Monday Photos: Winter’s Return

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All Photos: Peter Taras

Winter is all death and cold and dark. But it also means the birth of something new and exciting and beautiful: prime surf season — hopefully one fueled by a tantrum-tossing El Niño this year. When California's first significant NW swell of the season poked its head up from a long summer slumber, SURFING Photo Editor Peter Taras packed San Clemente's Ian Crane and Griffin Colapinto, along with Florida transplant Oliver Kurtz, into his 4Runner and motored into the great wild north to properly welcome the North Pacific's first winter stirrings.