The 5 Things You Need to Know Before Going Surfing in California
Southern California, the stretch of coast from Santa Barbara to The Mexican boarder is the cradle of modern surfing. The combination of beach lifestyle, affluent population and a state that is renowned for promoting freedom, has led to the creation of the surf sub culture.
Although Hawaii is the spiritual home of surfing, SoCal as it's affectionately known, is the home of all things modern surfing. It developed here due to a good climate and an incredible variety of quality waves all in close proximity to a lot of people who just love the beach.
Southern California get waves all year round, but to get the best out of the coast, then there are two distinct times you'll want to head out there. From November to February is the winter season, big swells pump out of the North Pacific and light up the whole of The Californian coast.
Southern California, with it's more stable weather grooms these swells into clean walls. In the north are the classic points of Rincon and beaches like Silverstrand are the go. Los Angeles has some classic heavy beach breaks and more rippable ones like Surf City, Huntington Beach. Then heading towards San Diego there are classic reef breaks like Trestles.
It's impossible to generalise wave wise but you can roughly split the area up, although all sorts of waves exist in all the areas. From Santa Barbara to Malibu there are some classic point breaks, Rincon and Malibu being the most famous. Then generally speaking in LA it's all about beach breaks, some of them classic.
California has a lot of Great White sharks, and whilst the so called Red Triangle is further north, they do come south. How dangerous are they? Well attacks do happen, they are rare but it's worth keeping it in mind, but not so much that you should have the Jaws theme tune in your head all the time.