Surfing in San Diego

Surf Scene in San Diego

More than often famous and infamous surfers, pro, lifestyle and wanna-be surfers end up hanging around the surf scene of San Diego. Even though the water is cold, the border town is practically on the way toward southern, warmer waters. The city carries a long history in surfing. The sport was introduced to the Southern Californians when a Hawaiian dude traveled to SoCal and got bunch of locals excited about the it back in 1930s or something.

Most of the famous breaks are nowadays so crowded that some paddle out before sunrise at 5am into the foggy and freezing dark ocean. These breaks include Wind ’n Sea, a pretty competitive reef break where it’s fairly easy to pick up a fight with a local goon, Black’s Beach, a fat beach break that gets damn sizable on a bigger swell and Ponto Jetty, a fast and hollow wave with an interesting twist of currents and brownish river mouth wash.

Beginner and longboard spots tend to go together, even though a good longboarder and a beginner have nothing in common. Garbage and other spots along Sunset Cliffs are nice, smoothly rolling waves for longboarders. Tourmaline is so full of kooks that sometimes it’s not even funny. If you don’t mind paddling past the kook zone, you reach PB point that also holds up a bigger swell and can deliver a long lasting ride all the way round the point and back to the beach.

Boating surfing has become very popular because of the tip of Point Loma and several amazing reef breaks out there that make you feel like you’re in the middle of the ocean. These spots are only accessible by boat. Anchoring in a giant kelp bed can get slightly crazy in case conditions such as tide, swell and wind change, which means that the breaks will shift quite a bit. The current may also be a slight challenge for a surfer out of shape. Unfortunately, jet skis have become a phenomenon for the lazy who don’t have balls to paddle back.

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