Places to Surf

So you want to surf U.S.A.? Everybody may not have an ocean, but California has enough surf spots for the whole nation! Before you plan your next surf trip, check out these great surf regions in Cali.

The Bay Area features waves both great and small. One of the best places for experienced surfers in Mavericks is San Matteo. The site is fairly dangerous, which leaves the waves uncrowded for those who dare to try their skills. The waves are huge, with up to 60-foot faces, and sharks are known to patrol the waters. Yet the thrill of the perfectly-breaking waves continues to draw veteran surfers into the cold waters. For beginners, Cowells in Santa Cruz is a safe spot to learn on small breaks.

Central Coast of California is not to be ignored, despite its few surfing areas. If you’re in the area, be sure to check out a few of the best breaks. Carmel by the Sea in Monterey is ridiculously packed for a reason. Many consider it the best surf spot in the area, with waves both enjoyable and safe. For a less crowded beach, try Cayucos in San Luis de Obispo.

Northern California keeps its surfing population happy with a handful of nice breaks. Most of the places in Northern California are suited for advanced surfers and can be rugged. In Humboldt Country, you can get your fix at Patrick’s Point.

Southern California is hands-down the best place to go if you’re looking for a good break. With over sixty surf spots, this region has something for everyone. Los Angeles County and Orange County have many popular spots, but they tend to be crowded whenever there is a wave. San Diego is slightly less crowded, with waves just as good as the more popular spots. Despite a lack of consistent waves in any given area, you’ll pretty much always be able to find a place that’s going off.

To make sure you get the best out of your surfing adventure, join TheCaliCamp! Our team of locals know what break works, and they bring you right to the best available spot. Nobody like spending hours driving around to find surf spots, only to find nothing that’s going off. Besides the famous breaks, Southern California has many awesome little-known waves. You can ride the popular breaks and also be introduced to California’s best kept secrets when you take a week at TheCaliCamp. You’ll enjoy the freedom of surfing without the hassle of renting a car, and you’ll get to do it all together with other surf travelers.

What’s your favorite California surf spot?

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