Sunset Beach, CA--Surfside offers
Inconsistent breaks. The jetty referred to as "The
Bowl." The wave rebounds off the jetty making it very fast
and steep. It breaks to the right only. The Hole is
fast, long and to the right. The lefts have a nice bowl on the
inside. Very crowded.
How to Get There Surfside is just off Anderson St. and
Pacific Coast Highway in Sunset Beach. Look for the Harbor House
Cafe and go straight back to the beach from there. The jetty
will be on your right.
OTHER SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COASTAL FAVORITES:
rolling, soft, easy waves. Good for beginner to intermediate.
Access to the beach is difficult, and it's a steep walk down the
cliffs. Parking is metered. How to Get There Between Warner Ave.
and Golden West St. on Pacific Coast Highway. Huntington
Beach Pier Consistent breaks on any swell. North side has
a nice right all the way from outside to a fast inside section.
Southside has a nice left, fast inside section. Both sides get
very crowded. The pier is located at Main St. and Pacific Coast
Highway in Huntington Beach. The south side of the pier is where
most championships have been held.
Newport Beach River Jetty
Surf Very shallow break and fast. This is an advanced
spot to surf. How to Get There Follow Pacific Coast
Highway south of Brookhurst St. to just over the Santa Ana
River Bridge. Make a right at Orange Ave.
Surf Peaky, fun waves right or left, but it gets very
crowded. How to Get There Blackies is the term
used for the Newport Beach Pier area -- follow the signs
south on Newport Blvd. from Pacific Coast Highway. It is
the first pier on the right.
Mostly summer swells. Bodysurfers or body
boarders rule the spot. However, starting to see more
people surf. It usually only breaks over 8 ft. right on
the beach. How to Get There The Wedge is at the end of the
Balboa Peninsula - follow Balboa Blvd. south from Pacific
Coast Highway until you reach a split in the road.
Follow the road right and find parking at the end of the
local spot. Good long lefts and racy to inside section. Stays
glassy through most of the day. How to Get There Brooks
St. is just south of Broadway on Pacific Coast Highway in
Laguna Beach. It's about half a mile south of Broadway and
requires a walk down some steps.
Salt Creek Highly
overrated. Breaks on almost all swells. Fast wave with steep
drop. Very crowded. Don't forget to feed the parking meters! How
to Get There Salt Creek is the name for San Juan Creek -- Take
Pacific Coast Highway to Doheny State Beach in Dana Point and
park at the beach.
breaks at Trestles keep almost anyone happy. Lowers is a crowded
spot, which makes catching waves difficult. It could take you
all day to get a wave in. Uppers and cottons would not be
as tough. Access to the beach is a long walk down a trail. How
to Get There Trestles is located off San Onofre State
Beach Park there and walk north along the railroad
tracks to the trestles.