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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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 Seal Beach Pier Northside

USA, California, Orange County

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Southern California. Located just off Pacific Coast Highway in the small beach community of Seal Beach.

English (Translate this text in English): Southern California. Located just off Pacific Coast Highway in the small beach community of Seal Beach.

English (Translate this text in English): Southern California. Located just off Pacific Coast Highway in the small beach community of Seal Beach.

English (Translate this text in English): Southern California. Located just off Pacific Coast Highway in the small beach community of Seal Beach.

DistanceIn the city

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name Seal

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyRegular

Wave

TypeBeach-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

Power

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell direction

Good wind direction

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft

Best tide positionLow and mid tide

Best tide movementRising tide

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Week crowdCrowded

Week-end crowdUltra crowded

Webcam urlhttp://www.surfline.com/s... 

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Plenty of beach parking in the lot, or one hour on the street, starts at 9AM when most surfers are long gone. Watch out for local highschool surf teams during the week up till 8AM and surfschools after 9AM. Don't paddle out to the
break and just start grabbing waves, there is a heavy local vibe, take your turn.

English (Translate this text in English): Plenty of beach parking in the lot, or one hour on the street, starts at 9AM when most surfers are long gone. Watch out for local highschool surf teams during the week up till 8AM and surfschools after 9AM. Don't paddle out to the
break and just start grabbing waves, there is a heavy local vibe, take your turn.

English (Translate this text in English): Plenty of beach parking in the lot, or one hour on the street, starts at 9AM when most surfers are long gone. Watch out for local highschool surf teams during the week up till 8AM and surfschools after 9AM. Don't paddle out to the
break and just start grabbing waves, there is a heavy local vibe, take your turn.

English (Translate this text in English): Plenty of beach parking in the lot, or one hour on the street, starts at 9AM when most surfers are long gone. Watch out for local highschool surf teams during the week up till 8AM and surfschools after 9AM. Don't paddle out to the
break and just start grabbing waves, there is a heavy local vibe, take your turn.

Atmosphere

Northside is for longboarders, southside for shortboarders and lids. When Huntington gets too big Seal is invaded by the southcounty locals who normally poo poo the break.

English (Translate this text in English): Northside is for longboarders, southside for shortboarders and lids. When Huntington gets too big Seal is invaded by the southcounty locals who normally poo poo the break.

English (Translate this text in English): Northside is for longboarders, southside for shortboarders and lids. When Huntington gets too big Seal is invaded by the southcounty locals who normally poo poo the break.

English (Translate this text in English): Northside is for longboarders, southside for shortboarders and lids. When Huntington gets too big Seal is invaded by the southcounty locals who normally poo poo the break.

General

Works best in the morning when conditions are usually glassy or very light offshore. Best tide is low or incoming. There are two main peaks. First a pier bowl (Harvey Wallbanger) refracting off the sea wall into a fast hollow lefthander across the inside sandbar. Second a middle peak breaking into the sea wall, a short hot suicide right. At times there is a very strong current and watch out for Stingrays on the bottom.

English (Translate this text in English): Works best in the morning when conditions are usually glassy or very light offshore. Best tide is low or incoming. There are two main peaks. First a pier bowl (Harvey Wallbanger) refracting off the sea wall into a fast hollow lefthander across the inside sandbar. Second a middle peak breaking into the sea wall, a short hot suicide right. At times there is a very strong current and watch out for Stingrays on the bottom.

English (Translate this text in English): Works best in the morning when conditions are usually glassy or very light offshore. Best tide is low or incoming. There are two main peaks. First a pier bowl (Harvey Wallbanger) refracting off the sea wall into a fast hollow lefthander across the inside sandbar. Second a middle peak breaking into the sea wall, a short hot suicide right. At times there is a very strong current and watch out for Stingrays on the bottom.

English (Translate this text in English): Works best in the morning when conditions are usually glassy or very light offshore. Best tide is low or incoming. There are two main peaks. First a pier bowl (Harvey Wallbanger) refracting off the sea wall into a fast hollow lefthander across the inside sandbar. Second a middle peak breaking into the sea wall, a short hot suicide right. At times there is a very strong current and watch out for Stingrays on the bottom.

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Seal Beach Pier Northside
United States of America

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Seal Beach Pier Northside
United States of America

Seal Beach Pier Northside
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Seal Beach Pier Northside
De DrC123
Mai 26, 2010
Chilly Willy - Chilly Willy out there this morning. Water temp has dropped to 54F due to upwelling caused by the El Nino storm pattern over SOCAL producing strong surface winds. After and hour and a half I was as stiff as a board, the early morning gloomy fog and o
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Seal Beach Pier Northside
De DrC123
Abr 7, 2010
Rabbit Stew - Update: Yesterday was classic! Combo shoulder high swells and stiff offshore Santa Ana's holding up the lip for some really great walls. Was sitting outside and picked off the wave of the morning, a clean head high peak. Came off the bott
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Seal Beach Pier Northside
De DrC123
Jan 20, 2010
The angry sea - "Victory at Sea" conditions this morning after yesterdays bashing with more swell, rain and wind on the way! Huge dirty brown swells marching sideways down the coast driven by force 9 winds.  "A powerful storm that hi
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Trip: Hang on Sloopy ...
By DrC123
From May 19, 2008 to May 19, 2008
Hang on Sloopy!   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGuPc01Dn7c    I'm free ... free falling ... free falling ... nose down angle past 45 degrees, side angle 30 degrees ... in the breech ... Wham ... the pie
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Trip: Spring Break
By DrC123
From Mar 28, 2008 to Mar 28, 2008
Spring break .. usually a down time in Southern California as there is a lull period .. the end of storm swells from the far North West and just the beginning of action from the Southern Hemisphere .. but some times you get lucky!&nb
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Trip: Big Wednesday
By DrC123
From Dec 5, 2007 to Dec 5, 2007
Big Wednesday did not live up to all the hype: Solid 10 feet NW swell with strong rips and currents but nowhere like "Big Wednesday" December 2005 with its 15-20 foot waves. Conditions were great, 70F degree air and 60F water with bright
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