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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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 Pipes - San elijo state beach

USA, California, San Diego County

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Aproximadamente

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Latitude: 33° 1.548' N
Longitude: 117° 17.273' W

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From 5 Fwy, exit Encinitas Blvd. Turn left (south) on Pacific Coast Highway. Park in the San Elijo State Beach parking lot (fee), or on the side of PCH (watch for cross traffic). Head down the stairs to the beach. Just south of the lifeguard tower.

English (Translate this text in English): From 5 Fwy, exit Encinitas Blvd. Turn left (south) on Pacific Coast Highway. Park in the San Elijo State Beach parking lot (fee), or on the side of PCH (watch for cross traffic). Head down the stairs to the beach. Just south of the lifeguard tower.

English (Translate this text in English): From 5 Fwy, exit Encinitas Blvd. Turn left (south) on Pacific Coast Highway. Park in the San Elijo State Beach parking lot (fee), or on the side of PCH (watch for cross traffic). Head down the stairs to the beach. Just south of the lifeguard tower.

English (Translate this text in English): From 5 Fwy, exit Encinitas Blvd. Turn left (south) on Pacific Coast Highway. Park in the San Elijo State Beach parking lot (fee), or on the side of PCH (watch for cross traffic). Head down the stairs to the beach. Just south of the lifeguard tower.

DistanceIn the city

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Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

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 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name pipes, campgrounds, traps

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)

Wave

TypeReef-rocky

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy with rock

PowerFun

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest, South, SouthEast

Good wind direction

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft

Best tide positionLow and mid tide

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdCrowded

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Dangers

- Rocks

 Additional Information

You are going to find a lot of longboarders here. Super friendly crowd. HOWEVER, this is a shortboard/longboard wave. On a shortboard, its a fun hotdogger wave, however, on the right swell will become hollow. Can get powerful when it is 6ft+. Mellow vibe and fun wave.

English (Translate this text in English): You are going to find a lot of longboarders here. Super friendly crowd. HOWEVER, this is a shortboard/longboard wave. On a shortboard, its a fun hotdogger wave, however, on the right swell will become hollow. Can get powerful when it is 6ft+. Mellow vibe and fun wave.

English (Translate this text in English): You are going to find a lot of longboarders here. Super friendly crowd. HOWEVER, this is a shortboard/longboard wave. On a shortboard, its a fun hotdogger wave, however, on the right swell will become hollow. Can get powerful when it is 6ft+. Mellow vibe and fun wave.

English (Translate this text in English): You are going to find a lot of longboarders here. Super friendly crowd. HOWEVER, this is a shortboard/longboard wave. On a shortboard, its a fun hotdogger wave, however, on the right swell will become hollow. Can get powerful when it is 6ft+. Mellow vibe and fun wave.

Atmosphere

This spot will stay good a lot longer than the surrounding beaches. Kelp beds offshore groom the waves and high cliffs keep it wind protected. Multiple personality wave - can be mushy and soft, but transforms into a very rippable wave. Little hard for shortboarders to get waves as it is not that steep.

English (Translate this text in English): This spot will stay good a lot longer than the surrounding beaches. Kelp beds offshore groom the waves and high cliffs keep it wind protected. Multiple personality wave - can be mushy and soft, but transforms into a very rippable wave. Little hard for shortboarders to get waves as it is not that steep.

English (Translate this text in English): This spot will stay good a lot longer than the surrounding beaches. Kelp beds offshore groom the waves and high cliffs keep it wind protected. Multiple personality wave - can be mushy and soft, but transforms into a very rippable wave. Little hard for shortboarders to get waves as it is not that steep.

English (Translate this text in English): This spot will stay good a lot longer than the surrounding beaches. Kelp beds offshore groom the waves and high cliffs keep it wind protected. Multiple personality wave - can be mushy and soft, but transforms into a very rippable wave. Little hard for shortboarders to get waves as it is not that steep.

General

Fun Wave, Lots of waves by it so if you dont like it you have about 4 differnt breaks in 5-10 minuet walking range. Such as Pink House + Lifeguards (better shortboarders wave), South Pipes, San Elijo (better longboarders wave) HAVE FUN!

English (Translate this text in English): Fun Wave, Lots of waves by it so if you dont like it you have about 4 differnt breaks in 5-10 minuet walking range. Such as Pink House + Lifeguards (better shortboarders wave), South Pipes, San Elijo (better longboarders wave) HAVE FUN!

English (Translate this text in English): Fun Wave, Lots of waves by it so if you dont like it you have about 4 differnt breaks in 5-10 minuet walking range. Such as Pink House + Lifeguards (better shortboarders wave), South Pipes, San Elijo (better longboarders wave) HAVE FUN!

English (Translate this text in English): Fun Wave, Lots of waves by it so if you dont like it you have about 4 differnt breaks in 5-10 minuet walking range. Such as Pink House + Lifeguards (better shortboarders wave), South Pipes, San Elijo (better longboarders wave) HAVE FUN!

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By Anonymous , 30-11-2009

Bad energy at Pipes - Have to agree with the majority of posters stating that Pipes does not have a friendly vibe. Same group of longboarders paddle for every single wave, well, not paddle since their boards should be considered small water crafts. Absolutely no respect for the sport of surfing or the fact that many people wait patiently, only to get snaked by the same group of a**hole longboarders. Bad reflection on the supposed aloha of surfing. These clowns would be lost without their gigantic boards and bad attitudes. If I see the same people hog all the waves, non stop, I drop in on them. Sorry, but after waiting for an eternity, I'm going, like it or not. The pipes locals have no respect for surfing and absolutley no integrity.

By SurfForFreedom , 26-04-2009

Longboarders Need to Wait in Line - Long boarding doesn't mean you can try and snake every wave. Give the lineup the respect it needs and don't try and be a total ass and think all waves are yours. I ride a short board and to me getting dropped in on by long boarders is bull. Everyone can get waves and if you are a die hard long boarder then go to tourmeline with the rest of them.

By Ima Poser. , 11-03-2009

Pipes Local - Don't even think about surfing here bros and bras. If the wave doesn't pummel you, me and my longboard friends will. We coulden't fight our way out of a wet paper bag alone, but, together, we're about as tough as one guy. We don't like outsiders. Go to Blacks if you want and easy wave.

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