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Latitude: 32° 23.772' N
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200 miles of the coast of san diego you obviousley need a boat. Lat: 32 deg, 26.5', Long: 119deg, 07.5'
Easy to find?Hard to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessBy boat only
Alternative name Cortes Bank
Wave qualityTotally Epic
ExperiencePros or kamikaze only...
DirectionRight and left
BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)
PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful, Ledgey
Normal lengthVery Long (300 to 500 m)
Good day lengthVery Long (300 to 500 m)
Good swell directionNorth, South, SouthEast, East, NorthEast
Good wind directionNorth, South, SouthEast, East, NorthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at Over 3.5m / 12ft and holds up to 5m / 16 ft and over
Best tide position
Best tide movementRising tide
This spot is for the big boys 60ft faces break normaly! To surf well you gotta have great balance. you won't have a car out there! :)
It´s definetly a beautiful wave, but I don´t understand why el Buey in Chile (Arica) is only world class and this one is Totally Epic, because el Buey is even better than this wave...
By ELITE , 23 Jun
Very Spooky and Different - Cortes Bank is 110 Miles off San Deigo, Not 200. I have gotten towed into Cortes before and it's very different from other waves. You can expect it to be very windy and almost always choppy. Which makes this spot scary is that when your looking around, all you will see is straight blue ocean. No land or anything. Just wondering when that big set will come and scare away the sharks. Totally epic though. I HAVE seen sharks out there so you seriously have to be cautious.
By Western Flipper XIV , 06-12-2008
Dolphin schools are the ONLY local surfers out here! - I'm so sick of the childish comments made about this spot, that I've had my buddy from Scripps Institute translate my comment for ALL of you silly humans to read, I'm talking about this after having been read these comments translated to 'dolphinese' language by my Marine biologist.
Here it is:
"Can't we all just get along, whilst stopping all of this Tom, Dick, & Harry-foolery?"
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