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Drive to the North side of the Harbor of Eureka. This is one of the most dangerous harbor in the world.
DistanceIn the city
WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Wave qualityRegional Classic
ExperiencePros or kamikaze only...
DirectionRight and left
PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful, Ledgey
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good swell directionNorth, NorthWest, West
Good wind directionSouthEast, East
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 5m / 16 ft and over
Best tide positionLow tide only
Best tide movementRising tide
Week crowdFew surfers
- Rips / undertow
You need balls and have to be an above average tuberider to handle The Entrance. If you pull up undergunned and think you can handle you will have your ass handed to you.
This place is heavy. Imagine Mundaka meets Pipe with a lot of closeout sections. A bomb right pits into the channel while the left goes below sea level sucking up, spitting and chewing all the way till the end. The place rips your wetsuit off if you screw up on a big day and you'll be lucky if you pop up from the most violent underwater thrashing you've ever experienced in less then 10 seconds. Be prepared: the rip takes you out of the bay right in the impact zone again and again and again
This is a heavy break. The wave is scary, the locals are scary, and the sharks are scarier. Come with a gun, respect, and by yourself and you may get a few.
By lostcoastloser , 13 May
Have fun watching - Hope ya like it heavy is all I can say. Come try to surf(paddle no ski) this spot.pretty sure you will be sitting on land watching when you see how you have to enter and exit this wave. If ya do get the balls to enter good luck currents are crazy and then there's also a 16ft white that calls that place home. Paddle bra paddle!!!
By MacSquiz , 11-01-2011
Very Fickle Wave - I agree with multiple posters who have commented on how crappy/mushy the Harbor Entrance looks in most of the posted pictures. These are all from very marginal days.
This spot is very sensitive to the swell direction and tide, and of course, the sand bar has to be built up correctly. While it might break sixty days a year, probably only ten of them are truly exceptional. You would have to be very lucky to catch the Entrance in top form while passing through town, so it definitely rewards the dedicated group of locals who check it religiously.
The tides are the key. While the tide is going out, it can turn from ripped up mushy crap to perfect bowls at slack tide, and forty five minutes later, it is total crap again.
I'll probably catch crap from the locals, but I'm going to put up a pic of what a good day at the Harbor Entrance looks like. Best wishes to those with enough patience to get it at its best.
By Anonymous , 06-02-2009
Buncha clowns - Folks writing comments on here are mostly kooks with no firsthand knowledge of this spot. Yes, it's cold and heavy and you have to study it and know when to surf it. But come on! Comparing it to Jaws? Give me a break. Jaws holds like 70 foot faces. This place holds some size, is frigid and sharky, and is definitely powerful but just give me a frickin' break with the international comparisons. 99% of the people commenting here haven't even watched it on a big day, let alone surfed it. It's just a symptom of the internet age we live in. Anyone can pretend to be an expert, older or younger, the opposite sex, or whatever.
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