Decoding California By The Numbers

There are 840 marvelous miles of coastline between Oregon and Mexico and too many good waves to count in between. Some spots we all know. Others we don’t. (And plenty more we’d love to find.) This isn’t a road map, nor is it a comprehensive look at those 840 miles — not enough pages for that and road maps are boring anyway. No, this is a selection of top-prize imagery from California’s 2015 winter wave lottery. It wasn’t the biggest or the best, but it was consistent and warm and high pressure and (kinda) El Nino and how much fun was that? From North to South, we picked the state’s winningest area codes. Together these lucky numbers are 650-831-805-310-858. Will they win you the Mega Millions? Not likely. But, this winter in California, they were the only real numbers you needed to score.

San Francisco is home to the priciest rental market of any city in the country. But cross the Great Highway and you’ll occasionally find opportunities to shack up rent-free. Photo: Ryan Craig
San Francisco is home to the priciest rental market of any city in the country. But cross the Great Highway and you’ll occasionally find opportunities to shack up rent-free. Photo: Ryan Craig

Inside The 415:
Fog.
NW wind.
Internet startups.
Republicans.
Cleanup sets.
Artisan everything.
Bargains.
Bohemian cafes.
Booties.
Parking.
Hoods.
Summer.

While venture capitalists place multimillion-dollar bets on the next big thing to come out of Silicon Valley, Nic Vaughan takes a risky venture of his own just up the road at Maverick’s. Photo: Frank Quirarte
While venture capitalists place multimillion-dollar bets on the next big thing to come out of Silicon Valley, Nic Vaughan takes a risky venture of his own just up the road at Maverick’s. Photo: Frank Quirarte

Inside The 650
Tech tycoons.
Brussel sprouts.
Friendly surf.
Hiking in.
Sharks.
Weather.
Cows.
Bikinis.
Long paddle-outs.
Longer hold-downs.

Nicknamed “The Salad Bowl of the World,” The Monterey Bay region is an agricultural powerhouse. Nat Young harvests a winter crop. Photo: Ryan Craig
Nicknamed “The Salad Bowl of the World,” The Monterey Bay region is an agricultural powerhouse. Nat Young harvests a winter crop. Photo: Ryan Craig

Inside The 831
Redwoods.
Hippies.
Friendly locals.
Kelp.
Crop dusters.
Raised Tundras.
Artichoke farms.
Elephant seals.
Trunking it.

Parker Coffin feeling no need to venture anywhere else outside of his area code. Photo: William Sharp
Parker Coffin feeling no need to venture anywhere else outside of his area code. Photo: William Sharp

Inside The 805
Drunk college students.
Wine.
Oprah.
Tom Curren.
Biker gangs.
Al Merrick.
Tar balls.
Ghost trains.
South swell.

After spending his morning in gridlock on the 405, this lucky fellow finds an open lane in the South Bay. Photo: Dave Marano
After spending his morning in gridlock on the 405, this lucky fellow finds an open lane in the South Bay. Photo: Dave Marano

Inside The 310
Pool parties.
Beautiful people.
The Lakers Clippers.
Traffic.
Asphalt.
Weather.
Celebrities who surf.
Priuses with roof racks.
Single fins.
Smog.
The WSL.
Venice mindset.
Tranquility.

Filipe Toledo gives the paragliders at Blacks a lesson in hang time. Photo: Canavarro
Filipe Toledo gives the paragliders at Blacks a lesson in hang time. Photo: Canavarro

Inside The 858
Canyon sets.
Pointbreaks.
College parties.
Marines.
Nude men.
Blue water.
Hot moms.
Empty lineups.
Sunshine.

Border Hopper Rusty Long hides from La Migra somewhere in Baja. Photo: Pat Stacy
Border Hopper Rusty Long hides from La Migra somewhere in Baja. Photo: Pat Stacy

Inside The +52 664 (BAJA)
Trash fires.
Federales.
In N Out.
Cacti.
Campfires.
Scorpions.
Step-offs.
Dust.
Tequila.
Tecate.
SUP fever.
Papas&Beer.