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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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 Santa Clara Court

USA, California, San Diego County

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximatif

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Latitude: 32° 46.938' N
Longitude: 117° 15.353' W

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 Access

Park in the public parking lot at the bay side Santa Clara Court : There's a stoplight at the intersection of Mission Blvd. Street parking is also a possibility but it is very limited and there are a lot of no-parking zones.

English (Translate this text in English): Park in the public parking lot at the bay side Santa Clara Court : There's a stoplight at the intersection of Mission Blvd. Street parking is also a possibility but it is very limited and there are a lot of no-parking zones.

English (Translate this text in English): Park in the public parking lot at the bay side Santa Clara Court : There's a stoplight at the intersection of Mission Blvd. Street parking is also a possibility but it is very limited and there are a lot of no-parking zones.

English (Translate this text in English): Park in the public parking lot at the bay side Santa Clara Court : There's a stoplight at the intersection of Mission Blvd. Street parking is also a possibility but it is very limited and there are a lot of no-parking zones.

DistanceIn the city

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyDon't know

Wave

TypeSand-bar

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

PowerFun

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorthWest, SouthWest

Good wind direction

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+

Best tide positionMid tide

Best tide movementRising tide

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdFew surfers

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- Rips / undertow
- Localism
- Pollution

 Additional Information

The best time for this wave is late summer through fall. Works best on a steeper-angled small to medium size swell with a long period. Best in the early morning on a rising tide - tends to blow out by late morning with the daily onshore winds although it sometimes will glass off near sunset. Locals in the water will leave you alone as long as you exercise good surf etiquette and watch your mouth. Avoid leaving anything of value on the beach or in your car. This is one of Southern California's last remaining beaches where it is legal to drink on the sand and many locals take full advantage of it. The summer experiences high tourist volume, mainly from Arizona. Best time of year for weather and waves is Sept./Oct.

English (Translate this text in English): The best time for this wave is late summer through fall. Works best on a steeper-angled small to medium size swell with a long period. Best in the early morning on a rising tide - tends to blow out by late morning with the daily onshore winds although it sometimes will glass off near sunset. Locals in the water will leave you alone as long as you exercise good surf etiquette and watch your mouth. Avoid leaving anything of value on the beach or in your car. This is one of Southern California's last remaining beaches where it is legal to drink on the sand and many locals take full advantage of it. The summer experiences high tourist volume, mainly from Arizona. Best time of year for weather and waves is Sept./Oct.

English (Translate this text in English): The best time for this wave is late summer through fall. Works best on a steeper-angled small to medium size swell with a long period. Best in the early morning on a rising tide - tends to blow out by late morning with the daily onshore winds although it sometimes will glass off near sunset. Locals in the water will leave you alone as long as you exercise good surf etiquette and watch your mouth. Avoid leaving anything of value on the beach or in your car. This is one of Southern California's last remaining beaches where it is legal to drink on the sand and many locals take full advantage of it. The summer experiences high tourist volume, mainly from Arizona. Best time of year for weather and waves is Sept./Oct.

English (Translate this text in English): The best time for this wave is late summer through fall. Works best on a steeper-angled small to medium size swell with a long period. Best in the early morning on a rising tide - tends to blow out by late morning with the daily onshore winds although it sometimes will glass off near sunset. Locals in the water will leave you alone as long as you exercise good surf etiquette and watch your mouth. Avoid leaving anything of value on the beach or in your car. This is one of Southern California's last remaining beaches where it is legal to drink on the sand and many locals take full advantage of it. The summer experiences high tourist volume, mainly from Arizona. Best time of year for weather and waves is Sept./Oct.

Atmosphere

There is a sandbar directly in front of the lifeguard tower that can throw a freighttrain left on a good SW. A-frame peaks tend to occur on good NW. The place can also get hollow especially in the early morning. It's definitely not a world class wave but it does get good frequently and is much less crowded than surrounding beach breaks. The locals are fairly friendly. Unfortunately, a number of surf schools have popped up in the area and can crowd the spot with dozens of first-timers on big yellow foam boards. If you can surf no one will bother you as long as you don't drop in. If you're a beginner you may want to find your own spot even if it isn't breaking as well as the main peak. If you flounder in a local's wave, accidentally drop in, or even blow a good set wave, you may here it from a local. Just show respect and use common sense and there will be no problems. That goes for the beach as well.

English (Translate this text in English): There is a sandbar directly in front of the lifeguard tower that can throw a freighttrain left on a good SW. A-frame peaks tend to occur on good NW. The place can also get hollow especially in the early morning. It's definitely not a world class wave but it does get good frequently and is much less crowded than surrounding beach breaks. The locals are fairly friendly. Unfortunately, a number of surf schools have popped up in the area and can crowd the spot with dozens of first-timers on big yellow foam boards. If you can surf no one will bother you as long as you don't drop in. If you're a beginner you may want to find your own spot even if it isn't breaking as well as the main peak. If you flounder in a local's wave, accidentally drop in, or even blow a good set wave, you may here it from a local. Just show respect and use common sense and there will be no problems. That goes for the beach as well.

English (Translate this text in English): There is a sandbar directly in front of the lifeguard tower that can throw a freighttrain left on a good SW. A-frame peaks tend to occur on good NW. The place can also get hollow especially in the early morning. It's definitely not a world class wave but it does get good frequently and is much less crowded than surrounding beach breaks. The locals are fairly friendly. Unfortunately, a number of surf schools have popped up in the area and can crowd the spot with dozens of first-timers on big yellow foam boards. If you can surf no one will bother you as long as you don't drop in. If you're a beginner you may want to find your own spot even if it isn't breaking as well as the main peak. If you flounder in a local's wave, accidentally drop in, or even blow a good set wave, you may here it from a local. Just show respect and use common sense and there will be no problems. That goes for the beach as well.

English (Translate this text in English): There is a sandbar directly in front of the lifeguard tower that can throw a freighttrain left on a good SW. A-frame peaks tend to occur on good NW. The place can also get hollow especially in the early morning. It's definitely not a world class wave but it does get good frequently and is much less crowded than surrounding beach breaks. The locals are fairly friendly. Unfortunately, a number of surf schools have popped up in the area and can crowd the spot with dozens of first-timers on big yellow foam boards. If you can surf no one will bother you as long as you don't drop in. If you're a beginner you may want to find your own spot even if it isn't breaking as well as the main peak. If you flounder in a local's wave, accidentally drop in, or even blow a good set wave, you may here it from a local. Just show respect and use common sense and there will be no problems. That goes for the beach as well.

General

It is a good Southern California beach break in a central area.

English (Translate this text in English): It is a good Southern California beach break in a central area.

English (Translate this text in English): It is a good Southern California beach break in a central area.

English (Translate this text in English): It is a good Southern California beach break in a central area.

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By Anonymous , 19-06-2009

PK - On a peaky combo swell mission beach can get pretty damn fun. Also you can almost always get your own peak somewhere. However, theres usually nothing special here. Maybe less crowded than Tourmaline with pretty much the same waves. It seems like the sandbars have shifted some though. Our goto streets are not doing what they used to. This is a good place to learn and has the occasional good day.

By you Barno , 11-05-2008

ninja, pleeeze. - this place is no different than any other sandbar from So. Mission Jetty to PB Pier. It's all the exact same. Just flat, sandy, blown-out, weak dribbly buttsauce beachbreak. Get a clue Barno.

By Anonymous , 05-01-2007

- because the sandbar here is better than all those other spots along mission

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