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Latitude: 37° 54.228' N
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From Highway 1 turn onto Olema-Bolinas Road. Follow it into Bolinas. Parking is likely to be difficult, so you may have to park some distance from the beach. When you see the dogs sleeping in the road you're there!
WalkGood walk (15-30 mn)
Easy to find?OK
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Alternative name The Channel, The Patch
DirectionRight and left
BottomSandy with rock
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionWest, SouthWest, South
Good wind directionNorth, NorthWest
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+
Best tide positionMid tide
Best tide movementRising tide
Week-end crowdUltra crowded
Locals usually steal street-signs pointing to Bolinas. Keep a sharp eye. The first of the two breaks is at the mouth of the Bolinas Lagoon. Follow the main road into town until it ends at the beach; you can see the break from there. The other one is a little farther north. You will need to park somewhere else, though. Parking in Bolinas is very limited and on weekends it can be almost impossible. You might have to park on the Mesa, and walk half a mile, or even a mile, from your car down to the beach. Note: The COPS are rather ticket-happy so it is best not to chance it with no-parking-zones or other non-standard ways to park.
It does indeed break "regularly" in Bolinas, but most of those days might be considered "barely rideable," tiny, mushy, semi-blown. Every few months there will be a couple of days straight with "fun" waves (perhaps shoulder-head high) for a couple hours each day, and once every couple of years there are days with "amazing" waves.
Kind of a gamble if you're driving from far away. Even when it's great at Cronkhite or some other indicator it can still be junk in Bolinas. On the other hand, it may be good in Bolinas. If you're wrong, at least you could paddle around in frustrated aggro circles, or perhaps just sit out there on your board weeping in the tragic, foggy gloom.
By Di2Pie , 02-05-2013
Great experience in Bolinas - Been a few years since anyones added a comment here. So I thought I'd update with my experience's out there.
I haven't had any issues with Localism at all. Mostly friendly surfers who will chat with you if you are friendly.
I met a SF surfer out there for one session and struck up a convo.. we ended up surfing together for the day and he gave me some great pointers I've been working on since.
I'm still a noob (
By Anonymous , 05-09-2008
dumb - your and idiot.. as if people is bolinas use paper money anyways, ever heard of coastal currency?
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