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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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 85's

USA, California, San Diego County

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From Cardiff parking lot, head north...infront of bluffs where San Elijo campgrounds are, north of suckouts.

English (Translate this text in English): From Cardiff parking lot, head north...infront of bluffs where San Elijo campgrounds are, north of suckouts.

English (Translate this text in English): From Cardiff parking lot, head north...infront of bluffs where San Elijo campgrounds are, north of suckouts.

English (Translate this text in English): From Cardiff parking lot, head north...infront of bluffs where San Elijo campgrounds are, north of suckouts.

DistanceIn the city

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

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Public access?Public access

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 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name 85-60's is the name

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyRegular

Wave

TypeSand-bar

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy with rock

PowerFun

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorth, NorthWest, West, SouthWest

Good wind directionSouthEast, East, NorthEast

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

Best tide positionLow and mid tide

Best tide movement

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Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdCrowded

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Dangers

- Rocks
- Pollution

 Additional Information

Atmosphere

If suckouts is good, 85's will be good, less crowded. steeper than suckouts and swamis.

English (Translate this text in English): If suckouts is good, 85's will be good, less crowded. steeper than suckouts and swamis.

English (Translate this text in English): If suckouts is good, 85's will be good, less crowded. steeper than suckouts and swamis.

English (Translate this text in English): If suckouts is good, 85's will be good, less crowded. steeper than suckouts and swamis.

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By Cardiff Resident , 10-08-2009

Decent wave... - I have lived in Cardiff for a few years now and I have mixed feelings about 85's. I have stayed respectful and aware of my piers in the water and therefor never had an incident with "locals". If you are looking for a place to surf where it is acceptable to paddle underneath the pack and take a wave without waiting your turn, this isn't the place for you. There are some bad apples out there, with bouts of arguing, yelling and even racism in the water (pretty lame R.). Comparatively, the localism here isn't nearly as bad as places like New Break, Mission Jetty and Windansea, but if you aren't respectful... expect a deserved earful. Generally this is a good wave but don't surf here expecting to be coddled or embraced for showing up. Practice restraint, moderation and respect.

By Anonymous , 07-04-2008

h - 3 wave sets in 1 direction = crowded if more than 3 guys

By Yo MAMA , 30-03-2007

Reeeeelaaaaax - There are people who grew up in Cardiff and still surf it. That would make you a local. As for being agressive? Are you kidding? You people act like this is down south or better yet PV. Reeeelaaaax North County. Being angry dosn't suit you.

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