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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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 Sunset cliffs osprey

USA, California, San Diego County

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By Anonymous , 14-01-2011

oh osprey - Theres definitely better waves at the cliffs. BUT at least this spot rarely gets clogged with longboarders. Getting in and out at a low tide is not hard. higher tide, big day? better not surf here unless you are a really strong swimmer. getting out of the water is challenging. Youtube has some video that will show you why.
The wave mostly goes straight and the inside can barrel. Sometimes this spot will be more consistent than the other waves around. But it never goes unnoticed.
If you take the left you could end up in the endless duckdive.

By Jr , 24-02-2010

crowds - when you arrive at the cliffs, your like, shiii!!! everybody & their mom's is out surfing! just walk down south a bit and the crowd will get smaller. otherwise, go when it's big! then you'll see a handful of surfers & a lot spectators. this place has it all. barrels, steep mush-burgers, & kiddy land for the beginners. paddling out can be a bitch because it's a long paddle out.

By The Man , 10-02-2010

Jersey Point !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - One of the Mushiest waves at the Cliffs. To top it all off a bunch of transplants who hang out is the parking lot think their local. Just because you've lived here since 1986 does not make you a local your still a kook from New jersey or Texas. Thank goodness this wave filters out a lot of goons from surfing the real waves at the Cliffs.

By gibbons.ian@gmail.com , 09-11-2006

Excellent break when it goes off, enter and exit are tricky - This is a great winter break with nice long rights, decent, yet mostly devastating lefts. Holds overhead waves with no problem. To enter the water you either have to jump off a rock, or climb down. On bigger days you have to time it right or risk getting bounced off the rock. There is a rip that pulls you out and then just paddle north to the break. If you find yourself caught inside, paddle south the the rip, surf again, and repeat the process. Getting out is trickier than getting in. Sometimes can take 30 minutes to climb up the rock with help from others. Definitely worth the risk on bigger better days but my suggestion is to surf right as the left will surely put you inside.

By anonymous , 04-04-2006

Cliffs - Thirteen world class reef breaks in a 2 mile area, within site of 3 million people, equals 60 people per spot doing the demolition derby. The further south you go the higher caliber of surfer. If you're visiting forget about surfing Newbreak. Those guys will cut off their own grandmother, and then fire bomb her Buick. Animals!

By anonymous , 19-03-2006

- I though it was a pretty good summery, and thats not the reason its so crowded its crowded cuz everyone already knows were it is dumbass

By anonymous , 31-12-2005

- which spot is the hardest to come in at?

By T , 23-11-2005

Well - It's a nice wave but it's crowded and the local vibe is shitty. As long as you're willing to get in a fist fight, you'll be fine.

By Save Sunset Cliffs , 26-03-2005

Why dont you write a book? - Dude, its one thing t comment on a spot, but to write a book on every spot and explain what, where etc...r u high?
What are you a local? Dumbasses like you are the reason the Cliffs get more crowded each year.

By anonymous , 20-10-2004

Sunset Cliffs - North to South

Pescadero Beach Reef break best on a small swell

Osprey Reef Mushy right with a hollow inside bowl.

Bird Shit Crescent shaped inside reef works with the help of backwash.

No Surf Inside reef formed when the shelf was dynamited out to form a swim area 100 years ago. Works on small swells

Needles eye The inside south side of the cove breaks left at high tide on small swells

Luscombs Fast right that gets hollow when big

Indicator North Cliffs outside peak that holds any size and works best on big swells.

Rock slides Hollow left mirror image of Luscombs

North Garbage Right & left holds 6+

South Garbage Shelf is shallow on the outside turns into long mushy ride. Best on south and west swells holds 6+.

Subs Inside lefts at high tide and outside lefts and rights at size.

Ab Long left & short right has an almond shaped tube

South Ab Long Hollow right sometimes connects with Newbreak

Newbreak inside shelf suck-out causes double waves that get thick... right only

Chasm Long left

33's Long walk good right

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