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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaya surfboard in Macaroni, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Cardiff reef

USA, California, San Diego County

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
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Latitude: 33° 0.91' N
Longitude: 117° 17.003' W

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whoever wrote that the reef is accessible through the campground is correct...but it seems they are confusing the reef proper with Pipes...2 different breaks. The reef is accessible from the lot near the san elijo outlet, Pipes is further north, accessable from the north side of the campground. Very different than the reef. Pipes is mainly a left.

English (Translate this text in English): whoever wrote that the reef is accessible through the campground is correct...but it seems they are confusing the reef proper with Pipes...2 different breaks. The reef is accessible from the lot near the san elijo outlet, Pipes is further north, accessable from the north side of the campground. Very different than the reef. Pipes is mainly a left.

English (Translate this text in English): whoever wrote that the reef is accessible through the campground is correct...but it seems they are confusing the reef proper with Pipes...2 different breaks. The reef is accessible from the lot near the san elijo outlet, Pipes is further north, accessable from the north side of the campground. Very different than the reef. Pipes is mainly a left.

English (Translate this text in English): whoever wrote that the reef is accessible through the campground is correct...but it seems they are confusing the reef proper with Pipes...2 different breaks. The reef is accessible from the lot near the san elijo outlet, Pipes is further north, accessable from the north side of the campground. Very different than the reef. Pipes is mainly a left.

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Alternative name Suck Outs/Pooperbanks

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Park your car on the street.

English (Translate this text in English): Park your car on the street.

English (Translate this text in English): Park your car on the street.

English (Translate this text in English): Park your car on the street.

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Cardiff reef
United States of America

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 Last surf sessions

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Cardiff reef
By DrC123
Oct 1, 2010
In the early morning rain - After surfing for 4 hours at Ray Bay on small fun peaks early Wednesday morning with the girls, drove down to Cardiff By The Sea, to Kansas City John's timeshare. We found a great local Mexican restaurant to eat, had Tomato Florentine soup, Fillet M
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Cardiff reef
By cmiehls
Jun 30, 2008
2nd Day of Shooting - Eric and Derrick dropped out.  Picked up Tony while he was still tripping from EDC, had a fun drive up and caught a lot of fun waves.  Matt was on and Dixon was consistent as usual. Afterwards went to burger place in Encinidas which was rea
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Cardiff reef
By Pooface
Jan 22, 2007
Fun Cardiff - Fun waves although I didn't know the spot well s it was kinda weird, overall, fun..
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Cardiff reef
By boardhound
Jan 21, 2007
The Reef - Not much surf along the coast Cardiff Reef was a lot of fun
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Cardiff reef
By Snakfish
Nov 30, 1999
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Trip: Hot August nights ...
By DrC123
From Aug 17, 2007 to Aug 17, 2007
Hot August nights and the summertime blues ... no decent swell in SOCAL since July however things usually pick up by September.  "Well thank you all very much" ... here are a couple of recent exceptions. Can you nose ride
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Trip: San Diego
By Pooface
From Jan 18, 2007 to Jan 21, 2007
Fun little trip to San Diego. Bad waves at home, good waves in San Diego.
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By bonytony , 07-08-2010

Nice ride - San Elijo is often a nice spot for all types of riders. Being a squid, I'm glad to say that my most recent trip here was most enjoyable. Only a couple of bulldogs in the lineup but plenty of consistent chest to shoulder points. The lagoon entrance converges and sometimes gets choppy. Have also seen perfect mile long rights after dark in front of the restaurant next to the inlet.

Camped there on several occasions and the walk out to the reef is sweet.

By Anonymous , 28-03-2010

surfed out - hey im from florida.........what the hell is a janitor????hehe

By Anonymous , 14-02-2010

turdy-minute session... ;-) - went in for about 30 min and almost became sick! dont come here, stay away......please?

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