6 Best Beaches for Riding World-Class Breaks

first_img Editors’ Recommendations 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Best Podcasts to Listen to During Your Workout Regardless of whether you surf, most of us have been consciously (or subconsciously) shaped by the sport. Some of us grew up listening to The Beach Boys (“Surfin’ U.S.A.”) or Jan and Dean (“Surf City”), and can recite most of the lyrics by heart.Or we watched FBI agent Johnny Utah (aka Keanu Reeves) pursuing Bodhi (Patrick Swayze) in Point Break (of course we’re talking about the 1991 version, not the remake). What about the feeling of inspiration when you saw the Bethany Hamilton story in Soul Surfer? And don’t forget the best surfing movie ever made: Bruce Brown’s 1969 classic, The Endless Summer.In the spirit of the swell, we reached out to a few surfer friends and asked them to pinpoint the best places to surf in the world.Banzai Pipeline, Oahu, HawaiiMandolin Davis/FlickrLocated on the North Shore of Oahu, the Banzai Pipeline, or simply Pipeline, is undoubtedly the birthplace of modern surfing and home to one of the most iconic breaks in the world. Huge waves crash once they reach the shallow waters above the flat, tabletop reef. This, combined with several large caverns that produce giant air pockets, create the hollow tube that has made the ride so sought-after by big-wave surfers. be careful, though: The heavy waves and the jagged reef make Pipeline notorious for injuries and broken surfboards.Travel OptionsJeffreys Bay, South AfricaNJR ZA/Commons/WikimediaAlso known as J-Bay, the remote Jeffreys Bay area is is located on South Africa’s Eastern Cape. The shallow bay, which sits atop ancient lava flows, makes for the longest — and best — right point break in the world. You’ll find at least 10 sections with names like The Point, Magnatubes, Impossibles, Boneyards, and Supertubes, where most of the pro competitions are held. The uniformly shallow seafloor provides the ideal conditions for pumping out perfect waves one right after the other.Travel OptionsGold Coast, Queensland, AustraliaNZ CR Freak/FlickrUnlike J-Bay and Pipeline, which are best suited for experts, the Gold Coast has something for every skill level. Located primarily in Queensland but crossing over into New South Wales, the region produces some of best waves in all of Australia, and surfers flock from all over the world to hit any of the four epic point breaks. The Gold Coast has over 40 miles of beaches and is patrolled year-round by lifeguards, making it ideal for buffs and beach-goers alike. Rainbow Bay, is great for beginners and intermediates, while Duranbah Beach, nicknamed D-bah, regularly hosts international surfing competitions.Travel OptionsUluwatu, Bali, IndonesiaHardisman/Commons/WikimediaIndonesia is brimming with reef breaks with names like Temples, Bombie, Outside Corner, and Racetrack. Nestled on the Bukit Peninsula, Uluwatu became a surfing destination after the 1971 release of classic surf film Morning of the Earth. On big swell days, waves can reach 15-20 feet high.Travel OptionsMavericks, CaliforniaShalom Jacobovitz/Commons/WikimediaLocated off the coast of Northern California’s Half Moon Bay, Mavericks is considered to be one of the most dangerous breaks in the world. Waves routinely top 25 feet and can exceed 60 feet. The rocky, ramp-shaped sea floor spawns large tubes that require a steep drop and perfect timing. Each year, an invitation is sent to about two dozen big-wave surfers to compete in a competition. While typically ridden to the right, Mavericks is unpredictable and unforgiving. Mavericks has claimed the lives of notable big-wave surfers Mark Foo and Sion Milosky.Travel OptionsCloudbreak, Tavarua Island, FijiTavyland/Commons/WikimediaCloudbreak is one of just two left-pass breaks on this list. The barreling wave is consistently ranked in the top 10 most challenging rides in the world. Located a mile offshore from Tavarua Island, Cloudbreak can be found on a sheltered coral reef. The waves are consistent and can range from a few feet to well over 20 feet. The Southern Hemisphere winter is the best time to check out this spot.Travel Options The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Nowlast_img read more

