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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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    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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    I'll be back there the same time and looking forward to it very much after my first trip there last month. Lots of good info already going around here and there should be plenty more as many SI guys have charged those shores quite a bit. Gaffer's your guy for the depth of info as they've said.

    I hit Lowers three days during the Hurley Pro and would say that's a must do. All the brahs in the know on here always say it's a hundred solid there fighting for peaks and I believe it. The regulars must've stayed away the week of the tourney as it wasn't anywhere near that and rides were to be had throughout sessions. Other than that, I hit up various smaller beach breaks and rock reefs in SoOC that I thought would be less traveled but some weren't. Overall, I was blown away by the functionality of widespread lineup etiquette by most all out there. Makes sense since it's a hotbed of talent and experience.

    Pretty stoked that guys are saying it's the best time of the year to be out there. It was good last month and so needed after the EC flatness. Way faster waves on the Pac and you get better every minute there. Hope you have a hell of a time and you will. Thanks for starting a good thread that is useful to me too.

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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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    There's a couple of people from San Disco on the SwellInfo. San Diego's a pretty friendly and easy going burg. Once you figure out where you're staying, drop us a line. We'll steer in you in the right direction. There's almost always a wave out here too if you know where to look. November can be hit or miss, last year we went through a flat spell that didn't end until the Haleiwa swell hit the Left Coast. Only thing that kind of sucks about this town is that the night life kind of shuts down and everybody wakes up early. Of course, some of the bars open at 6AM.

    After a sesh, eat Kono's if you're in PB. So much dank food for cheap. Watch out though, the line goes around the block on the weekends.

    Oh yeah one other thing, surfboards grow on trees out here. You can score crazy good deals on Craigslist. I've thought for a while that some kind of Craigslist surfboard concierge service would be a great biz.



    And E Coli can get bent.
    Last edited by zaGaffer; Oct 15, 2013 at 03:30 AM.

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    Any thoughts on the Carlsbad/Oceanside area? I'll be in that area around this same time (apparently everyone will be there). While not really a surf trip, I'm hoping to get out for a session or two. From what I can tell that section of coastline is just one long beachbreak.

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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!