, California -- a private, gated community where residents have exclusive land access to a plethora of reefs and points. Not that it's completely uncrowded in the water; in addition to the growing number of surfers who now live there, a dedicated crew of Santa Barbarans regularly make the trip by boat, ocean access being unrestricted.
James Cameron, decorated film director, responsible for Aliens
, The Terminator
, and more recently the execrable Avatar
. Whether or not he surfs we don't know, but there's definitely a surfing link: he was executive producer of the original Point Break
, directed by his then wife Kathryn Bigelow, who would later become the first woman to win the Oscar for Best Director with her film The Hurt Locker
. As an entirely irrelevant aside, Johnny Depp was at one point considered to play the lead in Point Break
, while Ridley Scott -- director of the original Alien
, of course -- had been pencilled in as director. How different -- for better or for worse -- the history of surfing on the silver screen might have been.
Besides a suitably enormous house, the 100-acre parcel of land incorporates a biodynamic farm that provides 90% of Cameron and his family's food.