Photo Gallery: NorCal Road Trip

Ken "Skindog" Collins at his Steamer Lane stomping grounds. Photo: Nelly/SPL

Ken "Skindog" Collins at his Steamer Lane stomping grounds. Photo: Nelly/SPL

Yadin Nicol at a secluded San Francisco beachbreak. Photo: Checkwood

Yadin Nicol at a secluded San Francisco beachbreak. Photo: Checkwood

Aussie transplant Yadin Nicol in San Francisco. Photo: Checkwood

Aussie transplant Yadin Nicol in San Francisco. Photo: Checkwood

Santa Cruz local Nat Young at Steamer Lane. Photo: Nelly/SPL

Santa Cruz local Nat Young at Steamer Lane. Photo: Nelly/SPL

Squiddy's mom at Steamer Lane. Photo: Nelly/SPL

Squiddy's mom at Steamer Lane. Photo: Nelly/SPL

Yadin Nicol pops one off at Ocean Beach. Photo: Checkwood

Yadin Nicol pops one off at Ocean Beach. Photo: Checkwood

You can't rip that hard and not make fans...especially in San Francisco. Yadin Nicol. Photo: Checkwood

You can't rip that hard and not make fans...especially in San Francisco. Yadin Nicol. Photo: Checkwood

Brett Simpson is all smiles after a nice run through the European leg of the ASP World Tour. Photo: Checkwood

Brett Simpson is all smiles after a nice run through the European leg of the ASP World Tour. Photo: Checkwood

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Brett Simpson. Photo: Checkwood

Brett Simpson. Photo: Checkwood

2010 O'Neill Cold Water Clasic Champion Matt Wilkinson (left) and mate his Damien Wills about to get nuts on the town after Wilko's big win at Steamer Lane. Photo: Checkwood

2010 O'Neill Cold Water Clasic Champion Matt Wilkinson (left) and his mate Damien Wills about to get nuts on the town after Wilko's big win at Steamer Lane. Photo: Checkwood

Ocean Beach—where the city meets the sea. Photo: Checkwood

Ocean Beach—where the city meets the sea. Photo: Checkwood

Virginia Beach's Michael Dunphy snags a wave off the notoriously gnarly Steamer Lane loc dogs. Photo: Nelly/SPL

Virginia Beach's Michael Dunphy snags a wave off the notoriously gnarly Steamer Lane loc dogs. Photo: Nelly/SPL

Despite rain and fog, Kilian Garland and crew got to work at Ocean Beach. Photo: Checkwood

Despite rain and fog, Kilian Garland and crew got to work at Ocean Beach. Photo: Checkwood

Backside, frontside, fog, rain, whatever—it's all good for Kilian "Kilgar" Garland. Photo: Checkwood

Backside, frontside, fog, rain, whatever—it's all good for Kilian "Kilgar" Garland. Photo: Checkwood

Brazilian battler Miguel Pupo around the corner from Steamer Lane. Photo: Checkwood

Brazilian battler Miguel Pupo around the corner from Steamer Lane. Photo: Checkwood

Pretty picture but what lurks below these NorCal waters is quite sketchy... Photo: Checkwood

Pretty picture but what lurks below these NorCal waters is quite sketchy... Photo: Checkwood

Like a lot of the guys from Santa Cruz, Nic Lamb is good from 2-feet to 20-feet. Photo: Nelly/SPL

Like a lot of the guys from Santa Cruz, Nic Lamb is good from 2-feet to 20-feet. Photo: Nelly/SPL

Yadin Nicol goes on walkabout...NorCal style. Photo: Checkwood

Yadin Nicol goes on walkabout...NorCal style. Photo: Checkwood