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    California Surf Trip

    Hey guys, me and my cousin are going on a surf trip to San Diego in early November. I was wondering if you guys have any recommendations on surf spots and what to do when we're there. (We're renting a car btw). This is our first time to southern Cal so any recommendations would be great

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    Quote Originally Posted by mgshevs View Post
    Hey guys, me and my cousin are going on a surf trip to San Diego in early November. I was wondering if you guys have any recommendations on surf spots and what to do when we're there. (We're renting a car btw). This is our first time to southern Cal so any recommendations would be great
    zaGaffer is your resource, be nice to him & he might share.

    Whatever else happens out there on the left coast, if you see a white van following you, or if you spot a second vehicle piloted by a dude with latex dummies & a dog in the front seat & he's trailering a gigantic wooden plank that vaguely resembles a surf board .... go like stink for the nearest fire station.

    Have a great trip boyz!

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    What part of SD will you be in? South county or North County (oceanside area). Lots of good spots in SD, a couple I would avoid, but other than that you should have some good things to choose from in Nov. Let me know where you will be and I might be able to suggest a few spots.

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    We will be staying in North County

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    Nice! I got a bunch of boys who just left for s. Orange Co. N loving it now for a couple of days. If looking for bigger talk to z-gaff. Me only been there once n was good. Have fun, it's been good lately from whAt I heard from them. IDE be there with them but leaving for PR in a few days. Good luck n kill it!

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    If you're going in early November, you'll be catching it at the best time of the year. Whether you're in North County or Imperial Beach (IB), it will probably be firing. Water will be 58-60, so you can get by with a 3/2 with booties but a 4/3 probably better.

    Good, consistent beach breaks will be O'side, Blacks, and IB. I prefer La Jolla reefs and Sunset Cliffs, but the LJ reefs (Hospitals, Horseshoe, Big Rock) tend to be shallow and quirky. Cliffs are great at overhead, but cliff access can be sketchy and some spots don't take kindly to unfamiliar faces with leashes attached to their boards. Encinitas reefs are mellow, well shaped, glassy and have easy access. City beaches (OB and MB) can be good at the jetties but the crowds are pretty aggressive. If you have a log, you can't beat Tourmaline in PB.

    If you have a passport, take the trip into Mexico and start hunting from Baja Malibu to K38. There are tons of class beach breaks and reefs between, with almost no crowds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kidrock View Post
    If you're going in early November, you'll be catching it at the best time of the year. Whether you're in North County or Imperial Beach (IB), it will probably be firing. Water will be 58-60, so you can get by with a 3/2 with booties but a 4/3 probably better.

    Good, consistent beach breaks will be O'side, Blacks, and IB. I prefer La Jolla reefs and Sunset Cliffs, but the LJ reefs (Hospitals, Horseshoe, Big Rock) tend to be shallow and quirky. Cliffs are great at overhead, but cliff access can be sketchy and some spots don't take kindly to unfamiliar faces with leashes attached to their boards. Encinitas reefs are mellow, well shaped, glassy and have easy access. City beaches (OB and MB) can be good at the jetties but the crowds are pretty aggressive. If you have a log, you can't beat Tourmaline in PB.

    If you have a passport, take the trip into Mexico and start hunting from Baja Malibu to K38. There are tons of class beach breaks and reefs between, with almost no crowds.
    Good stuff, thank you. We are thinking of heading up to NorCal around Santa Cruz for part of the trip. Anything decent for breaks between North County/Malibu and SC we should check out on the way up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmassSpicoli View Post
    Good stuff, thank you. We are thinking of heading up to NorCal around Santa Cruz for part of the trip. Anything decent for breaks between North County/Malibu and SC we should check out on the way up?
    Shah, brah... County Line (LA/Ventura Co) is a fun beach break setup with reef at the north end. C Street in Ventura is great, a bit further north. Rincon is a great option north of these. There's some cool stuff around the Big Sur area as well (Sand Dollar Beach, Willow Creek) and around Monterey (Carmel Beach and Asilomar). If you're driving up to Santa Cruz, maybe take a couple/few days and take Highway 1 hitting several of these spots (or skip all that and just book it to Santa Cruz if it's good). The Central Coast is awesome, have fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmassSpicoli View Post
    Good stuff, thank you. We are thinking of heading up to NorCal around Santa Cruz for part of the trip. Anything decent for breaks between North County/Malibu and SC we should check out on the way up?
    Emass, you can't go wrong in Ventura on the way up. The beach breaks are straight up class. Oxnard and the Strand frequently go off. After heavy rains, the SC rivermouth is a hepatitis freight train. If you have any connections with the proper 411, contact them now and see about access to The Ranch. If The Ranch is out of the question, definitely hit up Jalama State Park. I'd be surprised if it isn't breaking. Reminds me of Blacks somewhat. Too many points to list in Santa Barbara, which is now coming to life (doesn't break during summer). And lastly, blow through SLO. You're better off heading straight to SC, even though you'll have to contend with more crowds.

    You'll notice I didn't mention C-Street, Sandspit, and Trestles because I prefer not surfing in madness. Yes, they can be perfect. So can Swami's. I just don't recommend them. But if you don't mind surfing with 200 other guys, then go for it. If Trestles is going off, then Cotton's or Church is too...without the neoprene speed bumps.

    Also, the North County poster stated that it's 68 degrees right now. Cool! But isn't that kinda rare for mid-October? My bludz down in the Cliffs say the agua is 65-66 right now. I know it's cooler than that as you go further south, if that's your cup o' tea. Let us know if the water stays above 60 in another month. I lived there for 30 years and don't remember ever paddling out in November without booties. Peace and waves....

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    Quote Originally Posted by kidrock View Post
    Emass, you can't go wrong in Ventura on the way up. The beach breaks are straight up class. Oxnard and the Strand frequently go off. After heavy rains, the SC rivermouth is a hepatitis freight train. If you have any connections with the proper 411, contact them now and see about access to The Ranch. If The Ranch is out of the question, definitely hit up Jalama State Park. I'd be surprised if it isn't breaking. Reminds me of Blacks somewhat. Too many points to list in Santa Barbara, which is now coming to life (doesn't break during summer). And lastly, blow through SLO. You're better off heading straight to SC, even though you'll have to contend with more crowds.

    You'll notice I didn't mention C-Street, Sandspit, and Trestles because I prefer not surfing in madness. Yes, they can be perfect. So can Swami's. I just don't recommend them. But if you don't mind surfing with 200 other guys, then go for it. If Trestles is going off, then Cotton's or Church is too...without the neoprene speed bumps.

    Also, the North County poster stated that it's 68 degrees right now. Cool! But isn't that kinda rare for mid-October? My bludz down in the Cliffs say the agua is 65-66 right now. I know it's cooler than that as you go further south, if that's your cup o' tea. Let us know if the water stays above 60 in another month. I lived there for 30 years and don't remember ever paddling out in November without booties. Peace and waves....
    High 60's as a water temp aren't rare at all for this time of year. Yes, the water will be above 60 deg in the next month. It bottoms out around 58 in Jan/Feb for north county. Not sure about south county, but I can't remember ever wearing boots here. I've always thought they were optional, but never even considered until JAN/FEB.