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Latitude: 37° 6.868' N
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Look for sign 'Ano Neuvo' off of highway 1 about 20 miles north of Santa Cruz. Pull into lot to check it out.
DistanceTake a car
WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthShort (< 50m)
Good swell directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest, South
Good wind directionNorth, NorthWest, SouthEast, East, NorthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at and holds up to
Best tide positionMid and high tide
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
Week crowdFew surfers
Ano Nuevo is a very emotional spot and is hard to catch it good... but when it's firing- it's a great bowl! Ano Nuevo is an elephant seal breeding ground and also a favourite place for great white sharks to get their meals! You might notice seals washing up on the beach with fresh chunks bitten out of them. Still, if you surf inside the cove where the wave wedges up you shouldn't worry... only if you venture out to some of the outside reefs (which go off) should you make your last will and testament.
What makes this spot magic is that it is protected from N and NW winds, and will be either totally glassy or offshore on most breezy spring and summer days. While some of the locals who surf here are friendly- once in awhile you get some nervy Santa Cruz dickheads out there. But hey- it's a compacted take-off spot, so I guess if they were out first- you can understand. Place is beautiful, but closes out often. Don't surf here unless you are an experienced rider! Keep a low profile and don't drop in on anyone!
Spot is either not happening, just OK, or firing!
By Anonymous , 24-02-2010
ano bombs - i always go out to ano, th ebest spot in northern cal. i from san mateo county and i hate to see all the kooks from santa cruz thinking they own it. anyways. is good, powerful, sometimes on a good sell it feels like a skate park, full of ramps, and of course always cold..
By Anonymous , 31-08-2009
fire - I surfed this place alone summer 2009 and it was cracking. Head plus and the rights were just firing down the line. Definitely a lot of wildlife in the water and cold as balls but worth it for the waves. After about an hour a couple more people came out but they were cool. Just don't be a muppet out there. And I am definitely not a local...I live in South Carolina.....Just like the town spots, dont drop in, dont get in the way, have respect, wait your turn and know how to surf and nobody bothers you. Anyway, this probably the best wave I surfed in the 35 days I spent cruisin the cali coast....having said that, dont surf it if you are not a very confident and good surfer cause the wave has some onions. Finally, this is a pristine local so dont leave trash, graffiti..etc.
By Anonymous , 02-06-2009
fun wave - One of the better spots I've surfed in my life. People seem to think they own it, but, they are all just a bunch of wusses when it comes down to it. Guys should just just get a life.
Coldest water year round, and you gotta check it daily to get it any good. Very fickle. One main take off, once in a while the south peak works, but its gotta be big and crossed up.
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