About 17th St.

Find your rip bowl and enjoy. This is the northernmost stretch of HB before you make your way to the Cliffs, and it loves a combo swell and low tide. It is rideable here almost as much as the Pier, though not usually as shapely, and it packs a few feet more size on a long period WNW swell during the winter. But, as alluded to, is prone to large rips and plenty of current when the swell is pumping. Open corners are hard to come by unless there are a few different swells running, but it is fun to try and find them (if you like duck diving and finding a needle in a haystack). Catch it with a proper combo, drained low tide, and offshore Santa Ana winds, though, and you’ll think heaven really is a place on Earth.

Source: 17th St. Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

Beginner to advanced.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Mostly mild.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Spread out unless it is firing.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Pretty typical beachbreak most days, can get exceptional on a good combo or tropical swell.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Pretty average most days, but can be brutal on a strong south or northwest swell with current.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Not great after a rain, especially near the drainpipes.

Additional Information


Beginners on big boards, current, baby white sharks at the Huntington Flats.


Free parking on side streets and meters.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, longboard, fish, bodyboard



Best Season

January-December, but fall can be epic.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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