I'm planning a surf trip out there for November. Where is the best beach/hotel to stay at during this time of the year? Hows the surf?? Is there really thattt much rain in November??? Any input would be really appreciated. Thanks
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Thread: Surf trip to san diego???
Jul 24, 2012, 01:45 AM #1Senior Member
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Surf trip to san diego???
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Jul 24, 2012, 02:16 AM #2
How much money you got???
Personally, I would stay in a central location like Hotel Circle, you'll be within striking distance of just about every beach and reef in SD. In November, it won't be a question of if there'll be surf, but exactly where. A good rule of thumb is: if the beachbreaks (except Blacks) are over 4-5 foot, start looking for a reefbreak.
I could go on all day about the breaks....but I'll just throw out a few.
Imperial Beach: down by the Mex border. Strong A-frames that pitch, tube and spit. Slightly less powerful than Blacks, doesn't hold nearly the size and hardly ever crowded.
Sunset Cliffs: a series of reef breaks that start breaking over 4 foot. Kelp keeps it glassy. Many spots are difficult to access (why they call it "The Cliffs"). Watch, learn and you could be rewarded.
OB, MB and PB: the city beachbreaks. Surf off the Jetties can get very good, and very crowded and the scene of many brawls. Beaches are average but fairly consistent.
La Jolla: Quirky and shallow reefs run by tight-knit crews. Don't just pull straight into the peak without due respect. Also home to Blacks Beach, one of the biggest and best sandbars on the coast.
North County: lots of fine beaches and reefs with kelp to keep things nice and glassy. Cardiff, Carlsbad and Oceanside are usually the most consistent.
You should do fine with a high quality 3/2 and 3mm booties in November, but many use a 4/3. Whatever.
Have fun and good luck. You'll find a bunch of East Coast transplants out there to surf with, I'm sure.
Jul 24, 2012, 02:52 AM #3Senior Member
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Jul 24, 2012, 05:51 AM #4
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Just go to Blacks... DO IT!
Jul 24, 2012, 06:43 AM #5
Walk out of my cottage right on the pier and surf it. And then, when I'd frozen my a$$ off, Id eat here every morning and lunch (I used to eat Kono's at least 3 times a week, dirt cheap, awesome food, HUGE portions):
G-damn, I miss being young, dumb an fulla - well I miss living in PB. Let's just leave it at that. I would say, if you're going on a trip to surf, stay somewhere where it takes no more than 10 minutes to get to a break. Even better if you can walk. When I was living in Austin, when we came home to visit family, we always stayed here:
It's not cheap, but the wife an kiddos like it and I got to surf with my buds who still lived in the area. The pier was a block away, so was Reed St. There's plenty of other spots. If you're not traveling with a chick, stay here:
Jul 24, 2012, 02:29 PM #6Member
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Man, Im sorry but these guys on here are leading you in the wrong direction. Staying in Hotel Circle is the worst idea ever. That place is a **** hole, and unless you like hanging out at the mall you will have to drive to do anything and the traffic is horrible. I am going to give you golden advice as I am from the east coast but lived in La Jolla for years. Stay in La Jolla proper or stay in Pacific Beach. La Jolla has multiple reef breaks with incredibly easy access and then it has two great beach breaks (Blacks and Scripps pier). The one guy was right that the reefs are pretty localized, but if you keep your mouth shut and dont paddle right to the peak and start burning people you will be just fine and not have 1 problem. Someone said the reefs are hard to access, and that just makes no sense. You can pull up park on the curb and walk 50 feet to every reef break. Windansea is a perfect example of a awesome reef break that is 25 feet off the road. If you surf Scripps stay near the pier as it sucks everywhere else. Blacks is the best Beach Break maybe in the world and if its good go there every single day and dont even look anywhere else. November is a great month and you will only need a 3/2 with no boots. IB is a **** hole and Oceanside is a **** hole dont waste your time. If you want to get out of La Jolla, go to San Clemente and that it. If i were you i would stay at the travel lodge in La Jolla, walk to surf windansea and then drive 5 miles to surf blacks, and I would never get on the highway once.
Jul 24, 2012, 04:34 PM #7
ummmm.....I was born and raised in SD and lived there for over 30 years. Hotel Circle is 5-10 minutes away from Mission Blvd, which keeps you off of Hwy 5 and takes you from OB to Oceanside. But if you have the $$$$, go ahead and stay at a hotel next to the beach. I can GUARANTEE that no matter which beach you stay at, you WILL get in a car to travel to a different beach to surf. This place ain't OCMD or Casino Pier where you every sandbar for miles is almost exactly the same.
If you're sketch about surfing reefs, then I would avoid surfing La Jolla reefs and go straight to Cardiff, where the reefs are gentler and deeper and so are the locals. The great thing about surfing reefs is that you'll take very few waves on the head due to channels on one or both sides of a reef, unlike paddling out in big beachbreak conditions.
I'm not gonna argue about somebody else's opinions on PB or IB or O'side....everybody has an opinion. I'd recommend that you go check it out for yourself and draw your own opinion afterward.
P.S.---a few recommendations here for surfing Trestles in San Clemente. I didn't recommend it and I normally wouldn't because it's not "San Diego", it's actually Orange County, and because I don't like surfing with 300 bozos from around the world. Other than that, it's a fantastic wave.
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Jul 24, 2012, 05:21 PM #8
Jul 25, 2012, 02:31 AM #9
zaGaffer, cool. I actually learned at Crystal Pier and Law Street while getting screamed at by Joe Roper and Skip Frye....a long time ago. I'll be out there in September to surf the reefs, maybe I'll shoot you a PM for a surf.
Jul 25, 2012, 04:36 PM #10
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