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Winter 2010: Opening Day In California

There are always going to be some butterflies on the first big swell of the season... especially when you rock up to Isla Todos Santos... Photo: Dorsey
There are always going to be some butterflies on the first big swell of the season... especially when you rock up to Isla Todos Santos. Photo: Dorsey
Brian Conley on a Todos Santos bomber. Photo: Dorsey
Brian Conley on a Todos Santos bomber. Photo: Dorsey
Nathaniel Curran taps into a rarely breaking, secret wedge inside of a certain California harbor... Photo: Checkwood
Nathaniel Curran taps into a rarely breaking, secret wedge inside of a certain California harbor. Photo: Checkwood
With the steeply angled swell, Blacks was good, not great. Photo: James Tull
With the steeply angled swell, Blacks was good, not great. Photo: James Tull
Johnny Craft at Salt Creek in the OC. Photo: Hennings
Johnny Craft at Salt Creek in the OC. Photo: Hennings
While SoCal was shadowed from the swell a bit, Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz got the full brunt of it. Photo: Nelly/SPL
While SoCal was shadowed from the swell a bit, Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz got the full brunt of it. Photo: Nelly/Engy/SPL
Like most surfers, Tim Curran chose to stay close to home. Photo: Checkwood
Like most surfers, Tim Curran chose to stay close to home. Photo: Checkwood
Mavericks from above. Photo: Nelly/SPL
Mavericks from above. Photo: Nelly/Engy/SPL
LA County doing its best impersonation of a Oaxacan pointbreak. Photo: Checkwood
LA County doing its best impersonation of a Oaxacan pointbreak. Photo: Checkwood

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Nate Yeomans pays tribute to AI with a backside no grab barrel in the OC. Photo: Hennings
Nate Yeomans pays tribute to AI with a backside no grab barrel in the OC. Photo: Hennings
Peter Mel taking a break from Mavericks for some barrel time in town. Photo: Nelly/SPL
Local Santa Cruz legend James Miller. Photo: Nelly/SPL
Josh Kerr made the right call when he hit up the beachbreaks in Northern Baja. Photo: Dorsey
Josh Kerr made the right call when he hit up the beachbreaks in Northern Baja. Photo: Dorsey
Northern Baja. Photo: Dorsey
Northern Baja. Photo: Dorsey
Unknown backsider at Mavericks. Photo: Nelly/SPL
Kauai's Sion Milosky rushes one for his friend AI at Mavericks. Photo: Nelly/Engy/SPL
Wednesday saw record temperatures and the apex of the first real NW swell of the year. Trunks in November? You bet. Photo: Checkwood
Wednesday saw record temperatures and the apex of the first real NW swell of the year. Tee shirts and shorts in November? You bet. Photo: Checkwood
Corduroy on the horizon in Santa Cruz. Photo: Nelly/SPL
Corduroy on the horizon in Santa Cruz. Photo: Nelly/Engy/SPL
There's more to surfing in Los Angleles than closeouts at Zuma... Photo: Checkwood
There's more to surfing in Los Angeles than closeouts at Zuma... Photo: Checkwood
Santa Cruz ripper Matt Myers. Photo: Nelly/SPL
Santa Cruz ripper Matt Myers. Photo: Nelly/SPL

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Opening day at Isla Todos Santos. Photo: Dorsey
Opening day at Isla Todos Santos. Photo: Dorsey
The best way to stay out of trouble in Baja is to hide out in caves... Photo: Dorsey
The best way to stay out of trouble in Baja is to hide out in caves... Nick Rozsa. Photo: Dorsey
Nathaniel Curran in Ventura County. Photo: Checkwood
Nathaniel Curran in Ventura County. Photo: Checkwood
Austin Smith Ford flips out in Santa Cruz. Photo: Nelly/SPL
Austin Smith Ford flips out in Santa Cruz. Photo: Nelly/SPL
Nick Vaughan on a bomber at Todos Santos. Photo: Dorsey
Nick Vaughan on the wave of the day at Todos Santos. Photo: Dorsey
Kyle Buthman shacked in Santa Cruz. Photo: Nelly/SPL
Kyle Buthman shacked in Santa Cruz. Photo: Nelly/SPL
Alex Gray in LA. Photo: Nelly/SPL
Alex Gray in LA. Photo: Nelly/SPL
Empty Salt Creek drainer. Photo: Hennings
Empty Salt Creek drainer. Photo: Hennings

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Nick Rozsa in Northern Baja. Photo: Dorsey
Nick Rozsa in Northern Baja. Photo: Dorsey
Josh Kerr strokes into a bomb at Todos Santos. Photo: Dorsey
Josh Kerr strokes into a bomb at Todos Santos. Photo: Dorsey
Teddy "Shreddy" Navarro in Los Angeles. Photo: Nelly/SPL
Teddy "Shreddy" Navarro in Los Angeles. Photo: Nelly/SPL
Brian Conley keeps his eyes nice and wet at Isla Todos Santos. Photo: Dorsey
Brian Conley keeps his eyes nice and wet at Isla Todos Santos. Photo: Dorsey
Nick Rozsa stands tall south of the border. Photo: Dorsey
Nick Rozsa stands tall south of the border. Photo: Dorsey
Mysto Northern Baja spot... Photo: Dorsey
Mysto Northern Baja spot... Photo: Dorsey
"Killers" on Todos Santos flexes it's substantial muscle. Photo: Dorsey
"Killers" on Todos Santos flexes it's substantial muscle. Photo: Dorsey
LA County lineup. Photo: Checkwood
LA County lineup. Photo: Checkwood
South African transplant Damien "Dooma" Fahrenfort in Northern Baja. Photo: Dorsey
South African transplant Damien "Dooma" Fahrenfort in Northern Baja. Photo: Dorsey
You know Timmy Reyes is excited about the big wave season kicking into gear. Photo: Dorsey
You know Timmy Reyes is excited about the big wave season kicking into gear. Photo: Dorsey