From the South Bay to San Francisco, Huntington Beach to Steamer Lane…
The 2015-16 El Nino year will go down in history as one of the greatest swell rich periods the California coast has ever seen. Strongest in the Northern Pacific, with Hawaii also feeling the heat, these past winter months have produced swell large enough to run even the most prestigious of surf competitions. The Eddie Aikau and Mavericks are a few big wave events to be mentioned. While popular names in the industry really got to stretch their legs, local surfers around the west coast weren’t just watching on the screens. I was fortunate enough to spend December – February in California and witness, first hand, the true power of mother ocean and the potential she has for both pristine beauty and absolute destruction. Waves appeared all along the coast, places normally quiet began screaming for attention as spots more well known simply embodied perfection. From the South Bay to San Francisco, Huntington Beach to Steamer Lane, I got to experience some of California’s greatest surf breaks, churning out massive waves at their prime. Although there is always a battle within me, consistently torn between photographing and surfing, I’ve managed to capture a few gems throughout my winter in California. This 2016 El Nino season, undoubtedly one for the record books, will be the talk of the town for years to come. Now that storms have left the region and real life can begin to take over once again, enjoy the gallery as we patiently wait. The next swell is just around the corner.
Pray for Surf!
Perfectly formed waves gave surfers the conditions they needed to really get expressive.
El Nino may have gave California some stormy weather but that didnt stop mother nature putting on a show.
Los Angeles saw good surf all through the South Bay. The Beach Break at El Porto looking good.
Lifeguards put their skills to the test everyday as big surf and strong rips caught many surfers off guard.
Finless to Asymetrical, all kinds of water craft can be seen making their rounds in Ventura County.
I spent alot of time in Santa Barbara throughout this El Nino winter. It served as the perfect hub to access great surf.
Waves could be seen all over the coast. It was evident when a new swell was peaking in the area.
Some point break action to enjoy. What would you do with the clean slate?
Keeping it Vintage in the South Bay.
Ducking in and out of Barrels into the bay at Rincon.
The Cliffs in Isla Vista. SB always coming through with the gorgeous sunsets.
Sunrise at C-Street in Ventura.
Manturns and Cutbacks.
Lifeguard training on a rough day in the water.
Smacking the lip.
“The Lane” Santa Cruz, CA
Dawn Patrol and all it’s glory.
Burying the rail and loving life.
Sunsets over Rincon’s famous cobblestone beach front.
Style and Grace on Rincon’s beautiful point breaks.
Weapon of choice. 6′ Channel Islands #4.
Wonder how that party went down?
The Pier in Surf City USA. Huntington Beach, CA.
Brief moment of reflection during an epic sunset session.
“The Rock” at Morro Bay. Epic surf break right next to this monumental structure.
Through the minefield. Rincon, California.
Lived out of this car for a weeks at a time, chasing surf wherever it showed.
Morro Rock getting some surf.
Wednesday afternoon in San Luis Obispo.
Steamer Lane, one of Santa Cruz’s premier surf spots. The Cliff’s are a perfect way to get close to the action.
Solo surfer heads for the water.
Often times it seemed waves could be seen anywhere you looked.
Massive lines marching into Ventura.
El Porto Beach. Los Angeles, CA
Picking up speed on a fun one at Rincon