Local Smiles

The Number Streets at Newport Beach, CA are home to some of the best surfers in Southern California, also some of the most localized surfers. That being said they really aren’t aggressive and territorial like most of the other popular surfing spots in the area. But, if you think you have a chance getting a set wave… You Are Wrong. See the issue with Newport is there are so many guys in the lineup that know exactly where the waves will break, what the sandbar is doing, how the tides are shifting, when the swell is going to peak. ect… On top of all that, they are all friends, so they don’t need force you out… they can just sit back and watch you take off on closeouts because thats the only waves they will give you (or bait you into taking).

This was the first shot I took when I swam out, it set the tone nicely for the rest of the day.

Then the Barrels came out to play

Believe it our not there was actually an empty one that I got to body surf… I never got one when I lived here haha 

Barrel to the left to hacks to my right, stuck in the middle again

O yeah like I said, if you want to come on down to 52nd Street and get some waves the boys will be more then happy to give you closeout until you get discouraged and go back to the 909

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6 responses

  1. memories…misty watercolored memories of my youth…LOVE these photos

    April 18, 2012 at 10:42 am

    • Thanks… I don’t want to grow up I’m a toys-r-us there are a millions things I can play with

      April 18, 2012 at 10:48 am

  2. California is just a laid back place! i grew up in Laguna Beach where my dad was an artist and had his studio gallery. we always had surfer friends guys and girls…like art, surfing is just a way of life! we use to ditch school to go to the surf competitions sometimes leaving at about 5:00 in the morning so we could get a place on the beach near the water. we had so much fun ! love the photos! O.C. forever!!!!

    April 18, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    • I called The OC home for a few years and loved it. There are a lot of still hidden gems in this over crowded arena. Laguna doesn’t always work as a great surfing spot but when it’s on there is a perfect barrel sand bar right off the beach. I’m kind of jelly of your childhood, I grew up in New York…

      April 18, 2012 at 1:13 pm

      • yes its true O.C. now is wayyyyy over crowded but i still love passing through and the local surfers are very protective of the surf spots, they are very terrtorial. my fave beaches are more down south, Del Mar, Cardiff by the Sea, Solana Beach. Southern California in general is just a beautiful place 😉

        April 18, 2012 at 1:17 pm

  3. Reblogged this on Rayo99as's Blog and commented:
    The picture all olmost beatiful

    April 22, 2012 at 12:51 pm

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