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Latitude: 31° 27.833' N
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WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)
Easy to find?OK
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Wave qualityRegional Classic
FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)
DirectionRight and left
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good swell directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest
Good wind directionSouthEast, East, NorthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 5m / 16 ft and over
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
Week crowdFew surfers
- Rips / undertow
Get a map and head west from Santo Tomas 50 miles South of Ensenada. Dirt road is well kept, 4X4 best but not needed.
Fun year round. Avoid holiday weekends, San Diego crowds take over.
By Grady , 08-08-2010
Punta San Diego - Pretty sure that shark story is bogus, have talked to many people that have been frequenting Punta San Jose since the early 70's and none have mentioned a shark problem. Of course there are sharks, as in any ocean, and the reef(s) sits just east of where the fisherman clean their catch, so who knows...
Overall this is a great spot, the only possible minus is its proximity to San Diego, which means you will definitely not be the only ones there. Thanks to the the US and Mexican governments though, an ensuing narco war has kept most potential travelers at home.
There's three main peaks, all of them fun. There's one way outside, just past the headland and fishing village, one closer inside, and then the ledge which is the only high performance wave here. On the right tide it gets somewhat hollow and really reels. The other two peaks are more or less mush burgers, but on big days the ledge and the middle peak can connect, on HUGE days all three will connect for some truly epic rides.
The people who frequent this spot would like to keep it nice for as long as possible, so always take everything you came with, be nice to the locals, and pay Victor when he comes to collect (he owns all the land here). Also, don't get too loaded at night, its SO easy to walk right off the 100 Ft+ cliffs that are steps from your tent. People have done it before.
By Anonymous , 09-04-2009
Shark Attack!!!! - I was just recently at punta San Jose. My friend and I(Both Fire/Medics) went down for the week. We were there about 30 min decide for a go out. It was about 7pm. I was surfing off the shelf got one wave and paddled for a second. Just as I was starting to get into the wave, I was all of a suddon off my board(dont know why) I felt a slight tug on my leg and got rolled by the wave. It was low tide so I stood on the reef in about 2ft of water. I looked at my thigh as it stung and I felt a surge of warmth. Oh Sh## I was lacerated in two spots of my inner thigh to the bone really close to the femoral arterty. I ran to the car and my buddy followed. Thankfully I carry a good medic bag. He put on a pressure dressing and started an IV. I didnt go into shock cus of our fast action and fluid replacement. The shark attack was quick like lightning. But needless to say the smallest part of the ordeal. 5hrs later, 6 military checkpoints and a border crossing I found myself at UCSD in surgery getting multiple layers of sutures. I am totaly fine now 3wks later. Thanks to the fast action of my friend Zeke and the trauma staff at ucsd. By the way never saw the shark but it was probably 5 or 6 foot. I am thinking possibly a bonita shark. So If you surf here watch out and carry the right equiptment it may save your life.
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