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A pointbreak for surfers is like a fresh powder day for skiers. Like a Bugatti on the Autobahn. Or like a pitch right down the middle with bases loaded. Yeah, you get the idea.
While other types of waves - beachbreaks, reefbreaks, slabs, etc. - have their desirable qualities, there's nothing quite like a long, reeling pointbreak. Because when it comes down to it, it's all about length of ride and how you're able to link multiple sections together. Pointbreaks breed good style for that reason. And unlike other waves, pointbreaks are specially designed to produce thigh-burners - they wrap around a jutting land mass, peel across the sloping bottom contour, and allow surfers to ride from the top of the point all the way to the inside. And that's relatively rare.
So, in honor of these unicorns of the surf world, feast your eyes on the list below featuring some of the best lactic-acid-stimulating waves across the globe, in no particular order ...
"The world's best wave?" asks Nick Carroll. "Could be. It's up there." Capping off the northern edge of Queensland's famed Coolangatta, there's the sand-bottom righthander at Kirra. The wave is a product of two rock groins, at either end of Kirra Beach, which bookend the sandbar and the supertubes that come careening off it. To get an idea of how perfect the wave can be, just look to Shane Beschen and his perfect 30-point heat total from 1996 (of course, that was back when the top three waves comprised a heat total, not two) or Griffin Colapinto's perfect 10 at the 2018 Quik Pro. But alas, nowhere is truly perfect; since Kirra lies within one of the most populous surf regions in the world, when it turns on, it's always elbow-to-elbow crowded.
When to go: Southern hemisphere fall and winter are the main times to score the coveted east/northeast swells from lows stationed in the Tasman Sea. And occasionally in summer (December to April), there's the rare cyclone swell from the Coral Sea.