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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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 Del monte beach

USA, California, Monterey

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By OKAMOFO , 01-03-2012

Patience - "Good" days at Del Monte (aka Casa Verd) are few and far between. The last "epic" session I had there was nearly 3-4 summers ago when there was a chainlink fence underneath the apartments. There use to be three distinct peaks there, but those sandbars are long gone. Like all things cyclic, those sandbars, or ones similar, will come back. When its good, it's an easy paddle out to the peak where you'll be with a few other surfers at most. Great vibe. When it's bad, it's choppy, windblown and massive closeouts that will pound you on the sand.

By Shakey3 , 09-08-2011

Every 5 Years - Every 5 years (give or take) mother nature grooms the waters of Del Monte beach and the surf gets... surfable. You get out and ride for 5 days in a row, then the winds shift, the tides change and Del Monte goes back to sleep. Closeouts and unrideable waves continue for another 5 years, but be patient and you will have 6 foot faces all to yourself.

By Gene Fowler , 14-10-2010

Started out here - Had a great crew of friends that surfed this place together in the early-mid 1960's, Mike Garnero, John Davis, Mike Owens, Bruce Runyan, Rome Hutchings and a bunch of others. We started out skimboarding and riding surfmats (remember those things) and then we got real longboards. When it blew out we'd ski down the surrounding sand dunes on little boards we'd made. This was our home break and we all had a blast. I still surf (on the 3rd coast) and check out the Del Monte cam nearly every day, brings back great memories.

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