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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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 Scripps

USA, California, San Diego County

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
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Latitude: 32° 51.94' N
Longitude: 117° 15.382' W

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 Access

Take La Jolla Shores Drive to El Paseo Grande, then park wherever you can. If you have any trouble indentifying the spot, it's the big pier at the far north end of La Jolla Shores.

English (Translate this text in English): Take La Jolla Shores Drive to El Paseo Grande, then park wherever you can. If you have any trouble indentifying the spot, it's the big pier at the far north end of La Jolla Shores.

English (Translate this text in English): Take La Jolla Shores Drive to El Paseo Grande, then park wherever you can. If you have any trouble indentifying the spot, it's the big pier at the far north end of La Jolla Shores.

English (Translate this text in English): Take La Jolla Shores Drive to El Paseo Grande, then park wherever you can. If you have any trouble indentifying the spot, it's the big pier at the far north end of La Jolla Shores.

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 qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencyDon't know

Wave

TypeBeach-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

PowerHollow, Fast

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest

Good wind direction

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+

Best tide positionLow and mid tide

Best tide movementRising tide

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Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdCrowded

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow
- Man-made danger (buoys etc..)

 Additional Information

There are three peaks at Scripps. The main peak is directly out from the staircase going from the parking lot to the beach. It goes right and left. The north peak is directly out from the lifeguard tower. It is reserved for spongers in the summer (the blackball flag covers from just north of the main peak to the pier) and also goes both right and left. The last peak is at the pier itself - rights will build up directly off the pilings. North of the pier are more surfable waves.

English (Translate this text in English): There are three peaks at Scripps. The main peak is directly out from the staircase going from the parking lot to the beach. It goes right and left. The north peak is directly out from the lifeguard tower. It is reserved for spongers in the summer (the blackball flag covers from just north of the main peak to the pier) and also goes both right and left. The last peak is at the pier itself - rights will build up directly off the pilings. North of the pier are more surfable waves.

English (Translate this text in English): There are three peaks at Scripps. The main peak is directly out from the staircase going from the parking lot to the beach. It goes right and left. The north peak is directly out from the lifeguard tower. It is reserved for spongers in the summer (the blackball flag covers from just north of the main peak to the pier) and also goes both right and left. The last peak is at the pier itself - rights will build up directly off the pilings. North of the pier are more surfable waves.

English (Translate this text in English): There are three peaks at Scripps. The main peak is directly out from the staircase going from the parking lot to the beach. It goes right and left. The north peak is directly out from the lifeguard tower. It is reserved for spongers in the summer (the blackball flag covers from just north of the main peak to the pier) and also goes both right and left. The last peak is at the pier itself - rights will build up directly off the pilings. North of the pier are more surfable waves.

Atmosphere

Paddling out and maintaining position in the lineup can be a real pain in the ass when the currents are strong. Find the rips. Also, this place is heaven for stingrays, so shuffle your feet. Chill, say hello, and follow surfing etiquette, and have a grand ol' time.

English (Translate this text in English): Paddling out and maintaining position in the lineup can be a real pain in the ass when the currents are strong. Find the rips. Also, this place is heaven for stingrays, so shuffle your feet. Chill, say hello, and follow surfing etiquette, and have a grand ol' time.

English (Translate this text in English): Paddling out and maintaining position in the lineup can be a real pain in the ass when the currents are strong. Find the rips. Also, this place is heaven for stingrays, so shuffle your feet. Chill, say hello, and follow surfing etiquette, and have a grand ol' time.

English (Translate this text in English): Paddling out and maintaining position in the lineup can be a real pain in the ass when the currents are strong. Find the rips. Also, this place is heaven for stingrays, so shuffle your feet. Chill, say hello, and follow surfing etiquette, and have a grand ol' time.

General

Closes out a lot. If you know what you're doing you can score some great rides here. When it's firing, it's easy to pull into a barrel, but hard to make it unless you know the break and where to position yourself. Also, unless the wind is calm or blowing offshore, it will be choppy and nasty.

English (Translate this text in English): Closes out a lot. If you know what you're doing you can score some great rides here. When it's firing, it's easy to pull into a barrel, but hard to make it unless you know the break and where to position yourself. Also, unless the wind is calm or blowing offshore, it will be choppy and nasty.

English (Translate this text in English): Closes out a lot. If you know what you're doing you can score some great rides here. When it's firing, it's easy to pull into a barrel, but hard to make it unless you know the break and where to position yourself. Also, unless the wind is calm or blowing offshore, it will be choppy and nasty.

English (Translate this text in English): Closes out a lot. If you know what you're doing you can score some great rides here. When it's firing, it's easy to pull into a barrel, but hard to make it unless you know the break and where to position yourself. Also, unless the wind is calm or blowing offshore, it will be choppy and nasty.

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Kelly C. avatar
Scripps
De Kelly C.
3 août 2008
SD weekend (after wavehouse) - Stopped by Scripps on my way home from SD (was down there to try out the wavehouse). I'm a better surfer than wavehouse-er, lol, but am eager to try it again. Caught a nice left at Scripps :) My wave of the month so far! 
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Scripps
De Pooface
23 janv. 2007
Close outs - Super Close out, and my foot was clipped by another surfer so I had a lot of pain. But there was a little bit of direction and some decent sized waves.
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Scripps
De Semper Benjie
30 nov. 1999
wipe out - I rode one good wave today, and it was pretty funny... because as i was on it. I saw my wife trying to paddle out and the wave that i was on ate her up, but right before it did, i gave her a rock on sign with my hand. but after that the next wave i a
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Voyage : San Diego
De Pooface
Du 18 janv. 2007 au 21 janv. 2007
Fun little trip to San Diego. Bad waves at home, good waves in San Diego.
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By Alex , 15-10-2010

Go right - Good call mellow fellow, my brother calls this place the same thing (cheap weed of surfing). Works best on a high tide, and even then will still close out a ton. Crowds are too much to deal with, I stash my keys well so never had that issue with theft, but I can see it happening. Only positive is convenience, but on a lower tide, better to just hit up the La Jolla reefs.

By mellow fellow , 19-05-2006

my summary - I went to UCSD for 5 years and this is what I learned about scripps.Don't surf here when:-Long period swell is up (so many wonderful, better waves that are just as close)-After it rains (kind of gross)-winds are funky (a few exceptions but mostly wind makes this place look like indigestion)-Its summer. (I'm sort of kidding, but the beach becomes a people mess during the summer. Angry people fighting over pathetic waves. Plus Scripps is just not able to deal with a south swell)All that negative stuff being said, Do surf here when:-The swell is sort of short period. ~10 seconds can work. However, usually a 10 period implies worse weather and wind but this is not always the case.-The swell is a combo deal. Usually this occurs during the transition months between winter and summer where theres a smaller longer period south and a shorter north. I guess its true of all beach breaks that they can make some fun waves from combo swells. The best days I've had here were from combo swells. Even barrels!-Its early and you have to go to work in two hours. Scripps is like the cheap weed of surfing. It will still get you high but you need a lot of little crappy waves. Mostly I go here just because its the most convenient for me right now. However, I have also had my wallet stolen 3 times around here. I now carry a decoy.Thats my 2cence. And if you live in souther california and surf, and you haven't figured out yet that its going to be crowded when you go, quit surfing. Being angry and bitter never helps anything.

By anonymous , 16-10-2005

an average break - scripps isn't the greatest, but with the right conditions you can find some nice peeling shoulders. this place has the potential to be three stars but not the frequency.

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