The Surfing Blog is making lists, and to start it off, what better than the best Southern California surf spots? Southern California is home of some of the greatest and most surfed spots in the mainland USA.Southern California is home of some of the greatest and most surfed spots in the mainland USA. Growing up in Southern California, I’ve had the opportunity to explore what this beautiful coastline has to offer. So, here it is, my list of Southern California’s Top 10 Surf Spots.
10. Malibu – a world-class right point break in Los Angeles County. This is one of the longest waves around, equipped with several points of take off that get a little punchier as you move further north. The biggest downside is the crowd, both in size and in lack of experience of some of the surfers who frequent Malibu. There is little wave etiquette out in the surf, so beware.
9. 56th Street Newport Beach – on a good day, is one of the best waves Newport has to offer. There are other nearby streets that also have some great breaks including 36th and 40th. Locals are pretty friendly if you know what you’re doing, so no problem there. Like most surf spots in Southern California, your best bet to beat the crazy crowds (especially during the summer months) is to get there really early. Morning sessions are ideal here.
8. D-Street – located in Encinitas just north of Swamis in San Diego County. This sandy beach break is full of both lefts and rights and packed full of people and fun, especially in the summer time. People at this spot usually know how to surf so the crowds aren’t too frustrating.
7. Scripps – located in La Jolla right off the main pier. There are three main breaks at Scripps, and between the three you have a nice selection of both lefts and rights. The wave is fast and hollow with potential. Ideal conditions require calm or offshore winds. Anything else makes for a nice choppy session.
6. Rincon – located north of Malibu in Ventura County. This is another well-known and fun break. Breaks best in the winter months although there are still some good rides during the summer. There are definitely crowds but the localism isn’t too bad. Here you will find rights and lefts as well as a pretty powerful wave that allows for some great rides.
5. The Wedge – one of the most powerful and exciting beach breaks in Newport and possibly all of Southern California. This wave is best with a south swell, and if it hits just right you’re looking at some pretty impressive waves. A lot of body boarding and body surfing go on here, but you’ll usually see a large amount of surfers charging the big hollow lefts that break almost on the sand. This is definitely a break for experienced surfers, so don’t be hopping in the water unless you know what you’re doing.
4. Swamis – is a world-class surf spot in San Diego County. This right point break is usually best during the winter months and holds up in surf ranging from 2 to 12 plus feet. The crowd is somewhat bearable but definitely not small, especially when there’s swell. The rights are perfect, and the only bummer is the group of old grumpy surfers who have been there so long they think they own the place. Other then that, amazing.
3. Salt Creek – is one of the cleanest and most powerful lefts you will find in Orange County. There are two main breaks that provide two quite different experiences. The first is The Point, which is a nice left with plenty of power and wave to allow for some amazing maneuvers. The other is known as Middles and is also a great hollow break closer to shore. Occasionally the two breaks connect and provide a pretty lengthy ride with plenty of speed.
2. Blacks – is easily one of the best beach breaks that Southern California and San Diego County have to offer. Blacks is equipped with three main peaks that provide some amazing waves with almost any swell direction. This world class break will pump out some amazing waves and barrels anywhere from two feet to pretty much as big as it gets there. It’s not uncommon to pull in and out of some pretty epic barrels, so if you plan on going there, you better be working on your barrel stance.
1. Trestles – home of the a handful of professional surf contests including the Boost Mobile Pro and other WQS and ASP events, it is no wonder this spot comes in at number one on the list. Trestles is made up of a number of breaks that provide surfing for pretty much any level. This world-class surf spot is equipped with a rocky bottom that provides some amazing right and left breaking waves. If you have ever surfed Southern California and have not taken the time to make it down to Trestles, then you really haven’t surfed Southern California at all.
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