Whether you are a seasoned pro or just learning to pop up, San Diego is
blessed with world-famous breaks for every level. Check out these waves.
Talented surfers from all over Southern California are drawn to this consistently excellent spot within San Onofre State Beach, on the border between
San Diego and Orange counties. It’s a long hike from the parking lot and
often crowded, but worth it to ride the legendary breaks.
Home to San Diego’s most famous surfer, Rob Machado, Cardiff
boasts longboarders, stand-up paddlers and surfers riding every
kind of board made from the ’60s to the present day. Check out
the infamous “Cardiff Kook” statue, often dressed in costume or
decorated for an occasion.
A mecca for advanced surfers seeking the best waves off San Diego’s coast, this
iconic spot is also known as San Diego’s unofficial “clothing optional” beach, so
brace yourself for some birthday suit sight-ings. The most popular route to the beach is
down the bluffs at Torrey Pines Gliderport.
It’s a steep climb and trails can be unsteady,
so be cautious.
Reliable waves and good exposure to all swell
directions make this sandy stretch popular
with surfers of all skill levels. Multiple surf
breaks stretching down the coast encourage
the crowd to spread out, so you’ll have space
to call your own. For some of the best breaks,
walk straight out to the ocean from the end
of 19th, 23rd or 25th Street.
is an SDTA
Guide to the
Rob Machado surfing
San Diego Surf School
Whether you want a private,
group or family lesson, or full
immersion in a surf camp,
this friendly school will deliver
a true SoCal surf experience
in waters off Pacific Beach.
4850 Cass St., Pacific Beach
Started by twin sisters Izzy
and Coco Tihanyi, Surf Diva is
the first all-girls surf school in
the nation, offering lessons,
camps and good times in the
waves off La Jolla Shores.
2160 Avenida de la Playa,