Siargao is world's 8th best surf spot: CNNGo


Posted at Jan 24 2012 02:12 PM | Updated as of Jan 24 2012 10:13 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Siargao, a teardrop-shaped island in Surigao del Norte, is the eighth best surf spot in the world, according to the travel news website of the Cable News Network (CNN).

The list of the World's Top 50 Best Surf Spots was compiled by CNNGo writer and "avid surfer" Jade Bremmer. It also used contributions from other professional surfers.

"This dramatic and powerful reef break, which crashes onto shallow razor-sharp coral, offers right and left death rides to those who dare. Those who do will experience a slice of paradise, or magic mushroom-like hallucinations, as the wave wraps over them like a Cornish pasty-shaped cocoon of water. Don't slip, or your skin and bones will be ripped to shreds by the ocean bed," Bremmer wrote about Siargao's famous "Cloud Nine" in the article.

Topping CNNGo's list of top surf spots in the world is Pipeline in Oahu, Hawaii, which was described as "the daddy of all waves."

"It's the site most surfers will never be good enough to surf, but dream of riding its perfect crest," Bremmer wrote.

Below is the full list posted on CNNGo:

  1. Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii, United States
  2. Supertubes, Jeffry's Bay, South Africa
  3. Uluwatu and Kuta, Bali, Indonesia
  4. Superbanks, Gold Coast, Australia
  5. Mavericks, California, United States
  6. Lima, Peru
  7. Hossegor, France
  8. Cloud Nine, Siargao Island, Philippines
  9. Sultans, North Male, Maldives
  10. Honolua Bay, Hawaii, United States
  11. Montanita Beach, Montanita, Ecuador
  12. Manu Bay, Raglan, New Zealand
  13. Riyuewan, Sanya, Hainan, China
  14. Surfrider Beach, Malibu, United States
  15. Mentawai Islands, Indonesia
  16. Cloudbreak, Tavarua Island, Fiji
  17. Joe's Point, Sur, Oman
  18. Watergate Bay, Cornwall, England
  19. Backdoor, Hawaii, United States
  20. Pasta Point, Maldives
  21. Tamarindo Beach, Tamarindo, Costa Rica
  22. Bundoran Beach, County Donegal, Ireland
  23. Gold Coast, Australia
  24. Fistral Beach, Newquay, England
  25. Hanalei Bay, Hawaii, United States
  26. Carrapateira, Taghzout, Portugal
  27. Rincon, Puerto Rico
  28. Sao Francisco do Sul, Brazil
  29. Pedra Branca Ericeira, Portugal
  30. Killer Point, Taghazoute, Morocco
  31. White Beach, Okinawa, Japan
  32. Les Cavaliers, Anglet, France
  33. Byron Bay, Gold Coast, Australia
  34. Tofino, Vancouver Island, Canada
  35. Ponta Preta, Maio, Cape Verde
  36. Special K, Samoa
  37. Biarritz, France
  38. Coconuts, Samoa
  39. Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Buxton, United States
  40. Bondi Beach, Sydney
  41. Black's Beach, San Diego, California, United States
  42. The Bubble, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
  43. Surfer's Point, Barbados
  44. Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka
  45. Open Beach Umm Sequim, Dubai, UAE
  46. Surin Beach, Phuket, Thailand
  47. Fulong Beach, Taiwan
  48. Baja Malibu, Baja Norte, Mexico
  49. Eisbach, Munich, Germany
  50. Big Wave Bay, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong