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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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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximate

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Latitude: 32° 43.159' N
Longitude: 117° 15.465' W

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First surfspot you see when driving south along Sunset Cliffs.

English (Translate this text in English): First surfspot you see when driving south along Sunset Cliffs.

English (Translate this text in English): First surfspot you see when driving south along Sunset Cliffs.

English (Translate this text in English): First surfspot you see when driving south along Sunset Cliffs.

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

BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)

Power

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell direction

Good wind direction

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft

Best tide positionLow and mid tide

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdCrowded

Week-end crowdUltra crowded

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 Additional Information

Don't forget your cord. When the surf is 5+ The rocks ALWAYS destroy loose boards and if you are trying to swim in, the inside rip takes you southwest and the outside rip takes you northeast so you just circle around untill someone calls the Lifeguards.

English (Translate this text in English): Don't forget your cord. When the surf is 5+ The rocks ALWAYS destroy loose boards and if you are trying to swim in, the inside rip takes you southwest and the outside rip takes you northeast so you just circle around untill someone calls the Lifeguards.

English (Translate this text in English): Don't forget your cord. When the surf is 5+ The rocks ALWAYS destroy loose boards and if you are trying to swim in, the inside rip takes you southwest and the outside rip takes you northeast so you just circle around untill someone calls the Lifeguards.

English (Translate this text in English): Don't forget your cord. When the surf is 5+ The rocks ALWAYS destroy loose boards and if you are trying to swim in, the inside rip takes you southwest and the outside rip takes you northeast so you just circle around untill someone calls the Lifeguards.

Atmosphere

Great spot to bring the girlfriend who wants to watch or photograph you surfing. Although this surfspot can hurt you in many ways. The lineup is tricky and the wave is similar to Haliewa without the death rock.

English (Translate this text in English): Great spot to bring the girlfriend who wants to watch or photograph you surfing. Although this surfspot can hurt you in many ways. The lineup is tricky and the wave is similar to Haliewa without the death rock.

English (Translate this text in English): Great spot to bring the girlfriend who wants to watch or photograph you surfing. Although this surfspot can hurt you in many ways. The lineup is tricky and the wave is similar to Haliewa without the death rock.

English (Translate this text in English): Great spot to bring the girlfriend who wants to watch or photograph you surfing. Although this surfspot can hurt you in many ways. The lineup is tricky and the wave is similar to Haliewa without the death rock.

General

There's better surfspots nearby just keep driving.

English (Translate this text in English): There's better surfspots nearby just keep driving.

English (Translate this text in English): There's better surfspots nearby just keep driving.

English (Translate this text in English): There's better surfspots nearby just keep driving.

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Sunset cliffs osprey
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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.

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