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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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 Salmon Creek

USA, California, Sonoma

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximate

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Latitude: 38° 21.348' N
Longitude: 123° 4.176' W

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right off of highway 1, north of bodega bay.

English (Translate this text in English): right off of highway 1, north of bodega bay.

English (Translate this text in English): right off of highway 1, north of bodega bay.

English (Translate this text in English): right off of highway 1, north of bodega bay.

DistanceTake a car

WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name Bean Street

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)

Wave

TypeBeach-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

PowerPowerful

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorth, NorthWest, West, SouthWest

Good wind directionSouthEast, East

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+

Best tide positionMid tide

Best tide movementFalling tide

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdCrowded

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow
- Rocks
- Localism
- Sharks

 Additional Information

dont need much skill if its small, but gotta be experienced if its big, paddle can get gnarly. get the longest rides on good souths. can be mushy after a nice drop, but can also get hollow and long. kinda like ocean beach, but one notch less gnarly. if beginner/trannie, find a peak to yourself down the beach and leave the better peaks to the skilled locals. ALWAYS hold onto your board.

English (Translate this text in English): dont need much skill if its small, but gotta be experienced if its big, paddle can get gnarly. get the longest rides on good souths. can be mushy after a nice drop, but can also get hollow and long. kinda like ocean beach, but one notch less gnarly. if beginner/trannie, find a peak to yourself down the beach and leave the better peaks to the skilled locals. ALWAYS hold onto your board.

English (Translate this text in English): dont need much skill if its small, but gotta be experienced if its big, paddle can get gnarly. get the longest rides on good souths. can be mushy after a nice drop, but can also get hollow and long. kinda like ocean beach, but one notch less gnarly. if beginner/trannie, find a peak to yourself down the beach and leave the better peaks to the skilled locals. ALWAYS hold onto your board.

English (Translate this text in English): dont need much skill if its small, but gotta be experienced if its big, paddle can get gnarly. get the longest rides on good souths. can be mushy after a nice drop, but can also get hollow and long. kinda like ocean beach, but one notch less gnarly. if beginner/trannie, find a peak to yourself down the beach and leave the better peaks to the skilled locals. ALWAYS hold onto your board.

Atmosphere

cold and choppy, exposed to wind, swell and lots of really big sharks, only epic and glassy in the fall, with occasional exceptions year round. everyone is very friendly IF you hold onto your board and dont drop in. could drown real easy here if you dont know what your doing. Doran Beach, to the south, is a much better learning spot.

Very, very sharky. Several attacks here in last 10 years. Also getting progressively more crowded. Gets around 50 guys out on any given weekend day when its not to big. However, big stretch of beach, so it can hold a crowd. Also, very pretty beach, natural surroundings, pack your trash! south end of beach is all sand dunes and beach grass, north end gets rocky with cliffs. the beach is seperated by the beautiful, sand-bar creating, shark attracting salmon creek. Most people surf near the mouth of the creek, can always find empty, surfable wave to the south.

English (Translate this text in English): cold and choppy, exposed to wind, swell and lots of really big sharks, only epic and glassy in the fall, with occasional exceptions year round. everyone is very friendly IF you hold onto your board and dont drop in. could drown real easy here if you dont know what your doing. Doran Beach, to the south, is a much better learning spot.<br /><br />Very, very sharky. Several attacks here in last 10 years. Also getting progressively more crowded. Gets around 50 guys out on any given weekend day when its not to big. However, big stretch of beach, so it can hold a crowd. Also, very pretty beach, natural surroundings, pack your trash! south end of beach is all sand dunes and beach grass, north end gets rocky with cliffs. the beach is seperated by the beautiful, sand-bar creating, shark attracting salmon creek. Most people surf near the mouth of the creek, can always find empty, surfable wave to the south.

English (Translate this text in English): cold and choppy, exposed to wind, swell and lots of really big sharks, only epic and glassy in the fall, with occasional exceptions year round. everyone is very friendly IF you hold onto your board and dont drop in. could drown real easy here if you dont know what your doing. Doran Beach, to the south, is a much better learning spot.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;Very, very sharky. Several attacks here in last 10 years. Also getting progressively more crowded. Gets around 50 guys out on any given weekend day when its not to big. However, big stretch of beach, so it can hold a crowd. Also, very pretty beach, natural surroundings, pack your trash! south end of beach is all sand dunes and beach grass, north end gets rocky with cliffs. the beach is seperated by the beautiful, sand-bar creating, shark attracting salmon creek. Most people surf near the mouth of the creek, can always find empty, surfable wave to the south.

