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Latitude: 29° 51.539' N
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Right in front of the Howard Johnson Hotel in St. Augustine beach. This is a little protusion in the coastline.
DistanceIn the city
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Alternative name Ho-Jo's, The Pier
DirectionRight and left
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionSouthEast, East, NorthEast
Good wind directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
Week crowdFew surfers
- Rips / undertow
- Man-made danger (buoys etc..)
FA has suffered the fate of the Army Corps of Enginers. They have dredged the entire area from the Ocean Trace ramp to the state park and, while creating some other interesting breaks, have definitely ruined FA. It is no longer there, now there is just a peaky little beachbreak where it used to be. If you really want to go surf this area just go walking around north or south of the pier and find a peak, sread out, because there are plenty of peaks for everyone. Keep in mind the old adage "Nothing attracts a crowd like a crowd." Just because there is a hundred guys surfing one wave does not necessarily mean it is the best wave in the area, especially when you are talking about florida beachbreaks. So go searching!
Limited Parking on weekends due to tourists. Most locals walk or ride bicycle anyway.
This break can really go off with the right swell and tide movement. I have had words with a few whiny longboarders, but for the most part it's a laid back place.
This is one of my favorite spots whenit's doing it.
By ABCDE , 22-09-2006
weak!!!! - i was in St Augustine in late Aug for some surfing and I was totally disapointed. I was let down. This site advertised it as good. It's weak. It was like 1 foot for all 5 days I was there. DO NOT GO HERE!!! East is good for coney dogs, california is good for surfing!
By firstname.lastname@example.org , 17-01-2006
- sharks??? ...at FA??? i dont think sooo. i mean, i know they're there, but have u ever heard of any attacks?and by the way, preety sure FA doesnt just stand for first access... ;)
By Hurricane juices! , 03-12-2005
Great year - I caught FA's in 1995 on hurricane Felix(?). Some of the sickest shit I've ever ridden, and I've surfed much the planet since then. '05 has been equally great in my new home, the Pac NW. Though cold water, we have high caliber surf all year round, hurricane glassy and thick! There are spots you have to hike miles to get to, with grey whales sharing the line-up. Sick. These spots are deadly for the inexperienced...and can push faces of 15'-20' at times, in 3 feet of water. I've taken my skills from there and shifted to overdrive for y'all. Hold it down on that side for me, and smoke tuff afterwards for me too. L8!
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