Southern California

California is located on the west coast of North America facing the Pacific Ocean. With over 2,000 kilometres of coastlines, California is home to a variety of famous surf breaks. The North-western regions of California are dominated with the rugged Klamath Mountains whereas the south-east of California is the Mojave Desert which covers an expansive area of the state.

Southern California is made up of eight counties, including Santa Barbara and Orange County located on the coastline with access to some of the world's most famous surfing. With a wide selection of surf spots along the Southern California coastline it lives and breathes the surfs culture and lifestyle with the ultimate locations for outdoor entertainment such as beach bonfires, volleyball, bike riding or even stand-up paddle boarding.

Southern California has a bit of everything, whether you want to be all about the surfing and beautiful beaches to the wine country and sight-seeing. This is the place for all the live music, galleries, surfing and sandcastle building you need.

If you want to ride some of the most famous breaks around the world, this is the place for you.

Weather in Southern California

Situated in the Northern Hemisphere, California's climate is varied and trends towards extremes. They generally have two seasons, a long dry summer (June-August) with low humidity and cool evenings and a mild, rainy winter (December-February), except in the high mountains where snowfalls from November to April. Average Summer Temperatures range from 29°c to 18°c from and from 12°c to 7 °c is the average range during the winter months.

Southern California

Huntington Pier, Northside

Huntington Pier, Northside
Surf Skill:
2
Break:
Right/Left
Surf Type:
  • Funboarders
  • Longboarders
  • Shortboarders
Season:
Jan - Dec
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The Northside of the Huntington Pier better in the winter months where a punchy right-hander runs in towards the pier.

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Huntington Pier, Southside

Huntington Pier, Southside
Surf Skill:
2
Break:
Right/Left
Surf Type:
  • Funboarders
  • Longboarders
  • Shortboarders
Season:
Jan - Feb, Nov - Dec
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Typically the Southside of Huntington Pier is to be better during the summer months, where it picks up the Southerly swells.

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Southern California

Lower Trestles

Lower Trestles
Surf Skill:
3
Break:
Right/Left
Surf Type:
  • Longboarders
  • Shortboarders
Season:
Jan - Dec
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Lower Trestles is one of the most famous places in California and is the apex of high performance surfing. It offers forgiving, rippable walls going both left and right.

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Southern California

Rincon

Rincon
Surf Skill:
3
Break:
Right
Surf Type:
  • Bodyboarders
  • Longboarders
  • Shortboarders
Season:
Jan - Feb, Sep - Dec
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Rincon is a world famous point break and arguably Californias best. It offers long, barreling perfection that, on the right swell, that will keep going over two hundred metres.

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Southern California

The Wedge (USA)

The Wedge (USA)
Surf Skill:
4
Break:
Left
Surf Type:
  • Bodyboarders
  • Body Surfers
  • Kneeboarders
  • + More
Season:
Jun - Aug
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The Wedge is a ridiculously mean and powerful wave, if you can even call it that. Its best suited to bodyboarding or bodysurfing, although you will find some insane shortboarders taking it on.

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Upper Trestles

Upper Trestles
Surf Skill:
3
Break:
Rights
Surf Type:
  • Longboarders
  • Shortboarders
Season:
Jan - Dec
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Although the Surf Media usually focuses on Lowers, a few hundred metres South, Upper Trestles produces some equally impressive rights.

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