California’s Ice Cold Summer Swell

As the rest of the nation swelters through heat wave after heat wave, California is experiencing the coolest summer since 1933. Water temps haven’t gotten above 66 degrees and just this afternoon, the staff here at TWS foolishly paddled out in trunks in 59 degree bullshit. The bright side is that we’re in a nice pattern of south swell action right now and experts are calling for a warmer than usual September and October. While it’s a shame we won’t be trunking it, as long as there’s some surf it really doesn’t matter—that’s what wetsuits are for.—Justin Coté

Unknown charger gets stuffed by an unknown (and rude) dragger of the dick at SoCal's best south swell magnet—The Wedge. Photo: jackenglish.com

Unknown charger gets stuffed by an unknown (and rude) dragger of the dick at SoCal's best south swell magnet—The Wedge. Photo: jackenglish.com

Billabong team manager Blake Pettit showing the groms how to get the shot. Photo: jackenglish.com

Billabong team manager Blake Pettit showing the groms how to get the shot. Photo: jackenglish.com

Bud Freitas up in Santa Cruz where, unlike us softies in SoCal, the locals don't whinge about the cold water. Photo: Nelly/SPL

Bud Freitas up in Santa Cruz where, unlike us softies in SoCal, the locals don't whinge about the cold water. Photo: Nelly/SPL

Of Nordic descent, Mike Morrissey once told me he actually likes the cold. He must really be enjoying the coldest summer in California since 1933... Photo: jackenglish.com

Of Nordic descent, Mike Morrissey once told me he actually likes the cold. He must really be enjoying the coldest summer in California since 1933... Photo: jackenglish.com

Keith Malloy showed up to The Wedge intent on filming bodysurfers for his upcoming project, but when he found out the blackball flags didn't go up until 10am, surfed instead and ending up getting the wave of the day. Photo: jackenglish.com

Keith Malloy showed up to The Wedge intent on filming bodysurfers for his upcoming project, but when he found out the blackball flags didn't go up until 10am, surfed instead and ending up getting the wave of the day. Photo: jackenglish.com

LA shredder Dillon Perillo at Malibu. Photo: jackenglish.com

LA shredder Dillon Perillo at Malibu. Photo: jackenglish.com

Alex Gray rips Lower Trestles despite clad being head-to-toe in rubber in mid-August. Something's not right here people... Photo: Steindler

Alex Gray rips Lower Trestles despite clad being head-to-toe in rubber in mid-August. Something's not right here people... Photo: Steindler

Matt Rockhold with a pretty little pit up near Santa Cruz. Photo: Nelly/SPL

Matt Rockhold with a pretty little pit up near Santa Cruz. Photo: Nelly/SPL

It's funny, the water in San Diego County will be 59 in the morning, 64 by lunch, and 66 by sunset. Then the north wind blows at night and the whole cycle starts over. Ricky Whitlock enjoying a brief spurt of warmth. Photo: Steindler

It's funny, the water in San Diego County will be 59 in the morning, 64 by lunch, and 66 by sunset. Then the north wind blows at night and the whole cycle starts over. Ricky Whitlock enjoying a brief spurt of warmth. Photo: Steindler

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