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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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 Pianos

USA, California, San Diego County

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Inside Chasms on the southside of the chasm itself. Breaks only between high and low tide. Either going up or going down. Must be a BIG! day outside. Was named Pianos because when the wave breaks the eel grass gets sucked up the face and looks like keyboard of a player piano doing it's thing.
The bottom of the wave is maybe 6 inches deep ontop of the sandstone reef below. Best ridden by goofyfoot kids on a little Jeff Chig style fish. No bottom turn. Need a 1 stroke take off over the edge of the reef where it drops off to the sandy bottom of the channel and jam across the top half face of the shoulder. No cutbacks. Quick steepwater ride then kick out and glide down the backside. Barrels happen but you don't get out. You have to dive off prone, straight down the line or land on the reef (Preferably feet first).
Paddle out in the rip of the chasm maybe 45 Yds. Turn left over reef again and you're picking off another one. Great spot on epic days outside and big crowds of talented surfers. You get in alot of stand up time.

English (Translate this text in English): Inside Chasms on the southside of the chasm itself. Breaks only between high and low tide. Either going up or going down. Must be a BIG! day outside. Was named Pianos because when the wave breaks the eel grass gets sucked up the face and looks like keyboard of a player piano doing it's thing.<br />The bottom of the wave is maybe 6 inches deep ontop of the sandstone reef below. Best ridden by goofyfoot kids on a little Jeff Chig style fish. No bottom turn. Need a 1 stroke take off over the edge of the reef where it drops off to the sandy bottom of the channel and jam across the top half face of the shoulder. No cutbacks. Quick steepwater ride then kick out and glide down the backside. Barrels happen but you don't get out. You have to dive off prone, straight down the line or land on the reef (Preferably feet first).<br />Paddle out in the rip of the chasm maybe 45 Yds. Turn left over reef again and you're picking off another one. Great spot on epic days outside and big crowds of talented surfers. You get in alot of stand up time.

English (Translate this text in English): Inside Chasms on the southside of the chasm itself. Breaks only between high and low tide. Either going up or going down. Must be a BIG! day outside. Was named Pianos because when the wave breaks the eel grass gets sucked up the face and looks like keyboard of a player piano doing it's thing.&lt;br &#47;&gt;The bottom of the wave is maybe 6 inches deep ontop of the sandstone reef below. Best ridden by goofyfoot kids on a little Jeff Chig style fish. No bottom turn. Need a 1 stroke take off over the edge of the reef where it drops off to the sandy bottom of the channel and jam across the top half face of the shoulder. No cutbacks. Quick steepwater ride then kick out and glide down the backside. Barrels happen but you don't get out. You have to dive off prone, straight down the line or land on the reef (Preferably feet first).&lt;br &#47;&gt;Paddle out in the rip of the chasm maybe 45 Yds. Turn left over reef again and you're picking off another one. Great spot on epic days outside and big crowds of talented surfers. You get in alot of stand up time.

English (Translate this text in English): Inside Chasms on the southside of the chasm itself. Breaks only between high and low tide. Either going up or going down. Must be a BIG! day outside. Was named Pianos because when the wave breaks the eel grass gets sucked up the face and looks like keyboard of a player piano doing it's thing.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;The bottom of the wave is maybe 6 inches deep ontop of the sandstone reef below. Best ridden by goofyfoot kids on a little Jeff Chig style fish. No bottom turn. Need a 1 stroke take off over the edge of the reef where it drops off to the sandy bottom of the channel and jam across the top half face of the shoulder. No cutbacks. Quick steepwater ride then kick out and glide down the backside. Barrels happen but you don't get out. You have to dive off prone, straight down the line or land on the reef (Preferably feet first).&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Paddle out in the rip of the chasm maybe 45 Yds. Turn left over reef again and you're picking off another one. Great spot on epic days outside and big crowds of talented surfers. You get in alot of stand up time.

DistanceTake a car

WalkGood walk (15-30 mn)

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Public access?Public access

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 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencySometimes break

Wave

TypeReef-rocky

DirectionRight and left

BottomFlat rocks with sand

PowerHollow, Fast, Fun

Normal lengthShort (&lt; 50m)

Good day lengthShort (&lt; 50m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorth, NorthWest, West, SouthWest, South, SouthEast, East, NorthEast

Good wind directionEast

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

Best tide position

Best tide movementFalling tide

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South end of Sunset Cliffs Blvd. public parking

English (Translate this text in English): South end of Sunset Cliffs Blvd. public parking

English (Translate this text in English): South end of Sunset Cliffs Blvd. public parking

English (Translate this text in English): South end of Sunset Cliffs Blvd. public parking

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Secluded

English (Translate this text in English): Secluded

English (Translate this text in English): Secluded

English (Translate this text in English): Secluded

General

Great spot from elementary school

English (Translate this text in English): Great spot from elementary school

English (Translate this text in English): Great spot from elementary school

English (Translate this text in English): Great spot from elementary school

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