World's best waves – amazing surf spots in photos
Whether you love surfing or just love gawping at the sea, these world-famous surf breaks – picked by some of the best surf photographers on Earth – are jaw-dropping
When does an iconic surf break get its reputation? Is it after years of locals tripping down the coast to ride a particular wave, or is it when an intrepid surf photographer catches that wave at exactly the right moment in exactly the right light?
We'd wager it's a mix of the two, which is why we've scoured the archives of the world's very best surf photographers – each of them featured in the new book Amazing Waves – for some of their favourite surf spots from around the world.
From outrageous barrels in nearby Cornwall to the biggest, most beautiful waves in Australia, Hawaii, California and Ireland