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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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 Rockaway Beach

USA, California, San Mateo

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximatif

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Latitude: 37° 36.587' N
Longitude: 122° 29.843' W

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Off of Highway 1 but not at the Taco Bell, it is next cove to the north. Should be marked with a sign. End of Rockaway beach avenue.

English (Translate this text in English): Off of Highway 1 but not at the Taco Bell, it is next cove to the north. Should be marked with a sign. End of Rockaway beach avenue.

English (Translate this text in English): Off of Highway 1 but not at the Taco Bell, it is next cove to the north. Should be marked with a sign. End of Rockaway beach avenue.

English (Translate this text in English): Off of Highway 1 but not at the Taco Bell, it is next cove to the north. Should be marked with a sign. End of Rockaway beach avenue.

DistanceTake a car

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencyRegular

Wave

TypeReef-rocky

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy with rock

PowerHollow, Powerful, Ledgey

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionDon't know

Good wind directionDon't know

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+

Best tide positionLow and mid tide

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdCrowded

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow
- Rocks
- Pollution
- Sharks

 Additional Information

Rockaway is a sick reef break. North end of beach off headland. 4ft and up. Best wave around when on.Parking free. No facilities.

Sharky, Cold, Currenty, and HEAVY. There are some ripping locals and some of them can get nasty... just be respectfull and know your limits.
Experienced surfers only, please.

There are really three waves, a left at the south end, a peak in the middle and a right at the north corner. Wave holds size and is juicey. Needs conditions to come together. Lots of power and thick lips. Not for beginners when cranking. the rockaway right at the north end gets good twice, maybe three times a year. Also the wave at the south end of the beach is a right that breaks into a deep channel, which is definitely much more consistent than the north end. The left that this poster talked about was probably the left that breaks off the rocks that the guy is surfing in the picture, and it never gets very good.

English (Translate this text in English): Rockaway is a sick reef break. North end of beach off headland. 4ft and up. Best wave around when on.Parking free. No facilities.<br /><br />Sharky, Cold, Currenty, and HEAVY. There are some ripping locals and some of them can get nasty... just be respectfull and know your limits.<br />Experienced surfers only, please.<br /><br />There are really three waves, a left at the south end, a peak in the middle and a right at the north corner. Wave holds size and is juicey. Needs conditions to come together. Lots of power and thick lips. Not for beginners when cranking. the rockaway right at the north end gets good twice, maybe three times a year. Also the wave at the south end of the beach is a right that breaks into a deep channel, which is definitely much more consistent than the north end. The left that this poster talked about was probably the left that breaks off the rocks that the guy is surfing in the picture, and it never gets very good.

English (Translate this text in English): Rockaway is a sick reef break. North end of beach off headland. 4ft and up. Best wave around when on.Parking free. No facilities.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;Sharky, Cold, Currenty, and HEAVY. There are some ripping locals and some of them can get nasty... just be respectfull and know your limits.&lt;br &#47;&gt;Experienced surfers only, please.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;There are really three waves, a left at the south end, a peak in the middle and a right at the north corner. Wave holds size and is juicey. Needs conditions to come together. Lots of power and thick lips. Not for beginners when cranking. the rockaway right at the north end gets good twice, maybe three times a year. Also the wave at the south end of the beach is a right that breaks into a deep channel, which is definitely much more consistent than the north end. The left that this poster talked about was probably the left that breaks off the rocks that the guy is surfing in the picture, and it never gets very good.

English (Translate this text in English): Rockaway is a sick reef break. North end of beach off headland. 4ft and up. Best wave around when on.Parking free. No facilities.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Sharky, Cold, Currenty, and HEAVY. There are some ripping locals and some of them can get nasty... just be respectfull and know your limits.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Experienced surfers only, please.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;There are really three waves, a left at the south end, a peak in the middle and a right at the north corner. Wave holds size and is juicey. Needs conditions to come together. Lots of power and thick lips. Not for beginners when cranking. the rockaway right at the north end gets good twice, maybe three times a year. Also the wave at the south end of the beach is a right that breaks into a deep channel, which is definitely much more consistent than the north end. The left that this poster talked about was probably the left that breaks off the rocks that the guy is surfing in the picture, and it never gets very good.

Atmosphere

Rockaway can get big, very big. Paddling channel is to the SOUTH of the beach, the rip allows easy access to some very big, thick, and grinding waves on big days. DO NOT ATTEMPT to surf this place on a big day unless you KNOW what you're doing. I've seen too many bodies dragged out of the water here for my liking. Even if the waves are medium sized (8 feet +) you will get crushed out there. It is a small cove with ALOT of water rushing in, it needs somewhere to go- you WILL get caught in currents, be in shape. Us locals don't like risking ourselves to help you. Can't handle? Drive south a mile to Linda-Mar.

