Paddling away from the crowd and seeing that perfect peak rolling in, knowing that your the only one in position to get it.
nothing beats the barrel, or the pure "holy ****!" moment after a great wave.
but a not-yet mentioned is that first pump off the bottom turn when your up on the highline, and the board feels weightless, and you realize the wave is your canvas. nothing better than seeing a wall of water ahead of you, and having the speed and position to do whatever you want with it.
^^^+1...So far in the barrel watching the lip coming down in front of you and then the spit out...what a feeling!!!
yep, the barrel is the best part...always has been, always will be.
Unfortunately, we rarely get barrels where I surf. It's almost always onshore to an extent...I ride a lot of foam.