The Beach Boys mostly sang about Southern California, since they grew up in Hawthorne, which is just outside of LA. But surfing culture thrives all along the Californian coast, and we saw plenty of surfers on our trip around the Northern half of the state. While the water may be cold (low 50s) up there and the air often not much warmer, the waves are good and that's what matters. After all, one of the most famous surf competitions takes place in Half Moon Bay.
One of the best vantage points for watching surfers is from of the cliff that hangs over Lighthouse Field State Beach in Santa Cruz — Brian Overfelt, surfer/photographer extraordinaire whose work has appeared on Travelogged, tipped me off to this and that's where I took all of these photos. (It's also where I saw some seals.) The song "Surfin' USA" gives a shout out to Santa Cruz and it's easy to see why.