California surfer © M@mad
A lot comes to mind with California surfing, from Beach Boy
serenades to the edgy skate style of Dogtown, or epic big waves of
Mavericks. But what these all have in common is the wave-producing
coastline of California. Northern California leaves surfers to the
elements, with big storm swells and big storm weather. These are
not ideal surfing conditions but seclusion and striking rugged
scenery are the norm off the coast of Humboldt and Sonoma Counties.
Central California is much more popular among surfers but has
nothing near the surf culture in the south.
Santa Cruz is best visited during winter and unique surf spots
can be discovered along Monterey. Southern California is the surf
epicentre, although by no means a small one. From Santa Barbara to
L.A. to San Diego, the coastline offers prime waves. The more
popular areas push limits of how many can surf the same wave. For
observers, Malibu is the place to soak in surf history and