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    Surf trip to san diego???

    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
    Last edited by idsmashh; Jul 24, 2012 at 12:48 AM.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kidrock View Post
    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.
    WOW! THANKS!! That was deffinitly a response beyond my expectations. I'm a little conserned about surfing the reefs tho.. I've never surfed a reef before. Are there any tips that I should be aware of about surfing the reefs down there??

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    Just go to Blacks... DO IT!

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    Quote Originally Posted by idsmashh View Post
    WOW! THANKS!! That was deffinitly a response beyond my expectations. I'm a little conserned about surfing the reefs tho.. I've never surfed a reef before. Are there any tips that I should be aware of about surfing the reefs down there??
    Our reefs aren't coral, they're rock. Cover you head and don't be concerned. That being said, I don't recommend surfing any of the reef breaks. I can't think of one that's easy to get to. They're fun and if you live a bike ride away, totally worth it; but you're on a vacation, it shouldn't be a chore. Same goes for IB, the Strand or Oceanside. IB from hotel circle is 30 minutes with no traffic, same for the strand; Oside is 45 minutes away. Hell from Hotel circle every break is 20 minutes away if you hit a light or two. Double all times for traffic, in the mornings and evenings, right when you want to go surfing. If you're going to go all the way to OSide, just take the extra 30 minutes to go to Trestles. Seriously though, there is one spot that has a great beach break, bars, cheap restaurants, expensive restaurants, toomany surf shops, too many skate shops, too many head shops; and almost enough smoking hot women in not enough clothing. If I wanted the ultimate California surf trip, I'd stay here:
    http://www.crystalpier.com/

    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):
    http://www.yelp.com/biz/konos-surf-c...fe-san-diego-2

    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:
    http://www.oceanparkinn.com/

    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:
    http://www.bananabungalowsandiego.com/index.html

  6. 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.

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    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.
    Last edited by kidrock; Jul 24, 2012 at 03:42 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kidrock View Post
    ...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....
    I dunno, you don't have to rent a car and can still get variety. The extra 30-50$ a day you save can be thrown at a beach room. You could surf reef at PB Point, beach at Tourmaline & Diamond, structure at Crystal Pier, beach at Reed and then structure at MB jetty if you wanted to, all from a rented bicycle. I jogged down to the Mission Beach jetty every morning before my morning sesh, I think it was like 7-8 miles round trip, depending upon where I was in PB at the time. There's some cheap motels too, November's the off season. I've never made it from Hotel Circle to Mission Blvd in 5 minutes though. It usually takes me longer just to park there, the light at Mission Bay and Mission Blvd is a traffic pain and the lots are pretty full. Not in November. I rarely surfed South of Windemere though, the MB Jetty wasn't that appealing and neither were the MB crowds. Kane's was fun back in the day. I remember seeing Sublime there. I think Kane's got closed down though.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kidrock View Post
    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.
    Do it, I need an excuse to head South. I surf the same spot just about every day, which is great; but San Diego CO & the OC have so many great breaks. I'm just too lazy to strap a board to the roof and Flintstone it, when I can just peddle the ol' Rock Hopper up the hill and hoof it down the cliff. HA, Skip & Joe! You surf anywhere between the pier and the point long enough and eventually you saw one them there, probably still do. Bird too. My wife used to handle Merchant Accounts at a bank in PB and for whatever reason, saw Skip there a lot. I always told her to hit him up for a discount on a board. Never did get that discount. I drool over his boards everytime I see one. The last 3 I've seen people riding: one was an 11' by a well known pro in 1-3'. Thing was gorgeous and brand new, he was just taking it out for the first time. Giant kind of blue/green, I dunno, teal? The other two were a 9'6" Magic and and a vintage 7'2" Single Fin from the 70's, both being ridden by teenagers. I asked those kids the same question, "When did you get your Frye?" and they both answered the same way, "It's not mine, it's my Dad's." I don't have a Skip (yet); but if I did, my teenage kid ain't gonna ride it. ; )
    Last edited by zaGaffer; Jul 25, 2012 at 03:39 PM.