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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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 Lonesomes

USA, California, San Luis Obispo

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Experienced Surfers ONLY! Lonesomes is an awesome right when it decided to work! It's a fickle big-wave break and can hold size up to about triple-o.

This wave is located on the NORTH Point of Spooners Cove and breaks towards the inside of the cove.

Drive into Montana De Oro and stop once you get the Ranger Station and main campgrounds entrance. Pull over onto the grass parking at the top of the cliff that overlooks Spooners Cove and the beach.

All the locals park at the top. DO NOT park at the beach parking lot. You will be immediately pointed out as an outsider and an idiot.

The view from the parking area is awesome. You are able to see three surf spots from here. You can view Lonesomes off the North Point, A-Frames in the middle (but way outside) of the cove, and Spooners breaking off the South Point of the Cove.

Lonesomes is the little brother of the Big Left that breaks on the SOUTH POINT of Spooners Cove.

Lonesomes is just that. It's a very long paddle and for experienced big-wave chargers only!

Park on the cliff, and get dressed up there. Walk down to the beach via staircase towards North side of Parking Area.

Paddle out in the middle of the cove and then start angling towards the North. This is the scare part. Lonesomes breaks in front of the protruding rock-reef and peels in towards the cove.

English (Translate this text in English): Experienced Surfers ONLY! Lonesomes is an awesome right when it decided to work! It's a fickle big-wave break and can hold size up to about triple-o.<br /><br />This wave is located on the NORTH Point of Spooners Cove and breaks towards the inside of the cove.<br /><br />Drive into Montana De Oro and stop once you get the Ranger Station and main campgrounds entrance. Pull over onto the grass parking at the top of the cliff that overlooks Spooners Cove and the beach.<br /><br />All the locals park at the top. DO NOT park at the beach parking lot. You will be immediately pointed out as an outsider and an idiot.<br /><br />The view from the parking area is awesome. You are able to see three surf spots from here. You can view Lonesomes off the North Point, A-Frames in the middle (but way outside) of the cove, and Spooners breaking off the South Point of the Cove.<br /><br />Lonesomes is the little brother of the Big Left that breaks on the SOUTH POINT of Spooners Cove.<br /><br />Lonesomes is just that. It's a very long paddle and for experienced big-wave chargers only!<br /><br />Park on the cliff, and get dressed up there. Walk down to the beach via staircase towards North side of Parking Area.<br /><br />Paddle out in the middle of the cove and then start angling towards the North. This is the scare part. Lonesomes breaks in front of the protruding rock-reef and peels in towards the cove.

English (Translate this text in English): Experienced Surfers ONLY! Lonesomes is an awesome right when it decided to work! It's a fickle big-wave break and can hold size up to about triple-o.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;This wave is located on the NORTH Point of Spooners Cove and breaks towards the inside of the cove.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;Drive into Montana De Oro and stop once you get the Ranger Station and main campgrounds entrance. Pull over onto the grass parking at the top of the cliff that overlooks Spooners Cove and the beach.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;All the locals park at the top. DO NOT park at the beach parking lot. You will be immediately pointed out as an outsider and an idiot.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;The view from the parking area is awesome. You are able to see three surf spots from here. You can view Lonesomes off the North Point, A-Frames in the middle (but way outside) of the cove, and Spooners breaking off the South Point of the Cove.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;Lonesomes is the little brother of the Big Left that breaks on the SOUTH POINT of Spooners Cove.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;Lonesomes is just that. It's a very long paddle and for experienced big-wave chargers only!&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;Park on the cliff, and get dressed up there. Walk down to the beach via staircase towards North side of Parking Area.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;Paddle out in the middle of the cove and then start angling towards the North. This is the scare part. Lonesomes breaks in front of the protruding rock-reef and peels in towards the cove.

English (Translate this text in English): Experienced Surfers ONLY! Lonesomes is an awesome right when it decided to work! It's a fickle big-wave break and can hold size up to about triple-o.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;This wave is located on the NORTH Point of Spooners Cove and breaks towards the inside of the cove.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Drive into Montana De Oro and stop once you get the Ranger Station and main campgrounds entrance. Pull over onto the grass parking at the top of the cliff that overlooks Spooners Cove and the beach.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;All the locals park at the top. DO NOT park at the beach parking lot. You will be immediately pointed out as an outsider and an idiot.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;The view from the parking area is awesome. You are able to see three surf spots from here. You can view Lonesomes off the North Point, A-Frames in the middle (but way outside) of the cove, and Spooners breaking off the South Point of the Cove.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Lonesomes is the little brother of the Big Left that breaks on the SOUTH POINT of Spooners Cove.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Lonesomes is just that. It's a very long paddle and for experienced big-wave chargers only!&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Park on the cliff, and get dressed up there. Walk down to the beach via staircase towards North side of Parking Area.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Paddle out in the middle of the cove and then start angling towards the North. This is the scare part. Lonesomes breaks in front of the protruding rock-reef and peels in towards the cove.

