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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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 Church (Trestles)

USA, California, Orange County

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Aproximadamente

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Latitude: 33° 22.808' N
Longitude: 117° 34.793' W

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 Access

Exit Interstate 5 at Christianitos and park, then walk down the path to the beach (as if you were going to Lowers or Middles) then walk south (left as you're facing the beach) until you see the Railroad trestle and rivermouth. Then you're at Church

English (Translate this text in English): Exit Interstate 5 at Christianitos and park, then walk down the path to the beach (as if you were going to Lowers or Middles) then walk south (left as you're facing the beach) until you see the Railroad trestle and rivermouth. Then you're at Church

English (Translate this text in English): Exit Interstate 5 at Christianitos and park, then walk down the path to the beach (as if you were going to Lowers or Middles) then walk south (left as you're facing the beach) until you see the Railroad trestle and rivermouth. Then you're at Church

English (Translate this text in English): Exit Interstate 5 at Christianitos and park, then walk down the path to the beach (as if you were going to Lowers or Middles) then walk south (left as you're facing the beach) until you see the Railroad trestle and rivermouth. Then you're at Church

DistanceIn the city

WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)

Easy to find?OK

Public access?Private access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name San Onofre Creek Rivermouth

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)

Wave

TypeSand-bar

DirectionRight

BottomSandy with rock

Power

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell direction

Good wind direction

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 5m / 16 ft and over

Best tide positionMid and high tide

Best tide movementFalling tide

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Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdCrowded

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 Additional Information

Every break at trestles has a way of taking any swells and making them into decent, ride-able waves...Church won't dissapoint, just a solid, small-medium right-hander. (most of the crowds at Lowers won't walk this far down to surf Church's) not TOO crowded, but sometimes it is.

English (Translate this text in English): Every break at trestles has a way of taking any swells and making them into decent, ride-able waves...Church won't dissapoint, just a solid, small-medium right-hander. (most of the crowds at Lowers won't walk this far down to surf Church's) not TOO crowded, but sometimes it is.

English (Translate this text in English): Every break at trestles has a way of taking any swells and making them into decent, ride-able waves...Church won't dissapoint, just a solid, small-medium right-hander. (most of the crowds at Lowers won't walk this far down to surf Church's) not TOO crowded, but sometimes it is.

English (Translate this text in English): Every break at trestles has a way of taking any swells and making them into decent, ride-able waves...Church won't dissapoint, just a solid, small-medium right-hander. (most of the crowds at Lowers won't walk this far down to surf Church's) not TOO crowded, but sometimes it is.

Atmosphere

Good mellow right-hand break, best when breaking 4 to 8 feet but can handle a little bigger... the lineup sits in front of the train trestle, 70 yards out or so... and a good ride can end a couple hundred feet to the right in the "cove"

English (Translate this text in English): Good mellow right-hand break, best when breaking 4 to 8 feet but can handle a little bigger... the lineup sits in front of the train trestle, 70 yards out or so... and a good ride can end a couple hundred feet to the right in the "cove"

English (Translate this text in English): Good mellow right-hand break, best when breaking 4 to 8 feet but can handle a little bigger... the lineup sits in front of the train trestle, 70 yards out or so... and a good ride can end a couple hundred feet to the right in the "cove"

English (Translate this text in English): Good mellow right-hand break, best when breaking 4 to 8 feet but can handle a little bigger... the lineup sits in front of the train trestle, 70 yards out or so... and a good ride can end a couple hundred feet to the right in the "cove"

General

perfect wave, looks like j-bay when it is going off

English (Translate this text in English): perfect wave, looks like j-bay when it is going off

English (Translate this text in English): perfect wave, looks like j-bay when it is going off

English (Translate this text in English): perfect wave, looks like j-bay when it is going off

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Church (Trestles)
By ivelyam
Aug 15, 2008
- My first time surfting in California.  Very different kind of wave from hawaii south shore.  First shorebrake wave i ever surfed.  Long walk to get there.  Had to park at San Onofre beach and walk along the military beach to acces
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By surfergirlash , 03-05-2010

SOoo worth the walk - My husband and I live in Long Beach, but every time we get the chance we cruise down to trestles...great mellow wave that really lets you move around and even when the wind's all over everywhere else, it still manages to be smooth here. LOVE it!

By learnin2shred17 , 06-05-2009

Special Access - Hey, I haven't really surfed too many spots, but I've surfed here two or three times. If you have a military ID, or military tags(maybe) you can get on base, and then take beach club road right to spot. Just park and its about a 2 or 3minute walk to churches.

By Anonymous , 25-11-2007

Eglesias - Im from hawaii and i came to california to surf with family, we went down to Churches or Eglesias which is the original name,it was a pretty nice spot and wasnt to crowded when we went out, we also saw a dolphin, but i gotta agree lowers is better.

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