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Topic: California surf trip

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Angharad Thomas

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California surf trip

« on: May 08 2008 04:05:00 »

Hey, I am planning a california surf road trip for 2 weeks in October .. i hope to start in San Francisco and travel down to San Diego as it seems there is a lot of good beaches down there. I live in the UK so don't really know the california beaches .. can anybody advise me of a good route to take and the best beaches for beginners. Also is what is accomodation like along the route, would it need to be booked in advance?. is two weeks enough time to travel along the coast?



RE: California surf trip

« Reply #1 on: May 08 2008 23:05:00 »

Listen friends, if you come to America be smart october is going to be the end of the southern hemi swell window so starting in northern cal will be a waste of time. for a two week trip hit up San Diego and Malibu, Leo Carillo, Hunington, Oceanside,and finally San Diego. I surf these spots alot and would be happy to show you around. so e-mail me if you like,



RE: California surf trip

« Reply #2 on: May 08 2008 23:05:00 »

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RE: California surf trip

« Reply #3 on: May 16 2008 12:05:00 »

Hey, am also planning surf triip but in september, same route, san fran to san diego. Any good tips on places to stay? Am going solo, was thinking of camping, but not sure I am that brave/foolish? Anyone know good hostels along?


RE: California surf trip

« Reply #4 on: May 16 2008 14:05:00 »

The OP is correct - if you're here in Sept-Oct, you want to stay in the range of Oceanside to Huntington. If you do this, then you'll definitely catch waves - they hold the WTC at Trestles in September for a reason - lots of south swells. By staying around the beachbreaks, you'll be able to surf any small-medium sized swells, and if you get lucky and catch a big swell, you might be tuned up to tackle one of the point breaks.

Heck, you might even have fun motoring up to Malibu and riding with 500+ other surfers. (Malibu is so crowded that at least 10 ride each wave - OTOH, no one really minds as long as you don't fall off. Just don't drop in on Sarlo - he's usually going Mach 1.)

If you were here in Nov-Dec, I'd say you'd want to stay in Santa Cruz. Big NW swells with Indian summer conditions. You could even drive up to Mavs to watch opening day.


benjamin harney

RE: California surf trip

« Reply #5 on: May 16 2008 21:05:00 »

your headed the wrong way man!  Change the plans to head north through nor cal into oregon!  The surf gets pumpin up there in the fall to go along with the east winds (off shore) and the scenery is even better.  just don't be afraid to possibly have to slip into a 5/3. Its like this, wear a 5/3 and surf with 5 people, or wear a 4/3 and surf with 43 people!  your choice man!  if you want some info respond to this post



RE: California surf trip

« Reply #6 on: June 06 2014 12:06:00 »

Yeah, I'd like some info on the SF to Oregon surfpath! Coming over in the beginning of October

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