Catch A Wave

Mavericks, California. Waimea Bay and Pipeline, Hawai‘i. The names evoke images of the raw beauty of ocean swells exploding on solid reefs, and crowds gathered to watch in awe as expert surfers take on world-class waves. From beginner waves to expert tubes, national marine sanctuaries provide opportunities for surfers of all skill levels. In these special places, you’ll find some of the most famous surf spots in the world.

Child runs into the water to surf

A child runs into the water to surf in Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Kate Thompson/NOAA

Surfers enjoy the sunset

Surfers take in the sunset in Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Matt McIntosh/NOAA