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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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 Manchester Beach

USA, California, Mendocino

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximate

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Latitude: 38° 58.013' N
Longitude: 123° 43.228' W

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HWY 1 past pt Arena, 2 miles to Manchester Beach.

English (Translate this text in English): HWY 1 past pt Arena, 2 miles to Manchester Beach.

English (Translate this text in English): HWY 1 past pt Arena, 2 miles to Manchester Beach.

English (Translate this text in English): HWY 1 past pt Arena, 2 miles to Manchester Beach.

DistanceTake a car

WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualitySloppy

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)

Wave

TypeBeach-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

PowerFast

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorthWest

Good wind direction

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+

Best tide positionMid and high tide

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdEmpty

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow
- Sharks

 Additional Information

Difficult paddle out with rips. Paddle vigorously back to lineup after ride or else end up in difficult shorebreak. Best at 3 to 6 feet.

English (Translate this text in English): Difficult paddle out with rips. Paddle vigorously back to lineup after ride or else end up in difficult shorebreak. Best at 3 to 6 feet.

English (Translate this text in English): Difficult paddle out with rips. Paddle vigorously back to lineup after ride or else end up in difficult shorebreak. Best at 3 to 6 feet.

English (Translate this text in English): Difficult paddle out with rips. Paddle vigorously back to lineup after ride or else end up in difficult shorebreak. Best at 3 to 6 feet.

Atmosphere

Miles of empty unridden surf if you make it to the lineup. Surf when every other break is flat.

English (Translate this text in English): Miles of empty unridden surf if you make it to the lineup. Surf when every other break is flat.

English (Translate this text in English): Miles of empty unridden surf if you make it to the lineup. Surf when every other break is flat.

English (Translate this text in English): Miles of empty unridden surf if you make it to the lineup. Surf when every other break is flat.

General

Temperamental, often closed out. Magnificient drops.

English (Translate this text in English): Temperamental, often closed out. Magnificient drops.

English (Translate this text in English): Temperamental, often closed out. Magnificient drops.

English (Translate this text in English): Temperamental, often closed out. Magnificient drops.

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By anonymous , 17-09-2005

Will never be crowded - Manchester is an example of why there will always be uncrowded surf at some spot in Nor Cal. Remote, fickle, very difficult paddle out, and miles and miles of empty beach break. There are innumerable beach breaks like this up here.

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