The most iconic big wave reef break on the Hawaiian Islands takes its name from the ferocity of its legendary waves.
"It's a right and a left, and both offer giant barrels -- and potentially deadly consequences -- for anyone who's crazy enough to ride them," says Paul.
Waves can reach an unbelievable 27 meters in winter, when strong winds create the monster swells for which the break is famed.
In 2012, big wave legend Shane Dorian caught the extreme barrel ride that won Billabong's XXL Ride of the Year, the accomplishment that's finally getting him inducted into the Surfer's Hall of Fame this July.
18. Riyuewan, Sanya, Hainan Island, China
China isn't known for its beaches, let alone its surfing, but Hainan Island offers untouched tropical beaches with consistent uncrowded waves.
Local outfit Surfing Hainan arranges transportation to beginner spots, such as Riyuewan Bay, and lesser known locations.
17. Manu Bay, Raglan, New Zealand
Made famous in the 1960s as a location in the surf classic, "The Endless Summer," atmosphere is key at this sleepy town.
Bars and cafes play surf videos and serve healthy smoothies and fresh cakes.
The waves on this wide-open bay range from one meter to about three, with an occasional barrel.
16. Nihiwatu, Sumba, Indonesia
A private beach may grate on the idyllic surf attitude, but there's no denying the appeal of a break reserved just for you and a few others. All day, any day.
Especially when it's frequently rated as one of the top 10 left-handers in the world, and has a stunning location.
15. Rincon, Santa Barbara, California
While it doesn't break often, when the surf is up, Rincon is the best point break in California, offering long, steep, right-hand waves on most big northwest swells.
When that happens, this world famous spot gets extremely crowded.
14. Montanita Beach, Montanita, Ecuador
Not many travelers make it to (or even know about) this spot on the west coast of Ecuador.
The majority head straight to the Galapagos Islands and miss this hidden spot, which wasn't even on the map a few years ago.
There are only a thousand or so locals in Montanita and they're among the friendliest bunch of surfers you'll find.
After pounding right-hand breaks, you can get to know them during apres-surf events on the village's bar strip.
13. Honolua Bay, Maui, Hawaii
Finding this right-hand point break is tricky.
Locals may respond to requests for directions with "go back home," but this is a world-class ride with the added bonus of whale spotting from your board.