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From Cardiff parking lot, head north...infront of bluffs where San Elijo campgrounds are, north of suckouts.
DistanceIn the city
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Alternative name 85-60's is the name
DirectionRight and left
BottomSandy with rock
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
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
Week crowdFew surfers
If suckouts is good, 85's will be good, less crowded. steeper than suckouts and swamis.
By Anonymous , 19 Sep
crowded always - just dropping some truth here: theres already 10 guys in the water on an average weekday when its just gotten bright enough to see at like 6am. its another 1 of those spots i used to surf alone occasionally in the 90s. it really got trendy.
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.
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