Old habits
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Old habits
As California’s wildfires covered historic amounts of acreage last week, surfers clung to their habits, including this surfer at Topanga on Wednesday, Oct. 29. (Christopher Reynolds / LAT)
To the water
Surfer Peter Piper heads for the water at Topanga with his unleashed longboard. (Christopher Reynolds / LAT)
Heavy surf
As the statewide wildfire toll passed 600,000 acres last week, the waves at Topanga remained populated with surfers. (Christopher Reynolds / LAT)
Surf wind
The same Santa Ana winds that spread wildfires are a boon for surfing, helping to smooth and hollow out waves like this one at Topanga. (Christopher Reynolds / LAT)
Getting ready
Surfer Peter Piper prepares for a session at Topanga last Wednesday, while fires raged inland. (Christopher Reynolds / LAT)
Getting ready
Surfer Peter Piper prepares for a session at Topanga last Wednesday, while fires raged inland. (Christopher Reynolds / LAT)
Getting ready
Surfer Peter Piper prepares for a session at Topanga last Wednesday, while fires raged inland. (Christopher Reynolds / LAT)
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