Surf classic waves in California’s Half Moon Bay—it's home to Maverick’s big-wave surf contest, but that's not the reason you’re going—by heading to the bay’s northern corner in summer or fall. A steady northwest wind blows in lazy six-foot rights that are perfect for mortal SUP surfers. Rent a board with fins from Half Moon Bay Kayak Co. ($50/day; hmbkayak.com) and beat the crowds by catching the morning high tide, when the wind is gentle and the waves are still glassy.
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