DistanceTake a car

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Public access?Public access

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 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperiencePros or kamikaze only...

FrequencySometimes break

Wave

TypeReef-rocky

DirectionRight

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

PowerFast, Powerful, Ledgey

Normal lengthShort (&lt; 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorthWest, West

Good wind directionEast, NorthEast

Swell sizeStarts working at Over 3.5m / 12ft and holds up to 5m / 16 ft and over

Best tide positionLow and mid tide

Best tide movementFalling tide

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdEmpty

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow
- Rocks
- Sharks

 Additional Information

The takeoff zone is in front of where the dunes end into the cove and way outside. You do not want to get caught inside here! Myself included, many have broken boards here, and had to scamper up the dry reef.

Like all waves inside of Montana De Oro, it is ALWAYS BIGGER THAN IT LOOKS! And just like all the other waves it also requires a bigger board than you think to get into the wave. Something like a 9'0' is comfortable but many go bigger.

Takeoff is the most critical here. It rarely closes out, but the peak can shift further out during the bigger sets so stay towards the open cove more to stay on the safer side.

You'll never see more than 6 guys out here. Two reasons, one - it hardly ever breaks year round, and two - when it is breaking clean enough to surf, all the other big-wave spots are going off as well.

It is mostly a big drop with a short shoulder ride, but you can 'challenge' your wave selection ability and ride much further in if you can make the small flat section where the wave begins to back off.

Be warned though, riding in much futher and not paying close attention, you will quickly find yourself in a small racy barrel with reef going dry below your huge 9' gun. Try manuevering and your liable to kick out into a rock.

On lower tide, it breaks much further from the cliffs which is comfortable. During high tide, the takeoff zone is too close to the cliffs for most people's comfort level and it becomes unsurfable.

English (Translate this text in English): The takeoff zone is in front of where the dunes end into the cove and way outside. You do not want to get caught inside here! Myself included, many have broken boards here, and had to scamper up the dry reef.<br /><br />Like all waves inside of Montana De Oro, it is ALWAYS BIGGER THAN IT LOOKS! And just like all the other waves it also requires a bigger board than you think to get into the wave. Something like a 9'0' is comfortable but many go bigger.<br /><br />Takeoff is the most critical here. It rarely closes out, but the peak can shift further out during the bigger sets so stay towards the open cove more to stay on the safer side.<br /><br />You'll never see more than 6 guys out here. Two reasons, one - it hardly ever breaks year round, and two - when it is breaking clean enough to surf, all the other big-wave spots are going off as well.<br /><br />It is mostly a big drop with a short shoulder ride, but you can 'challenge' your wave selection ability and ride much further in if you can make the small flat section where the wave begins to back off.<br /><br />Be warned though, riding in much futher and not paying close attention, you will quickly find yourself in a small racy barrel with reef going dry below your huge 9' gun. Try manuevering and your liable to kick out into a rock.<br /><br />On lower tide, it breaks much further from the cliffs which is comfortable. During high tide, the takeoff zone is too close to the cliffs for most people's comfort level and it becomes unsurfable.

English (Translate this text in English): The takeoff zone is in front of where the dunes end into the cove and way outside. You do not want to get caught inside here! Myself included, many have broken boards here, and had to scamper up the dry reef.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;Like all waves inside of Montana De Oro, it is ALWAYS BIGGER THAN IT LOOKS! And just like all the other waves it also requires a bigger board than you think to get into the wave. Something like a 9'0' is comfortable but many go bigger.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;Takeoff is the most critical here. It rarely closes out, but the peak can shift further out during the bigger sets so stay towards the open cove more to stay on the safer side.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;You'll never see more than 6 guys out here. Two reasons, one - it hardly ever breaks year round, and two - when it is breaking clean enough to surf, all the other big-wave spots are going off as well.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;It is mostly a big drop with a short shoulder ride, but you can 'challenge' your wave selection ability and ride much further in if you can make the small flat section where the wave begins to back off.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;Be warned though, riding in much futher and not paying close attention, you will quickly find yourself in a small racy barrel with reef going dry below your huge 9' gun. Try manuevering and your liable to kick out into a rock.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;On lower tide, it breaks much further from the cliffs which is comfortable. During high tide, the takeoff zone is too close to the cliffs for most people's comfort level and it becomes unsurfable.

