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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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 Horseshoe

USA, California, San Diego County

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Aproximadamente

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Latitude: 32° 50.322' N
Longitude: 117° 16.937' W

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Located in La Jolla at the bottom of Marine Street. Where the street hits the sand look to your right.

English (Translate this text in English): Located in La Jolla at the bottom of Marine Street. Where the street hits the sand look to your right.

English (Translate this text in English): Located in La Jolla at the bottom of Marine Street. Where the street hits the sand look to your right.

English (Translate this text in English): Located in La Jolla at the bottom of Marine Street. Where the street hits the sand look to your right.

DistanceIn the city

WalkLong walk (>30 mn)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name Teaha-shoe and Horse-poo

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperiencePros or kamikaze only...

FrequencyDon't know

Wave

TypeReef-rocky

DirectionRight and left

BottomFlat rocks

Power

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell direction

Good wind direction

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 movementRising tide

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Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdCrowded

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 Additional Information

There are really three moods to this break:

1) Horseshoe - This is Horseshoe proper. A hollow left with a steep drop offering up potential shallow reef barrels and sometimes open faces to do some turns on. A right happens sometimes too, which can be extremely fun with some hollow sections.

2) Teaha-shoe (combination of Teahapoo and Horseshoe...pronounced "cho-shoo")- On large winter swells this wave can get thick and scary and throw spitting tubes, much wider than they are tal over shallow reef. Gnarly drops and thick lips. Be careful...

3) Horse-poo (combination of Teahapoo and Horseshoe...pronunciation should be obvious) - Depending on swell size, tide, and swell direction, this wave may not break while neighboring San Diego breaks are providing some very fun waves. Also, the crowds can get really bad when it's in the "poo" to "fun" range. They tend to thin out when it gets more serious.

English (Translate this text in English): There are really three moods to this break:

1) Horseshoe - This is Horseshoe proper. A hollow left with a steep drop offering up potential shallow reef barrels and sometimes open faces to do some turns on. A right happens sometimes too, which can be extremely fun with some hollow sections.

2) Teaha-shoe (combination of Teahapoo and Horseshoe...pronounced "cho-shoo")- On large winter swells this wave can get thick and scary and throw spitting tubes, much wider than they are tal over shallow reef. Gnarly drops and thick lips. Be careful...

3) Horse-poo (combination of Teahapoo and Horseshoe...pronunciation should be obvious) - Depending on swell size, tide, and swell direction, this wave may not break while neighboring San Diego breaks are providing some very fun waves. Also, the crowds can get really bad when it's in the "poo" to "fun" range. They tend to thin out when it gets more serious.

English (Translate this text in English): There are really three moods to this break:

1) Horseshoe - This is Horseshoe proper. A hollow left with a steep drop offering up potential shallow reef barrels and sometimes open faces to do some turns on. A right happens sometimes too, which can be extremely fun with some hollow sections.

2) Teaha-shoe (combination of Teahapoo and Horseshoe...pronounced "cho-shoo")- On large winter swells this wave can get thick and scary and throw spitting tubes, much wider than they are tal over shallow reef. Gnarly drops and thick lips. Be careful...

3) Horse-poo (combination of Teahapoo and Horseshoe...pronunciation should be obvious) - Depending on swell size, tide, and swell direction, this wave may not break while neighboring San Diego breaks are providing some very fun waves. Also, the crowds can get really bad when it's in the "poo" to "fun" range. They tend to thin out when it gets more serious.

English (Translate this text in English): There are really three moods to this break:

1) Horseshoe - This is Horseshoe proper. A hollow left with a steep drop offering up potential shallow reef barrels and sometimes open faces to do some turns on. A right happens sometimes too, which can be extremely fun with some hollow sections.

2) Teaha-shoe (combination of Teahapoo and Horseshoe...pronounced "cho-shoo")- On large winter swells this wave can get thick and scary and throw spitting tubes, much wider than they are tal over shallow reef. Gnarly drops and thick lips. Be careful...

3) Horse-poo (combination of Teahapoo and Horseshoe...pronunciation should be obvious) - Depending on swell size, tide, and swell direction, this wave may not break while neighboring San Diego breaks are providing some very fun waves. Also, the crowds can get really bad when it's in the "poo" to "fun" range. They tend to thin out when it gets more serious.

Atmosphere

Typical La Jolla beach scene

English (Translate this text in English): Typical La Jolla beach scene

English (Translate this text in English): Typical La Jolla beach scene

English (Translate this text in English): Typical La Jolla beach scene

General

Great wave worth the fight for a few good ones.

English (Translate this text in English): Great wave worth the fight for a few good ones.

English (Translate this text in English): Great wave worth the fight for a few good ones.

English (Translate this text in English): Great wave worth the fight for a few good ones.

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By Anonymous , 14-04-2010

Gnarly wave - Very sponger dominated wave, the takeoff is often steep, hence the # of spongers out there since you really have to turn into the wave or get eaten alive by reef. Speaking of which, very surreal catching a monster and seeing the reef right under you, the landing if you eat it is very unforgiving (esp. on low tide), that's why I wouldn't take a new or expensive board there.

By Anonymous , 06-03-2010

Why Sponges Will Always Rule - I like laying on my Sponge because it gives me a feeling of comfort that no standup surfer will ever realize.

Sometimes, I like to bite my Sponge because it has the same texture as my pillow.

By Anonymous , 07-07-2009

hmm - I really dont think the posts on this board are a microcosm of the vibe here. The spongers usually ride the inside but theres probably come conflict as well.

Anyway, this wave is pretty gnarly. The line-up at Hospitals was collectively cringing watching people get swallowed over there the other day. It picks up way more waves than the other two spots next to it. The takeoffs are late and steep and the wave is fast and powerful. The left is pretty shallow. proceed with caution.

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