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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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 El Capitan

USA, California, Santa Barbara

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximate

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Latitude: 34° 27.466' N
Longitude: 120° 1.339' W

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park in campground right off Highway 101

English (Translate this text in English): park in campground right off Highway 101

English (Translate this text in English): park in campground right off Highway 101

English (Translate this text in English): park in campground right off Highway 101

DistanceTake a car

WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityWorld Class

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencyDon't know

Wave

TypePoint-break

DirectionRight

BottomBoulders

PowerHollow, Fast, Fun

Normal lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Good day lengthVery Long (300 to 500 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionWest

Good wind directionNorth, SouthEast, East, NorthEast

Swell sizeStarts working at 2m-2.5m / 6ft-8ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft

Best tide positionLow and mid tide

Best tide movement

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Week crowdCrowded

Week-end crowdUltra crowded

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Absolutely epic. One of the best point breaks in california, if not anwyhere....The problem: It needs a very good sized west swell to get around to the islands, otherwise its flat. Also when it does go off you will most likely be sharing it with you and your favorite 100 friends who have all been waiting for the handful of times a year the place will break.

English (Translate this text in English): Absolutely epic. One of the best point breaks in california, if not anwyhere....The problem: It needs a very good sized west swell to get around to the islands, otherwise its flat. Also when it does go off you will most likely be sharing it with you and your favorite 100 friends who have all been waiting for the handful of times a year the place will break.

English (Translate this text in English): Absolutely epic. One of the best point breaks in california, if not anwyhere....The problem: It needs a very good sized west swell to get around to the islands, otherwise its flat. Also when it does go off you will most likely be sharing it with you and your favorite 100 friends who have all been waiting for the handful of times a year the place will break.

English (Translate this text in English): Absolutely epic. One of the best point breaks in california, if not anwyhere....The problem: It needs a very good sized west swell to get around to the islands, otherwise its flat. Also when it does go off you will most likely be sharing it with you and your favorite 100 friends who have all been waiting for the handful of times a year the place will break.

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General

If you can get this place on a good day it is deffinately worth it.

English (Translate this text in English): If you can get this place on a good day it is deffinately worth it.

English (Translate this text in English): If you can get this place on a good day it is deffinately worth it.

English (Translate this text in English): If you can get this place on a good day it is deffinately worth it.

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El capitan
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El Capitan
Por DAKer54
29 feb 2008
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By murf da surf , 06-01-2010

Keep it Clean - I was out at El Cap with some bro's from out of town and caught it really fun head high day. A few drop in's, but they apologized. We kicked it at the bench, brought beers for some of the loc's, and then grabbed all our trash and brought it back home. Keep it clean bro's, this place is awesome.

By Anonymous , 11-03-2009

El Kelp - Man, What up wit' the kelp. Reminds me of a song, Kelp me Rhonda, Kelp Kelp me Rhonda. Anyway, stay away or I'll stare at you till you call me out. Then I'll say sorry and go to Edwards. Later Bros. P.S. Shut up.

By RedTriangleSurf , 29-07-2008

Gem - El Cap is a gem to say the least. My favorite place on earth. I surf it all the time but with the increase in people going I have started to notice a trash problem around the bench. For all you people, locals included please take your trash with you this place is to beautiful to let it be abuse I know the Chumash kept it in good shape now its our turn. Smile in the lineup.

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