The Playing Field

Home to Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson, the ASP headquarters, the Superbank, Kirra, and some pretty good thrift stores, Coolengatta is the epicenter of the Australian surfing industry, and every year the World Tour kicks off on its shore with the Quiksilver Pro. Last year, Joel Parkinson became the third surfer, after Mick Fanning and Kelly Slater, to win the event two times. This year, who knows? But the offseason's over and the planet's best surfers are ready. Game on. (Joli)