A carbon fiber fin to the eye, 30 stitches to the calf, and more grumpy old men than you can shake an 8'0" funboard at. That's how summer ended at Lower Trestles.
It's always chaotic in Southern California's most impacted lineup, but the carnage for this sendoff swell seemed a tad out of hand. All Chris Ward could mutter is, "That's f---ked up." And so, for better or for worse, the summer of 2012 is in the books. It's nice to see it go. Folks are returning to work, school is theoretically back in session (although I swear fewer kids actually attend class these days), and the crowds in the water and on the freeways are significantly diminished.
Autumn is a time for combo swells, cooler water, and hopefully cooler heads. That's not to say summer doesn't have its merits. As you can see by the following gallery of images, there's plenty to be positive about when you're still in trunks in October and the best south swells of the year are rolling in. That being said, according to forecasters El Nino is on the way, and that's one kid I wouldn't mind seeing in the lineup more regularly.