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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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 Thousand steps

USA, California, Orange County

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximate

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Latitude: 33° 29.897' N
Longitude: 117° 44.495' W

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its right off of pch and 8th the entrance is sorta hidden but there is a small sign

English (Translate this text in English): its right off of pch and 8th the entrance is sorta hidden but there is a small sign

English (Translate this text in English): its right off of pch and 8th the entrance is sorta hidden but there is a small sign

English (Translate this text in English): its right off of pch and 8th the entrance is sorta hidden but there is a small sign

DistanceIn the city

WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)

Easy to find?Hard to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)

Wave

TypeReef-rocky

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy with rock

PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionWest, SouthWest, South, SouthEast

Good wind direction

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft

Best tide positionAll tides

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdCrowded

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Dangers

- Rocks
- Localism

 Additional Information

if you see a spot to park; take it. Best spot to is right next to the abandoned house.

English (Translate this text in English): if you see a spot to park; take it. Best spot to is right next to the abandoned house.

English (Translate this text in English): if you see a spot to park; take it. Best spot to is right next to the abandoned house.

English (Translate this text in English): if you see a spot to park; take it. Best spot to is right next to the abandoned house.

Atmosphere

everytime ive been when 10:00 comes around the beach is flooded with boadyboarders and skimboarders.

English (Translate this text in English): everytime ive been when 10:00 comes around the beach is flooded with boadyboarders and skimboarders.

English (Translate this text in English): everytime ive been when 10:00 comes around the beach is flooded with boadyboarders and skimboarders.

English (Translate this text in English): everytime ive been when 10:00 comes around the beach is flooded with boadyboarders and skimboarders.

General

really cool place lots of things to see besides the waves. if you get there befor the tide comes in check out the caves and the private beach but bring somthing for your feet the rocks start to get more and more painfull the farther you walk

English (Translate this text in English): really cool place lots of things to see besides the waves. if you get there befor the tide comes in check out the caves and the private beach but bring somthing for your feet the rocks start to get more and more painfull the farther you walk

English (Translate this text in English): really cool place lots of things to see besides the waves. if you get there befor the tide comes in check out the caves and the private beach but bring somthing for your feet the rocks start to get more and more painfull the farther you walk

English (Translate this text in English): really cool place lots of things to see besides the waves. if you get there befor the tide comes in check out the caves and the private beach but bring somthing for your feet the rocks start to get more and more painfull the farther you walk

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By Anonymous , 16-03-2009

DON'T GO HERE! - Steps is a sacred place and the locals here can be some of the nastiest around. You must treat it with respect and never exploit it. That means no pictures or video of any kind. Sure you might get away with a session or two but sooner or later the locals will spot you and kick your ass. I have narrowly escaped shotgun blasts only to find slashed tires on my car. I won't go back. I am no beginner either, I have been surfing for 20 years. The world is big, go look for another spot that rebounds like this cove. Leave this to the locals

By Anonymous , 28-06-2008

gotta love rocks - If your surfing this place is probably only worth it when it is a south swell thats making over head waves and the tide is medium to high. out of 50 times to strands I've seen this wave worth going out for 3 or 4 times. Usually it's not big enough and there are simply too many rocks to not risk hitting them at the end of each wave. When it is over head it can be a rush because first you need to stay high on the wave to avoid taking your fins off on a few of the outside rocks and then the power of the wave is exceptional if you get taken down. I've experienced one of the longest hold downs I've ever had here on a 12 foot day, and I've been out on a lot of 12+ foot days.

By Anonymous , 05-05-2007

1000 stair - i was at 1000 stairs literally a month ago with my parents, on a 5 foot swell..pretty nice at blacks, and all that the wave is good for is skimboarding or messing around on a potato chip surfboard. its not even deep enough outside for a line to show anymore, and there are two massive rocks out there, one that you can see as soon as you descend from the steps, and then another one like 100 feet outside of it that only shows up on a low tide. that spot is dead. and its like 256 steps.

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