Monday Photos: California, The Beautiful

posted by / Monday Photos, Photos / October 14, 2013

Music. Photo: Carlos Santana

Music. Photo: Carlos Santana

Ian Crane, bulldozing. Photo: Taras

Ian Crane, bulldozing. Photo: Taras

SURFING Magazine’s assistant editor Zander Morton was once the East Coast Champion of the World. And even in black and white, he’s still got that winning glow. Photo: Jimmicane

SURFING Magazine’s assistant editor Zander Morton was once the East Coast Champion of the World. And even in black and white, he’s still got that winning glow. Photo: Jimmicane

The menu. Photo: Sharp

The menu had a little something for everybody. Photo: Sharp

Bobby Martinez plays it straight and narrow. Photo: De Roulet

Bobby Martinez plays it straight and narrow. Photo: De Roulet

Bobby Okvist, standing beneath the plume. Photo: Carlos Santana

Bobby Okvist, standing beneath the plume. Photo: Carlos Santana

Tanner Rozunko's Santa Ana twist. Photo: Taras

Tanner Rozunko's Santa Ana twist. Photo: Taras

Kellen Ellison mixes a pig with a dog. Photo: De Roulet

Kellen Ellison mixes a pig with a dog. Photo: De Roulet

A good reason to hit a jetty in Newport Beach. Photo: Carlos Santana

A good reason to hit a jetty in Newport Beach. Photo: Carlos Santana

Sean Taylor, not quite standing tall and not quite complaining. Photo: Jimmicane

Sean Taylor, not quite standing tall and not quite complaining. Photo: Jimmicane

The day you should have skipped work. Photo: Carlos Santana

The day you should have skipped work. Photo: Carlos Santana

Fano Rakigija hoists her into the wind. Photo: Taras

Fano Rakigija hoists her into the wind. Photo: Taras

Jake Marshall finds his reflection in San Diego County. Photo: Jimmicane

Jake Marshall finds his reflection in San Diego County. Photo: Jimmicane

Solitude ain’t always gray. Photo: Matt Kurvin

Solitude ain’t always gray. Photo: Matt Kurvin

Noah Wegrich, up north. Photo: Nelly

Noah Wegrich, up north. Photo: Nelly


 

Santa Ana winds originate in North America’s Great Basin. As high atmospheric pressures stacks up, things start shaking and moving up there in the old gut. A cool wind blows and it’s got the Pacific Ocean on mind. The wind heats up as it trucks it down the Sierra Nevadas, becoming a fire-spreading nuisance by the time it finally reaches the coast. But when the winds just so happen to coincide with any good swell along the Southern California coast, the waves ignite. Last week, the Santa Anas were the perfect groom to a rowdy Pacific. The wind blew all day long and there would be no pesky 10 am curfew for tubes. It surely was a union to remember. Here are 13 photos of the celebration, compliments of the Great Mojave Desert.