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Surf at Pacifica State Beach

Pacifica, California

based on 8 reviews


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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Not by choice so much as by convenience and necessity of getting out into the water as often as possible, this spot just does it for me. I most often hit up boat docks when I have my longboard, but I don't shy away from north side when it's pumping. The break at the river mouth by taco bell is pretty reliable when nothing else is good. And did i mention there is a taco bell on the beach? That pretty much says it all.

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

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.

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

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.

this place is great for learning to surf! As you head north on the beach the waves become stronger and a bit more powerful! get here early in the early AM if you want no crowds!

Super chill and fun beach for surfing but after 10am on the weekends, it gets pretty crowded. The surf school teaches its classes on the far end of the south side, so best to move a little north if you see the yellow shirts.

Linda Mar can be fun, but it can also get crowded. It is more gentle than Ocean Beach and better for learning. Also good for SUP surfing. Just be nice and share the waves!

Pacifica is fun if ocean beach is a little too steep or if you prefer riding a longboard. The break is typically a more wind-protected as well.

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