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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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 Doran Beach

USA, California, Sonoma

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximate

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Latitude: 38° 18.683' N
Longitude: 123° 2.689' W

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It is on the south side of bodega bay. There are road signs before the exit. Prepare to pay $6.00 and surf with 100 longboarders.

English (Translate this text in English): It is on the south side of bodega bay. There are road signs before the exit. Prepare to pay $6.00 and surf with 100 longboarders.

English (Translate this text in English): It is on the south side of bodega bay. There are road signs before the exit. Prepare to pay $6.00 and surf with 100 longboarders.

English (Translate this text in English): It is on the south side of bodega bay. There are road signs before the exit. Prepare to pay $6.00 and surf with 100 longboarders.

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

Power

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell direction

Good wind direction

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+

Best tide positionMid and high tide

Best tide movementRising tide

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Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdUltra crowded

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 Additional Information

This spot is only worth visiting if there is a good south swell and winds are offshore which they usually are because of the direction the beach is facing. Another time to visit is during the winter when everywhere else is too big. The wave will close out every once in awhile and almost all the time in winter. Oh...watch out for people ditching boards and droping in on you too. The closest to the curl rule doesn't seem to apply here. CAUTION: VEREY SHALLOW

English (Translate this text in English): This spot is only worth visiting if there is a good south swell and winds are offshore which they usually are because of the direction the beach is facing. Another time to visit is during the winter when everywhere else is too big. The wave will close out every once in awhile and almost all the time in winter. Oh...watch out for people ditching boards and droping in on you too. The closest to the curl rule doesn't seem to apply here. CAUTION: VEREY SHALLOW

English (Translate this text in English): This spot is only worth visiting if there is a good south swell and winds are offshore which they usually are because of the direction the beach is facing. Another time to visit is during the winter when everywhere else is too big. The wave will close out every once in awhile and almost all the time in winter. Oh...watch out for people ditching boards and droping in on you too. The closest to the curl rule doesn't seem to apply here. CAUTION: VEREY SHALLOW

English (Translate this text in English): This spot is only worth visiting if there is a good south swell and winds are offshore which they usually are because of the direction the beach is facing. Another time to visit is during the winter when everywhere else is too big. The wave will close out every once in awhile and almost all the time in winter. Oh...watch out for people ditching boards and droping in on you too. The closest to the curl rule doesn't seem to apply here. CAUTION: VEREY SHALLOW

Atmosphere

I surf here often during late winter to early spring when the winds at salmon creek beach feel almost gale force. The wind at doran is still strong, but usually offshore. I like to surf doran during the first few good sized south swells of the year then after that I'm headed south to marin or north to undisclosed spots. longboarders are the bulk of the line up.

English (Translate this text in English): I surf here often during late winter to early spring when the winds at salmon creek beach feel almost gale force. The wind at doran is still strong, but usually offshore. I like to surf doran during the first few good sized south swells of the year then after that I'm headed south to marin or north to undisclosed spots. longboarders are the bulk of the line up.

English (Translate this text in English): I surf here often during late winter to early spring when the winds at salmon creek beach feel almost gale force. The wind at doran is still strong, but usually offshore. I like to surf doran during the first few good sized south swells of the year then after that I'm headed south to marin or north to undisclosed spots. longboarders are the bulk of the line up.

English (Translate this text in English): I surf here often during late winter to early spring when the winds at salmon creek beach feel almost gale force. The wind at doran is still strong, but usually offshore. I like to surf doran during the first few good sized south swells of the year then after that I'm headed south to marin or north to undisclosed spots. longboarders are the bulk of the line up.

General

overall its relaxing to be out there and can occasially get fun, but its hard to ignore the board ditching begginers when they get caught inside on medium sized set waves.

English (Translate this text in English): overall its relaxing to be out there and can occasially get fun, but its hard to ignore the board ditching begginers when they get caught inside on medium sized set waves.

English (Translate this text in English): overall its relaxing to be out there and can occasially get fun, but its hard to ignore the board ditching begginers when they get caught inside on medium sized set waves.

English (Translate this text in English): overall its relaxing to be out there and can occasially get fun, but its hard to ignore the board ditching begginers when they get caught inside on medium sized set waves.

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By Anonymous , 13-02-2009

Doran Beach icon wrong location - The icon for doran beach is at dillon beach FYI Doran is north near the Bodega Head jetty

By Chris Herrara , 11-07-2008

One Beautiful Day at Doran - It was about one year ago today, the swell was about 4 feet and 289 and the winds were 25 knots from the south. i paid the $5 and drove in and pulled out in the first dirt parking lot. i got out and didnt even check it because i just knew that it was going to be epic. So when i was done suiting up i grabbed my 15 foot short board and walked out and came over the dunes and there it was Completely Flat. i was stoked no one was out best wave ever. oh wow im glad that i have no friends because if i did i would have had to share those epic ripples.

By anonymous , 13-04-2005

i was out that day - To who ever posted the pic with the overhead barrel, i think i was out there that day. That was the best day i've seen at doran in about two years. See everyone, sonoma county isn't that bad for surfing. I just wouldn't take a chance to travle up here and hope to find good surf. A lot of the time it's just your average day of surf or worse.

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