English (Translate this text in English): cold and choppy, exposed to wind, swell and lots of really big sharks, only epic and glassy in the fall, with occasional exceptions year round. everyone is very friendly IF you hold onto your board and dont drop in. could drown real easy here if you dont know what your doing. Doran Beach, to the south, is a much better learning spot.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Very, very sharky. Several attacks here in last 10 years. Also getting progressively more crowded. Gets around 50 guys out on any given weekend day when its not to big. However, big stretch of beach, so it can hold a crowd. Also, very pretty beach, natural surroundings, pack your trash! south end of beach is all sand dunes and beach grass, north end gets rocky with cliffs. the beach is seperated by the beautiful, sand-bar creating, shark attracting salmon creek. Most people surf near the mouth of the creek, can always find empty, surfable wave to the south.

General

love it, clean and expansive, with beautiful views and the coolest people in california. surf, build a little bonfire, spark a fatty, play the bongos...
I love this spot. Grew up in the area, and its the first place i ever surfed. It can hold alot of people, so its great when respectful, skilled surfers come and visit. it takes care of itself at size. Everyone welcome as long as they pack their trash, don't drop in, and don't bail their board. This place can get epic, near perfection in the fall when a late season south swell is running. Respect and enjoy.

English (Translate this text in English): love it, clean and expansive, with beautiful views and the coolest people in california. surf, build a little bonfire, spark a fatty, play the bongos...<br />I love this spot. Grew up in the area, and its the first place i ever surfed. It can hold alot of people, so its great when respectful, skilled surfers come and visit. it takes care of itself at size. Everyone welcome as long as they pack their trash, don't drop in, and don't bail their board. This place can get epic, near perfection in the fall when a late season south swell is running. Respect and enjoy.

English (Translate this text in English): love it, clean and expansive, with beautiful views and the coolest people in california. surf, build a little bonfire, spark a fatty, play the bongos...&lt;br &#47;&gt;I love this spot. Grew up in the area, and its the first place i ever surfed. It can hold alot of people, so its great when respectful, skilled surfers come and visit. it takes care of itself at size. Everyone welcome as long as they pack their trash, don't drop in, and don't bail their board. This place can get epic, near perfection in the fall when a late season south swell is running. Respect and enjoy.

English (Translate this text in English): love it, clean and expansive, with beautiful views and the coolest people in california. surf, build a little bonfire, spark a fatty, play the bongos...&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;I love this spot. Grew up in the area, and its the first place i ever surfed. It can hold alot of people, so its great when respectful, skilled surfers come and visit. it takes care of itself at size. Everyone welcome as long as they pack their trash, don't drop in, and don't bail their board. This place can get epic, near perfection in the fall when a late season south swell is running. Respect and enjoy.

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By Evelynn the Dog , 09-07-2008

Unzip and Push (A good idea) - Unless the waves are 20feet plus you should always duck dive. You should never paddle out to a spot that you can't swim in from anyway. I think unzip and push is a great idea but then again, I'm from SoCal so of course I'm an a$$hole anyway. I'd never do that to anybody outside of the break I grew up at. It's not my business to regulate a line up that I haven't put my time into. LEARN HOW TO DUCK DIVE. If you are a danger to people out in the line up, go somewhere else. I live in HI now and I see all these OLD GUYS bail there boards on small to medium sized waves. If this were my beach I'd unzip and push myself. MY MOM TOLD ME TO ALWAYS DUCK DIVE. See? Even my own Mom knows better than to bail your board. Everyone has there proper place. If in doubt, don't paddle out.

By Anonymous , 19-02-2008

Re: Norcal Bro - bongos and fatties have been a part of sonoma culture for about 40 years. Fine if its no for you, but keep it to yourself and swill you bud light while listening to Rush Limbaugh, or whatever gets you off. Or move to orange county with the rest of the negative vibers.

By Anonymous , 31-01-2008

Cold and shifty - Has it's day, but brrrrrrr

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