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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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 Sunset Palisades

USA, California, San Luis Obispo

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Exit off 101 onto spyglass drive. Turn onto Shell Beach Road and turn left on Sunset Palisades Dr. Park in the Cliffs Resort on walk down the path from there.

English (Translate this text in English): Exit off 101 onto spyglass drive. Turn onto Shell Beach Road and turn left on Sunset Palisades Dr. Park in the Cliffs Resort on walk down the path from there.

English (Translate this text in English): Exit off 101 onto spyglass drive. Turn onto Shell Beach Road and turn left on Sunset Palisades Dr. Park in the Cliffs Resort on walk down the path from there.

English (Translate this text in English): Exit off 101 onto spyglass drive. Turn onto Shell Beach Road and turn left on Sunset Palisades Dr. Park in the Cliffs Resort on walk down the path from there.

DistanceIn the city

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?

Special accessPaddle > 20mn or Boat

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencyRegular

Wave

TypeReef-rocky

DirectionRight and left

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

PowerHollow, Fun

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorth, NorthWest, SouthWest, South

Good wind directionEast, NorthEast

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft

Best tide positionMid and high tide

Best tide movementFalling tide

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Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdCrowded

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Dangers

- Urchins
- Rocks
- Localism

 Additional Information

Is a fun longboard wave on the S swells but powerful and hollow on the northwesters. beach disappears on very high tides.

English (Translate this text in English): Is a fun longboard wave on the S swells but powerful and hollow on the northwesters. beach disappears on very high tides.

English (Translate this text in English): Is a fun longboard wave on the S swells but powerful and hollow on the northwesters. beach disappears on very high tides.

English (Translate this text in English): Is a fun longboard wave on the S swells but powerful and hollow on the northwesters. beach disappears on very high tides.

Atmosphere

General

It's a fun beach on nice days. lots of college kids come to hang on the beach/surf. Everyone is welcome here, no localism like sewers a few blocks south.

English (Translate this text in English): It's a fun beach on nice days. lots of college kids come to hang on the beach/surf. Everyone is welcome here, no localism like sewers a few blocks south.

English (Translate this text in English): It's a fun beach on nice days. lots of college kids come to hang on the beach/surf. Everyone is welcome here, no localism like sewers a few blocks south.

English (Translate this text in English): It's a fun beach on nice days. lots of college kids come to hang on the beach/surf. Everyone is welcome here, no localism like sewers a few blocks south.

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Sunset palisades
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By Anonymous , 31-12-2008

- Used to surf this place with sneaky Pete. Sneaky where are you? Watch out for Lompoc Larry. When he's not at pissers he's surfing here and claiming hard. October '98 only time this place ever broke decent.

By Anonymous , 19-11-2008

That takes me back - Used to surf here all the time while in college. I'm glad to be back at my home breaks, they may be crowded but sure beat the hell out of the sh1t on the central coast

By Anonymous , 30-07-2008

DKness - If you are a bodyboarder, surf this place. Especially when the left goes off close to the Cliff's stairs. A lot of "surfers" that come here totally suck and are some of the worst I have ever seen in my life. Total barneys that think it's trendy to bash on bodyboarders because all of their kook buds are as well. Lots of chicks here too who are usually a surfer's chic that you can swoop on while he's crying in the sand because he sucks at surfing. Yo!

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