Surfing Beaches and Surfing Locations in California

Surfing Beaches in California run the approximate 1000 miles of coast line. Wherever there are waves, you'll find surfers who find ways to access them and ride them. In places such as Ghost Tree near Pebble Beach or Mavericks in Half Moon Bay, surfers ride the monster waves only tackled by those who've trained to handle the extreme size and strength of the monsters.  Few can actually surf in these conditions and many have been injured trying. For every day surfing that varies from flat to excellent swells cresting up to 10 or 12 feet,  surfers travel the coast to find the best waves. If you've never tried to surf, there are lessons available at many populated beach regions. Or you can begin on a body board to gain an appreciation of the feel of the ocean, then work your way into a surfing experience that often can turn the novice surfer into a surf addict.


City Surfing Beach where to stay
Capistrano Beach Mild gentle surf; Dana Harbor nearby
Dana Point -

Doheny Beach

Mild surf near Dana Harbor
Hermosa Beach Great waves, long surfing tradition  
Huntington Beach Consistent 2-3 foot waves or larger;
many surfing events
Hyatt, Best Western, Hilton
Los Angeles -

Dockweiler Beach

L.A.'s biggest beach;
lots of coast to surf
Laguna Beach variety of conditions,
rock formations, coves
Manhattan Beach South Bay surf culture, popular  
Mission Beach    
Newport Beach famous Wedge surfing;
very challenging
Balboa Inn, Best Western
Ocean Beach    
Oceanside Oceanside City Beach  
Pacifica Rockaway Beach  
Pismo Beach    
San Diego Silver Strand State Beach Loews Coronado Bay Resort
San Diego Mission Beach
San Onofre    
Santa Barbara    
Santa Cruz Steamer Lane - challenging;
wetsuit invented at Steamer
Sunset Beach,
popular surfing beach
Ramada Limited, EconoLodge
Santa Monica great surfing throughout SM  
Torrance Beach
Will Rogers State Beach
(Santa Monica)

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