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Drive along Pacific Coast Hwy (Hwy 1) in the heart of conservative Orange County. Located south of Los Angeles and north of San Diego.
DistanceIn the city
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Wave qualityRegional Classic
DirectionRight and left
PowerHollow, Powerful, Ordinary, Fun, Powerless
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionNorth, NorthWest, West, SouthWest, South
Good wind directionEast, NorthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
Week-end crowdUltra crowded
- Rips / undertow
From Bolsa Chica to the north, to Santa Ana River Jetties to the south, Huntington Beach offers mile after mile of classic southern California beach break. The most crowded area is usually around the Huntington Beach Pier at Main St.and PCH. Parking is widely available for a fee. Plenty of facilities and tons of people. Huntington is VERY consistant and almost always has waves while other areas are flat. This area works best on combo swells, say nw and sw, so as to break up the long walls into workable peaks. Big, one direction swells tend to wall and create strong side shore currents.
Crowded, aggressive and crazy, but a lot of fun. In the summer small waves (except on a big south swell) warm water and beach, tons of chicks and tourists and freaks and assorted loons!
In the winter cool to cold water, bigger, more consistant surf and fewer weirdos, but still a whole lot of surfers.
Offshore winds from the east and/or northeast can turn Huntington into a "magazine quality" wave. In the summer and fall keep your feet off the sandy bottom as warm water can bring in lots and lots of stingrays!!!
Huntington Beach and Pier is a classic. One of those places every surfer should visit at least once. Crowded and competitive by the pier, mellower up or down the beach. For a good breakfast try the Sugar Shack on Main St. Lots of big "Surf and Sports" in town so you can get any surf gear you need. For a taste of the old Huntington before the yuppies and track homes visit the Chuck Dent surf shop.
By Anonymous , 02-06-2012
Posers - To all you morons telling the "Kooks" to stay away. I grew up surfing Country on the island of Oahu we consider anyone from the mainland a Kook, especially LA dip shits trying to be bad ass locals. I will come and surf your break anytime I want. Surfing is best left to those who do it for fun and for the experiencing the thrill of riding a moving wall of water. People need to be cool out in the lineup. If you think you need to intimate others you need to find a new sport. Maybe try boxing. Chill out and enjoy the sport, the ocean belongs to no one and is there for everyone to enjoy.
By Anonymous , 28-08-2009
HB Locals are lame! - I moved to HB from S.D. and lived there for 4 years, I hated this beach break! I heard so much about growing up in S.D. and was excited to surf here but when I started paddleing out I realized that wave not fun to ride, the current pushed you north alot, so I would always be fighting the current and the locals there are total assho*es. They dont even respect eachother, it's like there all fighting to be the next Kelly Slater or somthing.. The yell at eachother, get into fight on the shore, is this what surfing in the O.C. is all about? I soon after moved back down to O'l San Dog where people respect eachother and know what surfing is all obout, good times with friends. You guys can have the U.S. open and all that hot air up there
By Anonymous , 13-08-2009
whatever - i live in HB its a great beach to get surf year round, but its by no means amazing. i'm grateful to live at a consistent beach break but i wouldnt recommend for someone to visit just to surf. there are enough point breaks around that are better
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