This is the dream, right? A tropical island, cobalt water, offshore winds and a perfect wave with nobody out. If ever there were a surfing fantasy island it might be Moorea, Tahiti, but then again, judging by the rest of the images in Shawn Parkin's portfolio it might be best to book an around-the-world plane ticket.
Hossegor is the reason that France has the reputation for having some of the best beach breaks in the world. It may also be the reason that the rest of the world wears swim suits.
There are a lot of mysto, secret spots once one ventures north of Santa Barbara. Years removed from his world tour career, Bobby Martinez knows all of them.
Puerto Escondido, Mexico
There's a reason Greg Long spends so much time "down south." When it comes to summertime power, Puerto's the spot. The Mexican Pipeline consistently serves up the heaviest tubes, and more than its fair share of XXL Awards contenders have emerged from its turbulent waters.
Of course the East Coast has surf, you just have to know where to look. With miles of exposed coastline, Maine offers the adventurous surfer a chance to break out of the norm, dip their toes in some really cold water, and potentially score perfect surf with nobody out.
The "land of the long white cloud" is also the land of endless surf opportunity. With the ever-changing Southern Hemisphere conditions mobility is key in New Zealand. If you time it right, A-frames like this are yours to be had.
Newport Beach, California
Situated right in the middle of surf industry central, Newport's ground zero when it comes to the business of riding waves. Luckily every so often the Santa Ana winds kick in and everybody just goes surfing.
Don't let the empty wave fool you, Kirra is one of the most popular (read: crowded) breaks in Australia. The wave is the stuff of legend when it turns on, it's just getting one to yourself that can prove to be problematic. Regardless, it's a hell of a wave.
La Jolla, California
A stone's throw from Mitt Romney's California digs, La Jolla's reefs are a haven for San Diego surfers in the wintertime.
Jeffreys Bay, South Africa
The point break that all other point breaks are measured by, Jeffreys Bay is a regular-footer's dream. Back on the ASP World Tour schedule for the first time in a couple of years, even the best surfers in the world get excited when they see a wave like this.
Santa Cruz, California
"Up north where a man can be free," as Sam George likes to say. Santa Cruz might not be off the beaten path, but anybody that's spent a few minutes downtown knows that its full of exotic creatures.