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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 408surf , 16 Jul
- btw when i say this spot gets huge, im talking in the 15-25 foot range and itll go off 20 plus days a year. It also tends to close out and turn into massive ugly closeouts but in the right conditions it can be epic.
By 408surf , 16 Jul
- i may be the only person that surfs this spot exclusively when its huge. im not sure why no one knows about it, or cares about this spot but all i can say is its probably the gnarliest spot besides mavericks and ghost tree in norcal. its basically the same wave as ocean beach except you can jump off the end of the pier when its huge. on huge days (which is the only time i surf it) thers a crazy rip that drags you from the north side of the pier to the south side. its basically impossible to paddle in from the north side, you gotta time it swim under the pier and get dragged in, walk out and hop back off. its notoriously sharky and being that no one is ever out and with fisherman throwing bait in the water its uncomfortable. that being said its one of the biggest heaviest gnarliest waves ive ever surfed on mavericks type days. the best wave is the giant right that forms on N/NW swells on the northside of the pier and breaks just past the end of the pier. this wave is extremely dangerous but in my opinion its 10 times better then ocean beach. no paddle out here but be prepared to get beat up in the water, and maybe snag some of the best big waves of your life. make no mistake this is a big wave spot and it will eat you up and spit you out if you dont know what youre doing
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.
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