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The spot is between Scotts Creek and Waddell Creek, north of Santa Cruz. It's a well established fishing spot and has a good parking lot and trail down to the beach.
DistanceTake a car
WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Wave qualityWorld Class
BottomFlat rocks with sand
PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful
Good day length
Good swell directionNorth, NorthWest, West, SouthWest, South
Good wind directionNorth, NorthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft
Best tide positionLow and mid tide
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
Week-end crowdFew surfers
Grehound Rock is actually two spots. The heavy wedge-like left in front of the main big rock breaks on a S or SW. Out in front the smaller rock to the north is another left out on a submerged reef that breaks on all W & NW swells. The NW spot is the more consistent of the two but the SW spot has an insane, perfect, extremely powerful barrel. For seasoned barrel riders only!
Don't forget that this is in a shark area. It's also a heavily fished spot and may have some chum-happy sharks. None the less, I surfed it for two years, mostly alone and never saw so much as a fin. It's a little lonely there in the winter. The spot is also a world-class beach and can get some nudists (mostly to the north) in the summer.
Greyhound Rock is a great surf area and deserves to be better known. Both lefts can be totally epic and the northern NW swell spot is a real day-in-day-out workhorse. There are also many other good spots in the area, as you'll quickly see if you start exploring. Some of those spots are fickle and others are localized so tread lightly and learn.
By OC1 , 26-11-2009
ESL boyyz - thats funny the TRANNYs are dropping respect and paddling out to whack with their idols @ 26th
By -Reality , 20-01-2007
Witty - Ya know, it seems like the only sharks I've been concerned with lately are the ones posting on sites like this one. Go to government sites if you want to really "sink your teeth" into factual info. on shark sightings and/or attacks.