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