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As winter rolls in, bringing large storms and sea swells, surf season is kicking into gear. While many people think the idea of sliding down a 50-foot wave is insane, there is an elite world of big wave surfers who live for the thrill of this extreme ride.

This week, we're giving away 5 copies of The Wave by New York Times bestselling author Susan Casey. The Wave chronicles these monster waves and the daredevils who ride them. Casey's gripping tales of liquid mountains, wild rides, wipeouts, and storm surges probably won't make you want to grab a board and take to the seas when the water gets rough, but you just might get the itch to check out the action from a safe spot on shore.

If you're heading to one of these destinations this winter, keep an eye on the weather, and if you're lucky you might catch some world-class big wave surfing.

Maui For a chance to see big wave surfing's number one name, Laird Hamilton, in action head to the North Shore of Maui, where you'll find a famous break named Peahi, or "Jaws." When the conditions are right, this wave comes alive, churning up a challenging wall of water over 60 feet high. Nearby, Hookipa Beach is another good spot to watch large surf breaks. Read more about surfing on Maui.

Oahu Oahu's North Shore is a surfer's paradise—world-class surf spots pepper the coast, and there are plenty of places to sit and watch the action from shore. When the winter swells roll in, Waimea Bay is the place to be for surfers looking to ride a 25-foot (or much larger) wave. In December 2009 waves over 50 feet high pounded the beach, drawing swarms of spectators to watch the pros compete for the best ride. Read more about surfing on Oahu.

Half Moon Bay, California While its size (the wave can reach heights of 80 feet) is frightening enough, surfers at Mavericks, a break just north of Half Moon Bay, also have to factor in freezing water, razor sharp rocks, and sharks. Nonetheless, surfers brave these risks to ride the wave, though spectators can stay dry (and safe from sharks) on the cliffs overlooking the water.

Tahiti It might not conjure up the same "hang-loose" surfer vibe as Hawaii and California, but Tahiti holds its own in the big wave surfing world thanks to the powerful Teahupoo, a massive wave that breaks over a shallow reef near Pape'ete. Read more about surfing in Tahiti.

How to Enter

To enter our sweepstakes, tell us which of the above destinations you'd most like to visit for ultimate wave watching. Tweet your story to @fodorstravel #sweeps or leave a comment below for your chance to win. Winners will be announced on Monday October 25.

The Rules

  • Offer applies to U.S. residents 18 years or older only
  • One copy of The Wave will be awarded to each of five randomly-selected participants
  • Offer expires at 11:59 PM EST on Sunday October 24
  • Limit one entry per person
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  • david_cardin on Apr 16, 11 at 05:22 PM

    Just published fares from L.A. to Nicaragua (Managua) under $500. I haven't heard of a better getaway fare in a long time. Nicaragua lured the "Survivor" for only one reason, it is a "natural" far away mostly unknown destiny that exudes adventure and beauty.A 3rd world country, the largest in Central America, with only 7 million inhabitants and hundreds of thousands of square miles of beach, mountains, lakes (2nd largest in Western Hemisphere), 2 oceans, highlands with waterfalls, wildlife, volcanoes and CHEAP prices (everyone everywhere says they have cheap prices, but compare to Nicaraguan "Cheap" they are relatively expensive). The weather here on the beach in Northern Nicaragua is always in the 80's F, as is the water. At Playa Roca Beach Hotel in Las Penitas-Leon, you can enjoy a beach front private room with or without A/C within 15' of the ocean for under $50 or a small dorm room with private bath 50' from the beach for $8 a NIGHT! If it is not full, you get the whole room for $8.Isla de San Juan Wilderness Preserve has crocodiles, herons, nesting sea turtles, Mangrove forest river only a 10 minute walk on the beach from your room. Surfing, fishing, horseback riding all right there. You can visit and stay in this piece of paradise for a week for the price of a day in similar popular tourist venues with 1/2 the variety of diversified activities (skiing down a volcano?).Learn a new language in a paradise setting including accommodations for less than most people pay to live in their own homes for a month. The new "snow birds" of the north are now finding Nicaragua to park their bodies for the winter and actually are finding that they have more money when they go home than if they stayed, plus they come home with a tan and a new language (if they wanted to enroll at the beach front Language school, see language schools in Las Penitas, Nicaragua)Nicaragua has had a bad international image imprinted. I thought as well about the civil war and communist regimes, etc. The only truth is that a civil war happened and a democracy was formed. The only gorilla would be 'IN' a tree eating a banana, not a "guerrilla" hiding behind one with a gun. Nicaragua might be the 2nd poorest nation in the western hemisphere next to Haiti, but most people would be "super" surprised to know that it is only 2nd behind Canada for safety. It is not a violent but friendly place to be and the advantages are multi foldThe infrastructure that is here is substandard to what most travelers are used to at home, so the expectations of having TV or Internet available can be found in only select locations. But stay home if you don't want to have miles of unspoiled beaches and roaring waves and spectacular sunsets take care of your normal waking hours. Everything is here, just not as accessible as you are used to.Nicaragua is underdeveloped and ripe for the new traveler to explore without the crowds that would normally be present in such a unique and beautiful location. It will change with the exposure that the "Survivor" TV series, but only those brave enough to change their way of thinking about what "Nicaragua" meant to them through old press releases of decades ago. 40 years ago Hawaii was a unique and far away paradise location. Today? I know the difference personally. Between my brother and I went lived in Hawaii for over 37 years, before golf courses and condo's. Nicaragua, in my opinion, is better weather wise, diversity wise, and even has fewer mosquitoes and best of all, AFFORDABLE. More money for pleasure than just for basics of daily living.So check out Las Penitas, northern Nicaragua's counter to the "Survivors" San Juan del Sur. 20 minutes from the historical colonial capital of Leon is the gorgeous Pacific Ocean. Very few people know it, but now you do, don't wait. Ski down a volcano in the morning and surf the great Pacific all afternoon and suck in the most beautiful sunsets known anywhere. It's so easy, you can be a "Survivor" too!
    Playa Roca Beach Hotel
    Las Penitas-Leon, Nicaragua
    nicaliving.com/node/17414 $45 Ocean Front to a $6 ocean dorm The "Survivors" choice of destination, survivors are interested in experiencing paradise for dimes on the dollar Learn Spanish "ON THE BEACH!" http://www.nicaliving.com/node/17621 http://www.laspenitas.net/

