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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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 Little Makaha

USA, California, San Diego County

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Use San Diego Int. as the airport to fly into the country for this spot, and La Jolla is the closest big city to Little Makaha. Once in La Jolla, ask for directions to Bird Rock Ave. It's at the end of the road. It breaks nearly a 1/2 mile out. This wave is a true big wave secret spot. It only breaks on the biggest winter swells but when it does it goes off

English (Translate this text in English): Use San Diego Int. as the airport to fly into the country for this spot, and La Jolla is the closest big city to Little Makaha. Once in La Jolla, ask for directions to Bird Rock Ave. It's at the end of the road. It breaks nearly a 1/2 mile out. This wave is a true big wave secret spot. It only breaks on the biggest winter swells but when it does it goes off

English (Translate this text in English): Use San Diego Int. as the airport to fly into the country for this spot, and La Jolla is the closest big city to Little Makaha. Once in La Jolla, ask for directions to Bird Rock Ave. It's at the end of the road. It breaks nearly a 1/2 mile out. This wave is a true big wave secret spot. It only breaks on the biggest winter swells but when it does it goes off

English (Translate this text in English): Use San Diego Int. as the airport to fly into the country for this spot, and La Jolla is the closest big city to Little Makaha. Once in La Jolla, ask for directions to Bird Rock Ave. It's at the end of the road. It breaks nearly a 1/2 mile out. This wave is a true big wave secret spot. It only breaks on the biggest winter swells but when it does it goes off

DistanceIn the city

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessPaddle > 20mn or Boat

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name North Bird

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyRarely break (5day/year)

Wave

TypeReef-rocky

DirectionLeft

BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)

PowerFun

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorthWest, West

Good wind direction

Swell sizeStarts working at 2m-2.5m / 6ft-8ft and holds up to 5m / 16 ft and over

Best tide position

Best tide movement

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Week crowdEmpty

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Dangers

- Rocks

 Additional Information

Park right on street. There's a little eating/lounge area by the road.Very Long paddle. A Southern Cal big wave spot.

English (Translate this text in English): Park right on street. There's a little eating/lounge area by the road.Very Long paddle. A Southern Cal big wave spot.

English (Translate this text in English): Park right on street. There's a little eating/lounge area by the road.Very Long paddle. A Southern Cal big wave spot.

English (Translate this text in English): Park right on street. There's a little eating/lounge area by the road.Very Long paddle. A Southern Cal big wave spot.

Atmosphere

There's also a big outside wave with an easy slow ride in.

English (Translate this text in English): There's also a big outside wave with an easy slow ride in.

English (Translate this text in English): There's also a big outside wave with an easy slow ride in.

English (Translate this text in English): There's also a big outside wave with an easy slow ride in.

General

It looked kinda fun plus no one surfs there from what i've seen.

English (Translate this text in English): It looked kinda fun plus no one surfs there from what i've seen.

English (Translate this text in English): It looked kinda fun plus no one surfs there from what i've seen.

English (Translate this text in English): It looked kinda fun plus no one surfs there from what i've seen.

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By Anonymous , 12-06-2008

- i meant howard b

By Anonymous , 07-06-2008

yo - Dano is the man at little makaha

By EC , 08-08-2006

sharky - I've also heard storied of increased white sightings here and around the kelp beds just off of la jolla. The concentration of seal feeces/urine from the childrens pool at casa cove may be drawing them inshore from their breeding ground offshore which has been well documented for years by scientists at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. Until recently (2 to 3 years), they have stayed well out of inshore waters. Its only a matter of time before San Diego has its first fatal white attack (proven! then one in the cove in the 20's was likely a life insurance scam). The most likely sites for these attacks are outer reef type spots like LM and other unmentionables (should be anyways). The best thing that could happen is that those lazy seals get kicked out of the cove and back into the ocean where they belong. They can drag their asses onto rocks and buoys again, and the sharks may stop looking at la jolla as their next hunting ground. Also, people who put surf spots on here not already published in guidebooks are absolute barneys. True spots like this one sort people out who shouldn't be there, but why make growing crowds in San Diego worse?

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