the pier doesn't make the waves weaker. On some days, it make waves very close to the pier bigger. You won't be riding them for 1 to 3 years. The reasons Huntington Beach is a good surf spot (for beginners) are (and I'm sure I missed something):
1. Consistent waves - that means there usually are waves on most days
2. Miles of beach break - that means you can find your own place without interference from others or causing interference to better surfers
3. Longish crumbly zone - Crumbly waves are the broken waves that are characterized by lots of white foam and froth. This is what beginners learn to surf on. Combine this with 1 and 2 above and you should be beginning to understand why this is a good place
4. lots of other surfers - this helpful becuase you'll be able to watch other surfers (from the water, too, on your own board for best view) and learn from what they do. You should also be able to find some surfers to talk to and learn this way, as well.
5. The Sugar Shack Cafe located on Main Street - this restaurant has been serving man-sized breakfasts and lunches for decades. Many surfing legends have fueled themselves there. You find it's great following an early morning session.
6. Huntington Beach International Surf Museuam located on Olive Street - this is a great little museum and you'll appreciate it when you arrive to find now waves or swell. Then you can go to the museum.
Now hurry and get into the water!
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on Tue Jun 15, 2010 4:33 am, edited 1 time in total.