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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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 Left Spot

USA, California, San Luis Obispo

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Drive in Montana De Oro (Mountain of Gold) Park.

Drive past the large Dirt Parking Lot for Hazard Canyon on your right.

After the dirt parking lot, it will be the 2nd Pullout on your right.

The pullout can only hold about 3 cars total and is very small.

If you see three cars there, consider the spot to be crowded.

Park, and take the semi-long trail through the sand dunes.

When you come over the top of the dunes look straight down. It's right in front of you.

Just to the North you will see Hazard Canyon.

A little further South you can see Spooners Cove.

After a long session, it can be tiresome climbing back up the sand dunes.

English (Translate this text in English): Drive in Montana De Oro (Mountain of Gold) Park.<br /><br />Drive past the large Dirt Parking Lot for Hazard Canyon on your right.<br /><br />After the dirt parking lot, it will be the 2nd Pullout on your right.<br /><br />The pullout can only hold about 3 cars total and is very small.<br /><br />If you see three cars there, consider the spot to be crowded.<br /><br />Park, and take the semi-long trail through the sand dunes.<br /><br />When you come over the top of the dunes look straight down. It's right in front of you.<br /><br />Just to the North you will see Hazard Canyon.<br /><br />A little further South you can see Spooners Cove.<br /><br />After a long session, it can be tiresome climbing back up the sand dunes.

English (Translate this text in English): Drive in Montana De Oro (Mountain of Gold) Park.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;Drive past the large Dirt Parking Lot for Hazard Canyon on your right.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;After the dirt parking lot, it will be the 2nd Pullout on your right.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;The pullout can only hold about 3 cars total and is very small.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;If you see three cars there, consider the spot to be crowded.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;Park, and take the semi-long trail through the sand dunes.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;When you come over the top of the dunes look straight down. It's right in front of you.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;Just to the North you will see Hazard Canyon.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;A little further South you can see Spooners Cove.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;After a long session, it can be tiresome climbing back up the sand dunes.

English (Translate this text in English): Drive in Montana De Oro (Mountain of Gold) Park.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Drive past the large Dirt Parking Lot for Hazard Canyon on your right.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;After the dirt parking lot, it will be the 2nd Pullout on your right.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;The pullout can only hold about 3 cars total and is very small.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;If you see three cars there, consider the spot to be crowded.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Park, and take the semi-long trail through the sand dunes.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;When you come over the top of the dunes look straight down. It's right in front of you.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Just to the North you will see Hazard Canyon.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;A little further South you can see Spooners Cove.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;After a long session, it can be tiresome climbing back up the sand dunes.

DistanceTake a car

WalkGood walk (15-30 mn)

Easy to find?Hard 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

DirectionLeft

BottomReef (coral,sharp rocks etc..) with sand

PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful, Fun

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorth, NorthWest, West

Good wind directionSouthEast, East, NorthEast

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+

Best tide positionLow and mid tide

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdCrowded

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Dangers

- Rocks
- Localism
- Sharks

 Additional Information

See above for directions to the spot. You can park your car on either side of the road.

Be warned. If there are already 3 cars, consider Left Spot to be crowded.

Sometimes, it's worth hanging out on the dunes or reef until someone paddles in. But most often they are paddling in because the tide shifted and it sucks.

If there are 5 guys out dont paddle out.

This spot litterally cannot hold that many people. It doesn't catch all the swell that Hazards does and not every wave is worth taking off on.

When it's small it breaks really close to the dry reef sticking out of the dunes. It hurts if you hit your head on this stuff.

The drop can be critical when it's large with a quick barreling section aftwards and followed by a short workable shoulder.

Paddle out is easy. Just walk out to the North Side of where the waves are breaking and jump in. There is a channel of flowing water right into the takeoff zone.

There are only LEFT's that break here. You can go right, but you won't like it.

Overall it's a good wave and not extreme as Hazards just to the North.

When you are out at Hazards you can often see guys dropping into Left Spot if you look south. They are only about 250 yards from each other.

