30 Hot Californians Ripping the Islands

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Some many North Shore seasons ago Surfing ran an editorial called "Where are the Hot Californians?" It raised the question about a lack of surfers from California making the charge on the North Shore and proving themselves as one of the boys. The list wasn't long, and set a bar for us Mainlanders in regards to how many surfers from California would be kicking ass each season in Hawaii. Here's a look at some Californians you can expect to see charging on the North Shore this year ….

ORANGE COUNTY SURFERS (21 surfers)

The Fletchers
You never know when the most infamous family in surfing will show up, but it will happen on the North Shore, just as it has ever since Herbie started surfing there in the 60s. Christian might come out and bust a bigger air than John John at Pipe/Backdoor, Nathan (as one of the invitees in The Eddie Aikau Memorial) might still get the biggest wave of the winter, and pops Herb might just cruise out on the longboard at Backdoor and show youngsters that it's still very much about the sideslip boogie. The Fletchers have always been the Hot Californians on the North Shore and we don't see that changing.

The Gudauskas
Little Tanner and his older twin bros Pat and Dane have the North Shore dialed. They've been surfing there for over a decade now, but finally seem to be coming into their own. You can't ever count one of the Gudangs out from one of the Triple Crown events and you certainly don't count them out when Pipe gets as crazy. Throw in their combined triple stoke and you've got three waaay Hot Californians.

The Beschens
While they've been living in the Country the last ten years and would consider themselves more local than haole, both Shane and Gavin are among the most well respected surfers on the North Shore. Gavin for being the Alien he is, in and out of the water, and Shane for his world tour legend status and reputation at Backdoor. These guys are always the Hot Californians and for good reason: They're the Beschens!

Archy
He might be the most popular North Shore surfer in the world, but only when he paddles out. His North Shore act has had game since the 80s when he started popping backhand airs at Rocky Point. Through the years his act would get nuttier as he'd paddle down toward OTW and blow us away with his tuberiding skills. Always a favorite to watch, and never one to count out. Good ol' Archy. One of the best and a master of North Shore surfing for sure.

Wardo
He might be one of the best Californians on the North Shore simply because he's one of the most loved. Young Wardo, aka Chris, newly married and more stoked on surfing than ever before. He's been coming to the North Shore since he was 14 and in that time has gone from Rocky Point grom to bonafide North Shore charger. While he can tear Sunset Beach a new one with the best of 'em, his star shines brightest at Backdoor. It's like this: If you're from the Mainland and demand enough respect to get set waves at Backdoor, you are not only a Hot Californian, you're a bloody surfing legend. That's Wardo. One of the best ever, eh?

Tim Reyes
It's been cool to see over the last several years as Tim Reyes has gone from a tiny HB "Timmy" grom to bonafide North Shore surfing stud. Maybe it's because he spends so much time surfing in a fullsuit and booties the rest of the year that he just bloody goes off when he hits that perfect Hawaiian climate, you know, 72-degree water, 72-degree air. Plus he usually crushes it in the Triple Crown events and can hold his own at Pipe. He's also one of the nicest guys around. People like him. He demands respect in the water and, like a near career ending injury five years ago, won't ever stop coming back time and again. He's good like that. He's Timmy Reyes!!!

The Big Wave Guys
Yes, this includes Rusty and Greg Long, and chargers like Peter Mel—all of whom are on the Eddie invite list, all of whom worthy surfing the raddest big waves on the North Shore. But it's not just them. There's a whole crew of undergrounders from Cali, some you know, some you don't. Think of Kirk Passmore who passed away a few weeks ago … God bless his heart. He just loved surfing and worked his ass off at the sushi bar not for magazine photo ops, but just so he could surf all day. isn't that what we all want anyway?

Brad Ettinger
He comes in under the radar and comes out on top making heat after heat. He's had some great success in the Volcom Pipe Pro the last few years, always being one of the guys to beat. His style is as smooth as Sammy Hawk, and his heart is big like the surf he charges. Though not one to toot his own horn, Brad's one of those guys who paddles out, gets the meanest barrel of the day, and everyone's going, "who was that guy?" Well, friend, that dude that just got that sick barrel was this haole from HB named Brad. Brad Ettinger.

Nate Yeomans
His time has officially almost arrived. He's one of the best Californians on the North Shore right now and is everybody's best friend in the lineup or at Foodland. You never know when he'll shave off the stash, or grow a beard, but you can expect him to be in the water on the biggest days the North Shore can find. That's our boy Nate. Steppin' up big time on the North Shore!

