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January 7th, 2016

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Thursday morning brought a 6′ high tide and a healthy increase in swell size.

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Not a healthy combo for a sand deprived coastline.

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Preparations had been made, but they were quickly washed away….

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….sending more trash out to sea….

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The lawn and some of the trees struggled to hang on, as the seagulls enjoyed the show.

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The pier took a big time beating, but only suffered minor damage.

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Meanwhile, a beautiful day was unfolding.

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Fleeting sun between showers brought multiple rainbows
as menacing dark clouds charged towards us.

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You don’t see this very often…

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A high tide and high surf combination can make a lot of changes to the shape of our coastline.

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And we had a front row seat.

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As we were watching the bluffs get pounded…

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A lone surfboard came bobbing past….

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Then a lone surfer came around the corner, followed by his buddy,
swimming after his lost board…..

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The boardless surfer timed it right and got on the stairs….

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But the board was on a long and punishing journey down the coast, one ding at a time….

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Sometimes surfers get excited when they see big surf, and they rush out
without considering all the other conditions involved.

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And winter storms can make the most mellow spots hazardous, even for experienced surfers.

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As the tide dropped, the surf improved and the crowds grew.

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John Patrick Mccann scoring a clean barrel,

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Even remote spots were choked with masses from all points north and south.

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But the local boys, like Colin Schildhauer, still got their share of the action.

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And Simon Murdoch.

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We don’t know this little chargers name, but we probably will soon…

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Huevos.

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Dirty water barrels were a dime a dozen.

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And set waves were as big as advertised on the interweb.

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“Just don’t get any storm runoff in your mouth….”

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While all this was going on, a favorite local beach was get hammered….

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And a somewhat infamous building was being threatened.

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The restrooms at Haskells were literally teetering on the edge of the Pacific.
This event was met with mixed emotions by the general public.

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But before anyone could utter the words “Coastal Commission”
heavy machinery was on the scene, building a concrete and plastic barrier.

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Time will tell how this plays out, but Mother Nature is pretty persuasive….
Stay tuned.

Thanks to Tim Smith, Mark Sanchez and Blake Haralson for additional photos.