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The Inertia

Even though it wasn’t a strong El Niño year here in Northern California, the waves pumped this winter. I’d say that four out of every seven days had good surf, which is definitely not bad for a place that consists of mostly beach breaks and needs off-shore winds to get good.

This gallery shows all the different faces of Northern California’s surf scene in the winter. Some days it can be three to five feet with perfect lines. You’ll look at the waves and wonder if you can ride them forever. Other days you’ll find yourself at 15-foot Ocean Beach, hurtling onto sandbars with one of the most dreadful paddles in the world. I love all the different conditions that we endure during the winter months. It is my home and I’m lucky to call it that.

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