El Niño is your friend (as long as it’s not destroying your house/roads, etc.) El Niño will also beat you up and make you eat sand when you start to get cocky. So when it showed its face at Seal Beach this past week, guys like Brett Simpson, Kolohe Andino, and Billy Hopkins couldn’t resist the temptation of the shorebreak barrels. They suited up, joined a few others, and air dropped into the shallow depths below. A few slams, a couple makes, and a few heads full of sand later, the first dance with El Niño 2016 is in the books.