by Jack Kenefick on December 27, 2011
Having grown up in Orange County my entire life, I know a thing or two about surfing and where to do it. Surfing is at the heart of Orange County Culture. This is evident, in the fact that Orange County is considered the Surfing Headquarters of the world. With just about every major Surf company headquartered along the beaches here, including the International Surfing Museum in Huntington Beach. Surfing is a way of life here in Orange County. With our renowned sandy beaches, and excellent surf breaks, Orange County has a lot more to offer the avid surfer. In fact I’m going to share with you some of my favorite places to catch some waves.
My top two favorite places to surf are down south at San Onofre State Beach and Trestles down in San Clemente. These two breaks are the best at what they are known for. San Onofre is one of the best places to longboard in the country. With waves breaking out almost a quartermile, you can be sure to catch a nice long ride. Just watch out for all the other people there because I’ve never seen it not crowded on a good day. Also, you can be sure to see plenty of dolphions enjoying the surf as well!
Trestles is one of the best point breaks in the world, and is certainly the best in the U.S. Every year the top surfers from around the world come to compete and enjoy the perfect A frame barrels that Southern Orange County has to offer. The crowds are pretty rough there though so If you aren’t a seasoned veteran I wouldn’t mess around down there.
Northern Orange County has plenty of great surf breaks as well. The U.S. Open of surfing is held every summer in Hunting Beach which is also know as Surf City, USA. Again professional surfers from around the U.S. and World come and compete along the Huntington Pier in one of the most highly anticipated and watched surfing events of the year. Be sure to get there early, as spots on the pier and beach fill up quite quickly. When the U.S. Open is going on, there are plenty of breaks along the Huntington Beach stretch of coast.
A little farther south, in Newport Beach you can find plenty of places to surf. The World famous Wedge is at the very tip of the Balboa Peninsula and on the right swell can see waves in the 20 ft- 25 ft+ range. This break is extremely dangerous and should be left to the professionals on huge days like that. What makes this so dangerous is the fact that the waves crash right on the sand, leaving many people injured or dead if they are not a seasoned swimmer/surfer. All along the peninsula there are plenty of great surf breaks. For most the 52nd-56th street stretch is the most popular providing some of the best waves in the area. A little further south you can find some smaller, better shaped waves with less of crowd, usually from 36th st down to the Newport Pier.
These are just a few of my favorite places, obviously I wouldn’t give up my favorite ”Secret Spots” because then they wouldn’t be a secret anymore would they? If you have a favorite place that you like to catch a few waves at, don’t hesitate to share below in the comments!
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