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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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 Suckouts

USA, California, San Diego County

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Go to Cardiff Reef on low tide and look directly in front of the rivermouth. You can't miss it when its working.

English (Translate this text in English): Go to Cardiff Reef on low tide and look directly in front of the rivermouth. You can't miss it when its working.

English (Translate this text in English): Go to Cardiff Reef on low tide and look directly in front of the rivermouth. You can't miss it when its working.

English (Translate this text in English): Go to Cardiff Reef on low tide and look directly in front of the rivermouth. You can't miss it when its working.

DistanceIn the city

WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperiencePros or kamikaze only...

FrequencySometimes break

Wave

TypeReef-rocky

DirectionRight and left

BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)

PowerHollow, Powerful, Ledgey

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorthWest

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 crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdCrowded

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Dangers

- Rocks
- Pollution

 Additional Information

This wave is extremly heavy when its big. Not for the inexpierenced. The drop is very crucial (bring a shortboard or semi gun). After the drop a thick grinding tube reels down the line. The right barrels right of the takeoff then closes out on the inside. Also, there is no channel on the right. The left barrels just as good as the right. When you come out of the barrel on the left you will see a nice steep wall for hits and carves. When you kick out there is a channel to paddle back out through.

English (Translate this text in English): This wave is extremly heavy when its big. Not for the inexpierenced. The drop is very crucial (bring a shortboard or semi gun). After the drop a thick grinding tube reels down the line. The right barrels right of the takeoff then closes out on the inside. Also, there is no channel on the right. The left barrels just as good as the right. When you come out of the barrel on the left you will see a nice steep wall for hits and carves. When you kick out there is a channel to paddle back out through.

English (Translate this text in English): This wave is extremly heavy when its big. Not for the inexpierenced. The drop is very crucial (bring a shortboard or semi gun). After the drop a thick grinding tube reels down the line. The right barrels right of the takeoff then closes out on the inside. Also, there is no channel on the right. The left barrels just as good as the right. When you come out of the barrel on the left you will see a nice steep wall for hits and carves. When you kick out there is a channel to paddle back out through.

English (Translate this text in English): This wave is extremly heavy when its big. Not for the inexpierenced. The drop is very crucial (bring a shortboard or semi gun). After the drop a thick grinding tube reels down the line. The right barrels right of the takeoff then closes out on the inside. Also, there is no channel on the right. The left barrels just as good as the right. When you come out of the barrel on the left you will see a nice steep wall for hits and carves. When you kick out there is a channel to paddle back out through.

Atmosphere

Wear booties!! The reef is very sharp when you walk out. Also, if you get caught inside don't duckdive you WILL hit the bottom.

English (Translate this text in English): Wear booties!! The reef is very sharp when you walk out. Also, if you get caught inside don't duckdive you WILL hit the bottom.

English (Translate this text in English): Wear booties!! The reef is very sharp when you walk out. Also, if you get caught inside don't duckdive you WILL hit the bottom.

English (Translate this text in English): Wear booties!! The reef is very sharp when you walk out. Also, if you get caught inside don't duckdive you WILL hit the bottom.

General

Bring your A game and be prepared for thick tubes. P.S. Some of the best shortboarders in town surf here so be patient for the good ones.

English (Translate this text in English): Bring your A game and be prepared for thick tubes. P.S. Some of the best shortboarders in town surf here so be patient for the good ones.

English (Translate this text in English): Bring your A game and be prepared for thick tubes. P.S. Some of the best shortboarders in town surf here so be patient for the good ones.

English (Translate this text in English): Bring your A game and be prepared for thick tubes. P.S. Some of the best shortboarders in town surf here so be patient for the good ones.

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By Otter
Apr 15, 2007
April 14, 07 - Suckouts, Encinitas, CA. - Arrived about 6:30a.m.  In the water by 7:00.  Waited between sets and had a long, but uneventful paddle out, used the channel north of the two main peaks.  Sets of overhead plus rolled through every 10 min or so.  Saw severa
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By Gary Strahle , 17-04-2013

SUCKIES IS MINE - Brahs listen to me one time. IF you see da bubble on da secund reef YA! Im going, its mine, no care if you slates ya. Im pullin in no madda what cuz. See you at LOTUS Bra.

By Anonymous , 22-09-2009

HAHA! - Pretty funny people talking like suckouts is some pro wave. It's suck outs! Land of the longboarders who cruise over from cardiff. Yeah there is a spot to sit but that place is tame compared to other sand diego throwing breaks. I've surfed it up to 12 foot also. Many times in the 6-8 range.

By Anonymous , 07-03-2008

did.nt suck at all - was out a few weeks ago-alone-massive heaving set every 30 mins. or so-don't know where everyone was.Drop on serious sets was very rewarding. Got worked at the end of the session and decided to call it a day before the day called me.
this place is unreal.

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