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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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 Cortez Bank

USA, California, San Diego County

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximate

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Latitude: 32° 23.772' N
Longitude: 119° 6.991' W

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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'

English (Translate this text in English): 200 miles of the coast of san diego you obviousley need a boat. Lat: 32 deg, 26.5', Long: 119deg, 07.5'

English (Translate this text in English): 200 miles of the coast of san diego you obviousley need a boat. Lat: 32 deg, 26.5', Long: 119deg, 07.5'

English (Translate this text in English): 200 miles of the coast of san diego you obviousley need a boat. Lat: 32 deg, 26.5', Long: 119deg, 07.5'

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Public access?Public access

Special accessBy boat only

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name Cortes Bank

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityTotally Epic

ExperiencePros or kamikaze only...

FrequencyRegular

Wave

TypeReef-rocky

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)

Tide, Swell and Wind

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

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Week crowdEmpty

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Dangers

- Rocks
- Sharks

 Additional Information

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! :)

English (Translate this text in English): 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! :)

English (Translate this text in English): 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! :)

English (Translate this text in English): 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! :)

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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...

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

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

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

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By ELITE , 23-06-2013

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 Anonymous , 30-01-2009

uhhhh.....duh - Dolphins taste like chicken

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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