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Latitude: 32° 48.276' N
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Take Mission Blvd to Tourmaline street. Instant access
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Alternative name Tourmo
FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)
DirectionRight and left
BottomReef (coral,sharp rocks etc..) with sand
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good swell directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest
Good wind directionSouthEast, East, NorthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+
Best tide positionMid tide
Best tide movementRising tide
Week-end crowdUltra crowded
Three different waves- north part (Old Man's) is a long mushy wave, in center is channels usually smaller but can get faster on inside, and to the south is Pumphouse, which is a classic beach break. Mostly long boarders and fish, with occasional short boards. Pretty consistent, almost always something to surf, breaks regardless of tide. Very, very crowded weekdays and weekends.
Friendly, mostly nonaggressive crowd.
Good place to surf a longboard or to go to surf regardless of tide or surf. Picks up all swells, dependable.
By Anonymous , 19 Sep
for old guys and girls really - befor longboarding came back it was empty, so i learned to surf there on my 5'6" in 1980. ther'd be like 5 cars in the lot on a weekend then. now u cant even find a space on a weekday. but its definately not a gnarly wave with scary locals...
By Anonymous , 14-03-2011
... - this is the mushiest, most crowded, piece of dung wave I've ever surfed.
By brad tremble , 22-03-2010
Place is good for longboarding. - This place rocks if you wanna go out and ride a longboard like the rest of the people there. Yes, there are a few of us locals that use no leashes cause we don't use them unless it's over 6 foot or so inside of the cove, but don't worry normally we are good about holding onto our boards. You will see everyone out there on any given day. The kid that is ditching school to practice his newest obsession with noseriding, the expat just hanging out and talkin story in the parking lot, Skip Frye cruisin by on a wave with his impecable style, maybe even me doin some cutbacks and havin the time of my life. This place is very historical for what people like Skip Frye, Mike Hynson, Larry Gordon, Mike Doyle, and Floyd Smith have done for surfing since having these waves to ride. Have fun here, don't be bitchy, and spread aloha.
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