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Latitude: 33° 28.418' N
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From the I5 South get off at Camino Capistrano. Go to Stonehill Drive and turn right onto it. Go up till Stonehill ends and turn left. Follow the road past Starbucks to the parking lot, and turn right into it. Head on down the trail and get beaten by ragin' locals, have fun!
DistanceIn the city
WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Alternative name Point
Wave qualityRegional Classic
FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)
BottomSandy with rock
PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful, Fun
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good swell direction
Good wind direction
Swell sizeStarts working at and holds up to
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
Week crowdUltra crowded
Week-end crowdUltra crowded
Watch out for those ragin' locals, beach brawlin' is a sport on its own down at Creek. Remember the inside outside rule, and follow it!
By dang3rtown , 26-02-2012
The Truth - Ok, here's an unbiased review of Creek for people who actually want an idea of what to expect.
Salt Creek is pretty fun, one of the more consistent spots in south orange county. For most surfers you will either surf the point, on the south end or middles which is in the middle. The point is an ok left that can be kinda mushy but is almost always ripable and gets good with enough swell. Middles is a pretty decent beach break that tends to start out pretty flat and slopey but gets hollow on the inside. The crowd factor is pretty much what you'd expect from a good OC spot that's easily accessible by car. Crowded at times but not bad mid morning/mid week. Localism: There are some local old guys who get respect but mostly it's just a bunch of NSSA kids who rip but aren't any threat. I've heard some heated discussions but nothing you wouldn't get anywhere else. Certainly nowhere close to actual localism like you get at silverstrand or steamer lane. Don't be a dick and you'll be fine. If you can't get a wave at the point it isn't because the locals are shutting you down, it's because you're not a very good surfer and can't position yourself right. Good luck, have fun at a cool little spot.
By Anonymous , 15-10-2008
hahahaha - you guys dont have the slightest clue about localism. Im not even white and paddle straight up to your peak, the point as you call it even though it is just a reef, and back paddle a bunch of bitchy looking people, and catch all kinds of waves.
By Anonymous , 24-03-2008
localism and surfing - localism is just about the biggest bunch of bs that I have ever heard of. I have no idea how a sport that embodies tranquility and a harmonious blend of man and nature can make people turn into such raging assholes. We are all citizens of this planet and nobody has a right to claim these waves like they own them. There is such a thing as respect, but respect is a two way street, respect the locals and those who shred, but also respect others that are new to this experience, respect each other as people. Face it, all surf spots are crowded and more people will continue to crowd the waves.. those are the facts, deal with it! We'll start at the shittier breaks, get better and ride wherever.
That said, this is a bunch of smoke and mirrors with the localism at creek, I surfed on easter sunday. It was crowded and it was my first time on a shortboard, and I had no issues. Got a few looks but whatevs. Most of these guys are in thier mid 20's, driving thier pops old cedez and living at home with surf posters on thier walls.. yeah for highschool! I gave way on the waves I knew I couldn't catch and took the small stuff. Overall everyone was chill
But it was sick, totally glassy and small little rights that were fun.