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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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 Point Arena Cove

USA, California, Mendocino

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximate

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Latitude: 38° 54.869' N
Longitude: 123° 42.66' W

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Drive up Highway One from SF for 3.5 hours. Turn left when you get to Point Arena, CA population 420. Drive down to the pier and find some parking. If there's no surf then grab a burger upstairs at the bar.

English (Translate this text in English): Drive up Highway One from SF for 3.5 hours. Turn left when you get to Point Arena, CA population 420. Drive down to the pier and find some parking. If there's no surf then grab a burger upstairs at the bar.

English (Translate this text in English): Drive up Highway One from SF for 3.5 hours. Turn left when you get to Point Arena, CA population 420. Drive down to the pier and find some parking. If there's no surf then grab a burger upstairs at the bar.

English (Translate this text in English): Drive up Highway One from SF for 3.5 hours. Turn left when you get to Point Arena, CA population 420. Drive down to the pier and find some parking. If there's no surf then grab a burger upstairs at the bar.

DistanceWeek-end trip

WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)

Easy to find?OK

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name Rights

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)

Wave

TypeReef-rocky

DirectionRight

BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)

PowerPowerful, Fun

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest

Good wind direction

Swell sizeStarts working at and holds up to

Best tide positionMid tide

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdFew surfers

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Dangers

- Urchins
- Rocks
- Sharks

 Additional Information

Don't mind the locals. They're pretty cool.

English (Translate this text in English): Don't mind the locals. They're pretty cool.

English (Translate this text in English): Don't mind the locals. They're pretty cool.

English (Translate this text in English): Don't mind the locals. They're pretty cool.

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Point arena cove
United States of America

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By Larry Lip Smack , 17-07-2010

Mr Ride The Right Board - Sad this about this place is it used to be a real performance wave. Now it's so clogged up with fat ass transplants on longboards that a real local surfer has a hard time getting any waves. Same thing at any wave with a big channel I guess, you get these fat lazy slobs who somehow are able to stuff their fat bloated beer guts into a XXL wetsuit and flop on their 10 foot surftecs like a beached seal and just stink up the lineup. But if you get there and you see that it's to crowded with old fat guys on longboard just ask around the parking lot for a guy named Muta, he gives free B.J.'s to visiting surfers!

By ron vetterli , 07-06-2010

oh yeah - Hey Ronuran as Shawn used to call you ,..We had it perfect..we got a mention in Calif. first surfs for our Pt. Arena episodes in surfers mag

By Ron Duran , 26-08-2009

Surfing Pt Areana in the 1970's - We locals back then consisted of Myself and Joe Hancock from the Air Force Base,Ron Vetterli was in the Coast Gaurd at the Lighthouse, Rick Caroll was in the Coast Gaurd at the Loran Station,Paul Akland was a senior at Pt Arena High and Randy Vetterli was a shaper for Haute Surfboards.
We mostly surfed Schooner's Gulch,Mote Creek,Whiskey Shoals,Irish Beach,The south side of Arena Cove pier and of course the Rights. We watched the rights for almost a year before we ever surfed it. We didn't have leashes back then. We all had single fin shortboards. We eventually started fabricating leashes when we surfed the rights. It was so hard to hold on to your board when the cleanup sets came and you didn't make it to the bullkelp. Back then we called it "The Warf". I have surfed North Shore and alot of other places but the longest I have ever been held down was the "Warf Rights".The only other surfers we ever saw were some longboarders from Casper at the south side of the pier. No localism back then...we loved to see another surfer.
Bill and Delia Hays owned the ranch at Mote Creek and when we surfed there Delia would find our clothes and hold them up till we would paddle in and pay her $5. It was worth it when a good south was hitting.
Fun Times...I miss it.
I now live in Ojai Ca. and surf Ventura breaks.

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