I am new to this forum and new to surfing. I wanted to check in and see if there are any of the fellow Orange Countians have any recommendations for me on which beach would be the best for learning how to surf.
About me: 34, lived in OC my entire life, but now just became interested in surfing. I have a 7'8" funboard.
I live in Dana Point and usually take my board down to Salt Creek which is probably the worst spot to learn. I usually get into the water at the far end of the beach to avoid everyone. Problem with Salt Creek is that the waves seem to break super close to the shore which freaks me out. Plus, many of the riders there are seasoned and the beach is generally crowded, so I don't think this is the best spot for me.
I have been mulling over just purchasing a CA State Park day use pass and learning how to ride at Doheny and Trails at San Onofre as I have heard that they are good places to start out at.
Is Donehy a good place to learn? Are there other beaches in the area with similar wave patterns? And is the water quality as poor as people say it is?
I don't really have any friends that surf except for one who isn't entirely reliable, so I'd likely be going out on my own.
Anyways, any input would be appreciated. Thanks!