Surfing California

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High surf batters Southern California beaches

High surf batters SoCal beaches Some local beach communities were hit hard during a storm that drenched Southern California. VENTURA, Calif. – A dangerous bomb cyclone that drenched Southern California triggered dangerous surf and ocean conditions at local beaches, possibly delivering the largest westerly swell in more than 15 years. On Thursday, the stormy conditions […]

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Dangerous 12-22 foot surf expected for Central Coast and Ventura County, NWS says

VENTURA, Calif. (KABC) — Coastal communities are being asked to plan ahead as a high surf advisory is in effect for Southern California beaches as a swell brings potentially dangerous surf to the coast. The advisory is in effect from 6 a.m. Thursday until 10 a.m. Friday. As of Wednesday afternoon, the National Weather Service […]

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Riders on the storm: Santa Cruz surfers’ yin-yang relationship with historic megaswell events

Have something to say? Lookout welcomes letters to the editor, within our policies, from readers. Guidelines here. Richard Schmidt is old enough to remember the winter of 1982 better than most. And as the person who put Santa Cruz surfing on the map because of his supreme comfort in extreme ocean conditions, from Hawaii’s North […]

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Photos: Seal Beach’s massive, mutant waves put on a show

The mutant winter waves have woken from their slumber. Surf spots were firing on Friday, Jan. 13, across Southern California, with a break in the rain allowing expert riders to seek out big waves from the South Bay to San Clemente and beyond. Another round of big surf is hitting Southern California, not expected to […]

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Quixotic-lit: California surfer braves “bomb” swell and becomes reborn! – BeachGrit
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Quixotic-lit: California surfer braves “bomb” swell and becomes reborn! – BeachGrit

“Even a blind kook finds a nut every once in a while.” I have ridden (a little) bigger waves, warmer waves, prettier waves, longer waves and more so-called perfect waves, but I don’t think any wave as satisfying as the one this late afternoon. The shorebreak was in tumult, so had to add a half […]

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Insane scenes in California as vulnerable adult learners on Costco Wavestorms attempt to tackle biggest swell in fifty years, “A red search-and-rescue helicopter hovers overhead. A surfer is missing. I think about the Wavestorms from earlier in the day” – BeachGrit
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Insane scenes in California as vulnerable adult learners on Costco Wavestorms attempt to tackle biggest swell in fifty years, “A red search-and-rescue helicopter hovers overhead. A surfer is missing. I think about the Wavestorms from earlier in the day” – BeachGrit

“We are all the idiots,” my friend writes in a text. “We just don’t know it until our luck runs out.” There’s a sound the big waves make. Sometimes it seems like something we feel as much as we hear. If you live in Hawaii or an exposed coastline, you hear it so often, it […]

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World Junior Surfing Championships Kick Off In Encinitas
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World Junior Surfing Championships Kick Off In Encinitas

ENCINITAS, CA — Surfing’s World Junior Championships are set to begin Monday at Seaside Reef off the shore of Cardiff State Beach in Encinitas, surf and weather conditions pending. The field of 24 women from nine nations and six continents includes 19- year-old Alyssa Spencer of Encinitas, who was among 10 wild-card entrants selected by […]

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Riders on the storm: Santa Cruz surfers’ yin-yang relationship with historic megaswell events

Have something to say? Lookout welcomes letters to the editor, within our policies, from readers. Guidelines here. Richard Schmidt is old enough to remember the winter of 1982 better than most. And as the person who put Santa Cruz surfing on the map because of his supreme comfort in extreme ocean conditions, from Hawaii’s North […]

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Huge Waves Are Demolishing California’s Coastline

Outside’s long reads email newsletter features our strongest writing, most ambitious reporting, and award-winning storytelling about the outdoors. Sign up today. As multiple atmospheric rivers pummel the Pacific Coast, Californians have been watching their coastline change shape—and surfers have been hunting down sheltered spots to take advantage of the swell. While the biggest waves came […]

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Insane scenes in California as vulnerable adult learners on Costco Wavestorms attempt to tackle biggest swell in fifty years, “A red search-and-rescue helicopter hovers overhead. A surfer is missing. I think about the Wavestorms from earlier in the day” – BeachGrit
Surfing California

Insane scenes in California as vulnerable adult learners on Costco Wavestorms attempt to tackle biggest swell in fifty years, “A red search-and-rescue helicopter hovers overhead. A surfer is missing. I think about the Wavestorms from earlier in the day” – BeachGrit

“We are all the idiots,” my friend writes in a text. “We just don’t know it until our luck runs out.” There’s a sound the big waves make. Sometimes it seems like something we feel as much as we hear. If you live in Hawaii or an exposed coastline, you hear it so often, it […]

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