Surf at Pacifica State Beach


Added by Austin Brizgys

This is a more user-friendly spot than Ocean Beach with an easier paddle out. There is easy parking and beach accessibility. The break is usually more wind protected and has an easier begginer break toward the south end of the beach. Duration: 2 hours.

If you're looking for a place to surf and Ocean Beach isn't quite your speed or Santa Cruz is too far, head to Pacifica, specifically Linda Mar. Linda Mar is usually more wind protected and user-friendly than ocean beach. Break out your longboard or hybrid board and head to this beach. There is easy parking, bathrooms, and showers. Beginners should look toward the south end of the beach for an easier paddle out. Bonus: there's a taco bell on the beach.

If you're looking for something more substantive than the bell, head to Colombo's Delicatessen afterward or grab it beforehand and spend the day at the beach!

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🥇Top Contributor

5 months ago

Good beginner spot

Surf here in the mornings and hang out on the beach for lunch. Gets very crowded on the beach in summer


🥇Top Contributor

5 months ago

Great spot to learn to surf

This is a great beginner surf break in NorCal. With wide beaches and ample parking, there is lots of room for everyone. Also a beautiful spot to hang out and watch the surfers.

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10 months ago

Great spot for beginners

Great spot for beginner surfers on the south side of the beach near the river mouth. It gets bigger on the northside.

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almost 5 years ago

Easy surf, but crowded

It's nice to have a spot for beginners that's so close to the city. That is also probably why it can get insanely crowded. Definitely go on the weekdays or very early in the morning to enjoy a little space.

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about 5 years ago

Fun for beginners. Can be but crowded

This is more of a beginner spot. Some days it picks up and can be more critical for experienced surfers, but typically this wave is mellow and a fun wave to grab your longboard and head out. Most surf rules still apply, but folks are understanding that they are among newcomers. Don't be intimidated while trying to learn to surf here.

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