Maybe you surf, maybe you don't.
It doesn't matter.
Everyone whose been to the beach in the last 50 years is influenced by surf culture.
If you've ever listened to a Beach Boys record (most of the guys in the group didn't surf) or donned a pair of baggy shorts or looked wistfully out at the breakers and dreamed of an endless summer of waves and bonfires with the perfect surfer guy or girl on your arm, you can claim a connection to surf culture.
That's why even if you're the type who sits on the beach with your toes planted firmly in the sand, the world's best surf spots still matter.
To get you to them, we asked the editors of Surfing Magazine to help us compile picks for the world's greatest surf spots (our top 10 is heavily influenced by theirs), adding them to a mix of contributions from pro surfers and our own experiences.
50. Eisbach, Munich
The most unusual wave on the list is found on an artificial river next to Englischer Garten, Munich's main park. It's completely landlocked.
This one meter standing wave (meaning you don't move along the river, but surf in the same spot) is created by water pumped fast against a large rock, forming a crest.
As long as there's enough water the ride never stops ... until you fall.
49. Baja Malibu, Baja Norte, Mexico
Though water cleanliness is an issue (don't swallow any), this exposed break works when offshore winds blow in from the east.
You can ride both right and left and fall onto a sandy base.
48. Fulong Beach, Taiwan
In northeast Taiwan, Fulong Beach has great camping nearby and produces thrilling right- and left-peeling waves from a sandbar.
Waves range from one to two meters.
47. Surin Beach, Phuket, Thailand
Though Thailand isn't a world-class spot, we like the location, the warm opaque waters, fresh pad Thai at street stalls and raucous nightlife.
46. Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka
Not just a great surf spot with a right-hand peak, surfers here share the beach with wild monkeys and elephants that graze in the forest nearby.
45. Surfer's Point, Barbados
On the southernmost tip of Barbados you'll find hollow and fast beginner-to-intermediate peaks scattered along the bay.
Waves face both left and right.
44. The Bubble, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
On the north shore off the coast of El Jablito, this expert right-hand tube works best when it's head-high to double overhead.