Surfing California USA

It’s a coastline of iconic and world famous beaches. White sands, blue seas, dramatic cliffs and beachfront houses. It’s a laidback surfers lifestyle where both urban culture and surf-able waves are never too far away. Just hope you don’t get fog.

A bronze statue honoring surfers, tall amongst the red flowers, Santa Cruz, CaliforniaAs the sign says, at the world famous surf beach it's surfboards only, Malibu, California

A bronze statue honoring surfers, tall amongst the red flowers at Santa Cruz; As the sign says, at the world famous Malibu beach it’s surfboards only.

An old wetsuit hangs for sale on the famous brick wall while two men debate life on the sand, Malibu, California

An old wetsuit hangs for sale on the famous brick wall at Malibu while two men debate life on the sand.

Two surfer friends talk and smile as the walk across the sand away from the ocean, oil rigs faintly visible in the distance, Huntington Beach, California

Two surfer friends talk and smile as the walk across the sand away from the ocean at Huntington Beach, oil rigs faintly visible in the distance.

A swell rolls in to the beach and surfers try to catch waves as the surf life saver watches from the verandah of his shack, Huntington Beach, California

A swell rolls in to Huntington Beach and surfers try to catch waves as the surf life saver watches from the verandah of his shack.

Two surfers walk across the sand leaving the beach, pass a mother and child walking across the sand, arriving, Huntington Beach, California

Two surfers walk across the sand leaving Huntington Beach, pass a mother and child walking across the sand, arriving.

A surfer walks across the sand towards the ocean, ready to surf, while to women take a stroll along the shoreline behind him, Huntington Beach, CaliforniaTwo surfers walk up the concrete steps from the beach towards the traffic lights and busy road above, Huntington Beach, California

A surfer walks across the sand towards the ocean, ready to surf, while to women take a stroll along the Huntington Beach shoreline behind him; Two surfers walk up the concrete steps from Huntington Beach towards the traffic lights and busy road above.

Seagulls line up along the sand as surfers line up in the ocean, Huntington Beach, California

Seagulls line up along the sand at Huntington Beach as surfers line up in the ocean.

A boy and a girl ride their bikes along the concrete path between the pale sand and the large beachfront houses with their palm trees, beneath a blue sky on a warm sunny day, Huntington Beach, CaliforniaA lifeguard sits in the shade on the deck of the blue lifeguard tower looking out to the ocean, with a sand pile below his feet and one of the iconic red rescue buoy floatation devices hanging above his head ready for action, Huntington Beach, California

A boy and a girl ride their bikes along the concrete path between the pale sand of Huntington Beach and the large beachfront houses with their palm trees, beneath a blue sky on a warm sunny day; A lifeguard sits in the shade on the deck of the blue lifeguard tower at Huntington Beach looking out to the ocean, with a sand pile below his feet and one of the iconic red rescue buoy floatation devices hanging above his head ready for action.

A surfer walks into the waves at as seagulls fly up from the sand all around him, Huntington Beach, California

A surfer walks into the waves at Huntington Beach as seagulls fly up from the sand all around him.

Two surfers walk across the asphalt path and beneath the power lines to the beach, Huntington Beach, CaliforniaA surfer sits on the sand and stretches before his surf, palm trees and surf life saving shack behind him, Huntington Beach, California

Two surfers walk across the asphalt path and beneath the power lines to the beach at Huntington Beach; A surfer sits on the sand and stretches before his surf, palm trees and Huntington Beach surf life saving shack behind him.

A father and son surfing session on a midweek morning, Newport Beach, California

A father and son surfing session on a midweek morning at Newport Beach.

The rough layered bark of a palm tree with the white sands and blue water of the beach behind it, Newport Beach, California

The rough layered bark of a palm tree with the white sands and blue water of Newport Beach behind it.

A bike on the white sands, while an old surfer changes in the shade of the lifesaving shack, Newport Beach, California

A bike on the white sands of Newport Beach, while an old surfer changes in the shade of the lifesaving shack.

Four surfers roll up to the beach and head out the waves, Newport Beach, CaliforniaStanding on the deck of his beachfront house a man checks out the surf, two beach chairs settled in the sand, Newport Beach, California

Four surfers roll up to the beach and head out the waves at Newport Beach; Standing on the deck of his beachfront house at Newport Beach a man checks out the surf, two beach chairs settled in the sand.

A row of houses interspersed with palm trees right on the sand, Newport Beach, California

A row of houses interspersed with palm trees right on the sands of Newport Beach.

In the camping ground wetsuits and towels hang on trees to dry, surfboards are strapped to cars and leashed to trees, Encinitas, California

In the camping ground at Encinitas wetsuits and towels hang on trees to dry, surfboards are strapped to cars and leashed to trees.

Looking across the sand to a surfer standing in the shallows, early in the morning, Encinitas, California

Looking across the sand to a surfer standing in the shallows, early in the morning at Encinitas.

A surfboard sits on the beach with a small breaking wave in the background, a quite morning, Encinitas, California

A surfboard sits on the beach with a small breaking wave in the background, a quite morning in Encinitas.

