Ten waves, a chronology from the 60s to today: this is our selection of the most beautiful waves discovered.

1. Skeleton Bay

In 2007, Surfing magazine launched a Google Earth Challenge that promised a fresh trip paid to the participant who would find the ideal secret spot. Brian Gable finds Skeleton Bay on the map and flies off with Cory Lopez, Peter Mendia, Hank Gaskell and Mitch Coleborn to Namibia to discover this wave... straight out of a dream.


2. Belharra 

Even if Belharra only rarely works, this wave is no less famous. If its existence was known to fishermen and some local surfers had been dreaming of surfing it for some time, it was on 22 November 2002 that it was first surfed. Since then, each of the sessions on the Luzian shoal has been an event.

3. Cape St Francis

The first time this South African wave appeared on video was in 1966 and from this mythical sequence of The Endless Summer when Myke Hynson and Robert August rushed down the dune to deflower this pointbreak. The spot was then the subject of a detailed article in 1964 in Surfing magazine entitled "Africa: The perfect wave". 

4. Cloudbreak

In Fiji, Cloudbreak and Restaurants are known to be the two most beautiful left-wing restaurants in the region. The history of their discovery remains uncertain. In 1982, a Californian named Dave Clark reportedly spent two months camping around Tavarua (the island where Cloudbreak is located) to surf the spot. Accompanied by surfer Scott Funck, he then built a camp offering private cabins to surfers on trip on the island. Surfer Magazine published a feature on wave hunters Kevin Naughton and Craig Peterson in 1984, upon returning from the camp, which quickly became a popular destination. We know the rest    

5. G-Land

Also known as Plengkung Beach, G-Land is located at the eastern end of the island of Java. His discovery is like an Indiana Jones adventure when, in 1972, two surfers went there. A little later, a group of American surfers - including Gerry Lopez - organized an expedition to the island. They set up camp there during the 10 days of the trip and were able to surf this long and tubular left lost in the jungle. 

6. Tamarind 

Even if surfing is capricious in Mauritius, Tamarin is worth fighting for. This sublime left was revealed in 1974, when the film Forgotten Island of Santosha showed Richard Ely enjoying this epic wave. All clues had been carefully erased to protect her from the envious..... But once filmed, the secret spot won't have lasted long..... 

7. Uluwatu

Or goofy-footers' paradise. This left on the Bukit (Bali) has been surfing since the late 1960s but it is the film Morning of The Earth by Australian Alby Falzon that reveals the left to the world. It was 1971 and Steve Cooney (14 years old) and Rusty Miller were alone in the water. A time well and truly over!

8. Fakholya 

As rare as it is inaccessible, lost somewhere in the Caribbean... Revealed in photos in the French surf press (Surf Europe and Surf Session) in 2001, Fakholya still stirs up fantasies and many surfers in the secret of its location try the trip when the weather maps look good.... 

9. Barra de la Cruz

Rip Curl has the gift to find little wonders, like Barra de la Cruz. It was in 2006 that The Search revealed this right in the open, by organizing a stage of the World Tour. Called La Jolla in order to protect the location of the spot, this effort will be in vain.

10. The Snake

The latest discovery The Search whose location is still mysterious. Mick Fanning was the first to surf it... before sharing it recently with his Australian compatriot Tyler Wright. 

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