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“In San Francisco, the winter offshores start to blow after the first snowfall in the High Sierras,” wrote William Finnegan in part one of “Playing Doc’s Games.” “And the first large swells of the season actually do arrive in November, often before the sandbars are ready to turn them into ridable surf. In December and January, though, the combination of huge winter storm swells and local beach and weather conditions frequently produces waves that beggar description.” Picturesque as they may be, the cold, Finnegan says, makes the water feel like impenetrable concrete.

Recently Nat Young and Luke Davis made their to OB to try their luck and get a few waves. It’s telling that between the two native Californians, over the course of one day, they get four edit-worthy waves.

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