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Latitude: 32° 46.938' N
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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
DirectionRight and left
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
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
Week-end crowdFew surfers
- Rips / undertow
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.
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.
It is a good Southern California beach break in a central area.
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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