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California Surf Spots

My thoughts on various surf spots up and down the California coast. Probably will confine this list to well-known/public surf spots ;)

Updated November 19, 2008
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  1. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Ventura, California, USA
    One of the most famous breaks in California. Stopped by hear on a weekday afternoon (while on a road-trip to Santa Cruz) and it was still a bit crowded. Surf was 3-5 ft and really fun. Competitive but vibe was good, which was a pleasant surprise.
  2. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Manhattan Beach, California, USA
    El Porto is located at the end of 45th street in Manhattan Beach. If you can deal with the crowds (both in the water and in looking for parking), then it's not a bad place to go. It definitely picks up a lot more swell than most places in the Sout…
  3. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Santa Cruz, California, USA
    Only been here once, a little bit after high tide, so conditions were a bit mushy. Waves were 3-5ft. Can see how it would get a little bit better if the waves were bigger, and at lower/medium tides. Skill level was pretty varied here, and it was a…
  4. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Torrance, California, USA
    RAT beach isn't infested with vermin, but rather stands for "Right at Torrance", so named because it is right on the border between Palos Verdes and Torrance or Redondo Beach and Torrance depending on how you look at it. I surf here a lot just bec…
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