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Latitude: 36° 32.945' N
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In Carmel, Ca. Down the street from downtown. Long stretched beach from 4th to 13th steet.
DistanceIn the city
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
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 lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest
Good wind directionEast
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+
Best tide positionMid tide
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
Week crowdFew surfers
- Rips / undertow
Good sandbars. Be sure not to drop in on those Craft kids. At the southern end, there is a rocky point: doesn't work often and gets crowded.
A fun, glassy, and mostly barreling break.
By Anonymous , 16-11-2009
Moved to Monterey a few months ago - I've been checking out Carmel quite often, and although it's a pretty area, the surf is not that great. When it's glassy, the waves are real small. When the outer points are 35 ft plus, the shore break is DOH+ and unride-able. I've only seen it once where there was a fun looking right hander bowling near the rock cropping. It looks like it has potential, but it never seems like the 2 major factors come together often: wind, and swell.
So far, I'd rate this place a 2 out of 5, just because it seems so fickle.
By blast19 , 25-06-2009
A good spot - People in the water are almost always fairly friendly unless it's going off and then everyone can get a bit more serious...but most people in the water are chill.
Doesn't get too crowded usually and if you're happy taking some lesser waves there's a lot of beach. I surf it often and think it's a decent place to hit if you're in the area and catch it on the right day.
By Anonymous , 25-02-2009
found my marbles, destroyed my ego... - yeah, i've come full circle from jaded cocky local to born again grommet! my perspective has changed since i posted that lame comment a couple years back...lesson 1)dont post comments when you are in a angry negative state of mind..anybody who really knows me knows this posting was all hot air, chest pounding, male ego bullshit aimed at pissing people off...wow,pretty insecure ,huh? im actually a really nice guy... with some issues.(we all got em") im more of the sensitive, poetic type...which sometimes makes it hard to get set waves..never been the tough guy...but i can talk tough on the internet like a lot of others. i was in a negative state of mind then...and looking back i can only laugh at myself...i guess i was listening to too much Tupac and smoking too much weed. a number of events have happened to make me realize that just living and breathing are such gifts and i've fallen in love with every moment. its weird, i enjoy just duckdiving now as much as a clean tube...i hope we can be friends again anonymous dude...lets meet at the beach and,if you dont like bong hits we can roll a little joint...let someone else be aggro pissed local...its so draining of my chi...not me. saw this documentary on doc Paskowitz and it reminded me of how beautiful, sacred, and healing surfing is ....sometimes it goes to your head. so yeah dont take that posting too seriously...it wasn't thought out obviously...i have to admit whoever you are your posting actually made me laugh...at myself! no one has called me by my last name since high school p.e. class! i have a life again,better than ever, and it revolves around surfing and maintaining a positive view of life. please dont be hater! i never really thought much of my bottom turn, but Ronnie Rippits is classy and recognizable all the way down the beach....i think part of the negative state came from being in unhealthy relationship not stoked on my job.,..way..nutted up ...a combination of factors .anyone ever been there? oh well life happens...and its really short...can't we just all have fun? growing up kinda sucks, but im working at it!! its kinda creepy that you got inside info regarding my personal life...but hey, its a small town...even smaller the older i get. sounds like we need have a "bro session" one day ...but u didnt leave your name ...i did. sometimes you have lose yourself to find out exactly who you are..i found my marbles, and im loving life again . remember...every ripper was once a kook...me, you , even slater...every man was once a baby...everyone rips. who cares just go surfing and try to love everything and everyone...i dont want to lose friends and i appreciate your feedback....EACH ONE TEACH ONE...see you at the beach!! lets be friends again ...whoever you are! peace,love,respect, a deep tube, we are all after the same thing..IRIE VIBES
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