Spending a few days in San Diego this upcoming January and looking to get some solid surf in. Any suggestions for intermediate/experienced level breaks in a 40 mile radius of Scripps Ranch with moderate mid-week crowds and mild vibes? I would like to navigate a few decent breaks while there and just looking for some feedback as a solo traveler. Also, should I be packing botties this time of year?
Try Encinitas, go to moonlight beach and if you walk left or right you will be under the cliffs and can find slightly less crowded waves, and only less crowded cause you have to walk a ways. Anywhere you can park on the 101 and walk right to a break or anywhere there's a pier is usually more local and crowded. Plus you can hit up the La Paloma theatre which plays a lot of surf flicks and Albertos across the street has decent Mexi food cheap and is open 24/7. In general though expect crowds but this time of year you can definitely score big!
Yeah, the forecast looks consistent. Thanks for the info. and will definitely check it out. How is Del Mar?
15th St has a good longboard wave, older riders and a mellow vibe. Booties are up to you, personally I never bothered with them while in SD. Your feet get a bit numb after a while but I bet it's still better than NY with booties that time of year ;-)
If you want to avoid the crowds check out Torrey Pines. There's a rivermouth and several peaks up and down the beach which, with a bit of luck, you can have pretty much to yourself. And the scenery's nice too.
I've never needed boots in SD. If you like wearing boots bring them, but it's not necessary, just a convenience there. Usually visit my family there every winter. From Scripps Ranch the spot you'll probably want to hit the most is Blacks. Mid day mid week it's not too crowded just due to the time commitment to get down there and back. No hit and run sessions. Just don't go out if the size is close to maxing out your comfort level because the canyon sets will make you crap your wetsuit and sit off the main peak. You will still get plenty of waves that swing wide of the main peak. Moonlight beach and Torey Pines are both good recommendations. Visit Surfy Surfy surf shop in Leucadia while you are out there.
Bring boots..The water is cold this winter and the morning air temps have been in the 40's...As for waves watch the swell direction, tides and wind.Blacks is a good wave but if it has some size make sure you can surf or you will get pounded. Theres crowds at every break so use common sense and remember your from out of town other than that enjoy your trip..
Well it appears that I have lucked out with the upcoming swell headed for Cali. Trip starts the 2nd and ends the 9th! Thanks for the feedback on some local spots and hopefully all goes well. Probably poke around a bit with the larger swell coming through. If you hear a NY-accent snooping, it be me.