When it comes to polishing your technique and working out your quads, nothing compares to a point break. And we aren’t talking about knee-high noseriding runners or endless shore-break drainers here—we’re talking about the classic point break, the kind that is infinitely rippable when it’s overhead, and that is just as relevant today as it was in the 1960s.
It should come as a surprise to no one that surfing’s most stylish shredders grew up surfing points, from Tom Curren (Rincon) and Jordy Smith (J-Bay) to Rasta (Lennox Head), Parko, and Steph Gilmore (Burleigh and Snapper, anyone?)—after all, long, radiating lines practically demand a polished approach that minimised chatter and links together manoeuvres.
For the regular-foot looking to refine their surfing and pack on some leg muscle, there’s nothing like a fortuitously shaped point that bends approaching swell lines into right-hand perfection. Here are six right-hand points that have stood the test of time, and half a century on still remain some of the best waves on the planet.
The quintessential right-hand point, J-Bay is South Africa’s crown jewel, and arguably the most important wave on the world tour. It has been said that “no kook has ever won J-Bay,” and any one who has surfed the wave can see why. As perfect and endless as Jeffreys is, it also demands endlessly perfect surfing, which is why the list of former winners is a who’s who of stylish, powerful, technically perfect surfers.
Morocco’s answer to Jeffrey’s Bay, Anchor Point is as far away from South Africa as it’s possible to be without leaving the continent, yet the two waves have a lot in common. A similarly perfect and lengthy right-hand point breaking over a combination of stone and sand, Anchor Point is as central to the Moroccan surf scene as J-Bay is to South Africa’s.
Live cam: Anchor Point.
Forget the ever-changing sand points in Coolangatta—if you want a consistent training ground for right-hand rail work, you need a classic point setup like that at Lennox Head. A short drive south of the Gold Coast hype, Lennox is the domain of the hippies and hermits that live in and around nearby Byron Bay—more than a few of whom have established themselves a high-performance style masters.
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California is the land of right-hand points, and Rincon is the “Queen of the Coast.” As rippable as it is long, Rincon sits within spitting distance of Highway 1, and has the crowds to prove it. But perfection is perfection, regardless of how crowded it is, which is why lifelong acolytes continue to return to Rincon every time it breaks, regardless of the circus. If the pedigree of the locals is any indication of a wave’s quality, then Rincon is as good as it gets (think Tom and Joe Curren, Dane Reynolds, Bobby Martinez, Conner and Parker Coffin, Sage Erickson, Lakey Peterson, the Malloy brothers—the list goes on and on).
Check the surf: Rincon
When we think of point breaks, we often envision radiating lines breaking in coldish water around rugged outcroppings with an endless array of cobblestones. But swells get bent by points in the tropics too, and there’s no better example of that than Maui’s Honolua Bay. Considered to be the ultimate wave in the 1970s, Honolua is just as relevant today—a fact that is evidenced by the packed crowds anytime “The Bay” breaks, not to mention it’s permanent spot on the women’s world tour schedule. Combining carveable walls and throaty barrel sections, Honolua is just as dreamy in 2020 as it was in 1970—at least if perfect, thigh-burning, tropical blue right-handers is your thing.
When to go: Honolua Bay
Bonus offer: Lagundri Bay
Nias’s most famous right-hander might break over reef, but that doesn't mean that it’s not a point break. Indeed, many of the world’s best points are technically reef-points, and Lagundri Bay is one of the most noteworthy. What was already a picture-perfect peeler sought after by tropical stylists in the 1970s got even better after the earthquake in 2005, which raised the reef a number of feet and turned the point into a draining barrel, and even a legit slab once it hits the triple-overhead range. What was once a dreamy single-fin racetrack is now one of the best and most predictable barrels in Indonesia—proof that point breaks only get better with age.
Spot guide: Nias
Cover shot of Bianca Buitendag by Deon Lategan at J-Bay.