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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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 Sands

USA, California, Santa Barbara

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Aproximadamente

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Latitude: 34° 24.463' N
Longitude: 119° 52.844' W

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 Access

Easy access walk in from IV or park at the west campus parking lot and get a ticket (sometimes worth it).

English (Translate this text in English): Easy access walk in from IV or park at the west campus parking lot and get a ticket (sometimes worth it).

English (Translate this text in English): Easy access walk in from IV or park at the west campus parking lot and get a ticket (sometimes worth it).

English (Translate this text in English): Easy access walk in from IV or park at the west campus parking lot and get a ticket (sometimes worth it).

DistanceIn the city

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 qualityNormal

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyDon't know

Wave

TypeBeach-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy with rock

PowerHollow, Fast, Ordinary, Fun

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorthWest, West

Good wind directionSouth, SouthEast, East

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+

Best tide positionMid and high tide

Best tide movementRising tide

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Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdCrowded

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 Additional Information

basically sands usually gets the best with a windswell. This is most consistant during the spring when heavy winds blow in the channel and at evening sands will glass off, making for some fun peaks when everywhere else could be flat. Groundswell tends to closeout with size, but still can be fun. Because its wind dependant its possible to get good anytime of the year.

English (Translate this text in English): basically sands usually gets the best with a windswell. This is most consistant during the spring when heavy winds blow in the channel and at evening sands will glass off, making for some fun peaks when everywhere else could be flat. Groundswell tends to closeout with size, but still can be fun. Because its wind dependant its possible to get good anytime of the year.

English (Translate this text in English): basically sands usually gets the best with a windswell. This is most consistant during the spring when heavy winds blow in the channel and at evening sands will glass off, making for some fun peaks when everywhere else could be flat. Groundswell tends to closeout with size, but still can be fun. Because its wind dependant its possible to get good anytime of the year.

English (Translate this text in English): basically sands usually gets the best with a windswell. This is most consistant during the spring when heavy winds blow in the channel and at evening sands will glass off, making for some fun peaks when everywhere else could be flat. Groundswell tends to closeout with size, but still can be fun. Because its wind dependant its possible to get good anytime of the year.

Atmosphere

Fun mellow crowd.
There are two main peaks up near the point and out by the estuary. Although when its good you can surf up and down the beach break.

English (Translate this text in English): Fun mellow crowd.<br />There are two main peaks up near the point and out by the estuary. Although when its good you can surf up and down the beach break.

English (Translate this text in English): Fun mellow crowd.&lt;br &#47;&gt;There are two main peaks up near the point and out by the estuary. Although when its good you can surf up and down the beach break.

English (Translate this text in English): Fun mellow crowd.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;There are two main peaks up near the point and out by the estuary. Although when its good you can surf up and down the beach break.

General

can be fun when theres not much swell if you catch it right.

English (Translate this text in English): can be fun when theres not much swell if you catch it right.

English (Translate this text in English): can be fun when theres not much swell if you catch it right.

English (Translate this text in English): can be fun when theres not much swell if you catch it right.

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Sands
De necromagus
Ago 28, 2008
last of a dying swell - One more time with the new fish, trying to get some last waves out of this swell.  Decent session, almost nobody out, but not too many waves either.
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De necromagus
Jul 23, 2008
Desperate for waves - Went to Sands with Jason, caught a few waves.  Walking back we saw a beautiful set at Deveraux.  We ended up climbing down the hill to catch some waves, but when we got there, it was crap.
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Sandspit
De revlin
Jan 6, 2007
Sand Bar -
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By Anonymous , 13-10-2009

Rad guy warning - Whow dudes. I went to sands the other day. It was as flat as a lake. Istill padled out, hoping for something. Just then, a seal jumped outta the water, causing a 2-3 inch wave to come towards me. I turned my mach 10 hydro rail boogie board around and kicked my feet hard. The wave crested at about 1 inch due to refraction (and a seagull sitting in the water, blocking the wave window), Then I took off. I fell on the drop, hit the bottom, was held down for what seemed like 3 seconds, then came up. I got out of the water, went to Costco, bought a new boogie board, And thanked Old man neptune for sparing me to shred another day. Later dudes. p.s. Still want to party.

By Anonymous , 31-08-2009

sands - sands is the best surf spot in isla vista. campus is only good on a big groundswell, and if you wait around for one of those, you probably aren't going to be surfing that much. i lived in i.v. for 3 years and sands was the spot to go to 95% of the time, especially considering i didnt have a car. if you are gonna live in i.v., get to know sands, and get used to setting your alarm if you want to get good waves there. most of the time the waves aren't great but its surfable more days than any other spot around. and for a few days a year it will turn on if you get it on the right tide/wind/swell. also, definitely venture north and south to check out sb's superior surf spots, but as an everyday spot, sands is pretty good. nothing better then riding your bike out there at sunrise and finding head high waves just dumping with no one on them. it happens.

By gumbi , 03-10-2007

- hah the locals here are the kook stus who pretty much live on this beach
nobody who claims localism here is a real local, there are a handful of spots with 805 localism but if ur not a local this is a place to go

just dont snake anybody cuz thats messed up

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