequences -- for anyone who's crazy enough to ride them," says Paul.
Waves can reach an unbelievable 27 meters in winter, when strong winds create the monster swells for which the break is famed.
In 2012, big wave legend Shane Dorian caught the extreme barrel ride that won Billabong's XXL Ride of the Year, the accomplishment that's finally getting him inducted into the Surfer's Hall of Fame this July.
18. Riyuewan, Sanya, Hainan Island, China
China isn't known for its beaches, let alone its surfing, but Hainan Island offers untouched tropical beaches with consistent uncrowded waves.
Local outfit Surfing Hainan arranges transportation to beginner spots, such as Riyuewan Bay, and lesser known locations.
17. Manu Bay, Raglan, New Zealand
Made famous in the 1960s as a location in the surf classic, "The Endless Summer," atmosphere is key at this sleepy town.
Bars and cafes play surf videos and serve healthy smoothies and fresh cakes.
The waves on this wide-open bay range from one meter to about three, with an occasional barrel.
16. Nihiwatu, Sumba, Indonesia
A private beach may grate on the idyllic surf attitude, but there's no denying the appeal of a break reserved just for you and a few others. All day, any day.
Especially when it's frequently rated as one of the top 10 left-handers in the world, and has a stunning location.
15. Rincon, Santa Barbara, California
While it doesn't break often, when the surf is up, Rincon is the best point break in California, offering long, steep, right-hand waves on most big northwest swells.
When that happens, this world famous spot gets extremely crowded.
14. Montanita Beach, Montanita, Ecuador
Not many travelers make it to (or even know about) this spot on the west coast of Ecuador.
The majority head straight to the Galapagos Islands and miss this hidden spot, which wasn't even on the map a few years ago.