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From Highway 1 turn onto Olema-Bolinas Road. Follow it into Bolinas. Parking is likely to be difficult, so you may have to park some distance from the beach. When you see the dogs sleeping in the road you're there!
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?OK
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Alternative name The Channel, The Patch
FrequencyRarely break (5day/year)
DirectionRight and left
BottomSandy with rock
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good swell directionWest, SouthWest, South
Good wind directionNorth, NorthWest
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+
Best tide positionMid tide
Best tide movementRising tide
Week crowdFew surfers
Locals usually steal street-signs pointing to Bolinas. Keep a sharp eye. The first of the two breaks is at the mouth of the Bolinas Lagoon. Follow the main road into town until it ends at the beach; you can see the break from there. The other one is a little farther north. From the main road, take a right on Brighton Avenue and follow it to the beach; you can see the break from there. Parking in Bolinas is very limited and on weekends it can be almost impossible. You might have to park on the Mesa, and walk quite a ways from your car down to the beach. The county police are rather ticket-happy so it is best not to chance it with no-parking-zones or other non-standard ways to park.
It does indeed break "regularly" in Bolinas, but most of those days might be considered "barely rideable," tiny, mushy, semi-blown. Every now and then there will be few days straight with "fun" waves (perhaps shoulder-head high), and a couple of times a year there are days with "amazing" waves.
Kind of a gamble if you're driving from far away. Even when it's great at Cronkhite or some other indicator it can still be junk in Bolinas. On the other hand, it may be good in Bolinas.
By Di2Pie , 02-05-2013
Great experience in Bolinas - Been a few years since anyones added a comment here. So I thought I'd update with my experience's out there.
I haven't had any issues with Localism at all. Mostly friendly surfers who will chat with you if you are friendly.
I met a SF surfer out there for one session and struck up a convo.. we ended up surfing together for the day and he gave me some great pointers I've been working on since.
I'm still a noob (
By Anonymous , 05-09-2008
dumb - your and idiot.. as if people is bolinas use paper money anyways, ever heard of coastal currency?
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