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Latitude: 32° 52.775' N
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Go to the Torrey Pines Glider Port. Park there and go down the trail until you hit the beach.
DistanceTake a car
WalkGood walk (15-30 mn)
Easy to find?Hard to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Wave qualityWorld Class
ExperiencePros or kamikaze only...
DirectionRight and left
PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest
Good wind directionEast
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 5m / 16 ft and over
Best tide positionLow and mid tide
Best tide movementFalling tide
Week-end crowdUltra crowded
- Rips / undertow
Paddling out at Blacks is not a big deal. Wait till a lull and paddle out. Once outside watch for the big sneaker sets. These will kill you and they are extremely hard to spot. Because of this it is not a good idea to sit inside. Blacks is all about late drops. Unless you are on a bigger board you will not be able to catch waves unless you drop late. The waves are very hollow and powerful due to the offshore La Jolla underwater canyons which make the shore go from very deep to very shallow. This accounts for the extreme hollowness and bigger size.
There is a localism. I've seen a couple fights where locals got dropped in on and then the fists and dunking began. Definitely do not drop in on the older guys that clearly know everybody. Some of San Diego's best surfers surf here so it may be tough to get some waves at the main peaks. Unless you are a grom and aren't catching any waves. Then they will be nice and let you have some waves. ;)
This is a great fast hollow powerful break. Respect its power and know your limits.
This wave is getting very crowded so do not even bother with it, try Scripps instead.
By Anonymous , 19-07-2010
just wanna surf... - what's the vibe like towards ucsd students? I always keep to myself (crowds make me nervous and uncomfortable) while surfing and avoid conflict as best as possible, I hope this will be enough to get me by at blacks. I just want to get a few waves without anyone bugging me
By mike dickerson , 02-07-2010
bigest wave - storm of 84 i was out with to twins from lajolla dont know them but sure they rember me they ere schatchin over biggest set evsr I went biggest elvator drop of all paddeled out after launching 40 ft in air out back there quote to me was wecant belive you made it if you are one of twins from laholla please respond biggest day ever
By Anonymous , 06-06-2010
- Pound for pound, blacks is one of the heaviest and arguably the best beach break in California
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