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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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 South Carlsbad State Beach

USA, California, San Diego County

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximate

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Latitude: 33° 6.044' N
Longitude: 117° 19.213' W

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 Access

Only breaks at the north end of the state park . This spot is right at the end of Poinsettia Road off of the I-5 in carlsbad. But you have to turn north onto the 101 and make a u-turn at the soonest light. then you can turn into the lot at the campground. only can park there during the winter. Then park at the dirt lot just north of ponto.

English (Translate this text in English): Only breaks at the north end of the state park . This spot is right at the end of Poinsettia Road off of the I-5 in carlsbad. But you have to turn north onto the 101 and make a u-turn at the soonest light. then you can turn into the lot at the campground. only can park there during the winter. Then park at the dirt lot just north of ponto.

English (Translate this text in English): Only breaks at the north end of the state park . This spot is right at the end of Poinsettia Road off of the I-5 in carlsbad. But you have to turn north onto the 101 and make a u-turn at the soonest light. then you can turn into the lot at the campground. only can park there during the winter. Then park at the dirt lot just north of ponto.

English (Translate this text in English): Only breaks at the north end of the state park . This spot is right at the end of Poinsettia Road off of the I-5 in carlsbad. But you have to turn north onto the 101 and make a u-turn at the soonest light. then you can turn into the lot at the campground. only can park there during the winter. Then park at the dirt lot just north of ponto.

DistanceIn the city

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name Lifeguard tower 24-27

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)

Wave

TypeReef-rocky

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy with rock

PowerPowerful, Fun

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest, South

Good wind directionEast, NorthEast

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft

Best tide positionAll tides

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdCrowded

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow
- Pollution

 Additional Information

Obtain a pass from park ranger's office or pay for day use. Also try parking off the road's shoulder in the dirt lot north of the park.

English (Translate this text in English): Obtain a pass from park ranger's office or pay for day use. Also try parking off the road's shoulder in the dirt lot north of the park.

English (Translate this text in English): Obtain a pass from park ranger's office or pay for day use. Also try parking off the road's shoulder in the dirt lot north of the park.

English (Translate this text in English): Obtain a pass from park ranger's office or pay for day use. Also try parking off the road's shoulder in the dirt lot north of the park.

Atmosphere

A consistent alternative to the very crowded area of Carlsbad/Oceanside/Leucadia & Encinitas. Occasional rights, mostly good lefts on any swell, best combo is during the late fall season. The park's solar heated showers are a fine bonus!

English (Translate this text in English): A consistent alternative to the very crowded area of Carlsbad/Oceanside/Leucadia & Encinitas. Occasional rights, mostly good lefts on any swell, best combo is during the late fall season. The park's solar heated showers are a fine bonus!

English (Translate this text in English): A consistent alternative to the very crowded area of Carlsbad/Oceanside/Leucadia & Encinitas. Occasional rights, mostly good lefts on any swell, best combo is during the late fall season. The park's solar heated showers are a fine bonus!

English (Translate this text in English): A consistent alternative to the very crowded area of Carlsbad/Oceanside/Leucadia & Encinitas. Occasional rights, mostly good lefts on any swell, best combo is during the late fall season. The park's solar heated showers are a fine bonus!

General

Go for it twice & you are the new local king; as long as you're not wimpy like the Stizzy's boy toys!

English (Translate this text in English): Go for it twice & you are the new local king; as long as you're not wimpy like the Stizzy's boy toys!

English (Translate this text in English): Go for it twice & you are the new local king; as long as you're not wimpy like the Stizzy's boy toys!

English (Translate this text in English): Go for it twice & you are the new local king; as long as you're not wimpy like the Stizzy's boy toys!

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South Carlsbad State Beach
By somethingswedish
Feb 28, 2009
All Day Session - Just spent the entire day with my best mates surfing and goofing off in the lineup. The conditions were so small and we were just having a blast out in the water surfing and joking around. Maybe 20 people out but more than enough waves for all. Jus
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By Big Prokamzi , 22-12-2007

Stizz is a newcomer here! - From 1985-1987 I surfed tower 10 with half a dozen tourists or less, no matter what the season it was never crowded, the lefts were the feature and not much else in the park was worthwhile. Stizz is the nickname for any dudes who paddle-out with jizz still in their mouth, the latest Stizz dude was in kneepads when this spot was still a semi-secret left reefbreak.

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