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    Trip to San Diego

    I'm going to San Diego in January and have never been before. I bodyboard so I was gonna bring my boards but I don't know where to go. I figured I'd make a trip to the wedge if it was going off or something. any ideas? also good places to eat, see, visit let me know.
    Thanks!!

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    For boogie boarding, your best bet is probably Ocean Beach or Oceanside if the surf is average. If the surf is good, head to Windansea, Marine Street or Horseshoe. Marine St. is a good shorebreak, Windansea is a reef with good shorebreak, and Horseshoe is kind of a small Teahupoo clone when it's working correctly (i.e., you might eat reef). Oh, and Imperial Beach gets really good and hollow and there's a decent Sponge crew....but the winter storms bring pollution from Tijuana occasionally.

    There's lots of other breaks in SD, but most aren't very Boogie friendly.

    The Wedge is about 1 1/2 to 2 hour drive from SD. WARNING: it ain't OCMD. If you're not very experienced, it might be better to watch from the beach.

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    Don't go anywhere since ur a sponger ..... stay home

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hot Karl View Post
    Don't go anywhere since ur a sponger ..... stay home
    well then i hope i'll get a new surfboard for christmas then so i can go out

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    Quote Originally Posted by kidrock View Post
    For boogie boarding, your best bet is probably Ocean Beach or Oceanside if the surf is average. If the surf is good, head to Windansea, Marine Street or Horseshoe. Marine St. is a good shorebreak, Windansea is a reef with good shorebreak, and Horseshoe is kind of a small Teahupoo clone when it's working correctly (i.e., you might eat reef). Oh, and Imperial Beach gets really good and hollow and there's a decent Sponge crew....but the winter storms bring pollution from Tijuana occasionally.

    There's lots of other breaks in SD, but most aren't very Boogie friendly.

    The Wedge is about 1 1/2 to 2 hour drive from SD. WARNING: it ain't OCMD. If you're not very experienced, it might be better to watch from the beach.
    thanks that really helps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by schrader View Post
    also good places to eat, see, visit let me know.
    Thanks!!
    I would definitely walk around Ocean Beach... lots of interesting people watching in that town... Just go to Newport Ave and take a walk from there. They got a really great burger joint called Hodad's, and quite a few bars with outside patios along the street there. If you are going with your chick, take a ride south from Ocean Beach and check out Sunset Cliffs during a sunset. Pretty sick place. hell, I would go there by myself just to check it out. That place gets some really good surf too, so maybe give that a check.
    If you are looking to go out at night, check out Pacific Beach... all the bars and girls you could ask for. Hit up PB Bar & Grill for taco tuesday, but if you go to Club Tremors in the back you are lame.

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    thanks thats definitely helpful...any shops i could rent surfboards from?

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    You can rent boards from just about any surf shop on any beach in SD. Ocean Beach (OB) has lots of board shops that rents boards.

    Check out Sunset Cliffs ("The Cliffs"), it is indeed awesome....the reef breaks and expensive homes are worth the price of admission. BUT....you will NOT be welcome as a sponger or beginning surfer at ANY spot at the Cliffs, and will be harassed without exception. I gave you a list of breaks that are very good for sponging, and spongers are "generally" welcome there. Sunset Cliffs does NOT make the "sponger-friendly" list.

    Make sure you try any of the Roberto's taco stands, and order the Carne Asada burrito. You will never want to go home. Also, make sure you try the Especial de San Diego....the Fish Taco. It sounds gross, but 2 million people can't be wrong.

    If you got the $$$, stay in Old Town. It's a 5 minute drive to all the city beaches and the best attractions, and it is THEE place to be on the weekends if you like good food and drink.

    Feel free to PM me with any other questions you might have. I speak from 30 years experience of living and surfing SD.
    Last edited by kidrock; Nov 30, 2010 at 11:33 PM.

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    Go to the strip at Pacific Beach. Sick drink specials and easy chicks.

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    Plenty of fun to be had at Windansea and Horseshoe. Southside of the Windansea bay is another good spot, Big Rock, a shallow dredging left. To the north in San Diego county is one of my other favorite spots, Seaside Reef (south end of large cove known for the Cardiff Reef on the north end). Plenty of spots along La Jolla Shores, the pier and Blacks. Many of the breaks in SoCal are unofficially segregated by board types -- it helps to know somebody to break into the cliques, e.g., The Cliffs. One of the locals out there should be stepping forward as your "sponsor."