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Take Cable St, until it ends at Orchard ave. Small boat ramp leads down to the break. If you walk out on the reefs, stay to the right and head straight out on a large flat reef, at low tide, there is a small boat channel slightly to the left to paddle through.
DistanceIn the city
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?OK
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Wave qualityRegional Classic
DirectionRight and left
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good swell directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest
Good wind direction
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+
Best tide positionLow and mid tide
Best tide movementFalling tide
Week crowdFew surfers
Week-end crowdFew surfers
- Rips / undertow
Stay directly out from the entrance and you will have your choice of rights and lefts. Dont ride in too far, remember those reefs. Actually the softest safest reef break on the cliffs.
Great chill spot. A lot of people there have been surfing peskys for meany years, but are quiet and hospitable. Dont snake, drop in and you will have no worries. Just be respectful.
My San Diego City favorite. Good to learn on, nice forgiving reef breaks.
By Richard Hell , 08-07-2010
Show Respect to the Loc's - Anyone want to call out the guy on the stand up board? Go for it. I dare you. Come on big man, do it his face.
He's been surfing this spot, the Cliff's and OB for over 35 years on every manner of craft you can imagine from sub 5' Lis fishes on up to the stand up board he currently rides.
He was born and raised in OB and despite his age, he is NOT a guy you want to mess with. I know, I grew up with him and went to school with him, even though he is a few years older than me.
Show him respect and he will show you the same. Cut him off on purpose and he will never let you forget it. Old school, that's how it works. As it should be. If you can't deal with such a simple concept, move your transplant ass back to where ever you came from.
That guy (as well as me) has been surfing this place before the sea walls, before the stairs, before that messed up piece of cement was put in that looks like a ramp, and back when there actually used to be a sand beach. Back when a bunch of condemned houses hung over the edge of the cliff from Pescadero to the Pier. But most of all, before YOU surfed there or moved here and claimed your "insta-loc" status.
Aside from that, he surfs it as big as it gets, has charged many, many days when that place was more than maxed out - including this past winter on that stand up board. He normally is so far out and catches so few waves compared to the rest of the people that surf there and can actually surf, you really don't have much to complain about.
You really should worry more about the kooks that paddle out and get in the way and drop in all over the place without looking. That's way more of a problem then some old loc on a stand up board picking off a set wave every half an hour or so. Get over it, because I can tell you this, he's not going anywhere.
That's the end of the history lesson. The rules are still the same; give respect, get respect. Give a nod to the locals, they surf the spot all the time with a relentless dedication to what really is a finicky, marginal and mostly crappy wave. They get first choice, you get the leftovers until you show the same kind of dedication to the spot and work your way into the line up.
Don't paddle around the pack, back paddle and please, don't drop in on people. Especially the ones that grew up here. We don't like that very much.
By Anonymous , 22-04-2010
redirect - the only person my comments were directed to is the moron who is promising "black eyes"this summer or whatever.I surf just fine and know both sides of the reef like the back of my hand.my homie adrian rips on his longboard and I have no problem with any longboarder with the exception of a couple of guys.the guy with the standup paddleboard is irritating to say the least and everybody there,including you probably,would like him to go away.I surf there at least 4 times a week and I see you there all the time,and have for years.no one is sewing on the local patch just yet,but we all surf this place shitty most of the time and keep to ourselves but everyone I know on pesc. is bummed out about this idiots post about violence and somebody had to call him out,and it was me.you are super chill and I look forward to seeing you out there soon.
By Anonymous , 15-04-2010
There's enough to go around - chill. - I'm the long-haired blonde guy with the 6.0" Pavel Choice fish and sometimes a yellow Rainbow pintail. Come on, there's little need to get snarky and e-tough about this wave. I live directly on Del Mar and Cable, and have surfed this spot 4 days a week for years, regardless of size (sans deep dead summer). It's spread out enough that we don't need to adopt a Newbreak attitude about this wave. If you want to get aggressive and hogish, go surf Ab with the fireman and rule-less college kids and learn what real aggro-crowds are on a one-directional tight peak. The sole reason for surfing here is the relaxed atmosphere - the wave is mediocre in every other aspect. Yes, it's been getting more and more crowded (I remember when even the best days rarely had more than 5 guys) - but if you're feeling pressured by kooks with longboards here, you're surfing probably needs to improve before sewing a 'local' patch on your wetsuit. Most of the kooks are so clueless out there, and the wave is so backed off and finicky, that they're not even an issue. I get mine easily while maintaining respect for outsiders. I'm a fair and quiet guy in surfing, but I blow up badly in a minute (bad history of violence that I try to avoid rekindling))- so I surf Peskies to keep calm and keep it fun. So just relax with the 'locals only' bit. The real locals will get the waves regardless.
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