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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Big River

USA, California, Mendocino

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximate

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Latitude: 39° 18.096' N
Longitude: 123° 47.868' W

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It's a river mouth... can't be that hard to find. River meets ocean- tuddah.

English (Translate this text in English): It's a river mouth... can't be that hard to find. River meets ocean- tuddah.

English (Translate this text in English): It's a river mouth... can't be that hard to find. River meets ocean- tuddah.

English (Translate this text in English): It's a river mouth... can't be that hard to find. River meets ocean- tuddah.

DistanceTake a car

WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)

Easy to find?OK

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceBeginners wave

FrequencyDon't know

Wave

TypeRivermouth

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy with rock

PowerOrdinary, Fun, Powerless

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest

Good wind directionNorthEast

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+

Best tide positionMid and high tide

Best tide movementRising tide

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdFew surfers

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow
- Sharks

 Additional Information

I've been chased out by a White here on an outgoing tide. Never surf rivermouths on Outgoing tides, unless it's just that good. Sharks can be a problem as with the currents. Be safe.

English (Translate this text in English): I've been chased out by a White here on an outgoing tide. Never surf rivermouths on Outgoing tides, unless it's just that good. Sharks can be a problem as with the currents. Be safe.

English (Translate this text in English): I've been chased out by a White here on an outgoing tide. Never surf rivermouths on Outgoing tides, unless it's just that good. Sharks can be a problem as with the currents. Be safe.

English (Translate this text in English): I've been chased out by a White here on an outgoing tide. Never surf rivermouths on Outgoing tides, unless it's just that good. Sharks can be a problem as with the currents. Be safe.

Atmosphere

In general a semi-fun place to get wet. With the right conditions it can get good.

English (Translate this text in English): In general a semi-fun place to get wet. With the right conditions it can get good.

English (Translate this text in English): In general a semi-fun place to get wet. With the right conditions it can get good.

English (Translate this text in English): In general a semi-fun place to get wet. With the right conditions it can get good.

General

Just another wave.

English (Translate this text in English): Just another wave.

English (Translate this text in English): Just another wave.

English (Translate this text in English): Just another wave.

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By Anonymous , 07-03-2008

I'm a believer? - So I take back what I said about the rivermouth. I've seen its potential and still can't believe I caught that place good twice in one week. Yesterday was insane. Low tide, 6 feet @ 15-to-17 seconds and a straight offshore wind. Light pack of locals. Plenty of waves for everyone. I think I might actually be sad when the bar goes away.

By Anonymous , 05-02-2008

myth? only if told its great - it is kind of sloppy but its a surf break. Can be good little windswell peaks (but usually short rides) when everywhere else is blown out. definitely not a destination or 3 star or above wave. almost always closes out over head high.

By A local , 01-02-2008

Big River - I've surfed this coast for two decades, and maybe I'm more inclined to surf a certain left reef further down the coast or a couple of sandbars north of town on south swells, but I have never seen this rivermouth fire and have only seen one old grainy photo of a good overhead wave. Big River, as far as I'm concerned, is a myth.

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