Two surfers wander along the sand on their way back from the waves while a wetsuit and rashie dry on a lifesaving shack, Encinitas, CaliforniaSurf-themed street numbers in the form of a painted wave, on the gutter beside thick green grass, Encinitas, California

Two surfers wander along the sand on their way back from the waves while a wetsuit and rashie dry on a lifesaving shack at Encinitas; Surf-themed street numbers in the form of a painted wave, on the gutter beside thick green grass in Encinitas.

Tropical hibiscus flowers against a bright blue sky, Encinitas, CaliforniaA surfer heads out into the waves early in the morning, as the pale sky is reflected in the wet sand, Encinitas, California

Tropical hibiscus flowers against a bright blue sky in Encinitas; A surfer heads out into the waves early in the morning at Encinitas, as the pale sky is reflected in the wet sand.

An older surfer walks down the steps to the beach, surfboard under his arm and cliffs behind him, Encinitas, California

An older surfer walks down the steps to the beach at Encinitas, surfboard under his arm and cliffs behind him.

Early morning and a surfer enters the water, delicate seaweed and rocks on the shoreline, Encinitas, CaliforniaA close up of the bright pink papery flowers found everywhere, Encinitas, California

Early morning and a surfer enters the water at Encinitas, delicate seaweed and rocks on the shoreline; A close up of the bright pink papery flowers found everywhere in Encinitas.

An older surfer walks across the sand of the hazy early morning beach towards the ocean, Encinitas, California

An older surfer walks across the sand of the hazy early morning beach towards the ocean at Encinitas.

Two wetsuits hang to dry in a courtyard only one block from the beach, Encinitas, California

Two wetsuits hang to dry in a courtyard only one block from the Encinitas beach.

A surfer with a longboard under his arm walks along the shoreline as two young girls look at shells, Encinitas, California

A surfer with a longboard under his arm walks along the shoreline at Encinitas as two young girls look at shells.

A surfer walks along the street near the beach at D Street, Encinitas, California

A surfer walks along the street near the beach at Encinitas’ D Street.

A surfer tries to catch a wave, palm tree in the foreground, Encinitas, CaliforniaA surfer zips up his wetsuit, the crowded busy beach behind him, Encinitas, California

A surfer tries to catch a wave at Encinitas, palm tree in the foreground; A surfer zips up his wetsuit, the crowded busy beach of Encinitas behind him.

A skilled surfer cuts back on a tiny wave, Encinitas, California

A skilled surfer cuts back on a tiny wave at Encinitas.

Two surfers walk down the wooden foreshore steps towards the beach, surfboards under their arms, Encinitas, California

Two surfers walk down the wooden foreshore steps at Encinitas towards the beach, surfboards under their arms.

Looking down on a surfer using the beach shower against the foreshore, Encinitas, California

Looking down on a surfer using the beach shower against the Encinitas foreshore.

Looking across the dry grass of the cliff top, a surfing father and son enter the flat ocean well to the side of the break at Swami's, Encinitas, California

Looking across the dry grass of the cliff top, a surfing father and son enter the flat ocean well to the side of the break at Swami’s.

The most prized parking spot in town, a car faces the ocean at Swami's covered in surfboards and towels, Encinitas, California

The most prized parking spot in town, a car faces the ocean at Swami’s covered in surfboards and towels.

A surfer hangs ten on a longboard at Swami's, a seaweed covered rock on the shoreline in front of the wave, Encinitas, California

A surfer hangs ten on a longboard at Swami’s, a seaweed covered rock on the shoreline in front of the wave.

Bright green flowering plants grow on rocks along the foreshore at Swami's, Encinitas, CaliforniaA surfer runs across the beach at Swami's, in a hurry to get into the waves, Encinitas, California

Bright green flowering plants grow on rocks along the foreshore at Swami’s; A surfer runs across the beach at Swami’s, in a hurry to get into the waves.

Two surfers walk along the beach at dusk, returning from a surf, beside green succulents growing on the Swami's foreshore, Encinitas, CaliforniaTwo surfers walk along the shoreline talking, Encinitas, California

Two surfers walk along the beach at dusk, returning from a surf, beside green succulents growing on the Swami’s foreshore; Two surfers walk along the shoreline at Encinitas talking.

Waves lap at the rocky foreshore of Swami's, green plants and palm trees along the beach in the beautiful light at the end of the day, Encinitas, California

Waves lap at the rocky foreshore of Swami’s, green plants and palm trees along the beach in the beautiful light at the end of the day.

A surfer takes a beach shower with his surfboard, Encinitas, CaliforniaA man fishes off the rocks at Swami's as a young surfer contemplates enter the waves in the cool light of dusk, Encinitas, California

A surfer takes a beach shower with his surfboard at Encinitas; A man fishes off the rocks at Swami’s as a young surfer contemplates enter the waves in the cool light of dusk.

As the ocean laps against the rocks in the light of a hazy sunset a surfer walks into the waves, Encinitas, California

As the ocean laps against the rocks in the light of a hazy sunset a surfer walks into the waves.

One white flower grows among a mass of bright green leaves, Encinitas, CaliforniaA surfer walks through the water at Swami's near rocks at high tide in the cool light of dusk, Encinitas, California

One white flower grows among a mass of bright green leaves at Encinitas; A surfer walks through the water at Swami’s near rocks at high tide in the cool light of dusk.

2 thoughts

  1. It might be time to embrace the gypsy lifestyle again:). These pic’s will make me hit the road again. Thanks for sharing them. Much love!

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