Requiring balance, poise and determination, surfing can be a challenging sport that's probably not for everyone. But that doesn't mean that onlookers can't get a vicarious thrill by watching a surfer conquer monster waves from the safety of their beach.
Surfing spectacles can draw huge crowds, too. Just take a look at this photo from the Australian Open of Surfing at Manly Beach in Sydney, Australia.
As great as Manly Beach might be, however, there are better sight-surfing opportunities to be had elsewhere in the world. In this slideshow, explore some of the best sites in the United States and abroad for being a surfing spectator.