  • Machellrs on Oct 24, 10 at 02:34 PM

    I would love to go to Tahiti. Already live in Hawaii so not interested in Maui cause that's home and I can go to CA anytime. But Tahiti would be AMAZING!

  • sassy27 on Oct 23, 10 at 05:47 PM

    I would love to go to Maui to see the surfers ride the waves. To see them with their bright colored boards against the blue water must be some sight.

  • janw9988 on Oct 22, 10 at 05:35 PM

    I've been to Maui once and got to watch the windsurfers for hours. I've been dying to go again.

  • SAnParis2 on Oct 22, 10 at 04:54 PM

    I love them all, but if I have to pick, I think I'll need to read the book 1st...

  • TC on Oct 22, 10 at 01:49 PM

    Tahiti is my pick -- watching spinner dolphins surf the waves is the ultimate joy.

  • ruthiekb72 on Oct 22, 10 at 08:26 AM

    Tahiti looks BEAUTIFUL! Would love to go one day.

  • David_L_Greene on Oct 21, 10 at 09:07 PM

    I have watched the surfers on the North Shore and I would love to be there again

  • IAMermaid on Oct 21, 10 at 07:33 PM

    i have always wanted to be a mermaid, so that i could breathe easily inside a big wave/huge surf. i choose the north shore of oahu.

  • moonshinerkey on Oct 21, 10 at 04:02 PM

    Tahiti would be my choice for ultimate wave watching because of its foreign culture.

  • ao23 on Oct 21, 10 at 03:43 PM

    Could not love Oahu more! One of my favorite memories is watching the surfers on the North Shore.

  • marchpearl on Oct 21, 10 at 03:01 PM

    Here in Fl.,whenever a storm is brewing, my husband and I rush to the beach to photograph the surf. Of course, the waves are not nearly as extreme as Hawaii's, but still there's beauty to be seen. Waves are fascinating, no matter where they are rolling!

  • luckyb7 on Oct 21, 10 at 02:59 PM

    Tahiti is the BEST place to watch the waves and the surfing.

  • mrsdenison on Oct 21, 10 at 12:18 PM

    Without a doubt the place to be is Oahu! What's not to like? Huge surf, great weather, tons of fun, good food, easy access, & plenty to do once the sun goes down!

  • Euro888 on Oct 21, 10 at 11:28 AM

    Half Moon Bay is a mall oasis in the large Megalopolis of the San Francisco area... It's a beautiful place to unwind so near the City.

  • kgriff01 on Oct 21, 10 at 11:23 AM

    I will never get tired of going to Maui.

  • carltodasco on Oct 21, 10 at 10:17 AM

    Great place to be....................

  • dreamey on Oct 21, 10 at 10:13 AM

    I love to watch big wave surfing, and to find out they do it in Tahiti, a destination I would love to visit makes me want to go there even more!

  • Relocated on Oct 20, 10 at 05:14 PM

    Maui! Going there in December; can't wait!

  • bartonp on Oct 20, 10 at 01:45 PM

    This is a book I'd love to read then save to make the trip!

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