Simpo and Kolohe
While they've yet charge maxing Waimea, these two surfers own the four- to six-foot stuff and the smaller days at Rocky Point and OTW, where they might as well be the best surfers in the water at any given time. Since it's so small so often, both Simpo and Kolohe always stand out from the crowd on the North Shore.

Ian Crane
San Clemente wonderkid is coming up fast in the few seasons he's been surfing the North Shore. But his mental state is perfect. He likes to surf, he wants to surf and nobody froths harder. He won the Sunset Beach Pro Junior in 4-6 foot Sunset last year and looks to get that crown back again, which explains why he'll spend the next few months on the North Shore rather than heading home before X-Mas like a lot of Cali pros do.

The Groms
John Mel's dad's in the Eddie, and Tyler Gunter's been going to Hawaii for at least three months a year since he was 8 years old. They're 13 now. Tyler's kicking it at the Jones' house at Rocky Point and has a lot of support from some of the best surfers, helping him get his best waves. John Mel's coming into his own now after a few seasons under his belt. These kids will be the future of OC surfers on the North Shore….. Imagine when they're 18?

OUT OF COUNTY CALI BOYS TO WATCH
Alex Gray
It helps when your sponsor puts you up in the world's best beach house, but you still have to have major balls to hang at the Volcom house. Known for sending haoles back to the Mainland with their tail between their legs, the Pipe house breeds radical Pipe surfers. Alex has proven himself to be one of the most exciting surfers to watch whenever the waves get nuts. You never know what he's going to do next and that's why we love his North Shore act.

Nat Young
While he's kicking ass on the ASP World Tour and was this year's Rookie of the Year, his North Shore game is just getting started. Has had a few nice showings at Sunset and Haleiwa and took a left at Pipe a few days ago that put him right into the history books. He's a big kid with just a few seasons under his belt, but Nat Young's going to be one to watch at Pipe over the next few years…. think Rob Machado and Tim Curran but with way more power.

Matt Pagan
Along with Alex Gray, Matt's another hot haole who wants to put the South Bay back on the map. And he's on his way. Had some success there, made some heats, but more than anything will paddle out on whatever nuts day the Mother Ocean whips up. He's built, has enough stoke to light Town for weeks, and has enough respect for Hawaii and the Hawaiians that he will no doubt be a Hot Californian.

Dane Reynolds
Sometimes the Master is the Student. Even Kelly Slater says he's always trying to improve his North Shore game. Dane is on this list because he is Dane Reynolds, and his freesurfs along the North Shore rival those of Kelly Slater. But I personally don't think he would consider himself a Hot Californian, just yet. Deep inside he knows he needs push his Hawaii game. That the balls still haven't fully dropped. Maybe I'm just too hard on him because I want to see him on the world tour and I want him to win a world title and he doesn't really seem to care. But remember that turn last year at Haleiwa? That was bulls—t! … and as long as he does a few of those each winter, he'll always be one of the Hot Californians and a master of surfing in general.

The Coffins
Parker and Conner. It's no doubt these two young wisetails will be paddling out in bigger surf, doing more powerful turns and even higher airs this year on the North Shore. While they might not make much progress in the Triple Crown, just yet, both are seasoned competitors who I think will be making North Shore finals in the coming years. These two surfers will be holding it down for the Santa Barbara crew, much the way Tom Curren and Chris Brown were doing in the 90s. Look, Dane might not ever fully commit to a heavy North Shore act, but the Coffins will. Absolutely.

Nat Young
While he's kicking ass on the ASP World Tour and was this year's Rookie of the Year, his North Shore game is just getting started. Has had a few nice showings at Sunset and Haleiwa and took a left at Pipe a few days ago that put him right into the history books. He's a big kid with just a few seasons under his belt, but Nat Young's going to be one to watch at Pipe over the next few years…. think Rob Machado and Tim Curran but with way more power.

Matt Pagan
Along with Alex Gray, Matt's another hot haole who wants to put the South Bay back on the map. And he's on his way. Had some success there, made some heats, but more than anything will paddle out on whatever nuts day the Mother Ocean whips up. He's built, has enough stoke to light Town for weeks, and has enough respect for Hawaii and the Hawaiians that he will no doubt be a Hot Californian.

