2011 was certainly a good year to be in Tahiti.
One of the best water photographers in the biz, Zak Noyle, left his home island of Oahu with a small crew bound for Teahupoo.
Talent is great when it comes to photography, but a little bit of luck never hurts either.
Nature provided for this shot with a perfect peeling tube ridden by Christian Redongo, and the kind of rainbow that postcards are made of.
Crystal Thornburg, walking on water in Central California. Photo: Burkard