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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Little Waimea

USA, California, San Diego County

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Latitude: 32° 41.433' N
Longitude: 117° 17.283' W

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Get a boat or shmooze someone with a boat. Have them take you down to shelter island. Drop the boat and head out to sea..........the break is at the tip of the outlet on your right side past Ralph's (the break....not the store.)

English (Translate this text in English): Get a boat or shmooze someone with a boat. Have them take you down to shelter island. Drop the boat and head out to sea..........the break is at the tip of the outlet on your right side past Ralph's (the break....not the store.)

English (Translate this text in English): Get a boat or shmooze someone with a boat. Have them take you down to shelter island. Drop the boat and head out to sea..........the break is at the tip of the outlet on your right side past Ralph's (the break....not the store.)

English (Translate this text in English): Get a boat or shmooze someone with a boat. Have them take you down to shelter island. Drop the boat and head out to sea..........the break is at the tip of the outlet on your right side past Ralph's (the break....not the store.)

DistanceDay trip

WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)

Easy to find?Hard to find

Public access?

Special accessBy boat only

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name Outside Reef at the Lighthouse

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperiencePros or kamikaze only...

FrequencySometimes break

Wave

TypeReef-rocky

DirectionRight and left

BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)

PowerPowerful

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest, South

Good wind directionSouthEast, East, NorthEast

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.5m-2m /5ft-6ft and holds up to 5m / 16 ft and over

Best tide positionHigh tide only

Best tide movementRising tide

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdEmpty

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow
- Rocks
- Man-made danger (buoys etc..)

 Additional Information

Only go when it's big and high tide. This break is seperate from the lighthouse break on the reef (which at low tide can become exposed) and is located south of that reef. It only breaks when it's big seeing as how the reef is deeper........but when it's on........it's a nice clean right and a mental left. (close-out after 50M)

English (Translate this text in English): Only go when it's big and high tide. This break is seperate from the lighthouse break on the reef (which at low tide can become exposed) and is located south of that reef. It only breaks when it's big seeing as how the reef is deeper........but when it's on........it's a nice clean right and a mental left. (close-out after 50M)

English (Translate this text in English): Only go when it's big and high tide. This break is seperate from the lighthouse break on the reef (which at low tide can become exposed) and is located south of that reef. It only breaks when it's big seeing as how the reef is deeper........but when it's on........it's a nice clean right and a mental left. (close-out after 50M)

English (Translate this text in English): Only go when it's big and high tide. This break is seperate from the lighthouse break on the reef (which at low tide can become exposed) and is located south of that reef. It only breaks when it's big seeing as how the reef is deeper........but when it's on........it's a nice clean right and a mental left. (close-out after 50M)

Atmosphere

As with all big wave spots, the utmost respect for the wave must be established before paddling out. It breaks both ways but tends to be a better right than left because of the close outs to the left. This break can also have Jet-skiers in the sets......although they ussually leave the guys surfing plenty of room, there's always a couple of kooks that will give jet-skiers a bad name.

English (Translate this text in English): As with all big wave spots, the utmost respect for the wave must be established before paddling out. It breaks both ways but tends to be a better right than left because of the close outs to the left. This break can also have Jet-skiers in the sets......although they ussually leave the guys surfing plenty of room, there's always a couple of kooks that will give jet-skiers a bad name.

English (Translate this text in English): As with all big wave spots, the utmost respect for the wave must be established before paddling out. It breaks both ways but tends to be a better right than left because of the close outs to the left. This break can also have Jet-skiers in the sets......although they ussually leave the guys surfing plenty of room, there's always a couple of kooks that will give jet-skiers a bad name.

English (Translate this text in English): As with all big wave spots, the utmost respect for the wave must be established before paddling out. It breaks both ways but tends to be a better right than left because of the close outs to the left. This break can also have Jet-skiers in the sets......although they ussually leave the guys surfing plenty of room, there's always a couple of kooks that will give jet-skiers a bad name.

General

Love the spot.......big, powerful, hollow, empty.

English (Translate this text in English): Love the spot.......big, powerful, hollow, empty.

English (Translate this text in English): Love the spot.......big, powerful, hollow, empty.

English (Translate this text in English): Love the spot.......big, powerful, hollow, empty.

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By IBNATIVE84 , 05-05-2011

- medium tide going low - 8 foot day nobody out. Bring a 6'5++ alot of water moves here and its hard to get into anything unless your in the perfect spot with a small board and if you do the lip is very powerful and will just pin you to it anyway. you need a clean paddle / takeoff here and you can get an epic right point break wave and if the tide is low enough it offers quite probably the fastest section you can find on a pointbreak almost anywhere

By Anonymous , 21-07-2010

TOOls - This spot is best surfed in 12' speed boat or hobie cat...ask me how I know

By Anonymous , 18-03-2010

CHANNEL? - I surfed in front of the lighthouse. Good call on the coast guard guys. There were 5 dudes out there, they were all in the coast guard. But they were pretty relaxed and when me and my buddy rolled out they were letting us ride waves. My first time here in about 2 yrs. Forgot how hard it can be to get into the channel. Lots of seals, makes you wonder what side of the food chain they are on. But a fun wave nonetheless.

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