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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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 3 Mile

USA, California, Santa Cruz

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Latitude: 36° 57.69' N
Longitude: 122° 7.04' W

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It's called 3 mile for a reason. Take Mission through to its connection to Highway 1 and go three miles (just past the dump). Park your car so it is visible, that way it won't get broken in to. It's a long walk down, but easy to find. You can also park at 4 mile and take the beach south.

English (Translate this text in English): It's called 3 mile for a reason. Take Mission through to its connection to Highway 1 and go three miles (just past the dump). Park your car so it is visible, that way it won't get broken in to. It's a long walk down, but easy to find. You can also park at 4 mile and take the beach south.

English (Translate this text in English): It's called 3 mile for a reason. Take Mission through to its connection to Highway 1 and go three miles (just past the dump). Park your car so it is visible, that way it won't get broken in to. It's a long walk down, but easy to find. You can also park at 4 mile and take the beach south.

English (Translate this text in English): It's called 3 mile for a reason. Take Mission through to its connection to Highway 1 and go three miles (just past the dump). Park your car so it is visible, that way it won't get broken in to. It's a long walk down, but easy to find. You can also park at 4 mile and take the beach south.

DistanceTake a car

WalkGood walk (15-30 mn)

Easy to find?OK

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyDon't know

Wave

TypeReef-rocky

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy with rock

PowerOrdinary, Ledgey

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorth, NorthWest, West, SouthWest, South

Good wind directionNorth, NorthWest

Swell sizeStarts working at and holds up to

Best tide positionLow and mid tide

Best tide movementRising tide

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Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdUltra crowded

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Dangers

- Rocks

 Additional Information

This is a quirky spot on most swells, as it shifts around a bit. I have gone out many times and got frustrated, but on the best swell (Mainly from the southwest), this can be the best spot around! Look for a low tide going high, with a long period swell (like most of the spot around here). Again, SOUTHWEST SWELL.
On the bigger days of the North/Northwest swells, this can be a fun big wave spot, as the water is really deep out there, makes for some interesting drops!

English (Translate this text in English): This is a quirky spot on most swells, as it shifts around a bit. I have gone out many times and got frustrated, but on the best swell (Mainly from the southwest), this can be the best spot around! Look for a low tide going high, with a long period swell (like most of the spot around here). Again, SOUTHWEST SWELL.<br />On the bigger days of the North/Northwest swells, this can be a fun big wave spot, as the water is really deep out there, makes for some interesting drops!

English (Translate this text in English): This is a quirky spot on most swells, as it shifts around a bit. I have gone out many times and got frustrated, but on the best swell (Mainly from the southwest), this can be the best spot around! Look for a low tide going high, with a long period swell (like most of the spot around here). Again, SOUTHWEST SWELL.&lt;br &#47;&gt;On the bigger days of the North&#47;Northwest swells, this can be a fun big wave spot, as the water is really deep out there, makes for some interesting drops!

English (Translate this text in English): This is a quirky spot on most swells, as it shifts around a bit. I have gone out many times and got frustrated, but on the best swell (Mainly from the southwest), this can be the best spot around! Look for a low tide going high, with a long period swell (like most of the spot around here). Again, SOUTHWEST SWELL.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;On the bigger days of the North&amp;#47;Northwest swells, this can be a fun big wave spot, as the water is really deep out there, makes for some interesting drops!

Atmosphere

Beautiful cliffs, clean cold water. Semi- wind protected. The setting reminds me of Western OZ!
Seems like this place would be sharky, but there has never been an attack here.

English (Translate this text in English): Beautiful cliffs, clean cold water. Semi- wind protected. The setting reminds me of Western OZ!<br />Seems like this place would be sharky, but there has never been an attack here.

English (Translate this text in English): Beautiful cliffs, clean cold water. Semi- wind protected. The setting reminds me of Western OZ!&lt;br &#47;&gt;Seems like this place would be sharky, but there has never been an attack here.

