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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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 Middles

USA, California, Orange County

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Latitude: 33° 36.145' N
Longitude: 117° 54.784' W

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This spot isnt schoolyards. Schoolyards is more around the 15th street area. Middles is closer to Balboa pier. Theres not really a designated street but its anywhere between 6th and 10th street...its usually one long wall anyways. Its best in september and october with a big clean south swell when it gets a little more peaky but stays just as heavy.

English (Translate this text in English): This spot isnt schoolyards. Schoolyards is more around the 15th street area. Middles is closer to Balboa pier. Theres not really a designated street but its anywhere between 6th and 10th street...its usually one long wall anyways. Its best in september and october with a big clean south swell when it gets a little more peaky but stays just as heavy.

English (Translate this text in English): This spot isnt schoolyards. Schoolyards is more around the 15th street area. Middles is closer to Balboa pier. Theres not really a designated street but its anywhere between 6th and 10th street...its usually one long wall anyways. Its best in september and october with a big clean south swell when it gets a little more peaky but stays just as heavy.

English (Translate this text in English): This spot isnt schoolyards. Schoolyards is more around the 15th street area. Middles is closer to Balboa pier. Theres not really a designated street but its anywhere between 6th and 10th street...its usually one long wall anyways. Its best in september and october with a big clean south swell when it gets a little more peaky but stays just as heavy.

DistanceIn the city

WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name school yards

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperiencePros or kamikaze only...

FrequencyRarely break (5day/year)

Wave

TypeSand-bar

DirectionLeft

BottomSandy

PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful, Ledgey, Slab

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthShort (< 50m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionSouthWest, South, SouthEast

Good wind directionNorthEast

Swell sizeStarts working at 2m-2.5m / 6ft-8ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+

Best tide positionLow and mid tide

Best tide movementRising tide

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow

 Additional Information

It only breaks a few times a year and takes a huge south swell to get really good. Its a left only when its on and its really fast. If you cant stand up fast you should just bodyboard it cuz thats what we all do anyways...if its over 7 ft. it gets really heavy and slabby and unlike spots like wedge its really shallow here. Wedge breaks more in deep water....middles breaks alot shallower but its not shorebreak....its kinda between a shorebreak and beach break...and yeah...if it gets up to 10 ft it gets pretty unruly.

English (Translate this text in English): It only breaks a few times a year and takes a huge south swell to get really good. Its a left only when its on and its really fast. If you cant stand up fast you should just bodyboard it cuz thats what we all do anyways...if its over 7 ft. it gets really heavy and slabby and unlike spots like wedge its really shallow here. Wedge breaks more in deep water....middles breaks alot shallower but its not shorebreak....its kinda between a shorebreak and beach break...and yeah...if it gets up to 10 ft it gets pretty unruly.

English (Translate this text in English): It only breaks a few times a year and takes a huge south swell to get really good. Its a left only when its on and its really fast. If you cant stand up fast you should just bodyboard it cuz thats what we all do anyways...if its over 7 ft. it gets really heavy and slabby and unlike spots like wedge its really shallow here. Wedge breaks more in deep water....middles breaks alot shallower but its not shorebreak....its kinda between a shorebreak and beach break...and yeah...if it gets up to 10 ft it gets pretty unruly.

English (Translate this text in English): It only breaks a few times a year and takes a huge south swell to get really good. Its a left only when its on and its really fast. If you cant stand up fast you should just bodyboard it cuz thats what we all do anyways...if its over 7 ft. it gets really heavy and slabby and unlike spots like wedge its really shallow here. Wedge breaks more in deep water....middles breaks alot shallower but its not shorebreak....its kinda between a shorebreak and beach break...and yeah...if it gets up to 10 ft it gets pretty unruly.

Atmosphere

Really quiet. if you ever find yourself out here on a pumping day you'll probably just be there with a couple friends. everyone else will be at 54th or wedge.

English (Translate this text in English): Really quiet. if you ever find yourself out here on a pumping day you'll probably just be there with a couple friends. everyone else will be at 54th or wedge.

English (Translate this text in English): Really quiet. if you ever find yourself out here on a pumping day you'll probably just be there with a couple friends. everyone else will be at 54th or wedge.

English (Translate this text in English): Really quiet. if you ever find yourself out here on a pumping day you'll probably just be there with a couple friends. everyone else will be at 54th or wedge.

General

Probably the best wave in orange county...not for shape, length of ride etc etc but because you can score fat heavy lefts with like 2 friends.

English (Translate this text in English): Probably the best wave in orange county...not for shape, length of ride etc etc but because you can score fat heavy lefts with like 2 friends.

English (Translate this text in English): Probably the best wave in orange county...not for shape, length of ride etc etc but because you can score fat heavy lefts with like 2 friends.

English (Translate this text in English): Probably the best wave in orange county...not for shape, length of ride etc etc but because you can score fat heavy lefts with like 2 friends.

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By Anonymous , 30-06-2010

Wrong info - But thanks for trying to keep it secret, not that many people can surf this area anyways. This mileish stretch of consisting of 5 other similar spots is some of the heavyiest beach break known to man (well ok mayb just socal) but anyways really fickle down this stretch of land and sea, breaks year round, put some eyes on it, keep track of the numbers, mayb after a year of heavy homework you'll have an idea of when/how this place ticks, and when you do you'll enjoy some of the heaviest beachie barrels you've ever surfed.

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