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“This was one of those all-time days in Ventura,” says Paul Fisher. “The morning was epic, then we cruised back after lunch to check it and somehow it was even better. Colton Sarlo racked up more than six hours of surfing this day. He’s got no fear and just punts as high as he can just to see what happens.” Photo: Fisher

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A day before his 21st birthday, Dane Zaun received this perfectly wrapped present courtesy of a clean northwest swell in the South Bay. Photo: Jacobson

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“Carl Holmes makes his northern migration every winter to visit his family,” says Chris Burkard. “But mostly he makes the trek for barrels like this.” Photo: Burkard

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Dane Reynolds made the short jaunt from his house to hunt down some rippable peaks at this Ventura beachbreak. Photo: Ellis

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What every surfer hopes to see when pulling up for a surf check at Cardiff. Photo: McGuinness

California's New Year

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Back-to-back northwest swells have seen the entire coast of California at its best. Peter Mendia, making his trip from Florida worthwhile along the Central Coast. Photo: Burkard

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Although this wave looks perfect, it would have taken a zen-like patience to actually catch it. “This day I was sitting out at Pipeline, photographing a rather average head-high evening session. Backdoor, Aint’s, and Off The Wall were are all acting funny, so Pipeline was extra crowded with people who would normally be sitting elsewhere,” says Morgan Maassen. “Right before the sun began to set, a freak set—easily double-overhead—came marching through Off The Wall to everyone’s amazement. There w

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“This gem of a beach in Western Australia almost always heralds the most beautiful A-frames you’ve ever seen as you pass by on the road,” says Morgan Maassen. “However, unless it’s a freak cyclone swell, you’ll just be pulling into heavy, dry-sand closeouts, watched closely by some very large fish.” Photo: Maassen

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No matter how high your froth factor, paddling out at perfect waves in some parts of the world is simply an exercise in masochism. “Iceland is cold, heavy, and offers very small swell windows,” says Chris Burkard. “Waves like this seem so inviting until you are standing on the beach, shivering in the freezing cold winds thinking about the even colder water temps.” Photo: Burkard

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Waves are always the most deceiving when you’re down the beach, unable to tell if a barrel is too fast, or just makeable. “This wave breaks close to my home and often masks its true nature,” says Chris Burkard. “Although you can capture a beautiful moment here, it is only seconds before the entire beach turns into one giant wall. Though hard to believe, this particular wave is actually unrideable.” Photo: Burkard

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“It’s really fickle, but we pretty much know what it needs now to get it good,” says Andrew Shield. “Those are the best barrels I’ve shot in Australia for sure—as good as P-Pass. It’s difficult to get out there when it’s solid because the trip out is so rough, so whenever it’s solid you can pretty much guarantee having it to yourself.” Dean Brady, having his cake and eating it too. Photo: Shield

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After the last perfect rights had come and gone, the crew boarded their vessel and headed for the mainland. “When we left, all I wanted was to sleep for 15 hours, but the problem was the waves were going to be good again the following day,” says Dean Brady. “So I forced myself out of bed at 7am the next morning. I figured I could catch up on sleep when it’s 2-foot and crowded.” Photo: Shield

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Jeff Emerson, enjoying another helping of February's delights in the South Bay. Photo: Lowe-White

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The Gudangs run on a seemingly endless supply of froth when good waves are on tap. Dane takes to the air during yet another marathon session at Rincon. Photo: Ellis

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Cold, offshore slabs are not for the faint of heart in Central California. Photo: Amerson

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