Similar to many of the waves in the Canaries, the only thing that hurts this reef break are aggressive locals who resent giving visiting surfers a turn on "their" wave. Visitors may find themselves in a paddling race to get a shot at riding this classic face.
43. Black's Beach, San Diego, California
One for seasoned professionals, Black's Beach is one of the most powerful breaks in California.
San Diego's best surfers flock here; it can get crowded on weekends.
42. Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Buxton, North Carolina
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse has been popular since the 1970s and renowned for good surf caused by deadly hurricanes, which have over the years caused numerous shipwrecks and given it the nickname "the Atlantic graveyard."
41. Surf pool, United Arab Emirates
The only artificial surf site to make the list, the wave pool at Wadi Adventure in the United Arab Emirates has converted its share of skeptics, inspiring some to proclaim it the future of surfing.
The surf pool can be adjusted to create rights, lefts and even barrels.
"It may not be the best wave in the world, but it's the best wave pool in the world," says Surfing Magazine editor in chief Taylor Paul.
40. Biarritz, France
Surfers have been hitting this spot since the 1950s.
It pumps all year around thanks to ferocious North Atlantic swells that make their way down the Gulf de Gascogne.
39. Ponta Preta, Maio, Cape Verde
In Portuguese "Ponta Preta" means black point, and if this was a ski slope it would most definitely be a black run.
This break over exposed reef offers thrilling rides in winter for expert surfers.
38. Tofino, Vancouver Island, Canada
The surfing capital of Canada offers a picturesque break on the west coast of the island.
Unique feature: it's surrounded by a looming rainforest.
Suitable for all abilities, the only prerequisite is a thick wetsuit -- it gets cold out there.
37. Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia
Popular among European backpackers, this mellow town is home to bars that religiously play reggae and waves along a 70-kilometer stretch of sand.
Shark nets have been implemented, but look out for the sunken ship.
36. Les Cavaliers, Anglet, France
Flanked by two rocky girders, surfers should use the channel at the right-hand side to paddle into this killer wave, which works perfectly in offshore winds with west swells.