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.
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,
This sandy stretch is a favorite of young adults and college kids as the three-mile
boardwalk provides plenty of entertainment with its beach bars, taco stands,
bike and skate shops and parade of people—not to mention the great surf
scene. The beach break off the Crystal Pier offers up a nice ride with a West,
NW or SW swell, while Tourmaline Surfing Park, where the La Jolla headlands
end, is a surfing-only beach popular with beginners for its slow easy waves.
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 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 sightings. 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.
This world-famous reef break in Encinitas
sports fairly consistent surf year-round. It’s
named for Swami Paramahansa Yogananda,
who taught millions of Westerners about meditation and yoga, and his
Self-Realization Fellowship ashram, built in 1937, which overlooks the
expansive beach and waves.
is a SDTA
Guide to the
Rob Machado surfing