Killer California Photo Gallery

Shane Dorian nearly met his maker after suffering a two wave hold down on this supersized Mavericks bomb. Photo: Nelly/SPL

Shane Dorian nearly met his maker after suffering a two wave hold down on this supersized Mavericks bomb. Photo: Nelly/SPL

According to photographer Dave Nelson, Shane Dorian lost his balance after hitting the slightest lump in the doubling-up swell, and was held underwater by this wave and the next one before surfacing all dazed... Scary stuff. Photo: Nelly/SPL

According to photographer Dave Nelson, Shane Dorian lost his balance after hitting the slightest lump in the doubling-up swell, and was held underwater by this wave and the next one before surfacing all dazed... Scary stuff. Photo: Nelly/SPL

When Shane Dorian calls it quits and is looking this rattled, you know some serious shit just went down. Photo: Nelly/SPL

When Shane Dorian calls it quits and is looking this rattled, you know some serious shit just went down. Photo: Nelly/SPL

With a sudden surge in the swell, Sunday (2/14) morning was even bigger than the previous day when the Mavericks Surf Contest ran. Expect to see a lot of Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards from this day... Photo: Nelly/SPL

With a sudden surge in the swell, Sunday (2/14) morning was even bigger than the previous day when the Mavericks Surf Contest ran. Expect to see a lot of Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards from this day... Photo: Nelly/SPL

Grant "Twiggy" Baker on what looks like the biggest wave ever paddled into last Sunday at Mavericks. See you at the XXL Awards Twiggy! Photo: Nelly/SPL

Grant "Twiggy" Baker on what looks like the biggest wave ever paddled into last Sunday at Mavericks. See you at the XXL Awards Twiggy! Photo: Nelly/SPL

Not everyone was chasing the biggest waves ever at Mavericks... Jesse Merle Jones in LA. Photo: Noyle/SPL

Not everyone was chasing the biggest waves ever at Mavericks… Jesse Merle Jones in LA. Photo: Noyle/SPL

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Santa Cruz Harbor mouth drawing a crowd. Photo: Nelly/SPL

Santa Cruz Harbor and local ripper Shane Skelton drawing a crowd. Photo: Nelly/SPL

After getting pitched toward the jacks at the Santa Cruz Harbor, Josh Mulcoy apparently hit the bottom with enough force to make him think that he had broken his neck. It was obviously a terrifying moment for one of Santa Cruz's most popular surfers. Hope you're feeling better Mulcoy! Photo: Nelly/SPL

After getting pitched toward the jacks at the Santa Cruz Harbor, Josh Mulcoy apparently hit the bottom with enough force to make him think that he had broken his neck. It was obviously a terrifying moment for one of Santa Cruz's most popular surfers. Hope you're feeling better Mulcoy! Photo: Nelly/SPL

Looking to repeat as "Monster Paddle In Of The Year" winner, San Diego's Derek Dunfee strokes into an absolute bomb at Mavericks. Photo: Nelly/SPL

Looking to repeat as "Monster Paddle In Of The Year" winner, San Diego's Derek Dunfee strokes into an absolute bomb at Mavericks. Photo: Nelly/SPL

Alex Gray stays close to home in LA and gets kegged off his nuts... Gotta love this El Niño stuff! Photo: Nelly/SPL

Alex Gray stays close to home in LA and gets kegged off his nuts... Gotta love this El Niño stuff! Photo: Nelly/SPL

Meanwhile down south in San Diego, this normally packed lineup was nearly empty. Surfed out anyone? Photo" Checky

Meanwhile down south in San Diego, this normally packed lineup was nearly empty. Surfed out anyone? Photo" Checky

Someone needs to tell Taylor Knox that he should be going right to prep for the Quikkie Pro at Snapper... Photo: Checky

Someone needs to tell Taylor Knox that he should be going right to prep for the Quikkie Pro at Snapper... Photo: Checky

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Kauai's Jesse Merle Jones picked one hell of a winter to relocate to California... Photo: Nelly/SPL

Kauai's Jesse Merle Jones picked one hell of a winter to relocate to California... Photo: Nelly/SPL

Damien Hobgood puts on a layback slash clinic for the morning commuters on PCH. Photo: Checky

Damien Hobgood puts on a layback slash clinic for the morning commuters on PCH. Photo: Checky

Taylor Knox's hometown hack. Photo: Checky

Taylor Knox's hometown hack. Photo: Checky

Luke Davis at off-season Trestles. Photo: Steindler

Luke Davis at off-season Trestles. Photo: Steindler

Timmy Curran brings his high-flying act to Oceanside. Photo: Checky

Oxnard's Timmy Curran brings his high-flying act to Oceanside. Photo: Checky

Leaving the long drives to others, Cheyne Magnusson literally rolled out of bed and into the surf from his O'Side pad. Photo: Checky

Leaving the long drives to others, Cheyne Magnusson literally rolled out of bed and into the surf from his O'Side pad. Photo: Checky

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With an assist from some light offshores, Luke Davis tucks into an irie little love cavern at Upper Trestles. Photo: Steindler

With an assist from some light offshores, Luke Davis tucks into an irie little love cavern at Upper Trestles. Photo: Steindler

"Yo Damo! You dropped your wallet, best pick it man!" Photo: Checky

"Yo Damo! You dropped your wallet, best pick it man!" Photo: Checky

With Catalina Island in the background, 2010 ASP World Tour Rookie Nate Yeomans pops off in Newport. Photo: Steindler

With Catalina Island in the background, 2010 ASP World Tour Rookie Nate Yeomans pops off in Newport. Photo: Steindler

Timmy Curran signs off at newly formed sandbar somewhere in San Diego County... Photo: Checky

Timmy Curran signs off at newly formed sandbar somewhere in San Diego County... Photo: Checky