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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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 Seaside Reef

USA, California, San Diego County

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Precision: Aproximadamente

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Latitude: 33° 0.114' N
Longitude: 117° 16.69' W

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101 south, south of the restaraunts in Cardiff. Big huge parking lot off road with bathrooms and lifegaurd tower. Lots of small rocks above water. You will see it if you are driving north on the 101 as you see the ocean coming out of Solana Beach.

English (Translate this text in English): 101 south, south of the restaraunts in Cardiff. Big huge parking lot off road with bathrooms and lifegaurd tower. Lots of small rocks above water. You will see it if you are driving north on the 101 as you see the ocean coming out of Solana Beach.

English (Translate this text in English): 101 south, south of the restaraunts in Cardiff. Big huge parking lot off road with bathrooms and lifegaurd tower. Lots of small rocks above water. You will see it if you are driving north on the 101 as you see the ocean coming out of Solana Beach.

English (Translate this text in English): 101 south, south of the restaraunts in Cardiff. Big huge parking lot off road with bathrooms and lifegaurd tower. Lots of small rocks above water. You will see it if you are driving north on the 101 as you see the ocean coming out of Solana Beach.

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

FrequencyRegular

Wave

TypeReef-rocky

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy with rock

PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful, Fun

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

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

Good wind direction

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

Best tide positionLow tide only

Best tide movementFalling tide

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Week crowdCrowded

Week-end crowdUltra crowded

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Dangers

- Rocks

 Additional Information

Sucks out on take off in certain area. Don't be caught there or you will eat it. Can take higher tides on a bigger day, but mostly a low tide only spot. Nice occasionally long left that can peel for a while and a short right. Left can have a really nice short tube section off the take off. Can only handle up to 20 guys, since take off zone is so small, after that, don't bother paddling out. Fun shorebreak on high tide, not to high or you will surfing the rocks on shore (watch out for gnarly back waves). Very popular sponging spot, so if you surf, you might be out numbered here (not too much, but can be pretty thick with spongers). Has some kelp but can get blown easier than other cardiff spots. Easy but longer paddle out, but if your not in the impact zone, then you can get back out no problem. Has bathrooms so don't worry about crapping your wetsuit. On South Swells the reef's right are mcuh better than lefts.

English (Translate this text in English): Sucks out on take off in certain area. Don't be caught there or you will eat it. Can take higher tides on a bigger day, but mostly a low tide only spot. Nice occasionally long left that can peel for a while and a short right. Left can have a really nice short tube section off the take off. Can only handle up to 20 guys, since take off zone is so small, after that, don't bother paddling out. Fun shorebreak on high tide, not to high or you will surfing the rocks on shore (watch out for gnarly back waves). Very popular sponging spot, so if you surf, you might be out numbered here (not too much, but can be pretty thick with spongers). Has some kelp but can get blown easier than other cardiff spots. Easy but longer paddle out, but if your not in the impact zone, then you can get back out no problem. Has bathrooms so don't worry about crapping your wetsuit. On South Swells the reef's right are mcuh better than lefts.

English (Translate this text in English): Sucks out on take off in certain area. Don't be caught there or you will eat it. Can take higher tides on a bigger day, but mostly a low tide only spot. Nice occasionally long left that can peel for a while and a short right. Left can have a really nice short tube section off the take off. Can only handle up to 20 guys, since take off zone is so small, after that, don't bother paddling out. Fun shorebreak on high tide, not to high or you will surfing the rocks on shore (watch out for gnarly back waves). Very popular sponging spot, so if you surf, you might be out numbered here (not too much, but can be pretty thick with spongers). Has some kelp but can get blown easier than other cardiff spots. Easy but longer paddle out, but if your not in the impact zone, then you can get back out no problem. Has bathrooms so don't worry about crapping your wetsuit. On South Swells the reef's right are mcuh better than lefts.

English (Translate this text in English): Sucks out on take off in certain area. Don't be caught there or you will eat it. Can take higher tides on a bigger day, but mostly a low tide only spot. Nice occasionally long left that can peel for a while and a short right. Left can have a really nice short tube section off the take off. Can only handle up to 20 guys, since take off zone is so small, after that, don't bother paddling out. Fun shorebreak on high tide, not to high or you will surfing the rocks on shore (watch out for gnarly back waves). Very popular sponging spot, so if you surf, you might be out numbered here (not too much, but can be pretty thick with spongers). Has some kelp but can get blown easier than other cardiff spots. Easy but longer paddle out, but if your not in the impact zone, then you can get back out no problem. Has bathrooms so don't worry about crapping your wetsuit. On South Swells the reef's right are mcuh better than lefts.

Atmosphere

Lots of Locals around here. Experiecned surfers only. Vibe is quite agressive on most days at the shorebreak. Reef isnt too bad. Respect the guys out

English (Translate this text in English): Lots of Locals around here. Experiecned surfers only. Vibe is quite agressive on most days at the shorebreak. Reef isnt too bad. Respect the guys out

English (Translate this text in English): Lots of Locals around here. Experiecned surfers only. Vibe is quite agressive on most days at the shorebreak. Reef isnt too bad. Respect the guys out

English (Translate this text in English): Lots of Locals around here. Experiecned surfers only. Vibe is quite agressive on most days at the shorebreak. Reef isnt too bad. Respect the guys out

General

Really fun, go in the morning on low tide. Best surfers in SD will surf here. Rob Machados favorite spot and lots of world class surfers will come down to surf here. Seaside is SD's trestles.

English (Translate this text in English): Really fun, go in the morning on low tide. Best surfers in SD will surf here. Rob Machados favorite spot and lots of world class surfers will come down to surf here. Seaside is SD's trestles.

English (Translate this text in English): Really fun, go in the morning on low tide. Best surfers in SD will surf here. Rob Machados favorite spot and lots of world class surfers will come down to surf here. Seaside is SD's trestles.

English (Translate this text in English): Really fun, go in the morning on low tide. Best surfers in SD will surf here. Rob Machados favorite spot and lots of world class surfers will come down to surf here. Seaside is SD's trestles.

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By obarwin , 20-09-2009

great wave - seaside is one of the best waves in SD when the outer reef breaks it sick. It is steep with alot of turn sections then take on to the inside for a air or quick barrel.

By Anonymous , 27-04-2008

Sharky - More crowded now with whitey in the water. Now there's proof. Respect to the family of the victim.

By Anonymous , 18-07-2006

seaside - this spot rips! its my favorite spot and it is very good. palisades has a very good left and parking lots has a very good right but very fast. the reef is the best when its big and consistnet.

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