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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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 Windansea

USA, California, San Diego County

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximate

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Latitude: 32° 49.766' N
Longitude: 117° 16.96' W

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in la jolla...turn off la jolla blvd down nautilus st towards the beach parking along Neptune st right next to the beach

English (Translate this text in English): in la jolla...turn off la jolla blvd down nautilus st towards the beach parking along Neptune st right next to the beach

English (Translate this text in English): in la jolla...turn off la jolla blvd down nautilus st towards the beach parking along Neptune st right next to the beach

English (Translate this text in English): in la jolla...turn off la jolla blvd down nautilus st towards the beach parking along Neptune st right next to the beach

DistanceIn the city

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

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 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencyRegular

Wave

TypeReef-rocky

DirectionRight and left

BottomReef (coral,sharp rocks etc..) with sand

Power

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell direction

Good wind direction

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft

Best tide positionAll tides

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Week crowdCrowded

Week-end crowdUltra crowded

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eaks farther out at low tide...better time to surf. paddle out just south of the surf shack (historical landmark, come in the same way. Left on the wave can barrel at times with the right swell. Windansea is the main peak, on the right swell Big Rock will break (NW, WNW, sometimes a west) which is directly south of Windan and breaks in hollow, left, peeling barrels on a shallow reef in front a big rock that sticks out of the water...super hollow its SD's pipeline when it gets good. Rights and lefts are both good at windansea

English (Translate this text in English): eaks farther out at low tide...better time to surf. paddle out just south of the surf shack (historical landmark, come in the same way. Left on the wave can barrel at times with the right swell. Windansea is the main peak, on the right swell Big Rock will break (NW, WNW, sometimes a west) which is directly south of Windan and breaks in hollow, left, peeling barrels on a shallow reef in front a big rock that sticks out of the water...super hollow its SD's pipeline when it gets good. Rights and lefts are both good at windansea

English (Translate this text in English): eaks farther out at low tide...better time to surf. paddle out just south of the surf shack (historical landmark, come in the same way. Left on the wave can barrel at times with the right swell. Windansea is the main peak, on the right swell Big Rock will break (NW, WNW, sometimes a west) which is directly south of Windan and breaks in hollow, left, peeling barrels on a shallow reef in front a big rock that sticks out of the water...super hollow its SD's pipeline when it gets good. Rights and lefts are both good at windansea

English (Translate this text in English): eaks farther out at low tide...better time to surf. paddle out just south of the surf shack (historical landmark, come in the same way. Left on the wave can barrel at times with the right swell. Windansea is the main peak, on the right swell Big Rock will break (NW, WNW, sometimes a west) which is directly south of Windan and breaks in hollow, left, peeling barrels on a shallow reef in front a big rock that sticks out of the water...super hollow its SD's pipeline when it gets good. Rights and lefts are both good at windansea

Atmosphere

Dont drop in on anyone, locals are generally pretty cool but it can get bad when it gets crowded on the weekends and the guys that think theyre hot stuff come out. Parkings usually pretty full, just park farther up the street and walk, its not too bad

English (Translate this text in English): Dont drop in on anyone, locals are generally pretty cool but it can get bad when it gets crowded on the weekends and the guys that think theyre hot stuff come out. Parkings usually pretty full, just park farther up the street and walk, its not too bad

English (Translate this text in English): Dont drop in on anyone, locals are generally pretty cool but it can get bad when it gets crowded on the weekends and the guys that think theyre hot stuff come out. Parkings usually pretty full, just park farther up the street and walk, its not too bad

English (Translate this text in English): Dont drop in on anyone, locals are generally pretty cool but it can get bad when it gets crowded on the weekends and the guys that think theyre hot stuff come out. Parkings usually pretty full, just park farther up the street and walk, its not too bad

General

pretty awesome spot sometimes in the winter it gets double overhead + and pretty heavy...definatley a classic spot

English (Translate this text in English): pretty awesome spot sometimes in the winter it gets double overhead + and pretty heavy...definatley a classic spot

English (Translate this text in English): pretty awesome spot sometimes in the winter it gets double overhead + and pretty heavy...definatley a classic spot

English (Translate this text in English): pretty awesome spot sometimes in the winter it gets double overhead + and pretty heavy...definatley a classic spot

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Windansea
By Pooface
Jun 2, 2007
BIG - SUPER BIG, SKETCHY, AND POWERFUL. A guy broke his board in half DUCKDIVING! I still got some really good rides and ripped as hard as I could.
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Windansea
By Pooface
May 20, 2007
Wedgey - First surf at windansea, it was wedgey with 3ft waves at most. pretty empty compared to scripps area.
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Windansea
By CHarvey
Jan 21, 2007
Stormy - Water was really stormy and had quite a bit a texture on it. It was my first time surfing there so I spent some time watching the other guys to see where they were paddling out and how they were catching everything. I had a hard time of it. I will ha
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Windansea
By Billington
Feb 10, 1976
- I surfed there mutiple times in the mid 1970's Chris Orourke was the best. He passed from Hodgkins disease. He had the place wired...
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By Anonymous , 23-04-2010

Dude - Wow. Reading the mostly cringe-worthy comments peppered with meltdowns will give you the douche chills something fierce.

Yes, this is a really good, really consistent fun wave.
No, the locals are not friendly.
Yes, people outside of the local crew surf here. If you posses the proper ettiquete and skill and can deal with stink-eye youll probably be OK. Dont push your luck.

Yes, the wave will pull in sets that are significantly larger than the surrounding beachs. Excluding Blacks of course.

By Anonymous , 08-03-2010

PHXCOASTIE - This is probably the best reef in La Jolla. Its not the heaviest (big rock) or the biggest (the cove), and not the best reef in SD (probably ralphs or the coast guard life house in pt. loma) but it is the best in terms of surfability. It wont kill you or jack you up. There are a couple of shallow sections but even those aren't too bad. Nothing compared to Puerto Rico or Barbados.
The locals CAN be real douches from time to time. Typically the older guys. I'm 31 and surfed here for over 6 yrs, but still there are dudes who claim to be a hot-shit local, but I've never seen them. Like everyone else said, show some etiquette and if some tool starts hassling you just ignore him and snake the next set.

By Anonymous , 19-03-2009

RESPECT - Windansea is a pretty sick spot. If all else fails throught San Diego County you can always count on windan to be poppin. As for the crowd.. Well as the comment a few comments below mine says the crowd can be abit instense. Sure, like all spots show respect and everything will be alright but every so often they blow shit out of proportion. Even when they are in the wrong they still want to cause problems and when you call them out on it they say the typical story "I'm a local". Forget about going toe to toe one on one like it should be, they will back down go and get all their friends and then act hard. To get respect you must also earn respect.

Dickdraggers 4 life

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