California’s Ice Cold Summer Swell

As the rest of the nation swelters through heat wave after heat wave, California is experiencing the coolest summer since 1933. Water temps haven’t gotten above 66 degrees and just this afternoon, the staff here at TWS foolishly paddled out in trunks in 59 degree bullshit. The bright side is that we’re in a nice pattern of south swell action right now and experts are calling for a warmer than usual September and October. While it’s a shame we won’t be trunking it, as long as there’s some surf it really doesn’t matter—that’s what wetsuits are for.—Justin Coté

Unknown charger gets stuffed by an unknown (and rude) dragger of the dick at SoCal's best south swell magnet—The Wedge. Photo: jackenglish.com

Unknown charger gets stuffed by an unknown (and rude) dragger of the dick at SoCal's best south swell magnet—The Wedge. Photo: jackenglish.com

Billabong team manager Blake Pettit showing the groms how to get the shot. Photo: jackenglish.com

Billabong team manager Blake Pettit showing the groms how to get the shot. Photo: jackenglish.com

Bud Freitas up in Santa Cruz where, unlike us softies in SoCal, the locals don't whinge about the cold water. Photo: Nelly/SPL

Bud Freitas up in Santa Cruz where, unlike us softies in SoCal, the locals don't whinge about the cold water. Photo: Nelly/SPL

Of Nordic descent, Mike Morrissey once told me he actually likes the cold. He must really be enjoying the coldest summer in California since 1933... Photo: jackenglish.com

Of Nordic descent, Mike Morrissey once told me he actually likes the cold. He must really be enjoying the coldest summer in California since 1933... Photo: jackenglish.com

Keith Malloy showed up to The Wedge intent on filming bodysurfers for his upcoming project, but when he found out the blackball flags didn't go up until 10am, surfed instead and ending up getting the wave of the day. Photo: jackenglish.com

Keith Malloy showed up to The Wedge intent on filming bodysurfers for his upcoming project, but when he found out the blackball flags didn't go up until 10am, surfed instead and ending up getting the wave of the day. Photo: jackenglish.com

LA shredder Dillon Perillo at Malibu. Photo: jackenglish.com

LA shredder Dillon Perillo at Malibu. Photo: jackenglish.com

Alex Gray rips Lower Trestles despite clad being head-to-toe in rubber in mid-August. Something's not right here people... Photo: Steindler

Alex Gray rips Lower Trestles despite clad being head-to-toe in rubber in mid-August. Something's not right here people... Photo: Steindler

Matt Rockhold with a pretty little pit up near Santa Cruz. Photo: Nelly/SPL

Matt Rockhold with a pretty little pit up near Santa Cruz. Photo: Nelly/SPL

It's funny, the water in San Diego County will be 59 in the morning, 64 by lunch, and 66 by sunset. Then the north wind blows at night and the whole cycle starts over. Ricky Whitlock enjoying a brief spurt of warmth. Photo: Steindler

It's funny, the water in San Diego County will be 59 in the morning, 64 by lunch, and 66 by sunset. Then the north wind blows at night and the whole cycle starts over. Ricky Whitlock enjoying a brief spurt of warmth. Photo: Steindler

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Maui girl Lani Dougherty at Lower Trestles, which took the brunt of the recent run of south swell. Photo: Steindler

Maui girl Lani Dougherty at Lower Trestles, which took the brunt of the recent run of south swell. Photo: Steindler

Josh Kerr picked one hell of a summer to move to SoCal...it's warmer back at his home on the Gold Coast and it's mid-winter there! Photo: Steindler

Josh Kerr picked one hell of a summer to move to SoCal...it's warmer back at his home on the Gold Coast and it's mid-winter there! Photo: Steindler

Cory Arrambide with a rare Lower Trestles tube...actually more of a head dip but let's be generous. Photo: Steindler

Cory Arrambide with a rare Lower Trestles tube...actually more of a head dip but let's be generous. Photo: Steindler

Matt Myers tucks into a sweet summertime cavern near Santa Cruz. Photo: Nelly/SPL

Matt Myers tucks into a sweet summertime cavern near Santa Cruz. Photo: Nelly/SPL

Facing due south and with a jetty that refracts south swells into a "wedge" The Wedge in Newport Beach is the go to spot for SoCal surfers who have a hankering for giant barrels. Photo: jackenglish.com

Facing due south and with a jetty that refracts south swells into a "wedge" The Wedge in Newport Beach is the go to spot for SoCal surfers who have a hankering for giant barrels. Photo: jackenglish.com

Jamie Parkhurst's evening slash at Lower Trestles. Photo: Steindler

Jamie Parkhurst's evening slash at Lower Trestles. Photo: Steindler

Just when you think Dion Agius has lost his mind by living in New York City he comes to his senses and shows up at Lowers. Photo: Steindler

Just when you think Dion Agius has lost his mind by living in New York City he comes to his senses and shows up at Lowers. Photo: Steindler

If Dane Zaun put his back foot any further back he'd be standing on his leash... Photo: Steindler

If Dane Zaun put his back foot any further back he'd be standing on his leash... Photo: Steindler

One way to stay warm during this oh-so-chilly summer is to simply soar above the water like Matt Rockhold here. Photo: Nelly/SPL

One way to stay warm during this oh-so-chilly summer is to simply soar above the water like Matt Rockhold here. Photo: Nelly/SPL