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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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 Blacks Beach

USA, California, San Diego County

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximate

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Latitude: 32° 52.775' N
Longitude: 117° 15.23' W

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Go to the Torrey Pines Glider Port. Park there and go down the trail until you hit the beach.

English (Translate this text in English): Go to the Torrey Pines Glider Port. Park there and go down the trail until you hit the beach.

English (Translate this text in English): Go to the Torrey Pines Glider Port. Park there and go down the trail until you hit the beach.

English (Translate this text in English): 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

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityWorld Class

ExperiencePros or kamikaze only...

FrequencyRegular

Wave

TypeBeach-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

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

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Week crowdCrowded

Week-end crowdUltra crowded

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow
- Localism

 Additional Information

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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

Atmosphere

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. ;)

English (Translate this text in English): 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. ;)

English (Translate this text in English): 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. ;)

English (Translate this text in English): 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. ;)

General

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.

English (Translate this text in English): This is a great fast hollow powerful break. Respect its power and know your limits.<br />This wave is getting very crowded so do not even bother with it, try Scripps instead.

English (Translate this text in English): This is a great fast hollow powerful break. Respect its power and know your limits.&lt;br &#47;&gt;This wave is getting very crowded so do not even bother with it, try Scripps instead.

English (Translate this text in English): This is a great fast hollow powerful break. Respect its power and know your limits.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;This wave is getting very crowded so do not even bother with it, try Scripps instead.

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Blacks Beach
By EarthyNug
Feb 25, 2007
Blacks Sunday Morning Sesh - Walked down the road from La Jolla Farms Road around 7ish with Fabi, noticed a decent amount of cars already there for the Sunday morning hangover session, I wasn't this time around, but usually all the UCSD, USD, SDSU kids show up later due to t
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Blacks Beach
By EarthyNug
Feb 21, 2007
Black's-In btwn. rains - Surfed South peak with Marc all to ourselves with about 12 other people clustered @ Middles.  Although slightly less consistent where we were sitting, it paid off once the tide started filling in off the dead low of 0.49 from 5:38 a.m. I definit
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Blacks Beach
By Snakfish
Nov 30, 1999
Sitting Buoy -
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Blacks Beach
By babylon5051
Nov 30, 1999
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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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