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California Love: Part II

| posted on March 19, 2013

Editor’s Note: Rob Gilley recently wrote a piece about the Golden State’s oft-overlooked place among the world’s best surf destinations. Sure, it might get crowded and occasionally flat in certain places, but god damn, if you know where to
look and when, it can make for an incredible surf trip. To read Gilley’s piece, click here, or check out the second part of his California photo series below.

Photo: Gilley

Photo: Gilley

Photo: Gilley

Photo: Gilley

Photo: Gilley

Photo: Gilley

  • Aaron Chang

    I wanted to let everyone know I am trying to sell clothing once again. My last clothing line did go bankrupt but when you fall off the horse you have to get back on!
    AC

  • twon

    yo rob, sick shots as usual!
    these are all classics seen a couple of them multiple times over the past few years.
    the last pic i have also seen a half dozen times, but where is it? for some reason i want to say its lj shores but the angle of the wave is deceiving

  • http://www.michaelyankaus.com MIk

    Where’s the bottom photo surf spot?

    G’luck Aaron!

    u deserve success… core surf legend.

  • Jb

    Great shots time to do a gathering of your digi archive
    Love to be there.

    Aaron your clothing line was epic
    But to expensive for most.

    J

  • Jb

    Great shots time to do a gathering of your digi archive
    Love to be there.

    Aaron your clothing line was epic
    But to expensive for most.

    J

  • Rico

    oh my God , that is LJ shores left at it’s best!

  • ray

    Aaron I moved away from LJ back in 2000! I’ve always enjoyed memories thru your lens! I remember running into you alot back in the days! I miss the variety of lineups of SD, but I don’t miss those crazy crowds. Favorite spot out of all the good SScliffies, and LJ reef breaks, turn’s out I was a PBpoint finatic when it was on! I’ve surfed that thing BIG all the way thru to Tourmalines,….Thanks AAron good luck on the horse this time!! Ray

  • kellylovewaves

    Everybody check out this SURFER RAPPER named Stephan!!!
    He rips the waves and the beats! Check out his website http://www.SurfRap.com or his youtube channel http://www.YouTube.com/SurfRapTV !!!!!! Hes gonna blow up and we should help support him :)

  • http://www.SurfRap.com Kelly Loves Waves

    Everybody check out this kid names Stephan! Hes a Surfer rapper that rips the beats and waves. He’s going blow up! check out his youtube channel SurfRapTv !!!

  • http://patwatsonart.com Pat Watson

    California surfing is not about being the world’s best surfer or getting the world’s best waves. It’s about having the world’s best time riding a wave and I did that today and nobody saw it…

  • Cornfield

    Hi Aaron. The Navy took me from the growing up in the Midwest to San Diego in the late El Nino winter months of 1997. I didn’t know who you were, but I found a pair of your board shorts in a PB surf shop. For what it is worth, I liked them a lot and wore them for years. It has been a long time coming for me. I now paddle out on the biggest of California and North Shore days. These experiences in the water have shaped me for the better.

  • http://www.skyminor.com Sky Minor

    California does have crowds at the best breaks (Trestles, Malibu) but so does every other place I’ve been to around the world-many of them are actually more crowded than even the heaviest Socal days. Hawaii, Florida, Brazil, Australia and Indo all had as many people out there as any day at Lowers. California does not deserve its reputation as crowded IMO.

  • Surfgirl

    Sweet shots, Rob! Being able to surf year ’round Cali waves softens the blow of Cali taxes for me somewhat.

    Glad to see you get back on the horse again, Aaron. Still have 2 of your beautiful bikinis I got in Hawaii. I’ll be looking out for your new line. Good luck!

  • Peter

    I am from Western Australia and am proud of my heritage, my state and home, the fantastic surf ( and weather ) and the great open spaces. But the waves can get crowded here too. It gets crowded in most countries from time to time, but just flow with it, smile at others, give someone a wave, and enjoy this surfing life. California has great waves too, and has a very deep and universally respected surfing heritage. You guys and girls in Cal have nothing to prove to the world, it’s done. . Great photos