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Latitude: 33° 23.134' N
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Easy. Exit Christianitos from the 5, turn left if you are driving on the 5 South or turn right if you are driving on the 5 North. Take the first left and park along the street or inside the first parking lot. Walk down the trail and you are at the northern end of Uppers!
DistanceTake a car
WalkGood walk (15-30 mn)
Easy to find?OK
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Alternative name Uppers
Wave qualityRegional Classic
FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)
DirectionRight and left
BottomFlat rocks with sand
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good swell directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest
Good wind directionSouthEast, East, NorthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+
Best tide positionLow and mid tide
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
This place gets swell year round, but is characterized as a winter time spot, while Lowers is the summer time spot of Trestles. The wave at Uppers is super fun and since there are a few peaks the crowd spreads out better than at Lowers. Overall, not as good as Lowers, but still far better than most spots in the area.
I like Uppers because you still get the Trestles experience and quality, but you will have a more mellow crowd and see more waves. Also, you save yourself the longer walk to Lowers, which feels great after a long session!
By Anonymous , 12-10-2009
uppers forever - I've surfed uppers on and off for many years. It was a project even when I lived in South County. Still, I'll never forget a perfect, sunny week-day in mid-winter in 2005, about 9am, light offshore, the water quite cold, perfect 3' lines working the inner point. There were three of us out, and we surfed until we couldn't lift our arms anymore. The memory of that day will stay long after bigger days and hormone-poisoned crowds have faded.
Uppers is a lovely break, although Churches has an easier crowd and a wave almost as good in the right conditions.
Trestles best on a week-day, fewer people, and those who are out there tend to be a bit more laid back...although, I, like others, have noticed that the worst idiots tend to be guys over 40 with something to prove. Me? I'm over 50. Nothing left to prove.
By Anonymous , 07-02-2009
The real uppers report - Longboards are not allowed at Uppers. Stay at San-O and Churches. Uppers goes off! Look out for grumpy old men and that think they rip. If you want to surf uppers, get ready for a shit fight. Every so often urchins will show up here and some big patches of monster sized mussels that are sharp. On a summer time weekend, expect 60 plus guys out. Yes Uppers is epic and you can clink the lip so hard that your back breaks. That's why the crowds are spazing out trying ther best wiggles.
By wax , 25-05-2007
- ive been surfing uppers 2-3 times a week for about 2 years straight now, and all ive gotta say is these pictures dont give the spot justice at all, ive seen weeks where everyday its 4-7 foot offshore lines. This place is incredible, but please dont come here if you dont know what ure doing. And please no more godamn longboards, sano is liek a mile down the beach common...
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