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Latitude: 33° 31.972' N
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Step One: Get to Laguna Beach through Laguna Canyon Road or PCH (highway 1). Step two: get on PCH and go south (or north if you came through Dana Point). When you see the statue of the Greeter at the old Pottery Shack, that's Brooks Street. Step Three: It's hard to find a parking spot on Brooks on the "wet" side of PCH, so you might be better off turning inland and parking on the "dry" side. Step Four: There are stairs at Brooks, Oak, or Thalia. If you go down the stairs at Oak or Thalia, just walk south until you can't go any further.
DistanceIn the city
WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessPaddle > 20mn or Boat
Alternative name Brooks
DirectionRight and left
BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good swell directionWest, SouthWest, South
Good wind directionEast, NorthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 5m / 16 ft and over
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movementRising tide
Week crowdFew surfers
Week-end crowdFew surfers
Don't go deep! stay on the wing and be ready for a steep drop. After that it's easy. If you come in summer there will a lot of traffic. Also be aware of the blackball area between Brooks and Thalia during the summer.
This can be the biggest break in Laguna, but it needs a south swell to work. If you wait for a big swell (6-8ft.) you can meet people like Kelly Slater, Rob Machodo, Donavan Frankinter, and Bill Bryan. There are two main reefs, First and Second. First breaks most often. It's about 50 m from shore. First reef is REALY skecthy (ledgy, step, sometimes close out). The hundreds of boils can meke it hard to paddle at lower tides. Beware of rocks on the inside.
Second Reef is a very different world. Glassy, barrels, and plenty of carving space. It is big when this place breaks (6-10ft.). Second is about 95 m from shore. A place that rarely breaks is...Third Reef when the sets come trough you'd better be ready. When your on the inside and you see it peaking at fourth reef you think "Why the heak am I out here!".
When it is not big you'll see longboards and not so good surfers. It breaks at first on small days by the way. If you have any questions about the spot look for a guy named Ted Taylor in the line up. Have a good sesion.
All and all, Brooks is a sketchy wave that is fun. Have a good time!
By ELITE , 22-06-2013
Not very good - This spot is dangerous but not much shape and just a huge bowl. But it's very entertaining when it's big but you'll find me at Rockpile if it's big. This spot is total BS. The only good thing about this spot is 3rd reef.
By secertbreak10streetswimaroundthefarrocktotherightgettothenextcove! , 05-08-2010
lol haha the locals..... - mapquest: brook st. laguna beach 92651
for directions of course..
youtube: brook st. contest 07/25/09
its not the best video, but the locals here try to scare everyone away.. they won't even let 1 good pic or vid shed light on the internet.. but this video will give you idea of what can go down if the conditions are right.. this spot only really breaks big once a year at most if your lucky... big that is.. double/triple overhead... btw most of the pics on this site for this location are fake; only 2 of them are real..
BUOY INFO: NDBC Station 46223
SWEll INFO: SOUTH 180-190 degrees
the higher the seconds the better!
(3ft 15secs on buoy!) = over head+
(5-7ft 20secs on the buoy) this means the wedge is breaking most likely; beware of the first reef it turns into a nasty ledge; very steep drop when double/triple over head! best off riding second into oak street or ride thrid and get off near or after 2nd reef.. BEWARE ON BIG DAYS THIS WAVE CAN CLOSEOUT AND DO THE TOILET BOWL ON THE INSIDE!
TIDE: ride while going high (mid high +2.0/+3.0 best) bogs out at more than +5.0 don't ride if its super low tide 0.0 or lower "dry reef"!
BEST WIND: east/south
WORST WIND: west/north
all the locals know one another of course lol; don't talk to anyone; wait your turn; say you sorry if needed. And i bet you money no one will say shit.. after all its laguna beach.. if anyone gets stupid; call the cops! assault is assault weather its with ones fist or a board. not that anyone gonna doing thing, cuz it laguna beach. but you might get vibed if you rip and no one knows you..
By Anonymous , 28-03-2008
Rob Machado - Must have a house in the area because I saw him shopping at the ralphs in Laguna. I'm sure he's surfed here.
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