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From S.F., Hwy 1 south, exit Paloma Street, go toward ocean, make left toward pier, there you go.
DistanceIn the city
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Alternative name Pacifica Pier
FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)
DirectionRight and left
PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest
Good wind directionSouthEast, East, NorthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 5m / 16 ft and over
Best tide positionDon't know
Best tide movementRising tide
- Rips / undertow
- Man-made danger (buoys etc..)
Plenty of parking on the south side of the pier. Sand bars are always shifting depending on the time of year. Big, mean, and powerful in the winter. Currents can be unpredictable and shifty. Good left on the north side of the pier occasionally. South side of the pier usually breaks best in front of either drainage pipes. Watch out for the metal skewers sticking out of the sand in front of the first drainage pipe from the pier.
If you live in the area, it is always worth checking. Best conditions in the fall or spring. It's always more powerful/bigger than it looks from the pedestrian walkway so know your limits. Fisherman can be jerks if your surfing next to the pier (I have had fisherman cast directly at me several times).
Rarely epic, but worth checking. Usually empty lineup so bring a buddy. Winter is for strong waterman only. In the summer you can grab some bbq from the pier cafe after your session.
By Andy Wolff , 22 Apr
Lonely - I just surfed here earlier today...if you can call it surfing. My girlfriend and I cruised down from the city since I had been reading about Sharp Park on here and thought it sounded like a nice change from OB. Well, it was just as everyone said...looked pretty fun but not a soul in the water.
After a little contemplation, we decided to get in and have a go. Well, my girlfriend wasn't abel to make it past the shore pound which was admittedly a bit tricky. When I saw that she gave up on paddling out, I realized I was in a new spot in the red triangle without another person in the water. I scratched for the sandbar out the back, caught one wave (kinda fun, about shoulder high and a little wonky) and rode it all the way in and we ended up surfing Pacfica just down the street as it was more her speed.
What's the deal with this spot? I think I'll go back with a buddy who's a bit more experienced and see what we can make of the ghost town...such an eerie feeling, I thought I was gonna get snatched up at any moment.
By eddiewent , 08-01-2010
I've never seen anyone out here - Hi there, I'm glad to find some info about this spot on this site. I've lived in SF for like 3 years now and I regularly surf Pacifica, Montara, Rockaway, etc.
Every single time I drive down highway 1 and look over to the ocean, but there is NEVER anyone out. Often times, it even looks good, if not epic, but still nobody out.
Is there anything about this spot I don't know, which would explain that nobody is ever out there? Why is it that nobody ever surfs there?
By Anonymous , 18-12-2009
solid waves - Surfed here a couple weeks ago. 8-12 foot faces offshore winds, no one out on south side of pier, or really anywhere. Very heavy, way bigger than it looked from beach. good waves on tap but be careful here.
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