If you think professional surfers have it made, well, for the most part you're not that far from the truth. The first few weeks of 2017 has already seen athletes thread the waters of Hawaii, California and Australia. Surfers will soon add another equally impressive destination to the bucket list.
Following the lengthy Australian leg, seven events of all shapes and sizes, as well as a quick stint in Tahiti; a lucky bunch will head to the Caribbean for a week of tropical weather, friendly locals and delicious food.
Of course it's not all fun and games, the Martinique Surf Pro, a QS3,000 event in its third year of existence, is an important stop for some of the leading surfers on the Qualifying Series.
Exhibit A: 2017 Championship Tour rookie Frederico Morais, took out the event in Martinique last year and gained momentum through the back-half of the season, claiming a ticket for the Championship Tour. The 3,000 points in Martinique were actually his third best result of the season, and played a huge role in his accession to the CT.
Unfortunately, not everyone can come out and play in Martinique. The restricted format of 128 athletes covers just about a fifth of the population of aspiring pro surfers on the QS and will once again welcome only A-list competitors.
For those who do get in though, the long walls of Basse-Pointe, the A-frame beaches in Tartane, a couple of heavier reefs and a long list of secluded desert peaks will be on hand.