English (Translate this text in English): See above for directions to the spot. You can park your car on either side of the road.<br /><br />Be warned. If there are already 3 cars, consider Left Spot to be crowded.<br /><br />Sometimes, it's worth hanging out on the dunes or reef until someone paddles in. But most often they are paddling in because the tide shifted and it sucks.<br /><br />If there are 5 guys out dont paddle out.<br /><br />This spot litterally cannot hold that many people. It doesn't catch all the swell that Hazards does and not every wave is worth taking off on.<br /><br />When it's small it breaks really close to the dry reef sticking out of the dunes. It hurts if you hit your head on this stuff.<br /><br />The drop can be critical when it's large with a quick barreling section aftwards and followed by a short workable shoulder.<br /><br />Paddle out is easy. Just walk out to the North Side of where the waves are breaking and jump in. There is a channel of flowing water right into the takeoff zone.<br /><br />There are only LEFT's that break here. You can go right, but you won't like it.<br /><br />Overall it's a good wave and not extreme as Hazards just to the North.<br /><br />When you are out at Hazards you can often see guys dropping into Left Spot if you look south. They are only about 250 yards from each other.

English (Translate this text in English): See above for directions to the spot. You can park your car on either side of the road.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;Be warned. If there are already 3 cars, consider Left Spot to be crowded.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;Sometimes, it's worth hanging out on the dunes or reef until someone paddles in. But most often they are paddling in because the tide shifted and it sucks.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;If there are 5 guys out dont paddle out.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;This spot litterally cannot hold that many people. It doesn't catch all the swell that Hazards does and not every wave is worth taking off on.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;When it's small it breaks really close to the dry reef sticking out of the dunes. It hurts if you hit your head on this stuff.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;The drop can be critical when it's large with a quick barreling section aftwards and followed by a short workable shoulder.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;Paddle out is easy. Just walk out to the North Side of where the waves are breaking and jump in. There is a channel of flowing water right into the takeoff zone.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;There are only LEFT's that break here. You can go right, but you won't like it.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;Overall it's a good wave and not extreme as Hazards just to the North.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;When you are out at Hazards you can often see guys dropping into Left Spot if you look south. They are only about 250 yards from each other.

English (Translate this text in English): See above for directions to the spot. You can park your car on either side of the road.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Be warned. If there are already 3 cars, consider Left Spot to be crowded.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Sometimes, it's worth hanging out on the dunes or reef until someone paddles in. But most often they are paddling in because the tide shifted and it sucks.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;If there are 5 guys out dont paddle out.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;This spot litterally cannot hold that many people. It doesn't catch all the swell that Hazards does and not every wave is worth taking off on.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;When it's small it breaks really close to the dry reef sticking out of the dunes. It hurts if you hit your head on this stuff.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;The drop can be critical when it's large with a quick barreling section aftwards and followed by a short workable shoulder.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Paddle out is easy. Just walk out to the North Side of where the waves are breaking and jump in. There is a channel of flowing water right into the takeoff zone.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;There are only LEFT's that break here. You can go right, but you won't like it.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Overall it's a good wave and not extreme as Hazards just to the North.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;When you are out at Hazards you can often see guys dropping into Left Spot if you look south. They are only about 250 yards from each other.

Atmosphere

The locals here are worse than Hazards. Probably because it can litterally only hold about 5 surfers on the peak. After that, someone isn't getting any waves.

And they will #@*@ with your car here. It's much easier for them to do so without being seen because the parking is tight and so limited and sort of nestled in tall brush.

One option is to park at the 1st pulloff past the Hazard Canyon Dirt Parking Lot. This pulloff also has trailheads that lead over the dunes and you can zig-zag your way to the top of the dunes and get a good look at Hazards and Left Spot.

Plus, if your car is less likely to get messed with at this pullover spot. It's also a small pullout for just a few cars and mostly people that hike the dunes pullover here.

English (Translate this text in English): The locals here are worse than Hazards. Probably because it can litterally only hold about 5 surfers on the peak. After that, someone isn't getting any waves.<br /><br />And they will #@*@ with your car here. It's much easier for them to do so without being seen because the parking is tight and so limited and sort of nestled in tall brush.<br /><br />One option is to park at the 1st pulloff past the Hazard Canyon Dirt Parking Lot. This pulloff also has trailheads that lead over the dunes and you can zig-zag your way to the top of the dunes and get a good look at Hazards and Left Spot.<br /><br />Plus, if your car is less likely to get messed with at this pullover spot. It's also a small pullout for just a few cars and mostly people that hike the dunes pullover here.

