When low-pressure weather systems are created in the middle of the ocean, waves are formed. Waves move in a ripple-like movement. Waves can travel long distances more than hundreds and even thousands of miles before they die out. This "break" in the wave is what excites the surfers. Waves move in groups and this is termed as "sets" in the surfer language. Such waves are huge, strong, and very suitable for surfing. The timing between each set varies from as less than three minutes to a maximum of thirty minutes.
Not all waves are good for surfing. The three common waves that surfers ride on and these are beach breaks, reef breaks, and point breaks. These three breaks produce waves suitable for surfing.