The Malloys
When they're there you know it….


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Some many North Shore seasons ago Surfing ran an editorial called "Where are the Hot Californians?" It raised the question about a lack of surfers from California making the charge on the North Shore and proving themselves as one of the boys. The list wasn't long, and set a bar for us Mainlanders in regards to how many surfers from California would be kicking ass each season in Hawaii. Here's a look at some Californians you can expect to see charging on the North Shore this year ….

ORANGE COUNTY SURFERS (21 surfers)

The Fletchers
You never know when the most infamous family in surfing will show up, but it will happen on the North Shore, just as it has ever since Herbie started surfing there in the 60s. Christian might come out and bust a bigger air than John John at Pipe/Backdoor, Nathan (as one of the invitees in The Eddie Aikau Memorial) might still get the biggest wave of the winter, and pops Herb might just cruise out on the longboard at Backdoor and show youngsters that it's still very much about the sideslip boogie. The Fletchers have always been the Hot Californians on the North Shore and we don't see that changing.

The Gudauskas
Little Tanner and his older twin bros Pat and Dane have the North Shore dialed. They've been surfing there for over a decade now, but finally seem to be coming into their own. You can't ever count one of the Gudangs out from one of the Triple Crown events and you certainly don't count them out when Pipe gets as crazy. Throw in their combined triple stoke and you've got three waaay Hot Californians.

The Beschens
While they've been living in the Country the last ten years and would consider themselves more local than haole, both Shane and Gavin are among the most well respected surfers on the North Shore. Gavin for being the Alien he is, in and out of the water, and Shane for his world tour legend status and reputation at Backdoor. These guys are always the Hot Californians and for good reason: They're the Beschens!

Archy
He might be the most popular North Shore surfer in the world, but only when he paddles out. His North Shore act has had game since the 80s when he started popping backhand airs at Rocky Point. Through the years his act would get nuttier as he'd paddle down toward OTW and blow us away with his tuberiding skills. Always a favorite to watch, and never one to count out. Good ol' Archy. One of the best and a master of North Shore surfing for sure.

Wardo
He might be one of the best Californians on the North Shore simply because he's one of the most loved. Young Wardo, aka Chris, newly married and more stoked on surfing than ever before. He's been coming to the North Shore since he was 14 and in that time has gone from Rocky Point grom to bonafide North Shore charger. While he can tear Sunset Beach a new one with the best of 'em, his star shines brightest at Backdoor. It's like this: If you're from the Mainland and demand enough respect to get set waves at Backdoor, you are not only a Hot Californian, you're a bloody surfing legend. That's Wardo. One of the best ever, eh?

Tim Reyes
It's been cool to see over the last several years as Tim Reyes has gone from a tiny HB "Timmy" grom to bonafide North Shore surfing stud. Maybe it's because he spends so much time surfing in a fullsuit and booties the rest of the year that he just bloody goes off when he hits that perfect Hawaiian climate, you know, 72-degree water, 72-degree air. Plus he usually crushes it in the Triple Crown events and can hold his own at Pipe. He's also one of the nicest guys around. People like him. He demands respect in the water and, like a near career ending injury five years ago, won't ever stop coming back time and again. He's good like that. He's Timmy Reyes!!!

The Big Wave Guys
Yes, this includes Rusty and Greg Long, and chargers like Peter Mel—all of whom are on the Eddie invite list, all of whom worthy surfing the raddest big waves on the North Shore. But it's not just them. There's a whole crew of undergrounders from Cali, some you know, some you don't. Think of Kirk Passmore who passed away a few weeks ago … God bless his heart. He just loved surfing and worked his ass off at the sushi bar not for magazine photo ops, but just so he could surf all day. isn't that what we all want anyway?

Brad Ettinger
He comes in under the radar and comes out on top making heat after heat. He's had some great success in the Volcom Pipe Pro the last few years, always being one of the guys to beat. His style is as smooth as Sammy Hawk, and his heart is big like the surf he charges. Though not one to toot his own horn, Brad's one of those guys who paddles out, gets the meanest barrel of the day, and everyone's going, "who was that guy?" Well, friend, that dude that just got that sick barrel was this haole from HB named Brad. Brad Ettinger.

Nate Yeomans
His time has officially almost arrived. He's one of the best Californians on the North Shore right now and is everybody's best friend in the lineup or at Foodland. You never know when he'll shave off the stash, or grow a beard, but you can expect him to be in the water on the biggest days the North Shore can find. That's our boy Nate. Steppin' up big time on the North Shore!

