Big OB

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Secret Spot - No I am not telling where this is is!
OB, AKA Ocean Beach is the main surf spot in San Francisco.  OB stretches about 1.5 miles parallel to the ocean.   OB is at its best during the winter, wave heigth ranges from head high to tripple overhead once every month.  It is a sand bar and during big swells, it can change dramatically overynight.  

One day it might be breaking perfect rights and the next perfect hollow lefts... There are two main spots at OB; "main" I mean advance level skills are required... one is the south end, aka "Sloat."   Very popular and consistant but gets crowded very quick.  The other is "Noriega"  On a big day, this spot is a 20 to 30 paddle out and riding one to three waves may be all you might get before realizing your arms will not give any more.  It takes some knowledge and taking time to read the swell.
OB - Stretches two miles or so
  Don't just jump in.

OB has it moods, and it can match Jeffreys Bay as well as the great lakes! OB has its bad moments, specially during early summer and early fall.    60% of the time it is overcast of foggy (it is in San Francisco!) but there are some shinning moments and offshore days, a handfull but there are.   OB works best on N, NW and W Swells.  Perfect combo is a W and E winds.

Things to know:
  • Local Vibe: somewhat, if you can't find your spot along the 3-mile stretch, then you are on someone's back!
  • Parking: ok, hard on weekdends.
  • Quiver: anything from a fish to a 9 footer, depends on swell really.
  • Skill Level: intermidiate and on, ironman condition on heavy 12+ waves
  • Things to watch for: Logs floating on rainy days, heavy bacteria leverls after any rains, dolphings and seals, dogs without leash, car thieves (don't hide your keys, take them with you!), novice fellow surfers trowing their board for their safe while you are riding the perfect tube, and oh, yeah, SHARKS!
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