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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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 The Cogwheel

USA, California, SF Marin

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this spot is between ocean beach and pacifica.To access this spot, hike out along the land's end trail until you see it from the bluff- then walk down trail to beach.

English (Translate this text in English): this spot is between ocean beach and pacifica.To access this spot, hike out along the land's end trail until you see it from the bluff- then walk down trail to beach.

English (Translate this text in English): this spot is between ocean beach and pacifica.To access this spot, hike out along the land's end trail until you see it from the bluff- then walk down trail to beach.

English (Translate this text in English): this spot is between ocean beach and pacifica.To access this spot, hike out along the land's end trail until you see it from the bluff- then walk down trail to beach.

DistanceIn the city

WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualitySloppy

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencyRarely break (5day/year)

Wave

TypePoint-break

DirectionLeft

BottomSandy with rock

PowerHollow, Powerful

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthShort (< 50m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionWest, SouthWest, South

Good wind directionSouth, SouthEast, East

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 1m+ / 3ft+

Best tide positionLow tide only

Best tide movement

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdEmpty

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Dangers

- Rocks

 Additional Information

'The Cogwheel' is a tricky spot to catch good- but when it's working it actually can be a snappy & fun wave. It only breaks on negative tides, and really needs something below a negative -1.0 to start working properly. The smaller the swell the better, because this part of the coast picks up everything. It's best if it is glassy, or offshore (south winds are offshore here!). To surf this spot, take off right next to the point, pull into the initial barrel, and then try to come out before the waves peels in too close to the rocks. Bigger sets sometimes clear the rocks for a longer ride towards Land's End Beach.

English (Translate this text in English): 'The Cogwheel' is a tricky spot to catch good- but when it's working it actually can be a snappy & fun wave. It only breaks on negative tides, and really needs something below a negative -1.0 to start working properly. The smaller the swell the better, because this part of the coast picks up everything. It's best if it is glassy, or offshore (south winds are offshore here!). To surf this spot, take off right next to the point, pull into the initial barrel, and then try to come out before the waves peels in too close to the rocks. Bigger sets sometimes clear the rocks for a longer ride towards Land's End Beach.

English (Translate this text in English): 'The Cogwheel' is a tricky spot to catch good- but when it's working it actually can be a snappy & fun wave. It only breaks on negative tides, and really needs something below a negative -1.0 to start working properly. The smaller the swell the better, because this part of the coast picks up everything. It's best if it is glassy, or offshore (south winds are offshore here!). To surf this spot, take off right next to the point, pull into the initial barrel, and then try to come out before the waves peels in too close to the rocks. Bigger sets sometimes clear the rocks for a longer ride towards Land's End Beach.

English (Translate this text in English): 'The Cogwheel' is a tricky spot to catch good- but when it's working it actually can be a snappy & fun wave. It only breaks on negative tides, and really needs something below a negative -1.0 to start working properly. The smaller the swell the better, because this part of the coast picks up everything. It's best if it is glassy, or offshore (south winds are offshore here!). To surf this spot, take off right next to the point, pull into the initial barrel, and then try to come out before the waves peels in too close to the rocks. Bigger sets sometimes clear the rocks for a longer ride towards Land's End Beach.

Atmosphere

This spot is in a beautiful, isolated part of San Francisco easily accessible on the Land's End Trail with a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge. It is rarely surfed, and does have its moments. I have surfed it very glassy and hollow with fun tubes off the rock and/or a snappy bowl section to bash a few times before kicking out. Overall though, it rarely gets good. Do not even go out to check it unless the tide is very negative and the surf is very small.

English (Translate this text in English): This spot is in a beautiful, isolated part of San Francisco easily accessible on the Land's End Trail with a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge. It is rarely surfed, and does have its moments. I have surfed it very glassy and hollow with fun tubes off the rock and/or a snappy bowl section to bash a few times before kicking out. Overall though, it rarely gets good. Do not even go out to check it unless the tide is very negative and the surf is very small.

English (Translate this text in English): This spot is in a beautiful, isolated part of San Francisco easily accessible on the Land's End Trail with a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge. It is rarely surfed, and does have its moments. I have surfed it very glassy and hollow with fun tubes off the rock and/or a snappy bowl section to bash a few times before kicking out. Overall though, it rarely gets good. Do not even go out to check it unless the tide is very negative and the surf is very small.

English (Translate this text in English): This spot is in a beautiful, isolated part of San Francisco easily accessible on the Land's End Trail with a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge. It is rarely surfed, and does have its moments. I have surfed it very glassy and hollow with fun tubes off the rock and/or a snappy bowl section to bash a few times before kicking out. Overall though, it rarely gets good. Do not even go out to check it unless the tide is very negative and the surf is very small.

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By Anonymous , 16-06-2007

- Maybe you guys should take up kite surfing or something. In socal we call going out at a place like this desperado.

By anonymous , 24-10-2004

ahahah - dunw aste our time with this spot

By anonymous , 04-08-2004

cogwheel! - this place is real .ive surfed it many times over the years .its only good about 3 days outa the year ...and it sucks to say the least...

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