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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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 El Morro Cove

USA, California, Orange County

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 Access

I have my own secret for parking and I think spaces are so few you should find your own. You undoubtedly drive by this wave if you drive PCH between Corona Del Mar and Laguna. Once you park, you can just walk onto the beach.

English (Translate this text in English): I have my own secret for parking and I think spaces are so few you should find your own. You undoubtedly drive by this wave if you drive PCH between Corona Del Mar and Laguna. Once you park, you can just walk onto the beach.

English (Translate this text in English): I have my own secret for parking and I think spaces are so few you should find your own. You undoubtedly drive by this wave if you drive PCH between Corona Del Mar and Laguna. Once you park, you can just walk onto the beach.

English (Translate this text in English): I have my own secret for parking and I think spaces are so few you should find your own. You undoubtedly drive by this wave if you drive PCH between Corona Del Mar and Laguna. Once you park, you can just walk onto the beach.

DistanceTake a car

WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)

Easy to find?OK

Public access?

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencyRarely break (5day/year)

Wave

TypeSand-bar

DirectionLeft

BottomSandy

PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful, Ledgey

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthShort (< 50m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionSouthWest, South

Good wind direction

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+

Best tide positionLow tide only

Best tide movementRising tide

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Week crowdCrowded

Week-end crowdCrowded

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Dangers

- Rocks
- Localism

 Additional Information

It is a rarity to catch this place, especially because the lineup is so tight. The easiest takeoff zone is by lining up directly off of the cliff. Everyone does this in order to get into the wave really early before it explodes into a sweet tube. It is really crowded these days and that is why I finally posted this.

English (Translate this text in English): It is a rarity to catch this place, especially because the lineup is so tight. The easiest takeoff zone is by lining up directly off of the cliff. Everyone does this in order to get into the wave really early before it explodes into a sweet tube. It is really crowded these days and that is why I finally posted this.

English (Translate this text in English): It is a rarity to catch this place, especially because the lineup is so tight. The easiest takeoff zone is by lining up directly off of the cliff. Everyone does this in order to get into the wave really early before it explodes into a sweet tube. It is really crowded these days and that is why I finally posted this.

English (Translate this text in English): It is a rarity to catch this place, especially because the lineup is so tight. The easiest takeoff zone is by lining up directly off of the cliff. Everyone does this in order to get into the wave really early before it explodes into a sweet tube. It is really crowded these days and that is why I finally posted this.

Atmosphere

I have surfed here for over ten years and now I can't even get a wave here. It used to be a big secret because it rarely gets good and the access is kind of tricky. Now there are always is a crowd out when it is good.

English (Translate this text in English): I have surfed here for over ten years and now I can't even get a wave here. It used to be a big secret because it rarely gets good and the access is kind of tricky. Now there are always is a crowd out when it is good.

English (Translate this text in English): I have surfed here for over ten years and now I can't even get a wave here. It used to be a big secret because it rarely gets good and the access is kind of tricky. Now there are always is a crowd out when it is good.

English (Translate this text in English): I have surfed here for over ten years and now I can't even get a wave here. It used to be a big secret because it rarely gets good and the access is kind of tricky. Now there are always is a crowd out when it is good.

General

There is a really good poster of this place for sale in surf shops. The poster is titled "Laguna Beach" and it is a side shot of a huge green/slate grey left barrel against a dark cliff backround. That's it. Periodically people will talk about this "semi-secret" surf spot, but there really is no secret except for parking.

English (Translate this text in English): There is a really good poster of this place for sale in surf shops. The poster is titled "Laguna Beach" and it is a side shot of a huge green/slate grey left barrel against a dark cliff backround. That's it. Periodically people will talk about this "semi-secret" surf spot, but there really is no secret except for parking.

English (Translate this text in English): There is a really good poster of this place for sale in surf shops. The poster is titled "Laguna Beach" and it is a side shot of a huge green/slate grey left barrel against a dark cliff backround. That's it. Periodically people will talk about this "semi-secret" surf spot, but there really is no secret except for parking.

English (Translate this text in English): There is a really good poster of this place for sale in surf shops. The poster is titled "Laguna Beach" and it is a side shot of a huge green/slate grey left barrel against a dark cliff backround. That's it. Periodically people will talk about this "semi-secret" surf spot, but there really is no secret except for parking.

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El Morro Cove
Por Pooface
5 may 2007
Sick In and Outs - In and out 
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By GromBomb , 20-08-2013

Fun - This is one of my favorite OC spots, i've haven't really seen it crowded except on a huge eight foot day when every surfer in the area was there for some amazing tubes. Be careful because it is shallow in some spots and me and my buddy have both snapped boards here. If you can't surf it (Too shallow or closed out) it is a great place to bodysurf. Have fun and score some sweet glassy barrels.

By Anonymous , 28-04-2009

elmos - i have lived in laguna my whole life and it only breaks once in a blue moon. if your not from laguna and u happen to get it good you r one lucky man. i have only surfed it good myself once and i have checked it 100's of times and i know the conditions that make it good. In addition to the fact that its super rare the locals out there wont let you have a wave. the take off spot is a few yards wide and when its on its crowded and everyone knows each other. they will rarely ever say anything if your not from there, but dont expect to go out and get the set waves good luck lol

By Joey Maghami , 22-04-2009

No longer... - I starting charging this place in the mid 90's and it was empty and good. Now its crowded and shitty.
Have fun with whats left...

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