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