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Go to Cardiff Reef on high tide and look directly in the rivermouth. You can't miss it when its working.
DistanceIn the city
WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)
Easy to find?OK
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Wave qualityRegional Classic
ExperiencePros or kamikaze only...
DirectionRight and left
BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)
PowerHollow, Powerful, Ledgey
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionNorth, NorthWest, West
Good wind directionEast
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+
Best tide positionLow tide only
Best tide movementFalling tide
This wave is extremly heavy when its big. Not for the inexpierenced. The drop is very crucial (bring a shortboard or semi gun). After the drop a thick grinding tube reels down the line. The right barrels right of the takeoff then closes out on the inside. Also, there is no channel on the right. The left barrels just as good as the right. When you come out of the barrel on the left you will see a nice steep wall for hits and carves. When you kick out there is a channel to paddle back out through.
Wear booties!! The reef is very sharp when you walk out. Also, if you get caught inside don't duckdive you WILL hit the bottom.
Bring your A game and be prepared for thick tubes. P.S. Some of the best shortboarders in town surf here so be patient for the good ones.
By Anonymous , 19-09-2016
lived front row for a decade - its only suckouts when it gets so low the longboarders cant make the drop anymore. then its mostly a right. u can get a tube and come out before it closes out, maybe even get a hit in. lefts are usually just a closeout u cant make. i spent 20 some years on that left. the boys would sit shoulder to shoulder with me and go right since they knew i was goin left.
By Gary Strahle , 17-04-2013
SUCKIES IS MINE - Brahs listen to me one time. IF you see da bubble on da secund reef YA! Im going, its mine, no care if you slates ya. Im pullin in no madda what cuz. See you at LOTUS Bra.
By Anonymous , 22-09-2009
HAHA! - Pretty funny people talking like suckouts is some pro wave. It's suck outs! Land of the longboarders who cruise over from cardiff. Yeah there is a spot to sit but that place is tame compared to other sand diego throwing breaks. I've surfed it up to 12 foot also. Many times in the 6-8 range.
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