Simpo and Kolohe
While they've yet charge maxing Waimea, these two surfers own the four- to six-foot stuff and the smaller days at Rocky Point and OTW, where they might as well be the best surfers in the water at any given time. Since it's so small so often, both Simpo and Kolohe always stand out from the crowd on the North Shore.

Ian Crane
San Clemente wonderkid is coming up fast in the few seasons he's been surfing the North Shore. But his mental state is perfect. He likes to surf, he wants to surf and nobody froths harder. He won the Sunset Beach Pro Junior in 4-6 foot Sunset last year and looks to get that crown back again, which explains why he'll spend the next few months on the North Shore rather than heading home before X-Mas like a lot of Cali pros do.

The Groms
John Mel's dad's in the Eddie, and Tyler Gunter's been going to Hawaii for at least three months a year since he was 8 years old. They're 13 now. Tyler's kicking it at the Jones' house at Rocky Point and has a lot of support from some of the best surfers, helping him get his best waves. John Mel's coming into his own now after a few seasons under his belt. These kids will be the future of OC surfers on the North Shore….. Imagine when they're 18?

OUT OF COUNTY CALI BOYS TO WATCH
Alex Gray
It helps when your sponsor puts you up in the world's best beach house, but you still have to have major balls to hang at the Volcom house. Known for sending haoles back to the Mainland with their tail between their legs, the Pipe house breeds radical Pipe surfers. Alex has proven himself to be one of the most exciting surfers to watch whenever the waves get nuts. You never know what he's going to do next and that's why we love his North Shore act.

Nat Young
While he's kicking ass on the ASP World Tour and was this year's Rookie of the Year, his North Shore game is just getting started. Has had a few nice showings at Sunset and Haleiwa and took a left at Pipe a few days ago that put him right into the history books. He's a big kid with just a few seasons under his belt, but Nat Young's going to be one to watch at Pipe over the next few years…. think Rob Machado and Tim Curran but with way more power.

Matt Pagan
Along with Alex Gray, Matt's another hot haole who wants to put the South Bay back on the map. And he's on his way. Had some success there, made some heats, but more than anything will paddle out on whatever nuts day the Mother Ocean whips up. He's built, has enough stoke to light Town for weeks, and has enough respect for Hawaii and the Hawaiians that he will no doubt be a Hot Californian.

Dane Reynolds
Sometimes the Master is the Student. Even Kelly Slater says he's always trying to improve his North Shore game. Dane is on this list because he is Dane Reynolds, and his freesurfs along the North Shore rival those of Kelly Slater. But I personally don't think he would consider himself a Hot Californian, just yet. Deep inside he knows he needs push his Hawaii game. That the balls still haven't fully dropped. Maybe I'm just too hard on him because I want to see him on the world tour and I want him to win a world title and he doesn't really seem to care. But remember that turn last year at Haleiwa? That was bulls—t! … and as long as he does a few of those each winter, he'll always be one of the Hot Californians and a master of surfing in general.

The Coffins
Parker and Conner. It's no doubt these two young wisetails will be paddling out in bigger surf, doing more powerful turns and even higher airs this year on the North Shore. While they might not make much progress in the Triple Crown, just yet, both are seasoned competitors who I think will be making North Shore finals in the coming years. These two surfers will be holding it down for the Santa Barbara crew, much the way Tom Curren and Chris Brown were doing in the 90s. Look, Dane might not ever fully commit to a heavy North Shore act, but the Coffins will. Absolutely.

Nat Young
While he's kicking ass on the ASP World Tour and was this year's Rookie of the Year, his North Shore game is just getting started. Has had a few nice showings at Sunset and Haleiwa and took a left at Pipe a few days ago that put him right into the history books. He's a big kid with just a few seasons under his belt, but Nat Young's going to be one to watch at Pipe over the next few years…. think Rob Machado and Tim Curran but with way more power.

Matt Pagan
Along with Alex Gray, Matt's another hot haole who wants to put the South Bay back on the map. And he's on his way. Had some success there, made some heats, but more than anything will paddle out on whatever nuts day the Mother Ocean whips up. He's built, has enough stoke to light Town for weeks, and has enough respect for Hawaii and the Hawaiians that he will no doubt be a Hot Californian.

The Malloys
When they're there you know it….

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