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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.
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Wave qualityRegional Classic
ExperiencePros or kamikaze only...
BottomReef (coral,sharp rocks etc..) with sand
PowerFast, Powerful, Ledgey
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
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
- Rips / undertow
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.
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.
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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