English (Translate this text in English): The locals here are worse than Hazards. Probably because it can litterally only hold about 5 surfers on the peak. After that, someone isn't getting any waves.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;And they will #@*@ with your car here. It's much easier for them to do so without being seen because the parking is tight and so limited and sort of nestled in tall brush.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;One option is to park at the 1st pulloff past the Hazard Canyon Dirt Parking Lot. This pulloff also has trailheads that lead over the dunes and you can zig-zag your way to the top of the dunes and get a good look at Hazards and Left Spot.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;Plus, if your car is less likely to get messed with at this pullover spot. It's also a small pullout for just a few cars and mostly people that hike the dunes pullover here.

English (Translate this text in English): The locals here are worse than Hazards. Probably because it can litterally only hold about 5 surfers on the peak. After that, someone isn't getting any waves.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;And they will #@*@ with your car here. It's much easier for them to do so without being seen because the parking is tight and so limited and sort of nestled in tall brush.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;One option is to park at the 1st pulloff past the Hazard Canyon Dirt Parking Lot. This pulloff also has trailheads that lead over the dunes and you can zig-zag your way to the top of the dunes and get a good look at Hazards and Left Spot.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Plus, if your car is less likely to get messed with at this pullover spot. It's also a small pullout for just a few cars and mostly people that hike the dunes pullover here.

General

In general it's a good spot but difficult to score because of the crowds. It's a guessing game as to when someone is going to be checking it and almost impossible to be the first ones out. Usually at sunrise, someone is already paddling out.

It doesn't break with near the frequency or perfection that Hazard Canyon does and during the summer it can lay dorment for a long time. Needs a Northwest or West with a little punch to really get it going. It is a solid wave however, with some barrels to be had, and highly guarded by the old-timers.

English (Translate this text in English): In general it's a good spot but difficult to score because of the crowds. It's a guessing game as to when someone is going to be checking it and almost impossible to be the first ones out. Usually at sunrise, someone is already paddling out.<br /><br />It doesn't break with near the frequency or perfection that Hazard Canyon does and during the summer it can lay dorment for a long time. Needs a Northwest or West with a little punch to really get it going. It is a solid wave however, with some barrels to be had, and highly guarded by the old-timers.

English (Translate this text in English): In general it's a good spot but difficult to score because of the crowds. It's a guessing game as to when someone is going to be checking it and almost impossible to be the first ones out. Usually at sunrise, someone is already paddling out.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;It doesn't break with near the frequency or perfection that Hazard Canyon does and during the summer it can lay dorment for a long time. Needs a Northwest or West with a little punch to really get it going. It is a solid wave however, with some barrels to be had, and highly guarded by the old-timers.

English (Translate this text in English): In general it's a good spot but difficult to score because of the crowds. It's a guessing game as to when someone is going to be checking it and almost impossible to be the first ones out. Usually at sunrise, someone is already paddling out.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;It doesn't break with near the frequency or perfection that Hazard Canyon does and during the summer it can lay dorment for a long time. Needs a Northwest or West with a little punch to really get it going. It is a solid wave however, with some barrels to be had, and highly guarded by the old-timers.

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By Anonymous , 05-01-2010

Death to invaders - Okay forget all the crap the mask said about being nice to cool people who show up, burn them and pit them in the rocks, wannasurf, whores out the spot I found, and it's a burger, kooks, I watched a vw get slammed into some years back by a tourist who was drunk, hope it's a wanna surfer's car next time, hold down the cave while I'm at the canyon making slaves out of kooks, the mask lives!

By Anonymous , 06-11-2009

knockyou out at? - Anybody with an email address like that needs to visit my friend Chuck L. and you aren't him, he may be a little tattered but like me can definitely jack you up and knock you out without booze bravery, just skill and timing, those who brag about fighting usually can't!

By Anonymous , 06-11-2009

Some spongers rip - but sponger shawn is a drip, some one complimented him on laying down in a two foot barrel stay the f--k gone seriously, I named it the sponge, now it's a contraceptive, and you are crammed in there, first time?

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