I am wondering how many "normal surfers" travel to other parts of the world to go and surf. I live and Galveston, and the waves are not that good. I am wanting to adventure out and find some great swells. I am not the best, so Mavericks and pipe line are out of the question. Who has some suggestions based off of places you have been.
I actually think you should definitely try Pipeline or Mavericks before you waste your time elsewhere. Those are places that "normal surfers" tend to do really, really well at.
Man, the heck with Galveston, no disrespect to Glen Campbell & Jimmy Webb. Get on your shizzle & fajizzle towards big surf, and you should do that immediately, as in right away.
Paddle out, or in, but just go, man, go. You're a "normal surfer" and you will be accepted & ceded props in the lineups wherever you wander.
When you get to the 'Bu, you, of course, will shot the pier there. Riding nothing less than 23' peeling hindus. Naturally. Finish your sesh, and glide, don't walk, no way cool man cool, to your BMW drop top ride, with your smoke stack chica waiting to put a lip lock on your jank as you cruise the coastal highway.
You, mang, are wasting your time in Galveston. It's patently obvious.
Teahupoo, Shipsterns, Dungeons... Anyone of those would be perfect for a 1st trip.. Once you get a couple of those under your belt head to Costa Rica or Puerto Rico... Then when your really dialed go to the Mecca aka BELMAR
I should say beginner surfers! Sorry, not everyone grows up where there are head high sets every day.
this is what you do guy, buy a 9,6 long board and paddle out to steamer lane its a great spot for everyone. bring your best mean mug and 40oz and dont forget hair gel. dude all you have to do is charge, who cares who gets in your way its all for fun. party waves are looked highly upon, if you see someone lonely on a wave join him.
I hate to say it, but for you Central America is just stones throw away. You could probably fly out of Houston fairly cheaply to anywhere down there. Also Puerto Rico is pretty close too.
Yes they do tend to get really good waves but the nice thing about these places is you don't have to a high skill level of surfing to go there and have a good time. You could have a 12' reef break and just around the corner it could be 3' - 4' peelin beach break!
These areas are also multiple board friendly. You can take longboard, fun board, short board etc... and pick your break of choice according to your skill level.
Pipeline is reserved for locals and pros but if you are deadset on a Hawaain surf trip there are also a lot of other breaks in which you could get into. There's waves all over the islands some require a little more experience than others. Downside is that it can be very costly.