I love surfing, I really do. The entire experience is truly exciting, from getting into the water to riding that big wave, giving that heart-pounding thrill. I've been to plenty of beaches and pools to practice my surfing skills, and I relish each and every wave I get on. However, sometimes there are just too many people in those places, and this could mess up your training. Have no fear! I'll tell you about the little places people don't go to most of the time, the places where you can surf in relative seclusion. Some of these places are just starting to get attention, so ride the waves there while you can! Note that I won't list the exact spots, because then it wouldn't be a secret.

1. Honolulu, Hawaii - Yeah, I know, Hawaii has been surfed to death. You'd be hard-pressed to find a secluded beach at any point in the day! Don't be discouraged, though. Why would I put this here if there wasn't a surf spot? A little ways off from downtown, you can find this beach if you look a bit. You have to trek a bit of dangerous path to get there. The waves aren't packing all the time, but when they do pick up, it's a great place to get some surfing done. Hardly knows about this place, so no asking the locals!

2. Lanuza, Surigao del Sur, Philippines - This spot in this island country is a well-kept secret. And for good reason! Despite a popular spot for surfing competitions, it's hard to even get there, with the trip being five or so hours from the nearest airport. Siargao also overshadows this spot, being the country's top surf destination. The place should be relatively empty of people. There are ten surfing grounds there, so you can change destinations if the spot you are in is too crowded for you. The locals are also very friendly and hospitable. Go there from November to January for the best waves. Just don't expect a five-star hotel to stay in. This is a remote town after all.

3. Oahu, Hawaii - Yeah, another Hawaii place. East of Oahu is a beach with great, clean waves, and is hardly inhabited! Like the others, getting there can be challenge but should not deter the determined surfer. You are awarded with regular waves upon arrival, and should give you quite a workout. Summer is the best time to surf here because of the improved waves, and also because everyone else is going to the crowded spots!

4. Lake Michigan, Sheboygan, Wisconsin - Specifically, "The Elbow". Only the bravest surfers dare come here. The water is freezing cold! Ice is also in the water, plus there needs to be a storm nearby to create the best waves. Dangerous, yes, but this stops normal people from surfing here. Are you a real man? Take the challenge!
Personally, I prefer to surf with a good amount of people, but if flying solo is your thing, these spots will hit the spot! What other surf places can you recommend to us?
Ted is a prolific travel writer who has the amazing ability to draw out the real stories from each and every city he visits.
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