English (Translate this text in English): Beautiful cliffs, clean cold water. Semi- wind protected. The setting reminds me of Western OZ!&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Seems like this place would be sharky, but there has never been an attack here.

General

A neat place to surf, although it lacks the consistancy (and the crowds!) of 4-mile. It's not usually good, but when it is, people will be driving right past it, you and your bro's will be SCORING!

English (Translate this text in English): A neat place to surf, although it lacks the consistancy (and the crowds!) of 4-mile. It's not usually good, but when it is, people will be driving right past it, you and your bro's will be SCORING!

English (Translate this text in English): A neat place to surf, although it lacks the consistancy (and the crowds!) of 4-mile. It's not usually good, but when it is, people will be driving right past it, you and your bro's will be SCORING!

English (Translate this text in English): A neat place to surf, although it lacks the consistancy (and the crowds!) of 4-mile. It's not usually good, but when it is, people will be driving right past it, you and your bro's will be SCORING!

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By peet , 04-03-2012

Why longboards suck for shortboards - "I do agree that a bad longboarder can more dangerous than a bad shortboarder because it's harder to hang on to a longboard in larger surf and longboards can do more damage to other surfers and boards." As long as this is a topic, the problem with longboarders for everybody else -- and this doesn't apply when the longboarder is good with solid watermanship (but this includes only a fraction of longboarders) -- is positioning and creating chaotic situations. Longboards (after including a leash) take up way more space than shortboards, and sit in a different spot than shortboards, so that shortboards have to constantly account for what longboards are going to do when just paddling around, and basically any time waves come. If the longboarder sucks, constantly paddling for waves s/he can't catch, it creates a messy, stressful, and basically unsafe situation for everybody else. The point of saying this isn't to be anti-lonboarder, but to try and encourage longboarders that suck to educate themselves on watermanship. In terms of being welcome in line-ups, that's more important than what most longboarders that suck think is most important (longboarders that suck think it's wavecount). When shorboarders hate you, it's normally because your watermanship sucks. Sure, there are a few spots where you'll be hassled just for being on a longboard (by a handful of repeat "offended-ers"), but in most cases when you're bad-vibed it's because you've done something wrong, and probably dangerous. Not knowing that that's the reason is universal.

By Anonymous , 13-10-2008

why surf 3 mile? - The question is more "why not?" 1.) There's great surf in town, and it's a long way up. 2.) The wind blows this place out, since it's not protected. 3.) It's a lengthy drive and longer walk just to check. 4.) Your car could get broken into easily, and the constant glass in the drive is not the "glassy" you're looking for. 4.) Several shark sightings over the years. 5.) Even though some websites label it "all levels," it's unpredictable here and can get so crazy fast I'd advise only the experienced (it's a 99.9% shortboard spot, as far as I can tell). 5.) The water is deep, the hold downs can be long, and there's rocks everywhere. I almost drowned my first time there. 6.) If something happens, the only people around are other surfers, and they're busy surfing. If you're a beginner, and do go out, you shouldn't, but if you do go out with long-time smart surfer buddies and stick close to them. And be careful of the shorepound coming in- the few times I've been here I've watched several surfers almost eat sand on the way out or on the way in. Oh, and 7.) With all the rocks, it's a horrible place to get "caught inside." You could seriously die.

By Anonymous , 31-01-2007

The White Rules - I surfed at 3mile a fair bit back in '93-'94 and had some really good times out there with friends. Usually the waves would be fickle and often lame, but occasionally the wave there does wall up very nicely and is rippable. The handful of times I surfed there alone-- and I do mean totally alone in thick, quiet fog-- well yes, I felt the Whitey radar homing in...but waddya gonna do, stay outta the water? The Whites there have been cruising the lineup for centuries. They know the difference between sweet, choice seal and toxin-saturated Santa Cruz surfer!

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