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Cover: Damien Hobgood. Photo: Peter taras
Looking at the weather maps you see that the North Pacific is more red and purple than it is blue for the next two weeks. You are on winter break. or between jobs. or just rich enough to scratch whatever' s itching you at the moment. Doesn' t matter why Ð you' re free, and so is your best friend (the one with the 4x4 and Jet Ski). The timing is perfect. Now it' s 4AM and you' re loading boards and supplies into the 4x4. You sip your coffee and pull a beanie over your ears. As the truck warms, you watch the morning mist falling slowly in front of the headlights. Tail gate shut. Doors slammed. Reverse…you drive south. ªHope this fog lifts,º y ou say, peering out the passenger side door. ªY eah,º your friend says. And then you ride in silence until you reach Mexico. For the next two weeks you surf and you drive. Down to Mexico that first morning, surfing waves new and old, then north again. Back to the US and through the various surf zones that comprise California. While it' s all the Golden State, each area has its own quirks, and you know from experience and lore the opportunities and pitfalls that await for you in each region. The best winds and secret coves, disgruntled locals and great white sharks. You seek and destroy accordingly. Passing through each area, you feel a sense of adventure. A sense of new. A sense that, once this fog lifts, you will undoubtedly score. Ð SURFING
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AwAiting you: Crooked Cops and Lonely Beachbreaks
(L and R) Baja on fire. Photos: tom carey
Ricky Whitlock. Photo: Carey
Taylor Knox lives a border hop, Ski and a launch away from this little runner â€” a wave that made him a lot of money over a decade ago. Photo: Carey
Pat Gudauskas stretches his limbs before sitting in the border line for a few hours. He doesnâ€™t know it yet, but he will buy a ceramic surfing monkey for 50 pesos while he waits. Photo: corey Wilson
With its language barriers, cartels and cheap tequila, youâ€™ve gotta keep your guard up in Mexico. Tanner Gudauskas, dukes up and ready for trouble. Photo: C. Wilson
Josh Kerr dances salsa in a fullsuit.
San Diego to
Awaiting you: Punchy Peaks & Parking Tickets
geles Damien Fahrenfort. Photo: carey 019
Jojo Roper, San Diego.
Photo: Peter Taras
van Rob keeps the free candy bellow the single fin. Photo: Steve Sherman
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Saffa Damien Fahrenfort finds a window north of his adopted Orange County home. Photo: Carey
Californians are known around the world for their laid back lifestyle. Kolohe Andino, putting the rep to action. Photo: Taras
Fake boobs. Fake tans. Fake people. In spite of LAâ€™s distractions, Alex Gray still keeps it real. Photo: Carey
Andrew Doheny. Photo: Carey
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Awaiting you: Sore Calfs & New Friends
In surfing, as in his life, Bobby Martinez will always give it to you straight (up). Photo: struntz
In Ventura County, all motorists brake for Dane. Photo: struntz
D.R. ’s & R D
Awaiting you: Craggy Wedges & Hypothermia 045
The Central Coast produces some of Californiaâ€™s finest wine. Nate Tyler pairs a merlot wetsuit with stalefish hors dâ€™oeuvres during happy hour. Photo: Struntz
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Parker Coffin. Photo: Struntz 050
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Stare at that rock long enough and the skulls appear.
Dillon Perillo, fairy-tailblow off an enchanted coastline. 055
Cruz Awaiting you: Eclectic Fun & Protective Beings
Photo: c. wilson
Nat Young, a short drive and a long walk away from his Santa Cruz abode. Photo: Taras
Canadian Noah Cohen calls 54 degrees “balmy.” Loose in a 4:3, Santa Cruz. Photo: Scot ty Sherin 061
Nat Young, patiently waiting for the school Bells.
Photos: C. Wilson
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Dillon Perillo sure gets around this fine state, doesnâ€™t he? Driving up to get down, Santa Cruz. Photo: carey
Inviting days at Maverickâ€™s will often make you feel unwanted.
Nat Youngâ€™s backhand is thought to be his strongpoint, but his surfing is really as diverse as the Monterey Bay marine life. Forehand tail chuck from Santa Cruzâ€™s Great White Hope. Photo: Taras
G R E A T W H ITE H O P E
F ra n Awaiting you: Twelve-foot Perfection and Half-hour Paddle-outs
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Sunrise on the
Damien Hobgood. Photos:benik/red
The other side of the offshoresâ€™ double-edged sword.
Garage talk, Ocean Beach. Photos: Taras
Taylor Knox. Photo: Benik/red
Take a Hike Photo: Taras
Josh Kerr takes advantage of O c e a n B e a c h â€™s f re e p a r k i n g with...
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Looking at the weather maps you see that the North Pacific is more red and purple than it is blue for the next two weeks. You are on winter...