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Latitude: 33° 2.068' N
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Right down the cliff from Swami Paramahansa Yogananda's Self-Realization Fellowship.
DistanceTake a car
WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Wave qualityWorld Class
BottomFlat rocks with sand
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good swell directionNorthWest, West
Good wind directionEast
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 5m / 16 ft and over
Best tide positionLow and mid tide
Best tide movement
Week-end crowdUltra crowded
There is a small parking lot right above the break; otherwise, park along the PCH.
Paddle out in the channel a quarter-mile south of the main pak - nothing breaks there
Swell describes the crowds as 'hideous to unbearable,' 'a bunch of snake charmers...' Surfer once wrote about an 'unenlightened fiberclass curtain descending...' how could I say it better?
still, the place is pretty laid-back.
Don't bring an attitude or board under 8'
By killinitoutthere , 22-05-2013
kooks galore - To the dooshbag longboarder that I ran over when taking off on a left yesterday, your inconsiderate nature slightly dinged my board that has about 4 sessions on it. I know that you have this POS thing that you've surfed for 20 years and think that you could probably sell it for 1K when you're done with it, but in case you haven't noticed this isn't a beachbreak. If you decide to ever paddle back out, how about not paddling directly into the pocket of a set when 2 guys are trying to split it? If you haven't surfed here, cool try it if it's not crowded. This place like many others should only be surfed by people who have good knowledge of the break especially on big days.
By Garek , 16-02-2012
Get lucky here - While the crowd is crazy 4ft and up, You can score an amazing wave here, left or right. Sit between the groms on the inside and the vets sitting too far outside typically. You know you're in the right spot when everyone is paddling at you from all directions haha. Sometimes looking for the left will put you deep into position for the right and you'll have every right to make the drop. Even if you get dropped in on, wait 5 sec and they'll make 1 cut and out. When it's huge and the crowd is a parking lot, move north to Boneyards, the main peak in front of the historic house atop the hill. At 5ft and up it's still pretty empty and can hollow out very well. W, NW will make a super long right hand wall. S, SW will make a preferred left hander that can get super hollow. Swami's is crowded for a reason, it holds the largest range of swell in north county for those of you that want a channel to get back out.
By Surf Dawg , 14-05-2010
Swami's - One of the best waves in California. It will hold as big as it gets with perfection. I've looked at it for years, and surfed it once.
Unfortunately it is VERY VERY crowded.