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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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 Manresa

USA, California, Santa Cruz

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximate

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Latitude: 36° 55.9' N
Longitude: 121° 51.809' W

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From highway one, exit to the La Selva Beach or San Andreas exits. Several roads take you to the beaches. There are multiple spots so take a chance and find your own break!

English (Translate this text in English): From highway one, exit to the La Selva Beach or San Andreas exits. Several roads take you to the beaches. There are multiple spots so take a chance and find your own break!

English (Translate this text in English): From highway one, exit to the La Selva Beach or San Andreas exits. Several roads take you to the beaches. There are multiple spots so take a chance and find your own break!

English (Translate this text in English): From highway one, exit to the La Selva Beach or San Andreas exits. Several roads take you to the beaches. There are multiple spots so take a chance and find your own break!

DistanceTake a car

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyRegular

Wave

TypeBeach-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

PowerOrdinary, Fun, Powerless

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorth, NorthWest, SouthWest, South

Good wind directionSouthEast, East, NorthEast

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+

Best tide positionAll tides

Best tide movementRising tide

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Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdCrowded

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow

 Additional Information

Watch the currents, if you learn them, you will catch all the waves!

English (Translate this text in English): Watch the currents, if you learn them, you will catch all the waves!

English (Translate this text in English): Watch the currents, if you learn them, you will catch all the waves!

English (Translate this text in English): Watch the currents, if you learn them, you will catch all the waves!

Atmosphere

Classic beachbreaks with just the right amount of people to allow space for everyone.

English (Translate this text in English): Classic beachbreaks with just the right amount of people to allow space for everyone.

English (Translate this text in English): Classic beachbreaks with just the right amount of people to allow space for everyone.

English (Translate this text in English): Classic beachbreaks with just the right amount of people to allow space for everyone.

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La Selva/Manresa is a great place to surf because it offers an escape from the crowds in town. Not to say it doesn't get crowded, but when it's good, there WILL be multiple uncrowed peaks. Take a walk up or down the beach and find yourself
your own!

English (Translate this text in English): La Selva/Manresa is a great place to surf because it offers an escape from the crowds in town. Not to say it doesn't get crowded, but when it's good, there WILL be multiple uncrowed peaks. Take a walk up or down the beach and find yourself<br />your own!

English (Translate this text in English): La Selva&#47;Manresa is a great place to surf because it offers an escape from the crowds in town. Not to say it doesn't get crowded, but when it's good, there WILL be multiple uncrowed peaks. Take a walk up or down the beach and find yourself&lt;br &#47;&gt;your own!

English (Translate this text in English): La Selva&amp;#47;Manresa is a great place to surf because it offers an escape from the crowds in town. Not to say it doesn't get crowded, but when it's good, there WILL be multiple uncrowed peaks. Take a walk up or down the beach and find yourself&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;your own!

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Mervin avatar
Manresa
De Mervin
17 juil. 2009
- A sea lion actually jumped over the tip of my board and nearly slaped me in the face. Needless to say I almost fell off my board.
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Manresa
De Mervin
2 juil. 2009
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Manresa
De littlepinkwave
13 avril 2008
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By Anonymous , 15-01-2010

Ridiculous Internet Goers - Grew up in SC my whole life (the past 21 yrs!) Davenport Local. Honestly, 80% of the time the friggin 20mi+ drive is WORTH IT. Man has become a solid spot in my surfing life. That, and Waddell. Dumb eastsiders surf the fickle pickle point, and the westside is just ridiculous crowd control. Stop bitching about how Manresa sucks because the majority of the time its GREAT! Its a west facing beach break, so of course its not going to be perfect all the time, but its one of the best damn beach breaks you will come across. Most of these ppl are beginners, who have surfed ONCE! Try surfing it MINIMUM 3 days a week, for 10 years. Then you will realize how truly great this place is. South County surfers are the best. Wicked style, total chill attitude. They are not the crazy locals you think, try living in Davenport where I life. They make westside seem like a playground. I see dudes get their cars and their faces messed up at the landing all the time.

Manresa is GREAT. Its got speed, punch and works with just about whatever swell. I have surfed Man on days where you would swear it was a peeling point. Stop judging it. If its over your head to surf here, don't complain. Get your skills up, your knowledge. Beach breaks work differently than cowells, surfing REAL waves is different than cowells. Either get in gear, or go tangle your log riding selves into some kelp at 38th. Old man 'oneill will be laughing his ass off at your rich ridiculous people

P.S. Valley go home. Stop spending your money on hella expensive boards when I surf a hundred times better than you. Go fucking by a costco softtop and go to cowells. Stop stealing the ocean unless you truly respect it. Work your way up. But if you cant, GO HOME!

By Anonymous , 24-07-2009

learn respect or go home - Actually, us locals do have the right to the waves, we grew up here and we live here....thats how surfing works. I don't go outta my way to BE a dick to all of the kooks from elsewhere that have a disposable income and just decided it would be cool to learn how to surf. But we do not owe any of you kooks any respect. Its the other way around. Know that before you come to Manresa/La Selva/ Sand Dollar. If you don't know how to surf, don't paddle out to a good peak where a bunch of locals are. Its simple and makes sense. No one wants wax on their windows or a brick upside their dome... figure it out.

By Anonymous , 13-10-2008

not powerless. beginners be careful - I got my butt kicked and my first real dues paid at Manresa. The friends that went out surfing here for their first outing have never surfed again. This wave has FORCE. It was the first beach break I surfed and gave me a lot of respect for the ocean. And yes, it does wall-off 99% of the time. If you know how and when to choose your wave, though, you could have some serious fun here, though. Even some great longboard lines now and then. But you have to use your head here, or you'll have your face planted in the sand!!!

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