Most dangerous surfing spots in California

Surfing is an exhilarating sport that connects man to nature. The sun on your back, the waves on your sides, the air slices as you navigate yourself through that cloud nine! The pride and the challenge of riding the waves are so inviting, and yet the danger lurks around.

In California alone, the best surf spots can sometimes come with an extra risk that you have to overcome. But this seems to be nothing to the surfers who are up for the challenge. These are the impressive and most dangerous surfing spots in California:

 

The Mavericks

The Mavericks is located in Half Moon Bay, California. The big waves come to this surf spot during winters. Storms in the Pacific Ocean can produce big waves that could reach up to 18 meters! Seismographs can even pick up the crash of the waves on the irregularly shaped underwater rocks. Add to that the spooky foggy environment and the freezing waters. The Mavericks is not for the faint-hearted. Ask Jeff Clark how he mustered the courage and became the first person documented to ride the waves of Mavericks.

 

The Wedge

The Wedge is located in Newport Beach, California. It is called “wedge” because of the wedge-shaped waves it displays. The average height of waves in this site is around 9 meters. The danger of this site lies on the steep sand causing waves to come crashing and drag the surfer back into the water. The waves are unpredictable that you cannot tell when it will come. It adds to the thrill and the risk the surfer must face. If you want a big audience to see your surfing skills, this is the place to go because the crowd here is enormous!

 

Surf Beach

It is located in Vandenberg, California. This beach is a natural habitat of seals which attracts a large population of sharks. The common species of shark here is the famous Great White. While these sharks are not intentionally hunting for humans, they can mistake a surfer as its prey.

Other surf sites with shark sightings are the Moss Landing in Monterey Bay and Ocean Beach in San Francisco.

Guide to surfing in Maui

Maui is in the beautiful island state of Hawaii. The position of the island gives it a consistent amount of surfing waves for surfers to enjoy. The massive waves are a common feature of the northern part of the island during winter months. However, you should know that neighboring islands blocks the waves that is why Maui does not get as much swell like in the islands of Kaua’i or O’ahu. Also, Maui is battered by the high winds every day making it the windiest island in the state. While too much wind does not make a good surf spot, it is entirely conducive to kite and wind surfers.

Let us give you a guide to surfing in Maui. For starters, here are the type of surf sports that you can enjoy in this paradise.

Stand-Up Surfing – Imagine surfing with a paddle, and you got stand-up surfing. You can still have fun with this sport even if waves are not big enough to surf. You can also use this as a means to explore nearby reefs

Longboarding – This is the best way to enjoy surfing in Maui. The size and of the board is a good support for surfers.

Short boarding – The board used for this is short, but it is high performance. You will need fast and large waves to enjoy this.

Skimboarding – Enjoy surfing anytime. It doesn’t matter if the wave is just a foot. You can always get your rush fix through skim boarding.

Windsurfing – “Surfboards with sails” is a loose description for this sport. Maui has attracted a lot of windsurfers because of its windy characteristic.

Kite surfing – This is the new surf sport on the block. The power of the wind from way above is what propels you to move around the waters. Pretty cool, right?

A piece of advice, if you are a longboarder, windsurfer or kitesurfer, Maui is perfect for you all year-round. Head on to the Cove in Kihei and you will not be disappointed to play the surf of your choice. On the other hand, there are setbacks for short-boarders because the swell varies each season and location. On a good day, Honolua Bay, Pe’ahi, and Ho’okipa are the sweet spots to break on your short board.

Best places to surf in Costa Rica for beginners

Learning to surf is a big commitment. Imagine the blood, sweat, and tears you have to invest before you can finally ride that big wave without falling overboard. The best part in surfing is the chance to be one with nature, so it is good to locate a site that is scenic and suitable to your surfing skill level.

Finding a surf site could be a daunting task for a beginner, so we listed the best places to surf in Costa Rica for beginners.

 

Playa Tamarindo

Fast Facts:

Location: Guanacaste Region

Timing: December or January

Average Temperature: 30ºC

 

Playa Tamarindo is a lively surfing spot offering surfers with fast breaking right-hand waves. You can just come over here, and you will find a lot of surf schools and camps where you can sign-up to learn surfing. The beach here is long, and it is blessed with golden sands.

Aside from surfing, you can do other things on this beach as well. You can dive, snorkel, zip-line, fish, and bike.

The beach is also home to leatherback turtles which you can enjoy watching during the months of November to February.

 

Santa Teresa

Fast Facts:

Location: Nicoya Peninsula, Puntarenas Region

Timing: December or January

Average Temperature: 30ºC

 

Santa Teresa was once a fishing village, but it developed due to constant surfers who visits the place. The beach here is long and sandy while the water is an enticing clear blue. The beach is also surrounded by beautiful jungle scenery giving it a unique charm.

Once you are done with your surfing lessons, you can enjoy the other things the beach has to offer such as horseback riding, rock climbing, and ATV adventure tours. Do not forget to visit the Cabo Blanco Nature Preserve, too.

 

Other surfing sites that you can consider are:

–    Playitas in Manuel Antonio

–    Playa Hermosa in Jaco

–    Playa Cocles in Puerta Viejo

2017 surfing events in Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach is a surfing spot located in Orange County, California. The best time to surf on this beach is during the winter season when the bigger waves are more consistent and the summer surfer crowd already waned. You can experience riding the hollow waves in this spot.

There are top 2017 surfing events in Huntington Beach. Make sure to mark your calendars and be ready to join thousands of surfers and surfing fans to enjoy the waves.

 

The Vans US Open of Surfing

July 29 – August 6, 2017

This surfing competition is the biggest surfing competition in the world. If you are not competing, the trip is still worth every step. You will not be disappointed when you see the best of the best names in the surfing world compete for the title.

Aside from surfing, there are other activities that you can enjoy during this event such as skateboarding and BMX contests, art exhibitions and movie premiers.

 

The Huntington Beach Surf Competition

September 16 – 17, 2017

Join the 47th Annual contest for Huntington Beach surfers. This is a yearly event organized by the City’s Beach Community Service. The Huntington Surf & Sport and Dukes are among the sponsors. Please note that only residents of Huntington Beach Union High School District can join the competition. Here is the list of requirements to sign-up:

–    Driver’s License or School ID bearing proof of age

–    Proof of residence

There is no age and gender limit to participate in the contest. The registration period is from July 6 to August 24, 2017. However, the registration will close once the 175 slots for the contestants are filled, so better sign-up early if you are interested. Please visit the Huntington Beach’s official website (http://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov) for more details on this event.

 

Don’t delay and start planning for these events today. You do not want to miss these annual spectacles.