The Best Surf Destinations in California

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Natalie Guerrero

California is known for is chill vibes, amazing sights, and most importantly its incredible waves. If you are looking to shred some waves next time you visit the golden state, check out out list of best surf destinations below.

Rincon, Santa Barbara

Rincon is by far the hottest and gnarliest surf spot in the area. Rincon is a breaking point between Goleta and Carpenteria, making it an ideal place for the waves to roll in. It can be crowded at times, but that only is because the waves and surf weather is so perfect. The minimal feel makes it truly feel like it is just you, your board, and the waves out there.


Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles

Manhattan Beach is an ideal surf spot in California. This spot is close to shops, restaurants, and tourist attractions; however, the waves are fierce, furious, and fun. The ocean is constantly stacked with surfers from everywhere dying to shred some waves at this awesome spot. This spot takes any tide except extreme high and gives surfers what they need for a great day out on the water. Check out the Manhattan Beach surf report here.

Manhattan Beach at Sunset

Malibu, Los Angeles

Malibu is a serene and beautiful place to bring your board and do some surfing. Malibu feels private and homey making the surfing experience introspective, gorgeous, and peaceful. Malibu surfing is iconic, and an attraction to some of the most notable surf celebrities around the globe. The ‘bu, as locals call it, is just about a dozen miles out of the LA smog, making this place a perfect spot to enjoy boarding and serenity.


Huntington Beach

Though the waves are pretty chilly, surfers are eager to shred the waves in Huntington Beach, California. This place makes for good times all around. It is for those fast-paced wave lovers that need an adrenaline rush an a surfing community. You will be on the water with countless of other surfers, so get your wet suit ready for this action packed surf city.

The Wedge, Newport

The Wedge is a popular surf spot located at the extreme east of the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach, California. The Wedge can produce waves up to 30 feet depending on the swell. The wedge is a place for surf pros to go show off their skill while enjoying some killer waves and awesome company.

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