[quote="Katsura"]One word, San Onofres
Or is that 2 words?
Actually it should be four words - to paraphrase the well known song "San Onofres, San Onofres so good they named it twice - I love it"
Just back home and will long remember the surfing at San O'. It was by far my favorite spot, although having surfed it once I didnt go anywhere else after!
I started in San Diego, Scripts at La Jolla and on to Encinitas. The surf was small (magic seaweed was listing 1 & 1/2 foot at 16sec all week. So without much swell the waves would jack up at the last minute out of nowhere. So I found these spots frustrating. The short boarders were getting very short rides.
Next came Malibu where I was interested to see but didnt think I'd get to surf it because of crowds and attitude. But I couldnt resist. Had a really nice dawn session. Not too crowded and the vibe was great. Surf was waist high with the very odd one slightly bigger so I suppose the serious lot were not out.
But with these same conditions San O' was producing shoulder to head high! Easy to get out and again a great vibe. Never really got windy either.
In relation to some of my queries - in case anyone has the same :
Board hire was patchy. Some spots only catered for beginners with soft boards. I would definately recommend hiring for the duration if you plan to surf regularly. I rented for the second half of the trip from Bruce Jones in Sunset Beach ( http://www.brucejones.com
) he had a great selection of rental boards.
For Irish/UK visitors I would recommend bringing a short summer wetsuit. The water wasnt cold but it wasnt warm and some days the breeze was quite stiff.
So thanks guys for all the recommendations - pity I couldnt try them all, but all in all surfwise I had a great trip.