So me and some friends are planning a trip to Oceanside in December. We are staying right by the peir. This is going to be my first trip to California in the winter any info on where to go with certain swell/wind directions would be a huge help. We surf beach breaks all year so i was going to try to hit up some of the other types of breaks in the area. We will have a rental car so traveling wont be a problem. Thanks
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Thread: Southern California In December
Southern California In December
Oct 15, 2009, 03:51 PM #3
the pier in o-side can get heavy. if there's any sideshore flow, be sure to check the harbor jetties just north of there since those breaks are a bit more protected.
i mean, if you're focusing your excursion around oceanside, you're a short drive from some of the best breaks in our country. lowers, uppers, church's, old man's, that whole area of cobblestone breaks is a 15-20 minute drive across camp pendleton, but be prepared to pay $10 to park. the area around san clemente pier also has some options and parking is somewhat less of a hassle.
if you don't want to leave SD county then head south into carlsbad for some rivermouth breaks (exit tamarack off the 5) or further down past encinitas into cardiff for swami's which is a decent point break on big northwests. cardiff has all kinds of reef options, just drive up and down the 1 - it's right along the water - and you'll see where people tend to gather.
Oct 15, 2009, 04:01 PM #4
oh, if you're coming from charleston, you don't by any chance have a military ID? if so, DMJ's is epic and uncrowded on solid winter swell. it's just north of oceanside harbor in pendleton - you have to pass through a security checkpoint to access this break though. figure it's worth throwing out there because that's probably the best beachbreak around o-side, in my opinion. at 4-8+ ft in morning glass, you'll be staring at some of the longest, fastest barrels around.
Oct 16, 2009, 05:48 PM #5Junior Member
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There are A ton of places Trestles is not to far north and is real fun also Salt creek. 20 Min off the 5.
Oct 16, 2009, 10:11 PM #6
Thanks for all the helpful info guys. We're getting ready to buy our tickets next weekend! So with the forecasted moderate el nino is there a good chance of scoring pretty consistent surf this winter?? Ive heard a lot of hype about the upcoming season are yall buying it?
Oct 19, 2009, 01:55 AM #8
this time of year means combo swell city anyway, and it's been okay so far. no more below-waist days for the extended forecast so that's always a good thing.
Im actually not going to be there until dec 18