Excellent, extremely powerful sandbars produce some of California's best beachbreak waves, always bigger than anywhere else inside the bay. The Monterey Bay Submarine Canyon funnels swell directly into the beach, so waves are fast-moving and thick, a showcase of quality shape and heavy barrels. NW swells and medium-high incoming tides preferred. Offshore with SE storm winds. The surf down by the jetty is usually smaller than to the north, but is also the most crowded.
Beware of dangerous currents and sneaker sets. Even though there are plenty of peaks to choose from, the locals can be aggressive. There is a toll road for parking by the break. Lock your car. Camping nearby.