The Pre-Summer Push
A recent flurry of southern swell in Southern California brought everybody out of the woodwork. As summer starts to nip at our heels, seasoned vets like Evan Geiselman are already getting into the swing of things.
Pat Gudauskas may not have the best luck on tour, but he hit the jackpot when he came home from Australia and lucked into all-time conditions at home.
Nate Yeomans came really close to qualifying for the world tour last year. Since then he's lost his main sponsor and had to reevaluate his career. Truth be told, his surfing's freer and more interesting than it's ever been.
"Pickle" paddled out at Doheny for a glassy little soul session and ended up the victim of a photobomb.
The west was littered with Easterns during this run of south. Native Carolinan Cam Richards was among them, taking advantage of an A-plus day in Newport.
Taking a cue from Kelly Slater's white wetsuit phase, Christian Fletcher's been surfing a lot lately. Having fun both at home in San Clemente and up the road in Newport, it's great to see him spending so much time in the water.
And where you find one Fletcher you often find another. Nate, polishing up his small-wave game.
Nobody has the inside section of the Lowers left on lock like Florida's Cory Lopez. Whether above the slip or crushing the close-out section, he always gets it done.
Malia and father Chris Ward have been surfing together a lot around town. Given their talent in the water, it's hard to miss them when they're out. Given Malia's wetsuit, it's hard to miss her anywhere.
Falling from grace, an unidentified Wedge warrior takes the quick way to the bottom.
Another casualty of the tough economy, "Hana Hank" has struggled to lock down a sponsor in recent years. But dropping into Orange County with a Patagonia sticker on his board, this could be the beginning of a beautiful relationship.
The latest piece to the Fox puzzle, Nolan Repoza gets the shot in Newps.
When you move out west with your brother you end up surfing together a lot. For the Geiselman boys that means constantly being in the rotation at Lowers.
The more traditional meaning of "fins out" surfing. Progressive? No, but plenty of fun just the same.
Empty In Newport
Not every wave in Southern California has a human on it -- most do, but not all.
Simpo doesn't miss a beat when he gets back home. Tuned to what sand bars are doing what in the greater Huntington area, he's on it early and always comes back with something to show for the effort.
Richie Collins, stilled tubed at 54th Street after all these years. When it comes to local legend status around Newport, "Skeletor" ranks high.
When asked for caption information photographer Jason Kenworthy was at a loss for words about this one. Lets just call it "aging pirate hipster on a kookbox."
Some find sport in going shoulder to shoulder in the Lowers lineup. It drives others to madness. Either way, it's not where you want to be if you have an aversion to crowds.
Allen Sarlo took a break from running people over at Malibu, headed down the 405 a few clicks, and went obstacle-hunting at Lowers.
Yeomans throwing the varial to win his own contest, the Fishbowl Cup.
It wasn't necessarily the biggest swell event ever, most places barely got over head high -- or hip high in the case of Warren here at Doheney -- but it was fun, and there were plenty of waves for everyone to ride.
Lopez, steezed out mid rotation. Think he's done a few of these in his career?
Offshore winds in the morning and glassy conditions by evening, when it all comes together springtime in Southern California's can have its moments.