English (Translate this text in English): The takeoff zone is in front of where the dunes end into the cove and way outside. You do not want to get caught inside here! Myself included, many have broken boards here, and had to scamper up the dry reef.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Like all waves inside of Montana De Oro, it is ALWAYS BIGGER THAN IT LOOKS! And just like all the other waves it also requires a bigger board than you think to get into the wave. Something like a 9'0' is comfortable but many go bigger.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Takeoff is the most critical here. It rarely closes out, but the peak can shift further out during the bigger sets so stay towards the open cove more to stay on the safer side.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;You'll never see more than 6 guys out here. Two reasons, one - it hardly ever breaks year round, and two - when it is breaking clean enough to surf, all the other big-wave spots are going off as well.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;It is mostly a big drop with a short shoulder ride, but you can 'challenge' your wave selection ability and ride much further in if you can make the small flat section where the wave begins to back off.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Be warned though, riding in much futher and not paying close attention, you will quickly find yourself in a small racy barrel with reef going dry below your huge 9' gun. Try manuevering and your liable to kick out into a rock.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;On lower tide, it breaks much further from the cliffs which is comfortable. During high tide, the takeoff zone is too close to the cliffs for most people's comfort level and it becomes unsurfable.

Atmosphere

If you know what your doing out there it shows, and the locals realize this. You'll be chased out in no-time if your kooking it or they think you might die out there for your lack of ability to surf the heavy wave.

It takes a big swell to get it going and the right winds! Most locals watch the cove for an hour before making the decision to paddle out. So don't jump the gun and paddle out first just because nobody else is out. There is usually a reason!

Be patient! It's a fickle spot and sometimes the sets are very long in between and just like all heavy big-wave spots, wave choice is critical.

If you feel that you need a much more close look, bring your binoculars or walk the trail that goes along the top of the dunes on the North Side of the Cove. You can walk all the way out to the top of the dunes and watch Lonesomes break straight away.

English (Translate this text in English): If you know what your doing out there it shows, and the locals realize this. You'll be chased out in no-time if your kooking it or they think you might die out there for your lack of ability to surf the heavy wave.<br /><br />It takes a big swell to get it going and the right winds! Most locals watch the cove for an hour before making the decision to paddle out. So don't jump the gun and paddle out first just because nobody else is out. There is usually a reason!<br /><br />Be patient! It's a fickle spot and sometimes the sets are very long in between and just like all heavy big-wave spots, wave choice is critical.<br /><br />If you feel that you need a much more close look, bring your binoculars or walk the trail that goes along the top of the dunes on the North Side of the Cove. You can walk all the way out to the top of the dunes and watch Lonesomes break straight away.

English (Translate this text in English): If you know what your doing out there it shows, and the locals realize this. You'll be chased out in no-time if your kooking it or they think you might die out there for your lack of ability to surf the heavy wave.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;It takes a big swell to get it going and the right winds! Most locals watch the cove for an hour before making the decision to paddle out. So don't jump the gun and paddle out first just because nobody else is out. There is usually a reason!&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;Be patient! It's a fickle spot and sometimes the sets are very long in between and just like all heavy big-wave spots, wave choice is critical.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;If you feel that you need a much more close look, bring your binoculars or walk the trail that goes along the top of the dunes on the North Side of the Cove. You can walk all the way out to the top of the dunes and watch Lonesomes break straight away.

English (Translate this text in English): If you know what your doing out there it shows, and the locals realize this. You'll be chased out in no-time if your kooking it or they think you might die out there for your lack of ability to surf the heavy wave.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;It takes a big swell to get it going and the right winds! Most locals watch the cove for an hour before making the decision to paddle out. So don't jump the gun and paddle out first just because nobody else is out. There is usually a reason!&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Be patient! It's a fickle spot and sometimes the sets are very long in between and just like all heavy big-wave spots, wave choice is critical.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;If you feel that you need a much more close look, bring your binoculars or walk the trail that goes along the top of the dunes on the North Side of the Cove. You can walk all the way out to the top of the dunes and watch Lonesomes break straight away.

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By Anonymous , 01-09-2010

- Pretty fun. Only surfed it 6-8 foot. When it's like that watch out you don't get washed into the rock in the middle of the cove that everyone climbs on: there are some caves that if you get washed into you won't make it out alive.

Just a novelty spot, and very dangerous to boot. Hardly ever breaks and really sharky. I love it!

By IRIPBIGONES@IRIP.SUK , 19-06-2007

soooo gooood bro.... - Perfect for a longboard. Hot chicks on the beach. Great vibes all around. Tell all your friends.

By i rode to texas , 15-12-2005

just visiting - i'm from orange county, it's nice to hear of a spot called lonesomes. down here we have someloans. interesting, yes?

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