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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

USA, California, Orange County

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Aproximadamente

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Latitude: 33° 44.301' N
Longitude: 118° 6.608' W

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In Seal Beach. Off Main Street. Parking Nearby.

English (Translate this text in English): In Seal Beach. Off Main Street. Parking Nearby.

English (Translate this text in English): In Seal Beach. Off Main Street. Parking Nearby.

English (Translate this text in English): In Seal Beach. Off Main Street. Parking Nearby.

DistanceIn the city

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyRegular

Wave

TypeBreakwater/jetty

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

PowerOrdinary

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorthWest, SouthWest

Good wind directionNorthWest, East, NorthEast

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+

Best tide positionDon't know

Best tide movementDon't know

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Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdCrowded

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Dangers

- Localism
- Pollution

 Additional Information

Surf is usually better in the morning and then starts dying a little. Better for long boarding. The jetty is better sometimes. The jetty works good on a big northwest swell. If it is really walled at Bolsa Chica crowds tend to go to jetty. The North side pier is good long board wave, and the South side is good for boogie boarders. Gets super windy most afternoons, polluted and sting rays.

English (Translate this text in English): Surf is usually better in the morning and then starts dying a little. Better for long boarding. The jetty is better sometimes. The jetty works good on a big northwest swell. If it is really walled at Bolsa Chica crowds tend to go to jetty. The North side pier is good long board wave, and the South side is good for boogie boarders. Gets super windy most afternoons, polluted and sting rays.

English (Translate this text in English): Surf is usually better in the morning and then starts dying a little. Better for long boarding. The jetty is better sometimes. The jetty works good on a big northwest swell. If it is really walled at Bolsa Chica crowds tend to go to jetty. The North side pier is good long board wave, and the South side is good for boogie boarders. Gets super windy most afternoons, polluted and sting rays.

English (Translate this text in English): Surf is usually better in the morning and then starts dying a little. Better for long boarding. The jetty is better sometimes. The jetty works good on a big northwest swell. If it is really walled at Bolsa Chica crowds tend to go to jetty. The North side pier is good long board wave, and the South side is good for boogie boarders. Gets super windy most afternoons, polluted and sting rays.

Atmosphere

A lot of people go to start learning. Sometimes people get in the way. Lots of longboarders on weekends. Less people in the morning.

English (Translate this text in English): A lot of people go to start learning. Sometimes people get in the way. Lots of longboarders on weekends. Less people in the morning.

English (Translate this text in English): A lot of people go to start learning. Sometimes people get in the way. Lots of longboarders on weekends. Less people in the morning.

English (Translate this text in English): A lot of people go to start learning. Sometimes people get in the way. Lots of longboarders on weekends. Less people in the morning.

General

Its ok. It usually closes out by the beach. The river holds up longer. Go have fun. Learn. Whatever.

English (Translate this text in English): Its ok. It usually closes out by the beach. The river holds up longer. Go have fun. Learn. Whatever.

English (Translate this text in English): Its ok. It usually closes out by the beach. The river holds up longer. Go have fun. Learn. Whatever.

English (Translate this text in English): Its ok. It usually closes out by the beach. The river holds up longer. Go have fun. Learn. Whatever.

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Seal Beach Pier Northside
Por DrC123
26 may 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
Por DrC123
7 abr 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
Por DrC123
20 ene 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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Viaje: Hang on Sloopy ...
Por DrC123
De 19 may 2008 a 19 may 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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Viaje: Spring Break
Por DrC123
De 28 mar 2008 a 28 mar 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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Viaje: Big Wednesday
Por DrC123
De 5 dic 2007 a 5 dic 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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Viaje: Hot August nights ...
Por DrC123
De 17 ago 2007 a 17 ago 2007
Hot August nights and the summertime blues ... no decent swell in SOCAL since July however things usually pick up by September.  "Well thank you all very much" ... here are a couple of recent exceptions. Can you nose ride
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Viaje: Boo Hoo ... you really missed it!
Por DrC123
De 11 abr 2007 a 7 jun 2007
Dawn breaks on a “June Gloom” Wednesday April morning in SOCAL. Fog, lowclouds with just a whisper of  SE Catalina coastal eddy. The surf forecast ... peaking long period, southern hemi SW swell , clean morning conditions with
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By Anonymous , 28-11-2009

- I don't know why everyone who "claims" this spot is getting so upset. I've been surfing Seal for a good 20 years and the bottom line is this: if you know what it takes for it to get waves (swell direction, tide), then you should have no problem getting some waves. It is fickle though, so if its good, you have to be on it before others catch on. The crowd is a mix of kooks (many of the older locals can't surf) and rippers. Like any spot, you gotta put in your time and you'll score, but it just doesn't happen that often. I find myself (and many others in the area) just end up surfing in HB for the most part, but when Seal's good, I drop everything ... I think its one of the best waves in OC, but as I said before, it just doesn't happen that often.

By Anonymous , 27-06-2009

- Because of the offshore island shadowing seal beach is only good for really 2 types of swells and that's a WSW or straight South.

By Anonymous , 23-02-2009

RIP Johnny Boy - To a true "Local"... To many years of surfing second peak. Will miss you Johnny RIP brother..

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