New UNbacked flood management project for Africas Limpopo River unveiled

The project, funded by the UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) wing of the Global Environment Facility and executed by the UN Human Settlements Programme (HABITAT), aims to improve the way land along the river is managed, boost the ability of governments, local authorities and communities to respond to extreme flooding events and establish early-warning systems. A key feature will be improving cooperation among the three countries concerned – Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe – as well as forging closer links in areas such as flood forecasting in consultation with other nations that have dams on the Limpopo.Studies pinpointing regional and national gaps in flood warning and alert systems will be undertaken alongside improved training for national experts in these areas. In addition, surveys of “safe” areas will also be carried out to identify areas along the lower Limpopo River basin where both people and livestock can go when a flood alert is issued. read more

LSE considers altering sculpture to show Taiwan as part of China after

Chinese President Xi Jinping said he would not hesitate to use military force against Taiwan to achieve ‘reunification’Credit:Kenzaburo Fukuhara/Pool Kyodo News Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. globe These geopolitical tensions were played out on LSE’s campus this week, after the University’s director, Dame Minouche Shafik, called a meeting between students from both sides.Li-An Huang, 23, a Taiwanese student who was present in the meeting, said: “The Chinese students were very firm throughout, insisting that Taiwan has always been part of China.“In the meeting I kept telling the school that we are not the same country. I even got my passport out to show them.”According to Mr Huang, representatives from LSE told him that because Taiwan is depicted as part of China on United Nations maps, the colour on Mr Wallinger’s sculpture will be changed. The sculpture was surrounded by barriers this afternoon after students disputed whether Taiwan should be considered part of ChinaCredit:Eddie Mulholland for The Telegraph Chinese President Xi Jinping “I’m upset about it because I feel that LSE are not trying to take responsibility for the situation and are just using the UN as an excuse. It’s like they are trying to be neutral, whilst not being neutral at all,” Mr Huang said. The London School of Economics is considering amending a Mark Wallinger globe sculpture to show Taiwan as part of China after student protests.The World Turned Upside Down statue, which was unveiled last week outside LSE’s student activity centre, is a “large political globe” where the geographical locations of nation states have been inverted to show the world “from a different viewpoint.”On the map, Taiwan is coloured pink while China is coloured yellow. Taiwan is a de facto independent state but is considered to be a breakaway province by the Chinese government. It is recognised by 16 countries, but not at the United Nations. Mainland Chinese students protested against the demarcation of Taiwan on Mr Wallinger’s sculpture, and the use of a red dot for Taipei as the capital city of a country, like other nations shown on the globe.Taiwanese students however maintained the globe should remain as is, as Taiwan operates like any other democratic nation with its own government – led by president Tsai Ing-wen, a LSE alumnus – currency, military and foreign policy. Most of its 23.5 million people identify as Taiwanese. A spokeswoman for LSE said: “The artwork currently does not reflect our understanding of United Nations delineations that it was due to represent. “We thought there would at least be dialogue and we could discuss our side of the story with the Chinese students. But it felt like the decision had already been made before we got into that meeting room.“LSE is a world renowned institution. It gives the impression that it values democracy, human rights and diversity. But their decision does not suggest that at all.”The dispute also attracted the attention of Joseph Wu, Taiwan’s foreign affairs minister.Writing in an open letter to Dame Shafik, Mr Wu said: “The truth is that Taiwan is a sovereign democratic country, not part of any other.“If the sculpture is changed as planned, it will lead young men and women everywhere to believe that LSE bows to the pressure and bullying of Beijing.”London-based NGO Formosa Salon has also begun circulating an online petition calling on LSE to allow the artwork to retain its original appearance, appealing to the public “to join together to resist China’s ‘sharp power,’ and be aware of the consequences of allowing such power to penetrate into different corners of the world.”It was unclear whether Mr Wallinger was consulted over the possible change. He did not respond to requests for comment. “We are consulting our community and considering amendments to the work. No final decisions have been reached.”Beijing has in recent years upped its diplomatic pressure on Taiwan. Earlier this year Chinese president Xi Jinping said he would not hesitate to use military force to achieve “reunification.” read more