California, After The Storm

Multiple inches of rain, tornado warnings, hail, and 10ft+ buoy readings pounded Southern California last week. By the time Saturday rolled around the sun had broken through and the winds had gone offshore—creating another great weekend of surf up and down the Southern California coast. Seems like there’s been swell every single week for a few months now—thank you El Niño winter. Enjoy the images and head to page two for the rest of the photos.

San Diego gets a battering. Photo: Checkwood

San Diego gets a battering. Photo: Checkwood

"Shur looks purrrty." Photo: English
“Shur looks purrrty.” Photo: English
Damien Fahrenfort pulls under a heavy curtain in Newps. Photo: Dorsey

Damien Fahrenfort pulls under a heavy curtain in Newps. Photo: Dorsey

At least there's sand below. Jordy Smith. Photo: Dorsey

At least there's sand below. Jordy Smith. Photo: Dorsey

South African Damien Fahrenfort is a large man who can do large airs. Photo: Dorsey

South African Damien Fahrenfort is a large man who can do large airs. Photo: Dorsey

In other words, go to George's At The Cove and watch the pretty waves with an adult beverage in hand. Photo: English

In other words, go to George's At The Cove and watch the pretty waves with an adult beverage in hand. Photo: English

Hence one guy out at The Cove. Photo: English

Hence one guy out at The Cove. Photo: English

This is the kind of style we want to see in Orange County. Unknown ripper. Photo: Dorsey

This is the kind of style we want to see in Orange County. Unknown ripper. Photo: Dorsey

Jordy Smith. Photo: Dorsey

Jordy Smith. Photo: Dorsey

Newport Beach perfection. Photo: Dorsey

Newport Beach perfection. Photo: Dorsey

Head high. Photo: English

Head high. Photo: English

Shaun Ward prepping for another year on the WQS. Go Wardo! Photo: Dorsey

Shaun Ward prepping for another year on the WQS. Go Wardo! Photo: Dorsey

Newport Beach seems tropical to New Yorker Balaram Stack. Photo: Dorsey

Newport Beach seems tropical to New Yorker Balaram Stack. Photo: Dorsey

Newport local Joey Head takes advantage of the the rarity called perfect Newport in Winter. Photo: Dorsey

Newport local Joey Head takes advantage of the the rarity called perfect Newport in Winter. Photo: Dorsey

San Diego. Photo: Checkwood

San Diego. Photo: Checkwood

Australian Nick Riley. Photo: Steindler

Australian Nick Riley. Photo: Steindler

Yes, this is Newport. Jordy Smith. photo: Dorsey

Yes, this is Newport. Jordy Smith. photo: Dorsey

Hurley Team Manager Brandon Guilmette tries to keep the office weight off by punting backside airs. Photo: Dorsey

Hurley Team Manager Brandon Guilmette tries to keep the office weight off by punting backside airs. Photo: Dorsey

More San Diego County sweetness. Photo: English

More San Diego County sweetness. Photo: English

Jordy Smith's J-Bay turn in Newport. Photo: Dorsey

Jordy Smith's J-Bay turn in Newport. Photo: Dorsey

It's funny how places like La Jolla Cove look fun from far until you paddle out and realize it's far from fun and more like scary. Photo: English

It's funny how places like La Jolla Cove look fun from far until you paddle out and realize it's far from fun and more like scary. Photo: English

Tubular sensations in San Diego County. Photo: English

Tubular sensations in San Diego County. Photo: English

Jordy shows off his backside for all the brus in Newps. Yeah Bru! Photo: Steindler

Jordy shows off his backside for all the brus in Newps. Yeah Bru! Photo: Steindler