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From huge swells and perfect barrels, to just trying to stand up, GoNOMAD has surfing stories from the most beautiful beaches in the world!

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Exploring San Mateo County’s Surfers, Seals and Sunsets

It is known simply as Maverick’s and tucked away behind a military communications center just north of Half Moon Bay.

Somehow a wave that breaks between twenty and sixty feet remained virtually unknown and unsurfed until the early-nineties.

Only Jeff Clark surfed here from the mid-seventies to early nineties.

To most people Maverick’s wasn’t a wave you surfed, it was a navigational hazard endangering the boats entering Half Moon Bay.

When Jeff Clark brought surf journalist to Mavericks in the early '90s, it quickly became recognized as one of the preeminent big wave surf spots in the world. I visited Mavericks on the right day. It was breaking around forty feet and some of the world’s greatest surfers were there for the Maverick's Surf Contest. This global contest happens when the conditions are right and surfers around the world get 24 hours notice to get to San Mateo County.

Huntington Beach: A Surfer's City

Huntington Beach California is the ultimate surfer's paradise. The eight and a half mile long stretch of beach in this city of about 200,000 south of Los Angeles is lit up at night with campfires.

Charlos Bentley, Surf Teacher and resident of Huntington Beach, ready to hit the waves. photos by Max Hartshorne.
Charlos Bentley, Surf Teacher and resident of Huntington Beach, ready to hit the waves.

Small circular barbecue pits dot the beach for miles and the locals love to sit beside them, casting an eery glow on their faces as you drive by on the seaside Pacific Coast Highway. Nowhere else in California's long coast can you legally build a campfire and sit by the warm glow like this.

The waves are steady, and just about perfect for riding. And the surf breaks pretty far out, so when you catch a wave, you're in for a long ride to shore.


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Buzios, Brazil: The Perfect Place to Worship Sun and Sea

Learning To Surf in Costa Rica: You're Never Too Old... Right?

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San Diego, America's Finest City

Byron Bay: Australia’s New Age Wonder Beach Town

Tahiti Iti: The Forgotten Island

Sandy Hook, New Jersey: A Different Sort of Beach



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