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Easily one of the best spots north of San Francisco, found off Port Road at the south end of the Point Arena township. When conditions are prime on the north side of the pier, you’ll find a steep, hollow, ledging righthander with a thick wall roaring into the deep channel. Beware of the rusted ship’s boiler on the inside during low tide. Needs at least a clean, head high swell (the bigger the better) to break, with an incoming tide. When it’s smaller, the wave peels dangerously close to the inside ledge. The paddle-out is through a keyhole in the rock ledges near shore. There’s also a good left breaking to the south of the pier, best at about head high and offering some punchy sections in front of the exposed rock shelf. N wind blows sideshore/offshore at both the point and the left, but forget about it on a S wind.

The waves and the crowds are consistent. Ditto for white sharks.

  • Mid Tide Only
  • Left-hand break over submerged reef
  • Sand
  • S - N
  • North Easterly
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