Listopedia: Mitch Coleborn’s Surfing Wishlist


Listopedia: Mitch Coleborn’s Surfing Wishlist

There are a few spots I’d like to hit, but I’m not going to tell you about them. At least not yet. Actually, I feel like there are endless spots I’d like to check out, including some classic breaks that I always want to return to. Leaving aside Oz breaks for now, at that the moment these ten are at the top of my list:

The Pipeline, Oahu Hawaii

It just doesn’t get any more iconic, challenging, or potentially perfect than Pipe, so like everyone that’s a wave I always look forward to returning to, and probably speaks for itself.

Teahupoo, Tahiti

Again, another iconic and super challenging break that really demands the best from you. Surfing Chopes is like nothing else, you just have to be on your game mentally and physically.

Skeleton Bay, Namibia

Namibia is such as a wild and remote place that I would take any opportunity to go back, but the fact that Skeleton offers an unreal sandy-bottom left is just an invitation to head back.

As far as venturing out to new and different breaks, here’s my current short list of world surf spots that I would be stoked to try out:

Cloud Nine, Philippines

I’d be up to try Cloud Nine, which is off Siargao Island in the Philippines. It has both solid lefts and rights, and the Philippines is someplace that I feel hasn’t been discovered to death by people and provides some opportunities for exploration too. I might just find something totally new.

Nihiwatu, Sumba

There are always breaks in Indonesia that I’d like to hit up. Actually, I would love to take a boat around Indo for like six months and just sail from spot to spot: Bali of course and Lakey Peak in Sumbawa, but Nihiwatu in Sumba is supposed to be one of the world’s great lefts, so I would be stoked to try that.

Lance’s Left, Sumatra

The Mentawai’s are off the coast of Sumatra, but have their own vibe. I’d be amped to head there both for Lance’s Left, A Frames, and a bunch of other famous breaks. The Mentawai’s always has unreal surf and even though it’s a bit of a challenge to get there, that sort of adds the mystique.

Pasta Point, Maldives

There’s a spot in the Maldives called Pasta Point that’s supposed to have an unreal long lefthander, so I’d be down for that and just to hang out in the Maldives for a while, haha.

Carrapateira, Portugal

As far as Europe goes, I’d like to check out Carrapateira in Portugal, which has a pretty mean left and I hear isn’t that crowded. Portugal has some awesome conditions as swells roll in off the Atlantic. Everyone’s familiar with Nazare, but there’s much more, or so I hear.

Chicama, Peru

In South America there’s a spot called Chicama in Peru that I’ve heard about. It’s remote, but some people say it could be a contender for the world’s longest left, so that sounds intriguing and I’d like to try that out against Skeleton Bay, which really is a top class wave.

The Bono, Indonesia

Finally, as a totally random – just once in a lifetime thing – I’d like to ride The Bono in Indo once. To ride a single wave for like ten miles would be unreal. I’d like to see just how far I can get. Besides, Curran’s done it.

So I guess that’s my list for now, but it’s always changing and hopefully there’s still some great stuff out there that none of us have ever heard of.

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Mitch Coleborn

About the Author Mitch Coleborn

Over the last decade Mitch Coleborn has remained one of the world’s most exciting surfers not on the World Tour. He’s a staple in every credible high-performance movie that gets released and still holds the attention of grommets everywhere. A lifelong member of the Volcom team, Mitch made his mark on the surfing world claiming the 2007 Australasian Junior Series and has continued to scalp his opposition at events all over the world ever since. In 2013, Coleborn took out the Quiksilver Saquarema Prime, edging past a handful of the world’s best in the process, including 2014 World Champ Gabriel Medina. No more than a week later, he took down 2015 World Champ Adriano De Souza with a near-perfect heat total of 19.33. De Souza scored 5.77.