Siargao ranks 9th in “World’s 50 Best Surf Spots”

Siargao Island is number 9 in CNN Travel’s “World’s 50 Best Surf Spots.”

Siargao Island's 15-foot  wave

Siargao was picked because of its Cloud 9 waves which was described as dramatic and powerful.

A Cloud 9 is the best known surfing wave particular to Siargao. It has a worldwide reputation for its thick, hollow tubes.

The wave was discovered by travelling surfers in late 80s, and was named after the popular chocolate bar. It became famous in 1993 when American photographer John S. Callahan published the first major feature of Siargao in the US-based Surfer magazine.

The CNN Travel description of Siargao goes:

9. Cloud Nine, Siargao Island, Philippines

This dramatic and powerful reef break, which crashes onto shallow razor-sharp coral, offers right and left death rides.

Fearless surfers will experience a slice of paradise or hallucinations as waves wrap over them like a liquid cocoon.

Skin and sometimes bone are often ripped to shreds by the ocean bed.

World’s 50 Best Surf Spots:

  1. Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii
  2. Supertubes, Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa
  3. Teaupo’o, Tahiti, French Polynesia
  4. Uluwatu and Kuta, Bali, Indonesia
  5. P-Pass, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia
  6. Maverick’s, California
  7. Hossegor, France
  8. Puerto Escondido, Southern Oaxaca, Mexico
  9. Cloud Nine, Siargao Island, Philippines
  10. Lance’s Right, Sipora, Mentawais Islands, Sumatera Barat, Indonesia
  11. Sultans, North Male, Maldives
  12. Trestles, Orange County, California
  13. Honolua Bay, Maui, Hawaii
  14. Montanita Beach, Montanita, Ecuador
  15. Rincon, Santa Barbara, California
  16. Nihiwatu, Sumba, Indonesia
  17. Manu Bay, Raglan, New Zealand
  18. Riyuewan, Sanya, Hainan Island, China
  19. Jaws, Maui, Hawaii
  20. The Box, Margaret River Valley, Australia
  21. Surfrider Beach, Malibu, California
  22. Superbank, Gold Coast, Australia
  23. Cloudbreak, Tavarua Island, Fiji
  24. Watergate Bay, Cornwall, England
  25. Backdoor, Oahu, Hawaii
  26. Pasta Point, Maldives
  27. Tamarindo Beach, Tamarindo, Costa Rica
  28. Bundoran Beach, County Donegal, Ireland
  29. Rincon, Puerto Rico
  30. Hanalei Bay, Hawaii
  31. Carrapateira, Portugal
  32. Coconuts, Samoa
  33. Sao Francisco do Sul, Brazil
  34. Pedra Branca Ericeira, Portugal
  35. Killer Point, Taghazoute, Moroco
  36. Les Cavaliers, Anglet, France
  37. Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia
  38. Tofino, Vancouver Island, Canada
  39. Ponta Preta, Maio, Cape Verde
  40. Biarritz, France
  41. Surf Pool, United Arab Emirates
  42. Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Buxton, North Carolina
  43. Black’s Beach, San Diego, California
  44. The Bubble, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
  45. Surfer’s Point, Barbados
  46. Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka
  47. Surin Beach, Phuket, Thailand
  48. Fulong Beach, Taiwan
  49. Baja Malibu, Baja Norte, Mexico
  50. Eisbach, Munich

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