Honolua Bay, Maui
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Hawaii generally offers some of the best waves in the world, but one wave in particular has considerable pull with Gilmore and a number of other pros: "Honolua Bay on Maui is one of my favorite waves in the world," she says.

Gilmore isn't alone. Honolua Bay is arguably the best wave on the island - especially during the winter - making it one of the very best in the world. The Point, Cave, and Keiki Bowls offer different types of waves (groms and novice surfers should stick to the Point), and experienced surfers usually take advantage of all three. The world's best surfers, Gilmore among them, make regular pilgrimages to Honolua Bay for a reason - it's truly one of the elite surfing spots in the world.