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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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 Pigeon Point

USA, California, San Mateo

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This spot is located just N around the point from Ano Nuevo (Santa Cruz county's last spot) and is officially in San Mateo County. Look for big lighthouse- you can't miss it. The most 'alluring' waves break on the south side of the lighthouse in the cove. There are a series of funky reefs that I only call 'alluring' because they are almost always offshore. Sometimes the right-hander towards the rock stacks on the north side of the bay can be good on a big south swell and higher tide. Other reefs in the middle of the bay- while rideable- are pretty much junk surf. Once in a blue moon you'll find a decent wave here. There's a beachbreak on the north side of the lighthouse that can be fun on south swells... but this whole area is shark territory and I don't recommend it!

English (Translate this text in English): This spot is located just N around the point from Ano Nuevo (Santa Cruz county's last spot) and is officially in San Mateo County. Look for big lighthouse- you can't miss it. The most 'alluring' waves break on the south side of the lighthouse in the cove. There are a series of funky reefs that I only call 'alluring' because they are almost always offshore. Sometimes the right-hander towards the rock stacks on the north side of the bay can be good on a big south swell and higher tide. Other reefs in the middle of the bay- while rideable- are pretty much junk surf. Once in a blue moon you'll find a decent wave here. There's a beachbreak on the north side of the lighthouse that can be fun on south swells... but this whole area is shark territory and I don't recommend it!

English (Translate this text in English): This spot is located just N around the point from Ano Nuevo (Santa Cruz county's last spot) and is officially in San Mateo County. Look for big lighthouse- you can't miss it. The most 'alluring' waves break on the south side of the lighthouse in the cove. There are a series of funky reefs that I only call 'alluring' because they are almost always offshore. Sometimes the right-hander towards the rock stacks on the north side of the bay can be good on a big south swell and higher tide. Other reefs in the middle of the bay- while rideable- are pretty much junk surf. Once in a blue moon you'll find a decent wave here. There's a beachbreak on the north side of the lighthouse that can be fun on south swells... but this whole area is shark territory and I don't recommend it!

English (Translate this text in English): This spot is located just N around the point from Ano Nuevo (Santa Cruz county's last spot) and is officially in San Mateo County. Look for big lighthouse- you can't miss it. The most 'alluring' waves break on the south side of the lighthouse in the cove. There are a series of funky reefs that I only call 'alluring' because they are almost always offshore. Sometimes the right-hander towards the rock stacks on the north side of the bay can be good on a big south swell and higher tide. Other reefs in the middle of the bay- while rideable- are pretty much junk surf. Once in a blue moon you'll find a decent wave here. There's a beachbreak on the north side of the lighthouse that can be fun on south swells... but this whole area is shark territory and I don't recommend it!

DistanceDay trip

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

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Public access?Public access

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 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualitySloppy

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencyRegular

Wave

TypeReef-rocky

DirectionRight and left

BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)

PowerOrdinary, Ledgey

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionWest, SouthWest, South

Good wind directionNorth, NorthWest, NorthEast

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.5m-2m /5ft-6ft and holds up to 5m / 16 ft and over

Best tide position

Best tide movement

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Dangers

- Rocks
- Sharks

 Additional Information

Before you surf here, write and sign you will. This is great white territory and an abalone diver was killed and eaten by a huge shark here in the late 1980's. The surf usually is never worth the risk- but once in a 'blue moon' might be! (Night surfing, anyone?) There is a Youth Hostel at the lighthouse on the point for cheap and very scenic overnight lodging! Would be a good place to write the script of Jaws 7 from! But you'll have a hard time finding any 'extras' to cast as victims! You will NEVER see anyone surfing out here- and for good reason. Yet- people surf at Gazo's Creek just a mile to the south, so it might not be as spooky as it seems. But do you want to find out?

English (Translate this text in English): Before you surf here, write and sign you will. This is great white territory and an abalone diver was killed and eaten by a huge shark here in the late 1980's. The surf usually is never worth the risk- but once in a 'blue moon' might be! (Night surfing, anyone?) There is a Youth Hostel at the lighthouse on the point for cheap and very scenic overnight lodging! Would be a good place to write the script of Jaws 7 from! But you'll have a hard time finding any 'extras' to cast as victims! You will NEVER see anyone surfing out here- and for good reason. Yet- people surf at Gazo's Creek just a mile to the south, so it might not be as spooky as it seems. But do you want to find out?

English (Translate this text in English): Before you surf here, write and sign you will. This is great white territory and an abalone diver was killed and eaten by a huge shark here in the late 1980's. The surf usually is never worth the risk- but once in a 'blue moon' might be! (Night surfing, anyone?) There is a Youth Hostel at the lighthouse on the point for cheap and very scenic overnight lodging! Would be a good place to write the script of Jaws 7 from! But you'll have a hard time finding any 'extras' to cast as victims! You will NEVER see anyone surfing out here- and for good reason. Yet- people surf at Gazo's Creek just a mile to the south, so it might not be as spooky as it seems. But do you want to find out?

English (Translate this text in English): Before you surf here, write and sign you will. This is great white territory and an abalone diver was killed and eaten by a huge shark here in the late 1980's. The surf usually is never worth the risk- but once in a 'blue moon' might be! (Night surfing, anyone?) There is a Youth Hostel at the lighthouse on the point for cheap and very scenic overnight lodging! Would be a good place to write the script of Jaws 7 from! But you'll have a hard time finding any 'extras' to cast as victims! You will NEVER see anyone surfing out here- and for good reason. Yet- people surf at Gazo's Creek just a mile to the south, so it might not be as spooky as it seems. But do you want to find out?

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Spot is pretty to watch- worth pulling over for if it catches your eye. Surfing here? Maybe with a large group (to increase YOUR odds of getting chowed!). Otherwise, no thanks!

English (Translate this text in English): Spot is pretty to watch- worth pulling over for if it catches your eye. Surfing here? Maybe with a large group (to increase YOUR odds of getting chowed!). Otherwise, no thanks!

English (Translate this text in English): Spot is pretty to watch- worth pulling over for if it catches your eye. Surfing here? Maybe with a large group (to increase YOUR odds of getting chowed!). Otherwise, no thanks!

English (Translate this text in English): Spot is pretty to watch- worth pulling over for if it catches your eye. Surfing here? Maybe with a large group (to increase YOUR odds of getting chowed!). Otherwise, no thanks!

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By eirk , 20-07-2007

its sick - right by pigeon point there is an island with a sick point break i saw for au nuevo point but with the huge seal population theres bound to be alot of sharjs

By anonymous , 20-01-2007

quit whining - sharks are the only thing everyone always whines about.ive been attacked twice.once at ano and once in south africa.being attacked isnt even that bad.surfing a perfect peek for hours is worth the bite of a shark.so dont let this place scare you.im going down there next weekend.SHARKS DONT PHASE ME!

By anonymous , 08-03-2005

Hell I've seen this place break... - But, it's also about the sharkiest spot I've ever seen. Go for it and watch for fish with BIG teeth.

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