While looking at a map one day, bored in the car, I came across some bizarre beach names.
After all, there are some hilarious ski resorts, such as the infamous Wank in Germany. Mountain bike trails can be pretty inventively titled too. My favourite so far is Angry Midget in western Canada.
Here are the results from my quest to find the wackiest surf spot names out there…
Hell’s Mouth, Abersoch, WalesPhoto: John Wormald/Magic Seaweed
Back in the day, when this part of Wales was a busy shipping lane and full of fishermen, sailors would liken this wave to the Gates of Hell.
Clearly, they had never been to Fiji or even Portugal.
Eight foot waves are considered a big swell here, so it might not literally be Hell’s Mouth, but it’s still a cool name.
Chicken, Vancouver Island, CanadaPhoto: handsomedans.ca
Jordan River is known for its locals that don’t like sharing their misty Pacific beach.
Chicken is the beginner break – for the kooks. Local surfers wouldn’t be seen dead surfing that spot, unless they are teaching their kids how to surf.
Originally a logging camp, the waves in Jordan River are inconsistent but when the swell picks up, things can get pretty hairy.
The best time to surf here is mid-winter. When you think the water temperature drops to 9°C, you’ve got to be pretty hardcore to brave it. Best not mess with these locals.
Taco Bell Reef, Huntington Beach, CaliforniaPhoto: Drew Martin Photography
Fast food company Taco Bell hit the free advertising jackpot when this surf spot in legendary surf town Huntington Beach, California was named after the Tex-Mex restaurant – all because they decided to set up shop there.
Never has a Taco Bell been so important to surfers. It has fed legions of waveriders.
Surfer Magazine once said “surfing in California wouldn’t be what it is today,” without it. Praise indeed for a fast food chain.