There are many magical places to surf on this beautiful planet, boasting crystal-clear water, sugar-sand beaches, and welcoming locals. You know, the kinds of surf spots that fuel our schoolroom daydream doodles.
The following list features none of those spots.
Oh sure, a couple of them look idyllic on the surface, but dig a little deeper—it barely takes any digging at all, really—and you’ll soon be knee deep in the stuff of nightmares. Poisoned waters, bloodthirsty sharks, bloodthirsty locals, and unexploded landmines all await at these places, if you dare to surf them. But really, you shouldn’t.