California has lots of things going against it, uncontrollable crowds, polluted water, all around cluster f**k shenanigans in and out of the water, everyone from your guidance counselor to your boss decked out in a hurley shirt saying “dude, totally” its almost enough to wanna give up surfing go rollerblading or do cross fit, but almost is almost so we surf on.
And if you think about it there are still things to love about surfing in the 31st state, these are just a few.
1. Diversity of Waves
From biggest of the big to perfect point surf , unnamed slabs to slow moving rolling historical surf locales -think San Onofre, California surf just about has it all-(except warm coral reef surf)
2. Crowded? No Worries
Yes it can be insanely crowded, weekend warriors now becoming weekday warriors. Everybody has gone surfing- on all sorts of water craft, but there is still ample opportunity to find your own lineup and catch a few waves by yourself. Either by timing it right-think mid winter 2nd shift, or just getting out of town and going on an in state surf trip- you got 840 miles of coastline to find an empty peak, chances are you will find it if you want it.
3. HWY 1
The best fricking highway in the world-from the crazy beach towns of So Cal to Big Sur and destinations north. Surfing in California, for a large majority of surfers, means spending lots of time on this road which is not necessarily a bad thing and can be pretty awe inspiring without even jumping in the water. (HWY 1 starts in Dana Point, Orange county and goes all the way up to Legget in Mendocino County.)
Ya there is plenty of surf above and below the 1 but start on one end and take your time traveling to the other and you will get some of the best surf this state has to offer.
There is no better time to be a surfer on the California coast than during the Autumn months – You still are getting some Southern Hemi pulses and the Aleutian juices are just starting to ramp up, combo swells for the beachbreaks and the points are awakening form the summer slumber! And for those in the so cal region – Santa Ana Winds!
5. Mexican Food
There is NOTHING like having a surf all morning, coming in with noodle arms and a empty stomach then rolling on over to the your local Taqueria for a large Horchata, Ceviche Tostada and some Carnitas Tacos!!! Take a nap and head out out for the low tide evening glass off.