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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaya surfboard in Macaroni, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Capitola jetty

USA, California, Santa Cruz

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximate

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Latitude: 36° 58.27' N
Longitude: 121° 56.862' W

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 Access

When Parking is challenging follow public parking signs up the hill to the remote public lot. Or feel like getting ripped off and pay 10 bucks to park at the Theater. If you are lucky and get a good parking meter bring lots of change. 2 hour meters near the beach.

RAINY AND FOGGY DAYS ARE A MUST WHEN TRYING TO FIND PARKING.

English (Translate this text in English): When Parking is challenging follow public parking signs up the hill to the remote public lot. Or feel like getting ripped off and pay 10 bucks to park at the Theater. If you are lucky and get a good parking meter bring lots of change. 2 hour meters near the beach.

RAINY AND FOGGY DAYS ARE A MUST WHEN TRYING TO FIND PARKING.

English (Translate this text in English): When Parking is challenging follow public parking signs up the hill to the remote public lot. Or feel like getting ripped off and pay 10 bucks to park at the Theater. If you are lucky and get a good parking meter bring lots of change. 2 hour meters near the beach.

RAINY AND FOGGY DAYS ARE A MUST WHEN TRYING TO FIND PARKING.

English (Translate this text in English): When Parking is challenging follow public parking signs up the hill to the remote public lot. Or feel like getting ripped off and pay 10 bucks to park at the Theater. If you are lucky and get a good parking meter bring lots of change. 2 hour meters near the beach.

RAINY AND FOGGY DAYS ARE A MUST WHEN TRYING TO FIND PARKING.

DistanceIn the city

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyRegular

Wave

TypeReef-rocky

DirectionRight and left

BottomFlat rocks with sand

PowerFun

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthVery Long (300 to 500 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionWest, SouthWest, South

Good wind directionNorth, NorthWest

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

Best tide positionMid tide

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

More details

Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdCrowded

Webcam urlhttp://www.surfline.com/s... 

Dangers

- Rips / undertow
- Rocks
- Pollution

 Additional Information

Two main spots: 1st Jetty and 2nd Jetty/Main Peak. 1st jetty is good for nice clean hollow barrels but only breaks on 4-5 and bigger swells. Lots of spongers out at 1st jetty. The 2nd peak is the main peak which breaks right and left. The right is usually longer but is more crowed. Spot is good for beginners which makes it sketchy because there is boards flying everywhere on the weekends. The left is a little more steep and meets up with 1st jetty's wave which is a good spot to pull an air. The parking sucks here so go park a 1/4 mile away next to the train tracks.

English (Translate this text in English): Two main spots: 1st Jetty and 2nd Jetty/Main Peak. 1st jetty is good for nice clean hollow barrels but only breaks on 4-5 and bigger swells. Lots of spongers out at 1st jetty. The 2nd peak is the main peak which breaks right and left. The right is usually longer but is more crowed. Spot is good for beginners which makes it sketchy because there is boards flying everywhere on the weekends. The left is a little more steep and meets up with 1st jetty's wave which is a good spot to pull an air. The parking sucks here so go park a 1/4 mile away next to the train tracks.

English (Translate this text in English): Two main spots: 1st Jetty and 2nd Jetty/Main Peak. 1st jetty is good for nice clean hollow barrels but only breaks on 4-5 and bigger swells. Lots of spongers out at 1st jetty. The 2nd peak is the main peak which breaks right and left. The right is usually longer but is more crowed. Spot is good for beginners which makes it sketchy because there is boards flying everywhere on the weekends. The left is a little more steep and meets up with 1st jetty's wave which is a good spot to pull an air. The parking sucks here so go park a 1/4 mile away next to the train tracks.

English (Translate this text in English): Two main spots: 1st Jetty and 2nd Jetty/Main Peak. 1st jetty is good for nice clean hollow barrels but only breaks on 4-5 and bigger swells. Lots of spongers out at 1st jetty. The 2nd peak is the main peak which breaks right and left. The right is usually longer but is more crowed. Spot is good for beginners which makes it sketchy because there is boards flying everywhere on the weekends. The left is a little more steep and meets up with 1st jetty's wave which is a good spot to pull an air. The parking sucks here so go park a 1/4 mile away next to the train tracks.

Atmosphere

Overall it's a good spot. The winds are almost always offshore and there is a positive vibe to the place.

English (Translate this text in English): Overall it's a good spot. The winds are almost always offshore and there is a positive vibe to the place.

English (Translate this text in English): Overall it's a good spot. The winds are almost always offshore and there is a positive vibe to the place.

English (Translate this text in English): Overall it's a good spot. The winds are almost always offshore and there is a positive vibe to the place.

General

It can be fun when medium size but horrible when small. Great longboard spot... just don't tell your friends - it's local. Local Family Spot.

English (Translate this text in English): It can be fun when medium size but horrible when small. Great longboard spot... just don't tell your friends - it's local. Local Family Spot.

English (Translate this text in English): It can be fun when medium size but horrible when small. Great longboard spot... just don't tell your friends - it's local. Local Family Spot.

English (Translate this text in English): It can be fun when medium size but horrible when small. Great longboard spot... just don't tell your friends - it's local. Local Family Spot.

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Capitola jetty
United States of America

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United States of America

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By madsurfdaddy , 23-10-2006

Fun Wave - hit it on my 9'6" Sat. falling high tide, the peak was a little shifty, quite a wait between sets and not much of an inside section but definately worth the wait, long rights, chest to head high

By londonkook , 22-10-2006

nice - just got back from here at Sunset. Low tide was at 5pm or and it was really low. Surf is 4-6+ in town and the good sets here were easily at that. A bit kelpy, and you had to be patient but it was a great wave - really fun. I suppose I am an out of shape kook, and this is my second season of getting my ass pummelled in the town spots. I moved here last fall and had no friends or mentors to show the way. I've even been cursed out at cowells! I never wanted to get in peoples way, I just didn't know what/where was good for me really. Capitola is good for me and I felt that right after my first few waves. I don't think there is anything wrong with websites like this - they just spread people out and give them info. back in the day it was who you knew, but this is the wave of the future.

By IB DAVE , 20-09-2006

bom bora biaaatch! - GOOFYFOOTERS find it when it goes off and you will be hooked.

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