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"After getting so many good days in a row, it felt like many of us fell in a trance." says local Jackson Buttles. "All of a sudden I found myself taking my time to get ready to paddle out instead of the usual mad dash. If a really good wave came and someone else was in position, I didn't get frustrated. There would be more."© 2014 Don Dianda
"I'm not sure which day was the best, but the run we had during the last 10 days of December was epic." Woody Robinson.© 2014 Don Dianda
"We’ve been surfed out for almost two months," says Woody. "We’re almost waiting for it to get small again, so we can get out lives back in order."© 2014 Don Dianda
The US Coastguard taking training to a new level.© 2014 Don Dianda
Double the fun.© 2014 Don Dianda
The Golden Gate Bridge took four years to build and there are approximately 600,000 rivets in each tower, but you're probably more interested in sucking left which breaks beneath it.© 2014 Don Dianda
"In the 17 years I've been surfing the beach, I've never ever seen a run like this. It fired almost everyday for 2 months," says Jackson Buttles. "Ocean beach has it's moments, but they really don't happen all the time, and certainly nothing like this run, in my humble opinion. "© 2014 Don Dianda
“It’s been the most consistently big and clean fall/winter I’ve ever seen in SF over the last 25 years.” Woody© 2014 Don Dianda
Concentration while driving could prove difficult when peak like this in the corner of your eye.© 2014 Don Dianda
The perfect banks have not been ignored by surfing's big names. This is Josh Kerr a few days after Christmas.© 2014 Don Dianda
Kerr finding another screamer.© 2014 Don Dianda
Tanner Gudauskas also gravitated towards the sculpted banks of OB.© 2014 Don Dianda
The Gudauskas triplings exchange tales of big green tunnels.© 2014 Don Dianda
Damien Hobgood was alone this day. Most were daunted by the horrid paddle and occasional triple overhead set.© 2014 Don Dianda
A dash for shelter makes for a welcome change of scenery.© 2014 Don Dianda
"It'll be worth the paddle."© 2014 Don Dianda
Gazing t'ward Mavericks.© 2014 Don Dianda
Steve Dwyer claims to be getting a bit long in the tooth, here he looks sure of rail and keen of eye.© 2014 Don Dianda
A person wielding a metal detector quits their search to appreciate the treasure a few meters offshore.© 2014 Don Dianda
"Many will talk about this past 2 months- the waves, the winds, the swell period, the sandbars, the perfect days, for years and years to come. It most likely won't happen again in my surfing life." Jackson Buttles© 2014 Don Dianda
Work stations were abandoned, bodies ached, suits remained sodden and stoked smiles prevailed; all the result of an unrelenting run of quality swell and sand at Ocean Beach, San Francisco. In the words of one local, “we’ve been surfed out for two months. We’re almost waiting for it to get small again, so we can get out lives back in order.”
Throughout December and January photographer Don Dianda arose to the sound of rumbling whitewater. He would amble down to the beach, camera in hand, and snap off high quality surf porn of every peak in sight.
All of a sudden I found myself taking my time to get ready to paddle out instead of the usual mad dash. If a really good wave came and someone else was in position I didn’t get frustrated. There would be more. Jackson Buttles
“In the 17 years I’ve been surfing the beach, I’ve never ever seen a run like this. It fired almost everyday for 2 months!” Says Jackson Buttles, a local to OB. “After getting so many good days in a row, it felt like many of us fell in a trance. How many days til that happened? I have no idea. But all of a sudden I found myself taking my time to get ready to paddle out instead of the usual mad dash. If a really good wave came and someone else was in position (at points I’ve never seen the beach as crowded as this year) I didn’t get frustrated. There would be more.”
Readers unfamiliar with the fickle backs and volatile nature of Ocean Beach should not consider these flawless lines as the norm. “There are seasons where it’s almost never good,” says Buttles. “The storms are too close and bring southerly winds, or the sandbars get blown out by a big swell early and never recover, among a million other variables.”
Another exhausted local, Woody Robinson, describes the two month stretch with some reverence: “This the most consistently big and clean winter I’ve ever seen in SF over the last 25 years,” says Robinson. “I’m not sure which day was the best, but the run we had during the last 10 days of December was epic.”
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