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Latitude: 33° 8.771' N
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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
Wave qualityRegional Classic
DirectionRight and left
BottomSandy with rock
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
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
- Rips / undertow
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.
well known throughout san diego as one of north county's consistant rides
usually carries good potential
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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