The Perfect Wave is a subjective idea. There are as many differing opinions on what qualifies as a perfect wave as there are surfers in the world. But no matter how you define perfection, it would be hard to argue that Alex Gray’s Tahitian barrel doesn’t check all the boxes. It’s big, its blue, and the barrel is about as wide as it is tall. When Alex Gray saw his chance to catch this beauty, he called up photographer Bo Bridges, packed his bags, and caught a plane to the South Pacific just three hours later. We asked the two about the opportune whimsy that graced the cover of our November issue.