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Matt Mohagen raises his arms in elation as he emerges from the barrel of a tube at Dockweiler State Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Matt Mohagen leaps from his board after riding a nearly 10-foot wave at Dockweiler State Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Heavy surf made for big waves as surfers ride some as tall as 12 feet at Dockweiler State Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Matt Mohagen surfs to the bottom of a large wave in search of a tube ride at Dockweiler State Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Spectators watch from a jetty as heavy surf made for big waves at Dockweiler State Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

A body boarder south of the Seal Beach pier gets a little air time while he navigates one of the big waves.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

A surfer south of the Seal Beach pier takes a ride on one of the big waves.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

A broken board is one of the occupational hazards of riding the big waves south of the Seal Beach pier.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Two body boarders south of the Seal Beach pier get a little close while navigating one of the big waves.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

A man walking along the sand of the Huntington Beach pier is dwarfed by the high waves.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Huge waves pound the coast at Carlsbad State Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

A surfer flies over the top of a wave at Tamarack State Beach in Carlsbad, where a steady supply of big surf moved ashore at daybreak.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

A surfer makes his way across a jetty at Carlsbad State Beach as huge wave plumes glow in the morning sun.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

A stand-up paddleboard surfer takes a hit as he rides a wave at Tamarack State Beach in Carlsbad.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

From atop a rock jetty, a man takes a snapshot on his cellphone of the huge waves crashing ashore at Carlsbad State Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

The surf on the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier provides some thrills as a large swell and pounding surf hit west-facing beaches along the Southern California coast.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

A surfer leaps over the top of a big wave south of the Huntington Beach Pier.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

A wave towers above a surfer south of the Huntington Beach Pier .

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

A surfer completes a bottom turn as the early morning light illuminates the big waves south of the Huntington Beach Pier.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

A surfer south of the Huntington Beach Pier takes off on a wave.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

High waves north of the Huntington Beach Pier provide a great photo-op.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

The high surf is washing up and over the sand south of the Huntington Beach Pier, providing a challenge for anyone walking along the shore.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

While the sun rises, a surfer south of the Huntington Beach Pier scrambles up the wet sand to get a better position in the water closer to the pier.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

The last rays of sun catch beachcombers and a surfer on the beach in south Carlsbad at the end of a day of high surf.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

A surfer rides inside the curl of a wave at Pier Beach as powerful swells brought out hundreds of surfers to west-facing San Diego County beaches.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

A surfer rides inside the curl of a wave at Pier Beach in Oceanside.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

As the sun sets, a surfer rides inside the curl of a wave at Pier Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

A blazing sunset fills the sky as a surfer rides inside a wave at Pier Beach in Oceanside.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

A pair of stand-up paddleboard surfers catch the last rays of sun in south Carlsbad.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

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1 Comment

  1. January 9, 2012, 4:39 pm

    Dear LAT staff,
    You really need to get a surfer, or at least someone who has a clue about surfing, to write captions for images of or about waves. It's embarrassing that in a city by the ocean that is home to thousands of surfers and where surfing and beach culture are such a big part of the larger culture, your writers routinely type the most inane and uninformed captions. No one says, "Surf's up, dude," OK? So drop the Gidget stuff. No one says "Cowabunga, dude," another Gidget phrase I've seen in captions here. In the image that ends "…searching for a tube (or barrel, I don't recall), the wave has already passed the guy and he's not searching for any barrel at that point. Get informed, and stop treating surfing as if it's a cartoon. Every single time I see a photo album about surfing it's the same. You just look stupid. And it's insulting to people who participate in this incredible sport.

    By: James

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