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Take La Jolla Shores Drive to El Paseo Grande, then park wherever you can. If you have any trouble indentifying the spot, it's the big pier at the far north end of La Jolla Shores.
DistanceIn the city
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Wave qualityRegional Classic
DirectionRight and left
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good swell directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest
Good wind direction
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+
Best tide positionLow and mid tide
Best tide movementRising tide
Week crowdFew surfers
- Rips / undertow
- Man-made danger (buoys etc..)
There are three peaks at Scripps. The main peak is directly out from the staircase going from the parking lot to the beach. It goes right and left. The north peak is directly out from the lifeguard tower. It is reserved for spongers in the summer (the blackball flag covers from just north of the main peak to the pier) and also goes both right and left. The last peak is at the pier itself - rights will build up directly off the pilings. North of the pier are more surfable waves.
Paddling out and maintaining position in the lineup can be a real pain in the ass when the currents are strong. Find the rips. Also, this place is heaven for stingrays, so shuffle your feet. Chill, say hello, and follow surfing etiquette, and have a grand ol' time.
Closes out a lot. If you know what you're doing you can score some great rides here. When it's firing, it's easy to pull into a barrel, but hard to make it unless you know the break and where to position yourself. Also, unless the wind is calm or blowing offshore, it will be choppy and nasty.
By Anonymous , 19-09-2016
- its the inland beach thanks to the 52 freeway funneling everyone east of i5 straight to shores/scripps. and that freeway keeps getting longer, crowds increase. theres like .001% of people surfing out there who actually live in la jolla. standard beach break. u want a nw windswell and light southish wind
By Alex , 15-10-2010
Go right - Good call mellow fellow, my brother calls this place the same thing (cheap weed of surfing). Works best on a high tide, and even then will still close out a ton. Crowds are too much to deal with, I stash my keys well so never had that issue with theft, but I can see it happening. Only positive is convenience, but on a lower tide, better to just hit up the La Jolla reefs.
By mellow fellow , 19-05-2006
my summary - I went to UCSD for 5 years and this is what I learned about scripps.Don't surf here when:-Long period swell is up (so many wonderful, better waves that are just as close)-After it rains (kind of gross)-winds are funky (a few exceptions but mostly wind makes this place look like indigestion)-Its summer. (I'm sort of kidding, but the beach becomes a people mess during the summer. Angry people fighting over pathetic waves. Plus Scripps is just not able to deal with a south swell)All that negative stuff being said, Do surf here when:-The swell is sort of short period. ~10 seconds can work. However, usually a 10 period implies worse weather and wind but this is not always the case.-The swell is a combo deal. Usually this occurs during the transition months between winter and summer where theres a smaller longer period south and a shorter north. I guess its true of all beach breaks that they can make some fun waves from combo swells. The best days I've had here were from combo swells. Even barrels!-Its early and you have to go to work in two hours. Scripps is like the cheap weed of surfing. It will still get you high but you need a lot of little crappy waves. Mostly I go here just because its the most convenient for me right now. However, I have also had my wallet stolen 3 times around here. I now carry a decoy.Thats my 2cence. And if you live in souther california and surf, and you haven't figured out yet that its going to be crowded when you go, quit surfing. Being angry and bitter never helps anything.
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