English (Translate this text in English): Rockaway can get big, very big. Paddling channel is to the SOUTH of the beach, the rip allows easy access to some very big, thick, and grinding waves on big days. DO NOT ATTEMPT to surf this place on a big day unless you KNOW what you're doing. I've seen too many bodies dragged out of the water here for my liking. Even if the waves are medium sized (8 feet +) you will get crushed out there. It is a small cove with ALOT of water rushing in, it needs somewhere to go- you WILL get caught in currents, be in shape. Us locals don't like risking ourselves to help you. Can't handle? Drive south a mile to Linda-Mar.

English (Translate this text in English): Rockaway can get big, very big. Paddling channel is to the SOUTH of the beach, the rip allows easy access to some very big, thick, and grinding waves on big days. DO NOT ATTEMPT to surf this place on a big day unless you KNOW what you're doing. I've seen too many bodies dragged out of the water here for my liking. Even if the waves are medium sized (8 feet +) you will get crushed out there. It is a small cove with ALOT of water rushing in, it needs somewhere to go- you WILL get caught in currents, be in shape. Us locals don't like risking ourselves to help you. Can't handle? Drive south a mile to Linda-Mar.

English (Translate this text in English): Rockaway can get big, very big. Paddling channel is to the SOUTH of the beach, the rip allows easy access to some very big, thick, and grinding waves on big days. DO NOT ATTEMPT to surf this place on a big day unless you KNOW what you're doing. I've seen too many bodies dragged out of the water here for my liking. Even if the waves are medium sized (8 feet +) you will get crushed out there. It is a small cove with ALOT of water rushing in, it needs somewhere to go- you WILL get caught in currents, be in shape. Us locals don't like risking ourselves to help you. Can't handle? Drive south a mile to Linda-Mar.

General

A hit or miss spot. Excellent when on with thick hooking lines. Often a swirling mess of currents and water.

It's never sunny and it's always cold so don't let the picture fool you. Try the Mexican resturant on the main Ave. Great food.

English (Translate this text in English): A hit or miss spot. Excellent when on with thick hooking lines. Often a swirling mess of currents and water.<br /><br />It's never sunny and it's always cold so don't let the picture fool you. Try the Mexican resturant on the main Ave. Great food.

English (Translate this text in English): A hit or miss spot. Excellent when on with thick hooking lines. Often a swirling mess of currents and water.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;It's never sunny and it's always cold so don't let the picture fool you. Try the Mexican resturant on the main Ave. Great food.

English (Translate this text in English): A hit or miss spot. Excellent when on with thick hooking lines. Often a swirling mess of currents and water.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;It's never sunny and it's always cold so don't let the picture fool you. Try the Mexican resturant on the main Ave. Great food.

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Rockaway Beach
De olasmaster
11 mars 2008
NOT QUITE - STARTED OFF SMALL AND BLOWN OUT...7A CLEANED UP BY 8A ...STILL SMALL...NOT QUITE LIKE YESTERDAY? NEW SWELL HIT AT 9A...BIG AND GNARLY... ALMOST GOT TAKEN OUT BY SOME IDIOT WHO DITCHED HIS BOARD WITHOUT LOOKING ON A CLOSEOUT SET!
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Rockaway Beach
De olasmaster
10 mars 2008
GOOD CLEAN FUN - NICE LITTLE SAND BAR...LITTLE SLOW IN THE MIDDLE....SPEEDS UP ON THE INSIDE... MAIN BOWL PEAK IS WAY OVER RIGHT NOW.... NOT VERY BIG....ONLY 3-4 GUYS OUT... ONLY PLACE I'VE EVER SEEN WHITEY!!!  2 YEARS AGO ON A - TIDE WHI
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Rockaway Beach
De jamesbratt
12 juin 2007
paddle - It was a paddle more than a surf. I didn't think i could get back on shore.
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By Anonymous , 15-09-2009

- Well the regulars sure charge deep into broad closeouts that seem unmakeable when your out there. they can have em' just wait for the inside wedges and be ready to duck dive often with mouth closed. there's some real peices of "crap" out there and it aint the locals. pardon my gramer.

By Anonymous , 02-11-2007

angry primates - this spot is angry old guy central full of dickhead 40 something mad that they never made it on the world tour. These guys treat rockaway as if it were a contest everytime they paddle out. They will threaten and curse teenage kids 1/3 their age.....real good bros indeed.

By Murf da Surf, So Cali , 28-03-2007

Finally, it does get good - I have been a So Cal surfer for 25 years and have had friends live up north. They would tell me about Rockaways. Sometimes walled sometimes good. But I have never ever seen a good wave there. Well thanks to our Irish budy, I finally got a glimps of what can happen. The pics clearly show a pretty decent wave, with a nice ledge. I especially like the last pics when the sun finally starts to shine. Thanks again to our Irish bro for the fine pics.

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