jueves, 24 de marzo de 2011

California love, California pride

When it comes to performers, California has a long tradition of producing some of surfing's best, but there's no denying that with the exception of Dane Reynolds and Bobby Martinez, Golden State surfers haven't had much to cheer about for the last decade.All was well in the late '80s and early '90s as Matt Archbold and Christian Fletcher were defying convention, Tom Curren was winning world titles, and guys like Shane Beschen and Chris Brown were doing their all to hinder Kelly Slater's ascension. Throw a little Rob Machado and Taylor Knox into the mix, and maybe sprinkle in some Malloy just for flavor, and California was in good standing.Then, for whatever number of reasons, the lights went out. Australians and Hawaiians and Brazilians asserted themselves, and as they've done in the past, California surfers looked inward. They absorbed themselves in trippy new board designs, chasing big waves, and making movies -- rather than grinding away at the ASP thing."We're not going to have anything going for us until Kolohe and his buddies come of age," I was told in 2006 while researching Surfer magazine's Hot 100 issue. And while we can't discount what guys like Brett Simpson and Pat Gudauskas are currently doing on tour, it seemed like a pretty fair observation.Five years down the road and this new generation's time seems to be at hand. The following collection of images feature 10 of California's brightest young talents, and as the competitive season starts to spring back to life here on the West Coast, you're sure to see their names a lot in the coming months. Take note, the California's are coming.