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The best places to live as a surfer

According to the website of Surfline these are the best places to live as a surfer.


A (somewhat) scientific evaluation of countries ranked by their quality-of-life, and quality-of-waves. In other words, the best countries to live as a surfer. (Keep in mind: surfing is inherently subjective. Judging it, estimating quality of waves, the whole shebang. But that’s never stopped us from doing it.)
1. Australia
Quality of waves: 8.66666667
Quality of life: 8.12
Total: 16.7866667
2. New Zealand
Quality of waves: 8.35294118
Quality of life: 7.95
Total: 16.3029412
3. United States
Quality of waves: 7.97058824
Quality of life: 7.38
Total: 15.3505882
4. Indonesia
Quality of waves: 9.58823529
Quality of life: 5.54
Total: 15.1282353
5. Chile
Quality of waves: 7.82352941
Quality of life: 7.1
Total: 14.9235294
6. Ireland
Quality of waves: 6.88235294
Quality of life: 7.74
Total: 14.6223529
7. South Africa
Quality of waves: 8.55882353
Quality of life: 5.89
Total: 14.4488235
8. Mexico
Quality of waves: 7.94117647
Quality of life: 6.41
Total: 14.3511765
9. France
Quality of waves: 7.29411765
Quality of life: 7.04
Total: 14.3341177
10. Portugal
Quality of waves: 7.82352941
Quality of life: 6.29
Total: 14.1135294
11. Costa Rica
Quality of waves: 7.11764706
Quality of life: 6.92
Total: 14.0376471
12. Canada
Quality of waves: 6.16666667
Quality of life: 6.96
Total: 13.12666667
13. Spain
Quality of waves: 7
Quality of life: 6.96
Total: 13.96
14. Morocco
Quality of waves: 7.82352941
Quality of life: 5.67
Total: 13.4935294
15. Peru
Quality of waves: 7.1875
Quality of life: 6.24
Total: 13.4275
16. Norway
Quality of waves: 5.06666667
Quality of life: 8.09
Total: 13.1566667
17. Japan
Quality of waves: 6
Quality of life: 7.08
Total: 13.08
18. El Salvador
Quality of waves: 7
Quality of life: 5.72
Total: 12.72
19. United Kingdom
Quality of waves: 5.32352941
Quality of life: 7.01
Total: 12.3335294
20. Philippines
Quality of waves: 6.5625
Quality of life: 5.71
Total: 12.2725
21. Taiwan
Quality of waves: 4.6
Quality of life: 7.67
Total: 12.27
22. Brazil
Quality of waves: 5.72222222
Quality of life: 6.52
Total: 12.2422222
23. Sri Lanka
Quality of waves: 5.86666667
Quality of life: 5.71
Total: 11.5766667
24. Ecuador
Quality of waves: 5.75
Quality of life: 5.7
Total: 11.45
25. Denmark
Quality of waves: 3.14285714
Quality of life: 8.01
Total: 11.1528571
26. Israel
Quality of waves: 3.70588235
Quality of life: 7.23
Total: 10.9358824
27. Italy
Quality of waves: 3.70588235
Quality of life: 7.21
Total: 10.9158824
28. Argentina
Quality of waves: 4.5
Quality of life: 6.39
Total: 10.89
29. South Korea
Quality of waves: 3.15384615
Quality of life: 7.25
Total: 10.4038462
30. China
Quality of waves: 3.53333333
Quality of life: 5.99
Total: 9.52333333

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