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It's Easy! Drive the 101 north past Santa Barbara, take PCH afer Gaviota, and enter the gate at Hollister Ranch. Drive up to the beach and go surfing.
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Wave qualityWorld Class
BottomSandy with rock
PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthVery Long (300 to 500 m)
Good swell directionNorth, NorthWest, West
Good wind directionSouthEast, East, NorthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at and holds up to
Best tide positionLow and mid tide
Best tide movementRising tide
Just tell the security guard to let you in because you're a surfer. It's a secret code.
(SEE ABOVE... check out the swell.com forum for more rantings about access to 'The Ranch')
Best uncrowede wave in Southern Cal.
By Sean from Goleta , 03-03-2007
Auggies: the truth - auggies = soggies. i grew up sponging here then switched to surfing, we learned at auggies. the wave is garbage 9 time out of 10. It will normally break real quick then back off in a deepwater channel leaving u confused. but if u wanna surf auggies good luck, more power to u.
By Anonymous , 10-02-2007
gets heavy - auggies at DOH sets up a heavy bowl and makes for a screaming takeoff. Rewarding if you make it, but the urchin-covered reef will let you know if you blow it.
By jaime , 27-02-2006
pic inaccurate - the pic is actually of Big Drakes.Augies is further up,a couple rt. reefs next to small headland,not a real pt.I'm a rancher.Augies is a good option for boaters,its a decent wave and usually no one on it.
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