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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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 Tamarack st.

USA, California, San Diego County

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Latitude: 33° 8.771' N
Longitude: 117° 20.777' W

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 Access

take the coast highway until you hit tamarack street, drive down the drive way at the intersection and park in lot

English (Translate this text in English): take the coast highway until you hit tamarack street, drive down the drive way at the intersection and park in lot

English (Translate this text in English): take the coast highway until you hit tamarack street, drive down the drive way at the intersection and park in lot

English (Translate this text in English): take the coast highway until you hit tamarack street, drive down the drive way at the intersection and park in lot

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

TypeBreakwater/jetty

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy with rock

PowerHollow, Fun

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell direction

Good wind direction

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+

Best tide positionAll tides

Best tide movementRising tide

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Week crowdCrowded

Week-end crowdCrowded

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow
- Rocks

 Additional Information

Theres about 5 peaks in the Tamarack area. The one straight out from the bathrooms is very much a longboard spot, with mostly mushy waves that break further from shore. The closer and closer you get towards the jetty, the waves breaker closer to shore, are much shorter rides, and get much more hollow. Right next to the jetty is mostly a bodyboarder spot, as it can be caught a little outside, then turns into powerful barreling shorebreak. Straight out between the jetties is another spot, and my opinion one of the best. It only breaks on days with 4+, but it will sometimes barrel for a long time as a left, all the way to the shorebreak just north of the jetty. The problem is it only breaks at a very low tide coming in, and there is a VERY strong tow that trys to pull you towards the jettys. You must be a very strong swimmer to surf this spot for more then a few minutes. The last peak is actually just off the south jetty. It breaks at anything 3ft+. It doesn't barrel nearly as much as tamarack, but is a very fun right when the other peaks are crowded, and there are multiple peaks to take off on. On a good wave you can catch the right from 25 yards outside the jetty all the way in to the beach.

English (Translate this text in English): Theres about 5 peaks in the Tamarack area. The one straight out from the bathrooms is very much a longboard spot, with mostly mushy waves that break further from shore. The closer and closer you get towards the jetty, the waves breaker closer to shore, are much shorter rides, and get much more hollow. Right next to the jetty is mostly a bodyboarder spot, as it can be caught a little outside, then turns into powerful barreling shorebreak. Straight out between the jetties is another spot, and my opinion one of the best. It only breaks on days with 4+, but it will sometimes barrel for a long time as a left, all the way to the shorebreak just north of the jetty. The problem is it only breaks at a very low tide coming in, and there is a VERY strong tow that trys to pull you towards the jettys. You must be a very strong swimmer to surf this spot for more then a few minutes. The last peak is actually just off the south jetty. It breaks at anything 3ft+. It doesn't barrel nearly as much as tamarack, but is a very fun right when the other peaks are crowded, and there are multiple peaks to take off on. On a good wave you can catch the right from 25 yards outside the jetty all the way in to the beach.

English (Translate this text in English): Theres about 5 peaks in the Tamarack area. The one straight out from the bathrooms is very much a longboard spot, with mostly mushy waves that break further from shore. The closer and closer you get towards the jetty, the waves breaker closer to shore, are much shorter rides, and get much more hollow. Right next to the jetty is mostly a bodyboarder spot, as it can be caught a little outside, then turns into powerful barreling shorebreak. Straight out between the jetties is another spot, and my opinion one of the best. It only breaks on days with 4+, but it will sometimes barrel for a long time as a left, all the way to the shorebreak just north of the jetty. The problem is it only breaks at a very low tide coming in, and there is a VERY strong tow that trys to pull you towards the jettys. You must be a very strong swimmer to surf this spot for more then a few minutes. The last peak is actually just off the south jetty. It breaks at anything 3ft+. It doesn't barrel nearly as much as tamarack, but is a very fun right when the other peaks are crowded, and there are multiple peaks to take off on. On a good wave you can catch the right from 25 yards outside the jetty all the way in to the beach.

English (Translate this text in English): Theres about 5 peaks in the Tamarack area. The one straight out from the bathrooms is very much a longboard spot, with mostly mushy waves that break further from shore. The closer and closer you get towards the jetty, the waves breaker closer to shore, are much shorter rides, and get much more hollow. Right next to the jetty is mostly a bodyboarder spot, as it can be caught a little outside, then turns into powerful barreling shorebreak. Straight out between the jetties is another spot, and my opinion one of the best. It only breaks on days with 4+, but it will sometimes barrel for a long time as a left, all the way to the shorebreak just north of the jetty. The problem is it only breaks at a very low tide coming in, and there is a VERY strong tow that trys to pull you towards the jettys. You must be a very strong swimmer to surf this spot for more then a few minutes. The last peak is actually just off the south jetty. It breaks at anything 3ft+. It doesn't barrel nearly as much as tamarack, but is a very fun right when the other peaks are crowded, and there are multiple peaks to take off on. On a good wave you can catch the right from 25 yards outside the jetty all the way in to the beach.

Atmosphere

well known throughout san diego as one of north county's consistant rides

English (Translate this text in English): well known throughout san diego as one of north county's consistant rides

English (Translate this text in English): well known throughout san diego as one of north county's consistant rides

English (Translate this text in English): well known throughout san diego as one of north county's consistant rides

General

usually carries good potential

English (Translate this text in English): usually carries good potential

English (Translate this text in English): usually carries good potential

English (Translate this text in English): usually carries good potential

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By twinfin , 14-03-2011

roll-a-rack - BAH! I live a block away and I hardly surf here anymore... The dredging of the lagoon and the over abundance of sand on the beach has really killed this spot. I hate it. It only gets halfway decent above 4 foot but there are way better spots to hit at that size. Its very fickle on the tide... SUP and loggers dominate the main peak. on the positive side: it picks up the SW swells nicely.

By Anonymous , 11-01-2011

wunner - the transplants act as if they own the place with their LBs and now use janitors tools to stroke their egos.

By Anonymous , 11-10-2010

rack - what a joke watching the longboarders act like surf stars when the foto lune shows up

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