Fort Point -- San Francisco, California
Talk about a view. Tucked under the Golden Gate Bridge, you're not only in the presence of a massive behemoth that is a true testament to American industrialism, but surrounded by the actual Fort Point, a fortification erected during the Civil War. Whatever tropical or otherwise epic backdrops you've taken in before, this is a rare situation where both old and new -- as well as natural and manmade -- come together effortlessly.
But be careful. The precarious, tight takeoff and rocky outcroppings waiting to greet you make this one of the more dangerous waves on the list. Also, avoid salty locals, if you can.
Break Type: Pointbreak.
Crowds: Can be packed on good swells.
Localism: Highly likely.
Board: Your favorite thruster.
Surfwear: You could get away with a 3/2 now, but that will change soon. Be ready to pull on the thick neoprene replete with boots, gloves, a hood and maybe some vaseline for exposed skin in the winter.