Surf California - Quick Facts
LOCATION: North America, West Coast
CURRENCY: US dollar
California is the state with the most people, and unfortunately most of them seem to surf. It's capital is Sacramento, and it's largest city is Los Angeles. California was the starting place for surfing in the US. Take a moment to find out about early Californian surf culture
If you're thinking about taking a trip, there's lots to do other than surfing. The Lonely Planet
have an excellent guide.
If you are looking to surf in North America then head on out to California - there is great surf all the way down the coast. It is worth the trip to catch the big wave surfers riding the mountains of Maverick's
during the huge winter swells.
If big wave surfing is not your thing then huge variety of other surfing spots will see that you have an enjoyable trip. Get yourself a car and a couple of boards and cruise up and down Highway 1 Santa Cruz
and Half Moon Bay in San Mateo
During the winter months in Southern California the Santa Ana kicks in, which delivers offshore conditions on big Pacific Swells and generates pure glass surf. With the miles of beach breaks shared between Huntington Beach
and Santa Cruz it makes you want to pack your bags right now!
If you are looking for mild weather all year, easy quality waves to reach and surf, then California is the choice for you and you will not be disappointed. Top spots to visit if you get a chance are Steamer Lane
Browse the California surf spot map above to get more in depth information about surfing and traveling around California.
Surfing California - The Good
Offshore Offshore Offshore
Huge Variety Of Surf Spots
Easy Access To Surf Spots
Surf California - The Bad and the Ugly
Cold In Winter (and cold water year round)
Crowds (of very good surfers)
California Surfing Conditions
California Swell Size
and California Water Temperature
Californian Waves. Photo:BrownDogWilson
Please contribute some information to these pages if you can. Your knowledge could help someone on a surf trip to Cali, so spare some time if you can. You can see from the Orange County surf
page just how useful contributions can be.