Monday Photos: California Combo

posted by / Monday Photos, Photos / May 4, 2014

Peaks for days — seriously, these conditions lasted a few days. Photo: William Sharp

Peaks for days — seriously, these conditions lasted for a few days. Photo: William Sharp

The face says it all. Chase Jaramillo, Wedge. Photo: Benjamin Ginsberg

The face says it all. Zane Waysz, bewitched by The Wedge. Photo: Benjamin Ginsberg

Cam Richards goes left and someone else goes, “Yahoo!” Photo: Taras

Cam Richards goes left and somebody else goes, “Yahoo!” Photo: Taras

Chippa Wilson picks his nose in Oceanside. Photo: Jimmicane

Chippa Wilson picks his nose in Oceanside. Photo: Jimmicane

Eithan Osbourne gets a gift from the Santa Ana winds. Photo: William Sharp

Eithan Osbourne gets a gift from the Santa Ana winds. Photo: William Sharp

Ian Crane, a sunset slob. Photo: Taras

Ian Crane, a sunset slob. Photo: Taras

What were you doing at 13-years-old? Probably throwing rocks at cars, pantsing your friends and being a shithead in general. But here’s Tyler Gunter at 14, charing Wedge. Photo: Benjamin Ginsberg

What were you doing at 13-years-old? Probably throwing rocks at cars, pantsing your friends and being a shithead in general. But here’s Tyler Gunter at 14, charing Wedge. What a difference a year makes. Photo: Benjamin Ginsberg

Front track tops: excellent in theory, not so great in practice. Josh Kerr experiments. Photo: Jimmicane

Front track tops: excellent in theory, not so great in practice. Josh Kerr experiments. Photo: Jimmicane

Chipping away in Oceanside. Photo: Jimmicane

Chipping away in Oceanside. Photo: Jimmicane

Chippa is super fired up on his new Prius. Photo: Jimmicane

Chippa is super fired up on his new Prius. Photo: Jimmicane

Kanoa Igarashi, all the way up there in Orange County. Photo: Robb Wilson

Kanoa Igarashi, all the way up there in Orange County. Photo: Robb Wilson

Josh Kerr eats GoPros for breakfast. And burritos for lunch. Photo: Jimmicane

Josh Kerr eats GoPros for breakfast. And burritos for lunch. Photo: Jimmicane

Perfect from afar…you know the rest. Photo: Taras

Perfect from afar…you know the rest. Photo: Taras

Tyler Gunter, gunting. Photo: Taras

Tyler Gunter, gunting. Photo: Taras

Think Nat Young was happy to get some time at home after two months in Australia? We do. Photo: Nelly

Think Nat Young was happy to get some time at home after two months in Australia? We do. Photo: Nelly

Nat Cy Young pitches the perfect game off that section. Photo: Nelly

Nat Cy Young pitches the perfect game off a section. Photo: Nelly

Richie Shmidt rocks out with his fully clothed. Photo: Ryan Craig

Richie Shmidt rocks out with his fully covered. Photo: Ryan Craig

Noah Wegrich, red-eye flight in Santa Cruz. Photo: Ryan Craig

Noah Wegrich, red-eye flight in Santa Cruz. Photo: Ryan Craig

No sinners in San Clemente. Photo: Greg Gyselinck

No sinners in Saint Clemente. Photo: Greg Gyselinck

Warren Smith, up for grabs in Orange County. Photo: Taras

Warren Smith, up for grabs in Orange County. Photo: Taras

Dreams really do come true. Well, not the literal dreams that you have at night — like going to Arby’s with Red Forman from That ’70s Show or getting into an altercation with your garbage man. But the ambitious kind of dream comes true. The hopeful, I would do anything for this to happen type. Case in point: Last week’s springtime California combo swell. The stars aligned, so to speak cliche. A dominant south swell got crossed up by a faint northwest and the Santa Ana winds blew offshore in that arid, angelic sort of way. So many stars, so very aligned. It was the perfect combo — even if it didn’t come with french fries and a large drink. You can always go to Arby’s for that, with or without Big Red.

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    Some of these shots are stunning. Can’t wait to go and surf the west coast of the US