About Domes

Domes is the first sorta-protected spot as you head around the corner at Rincon, and as it's the furthest one out, it'll pick up some trade swell and is typically bigger than the other spots as you head south. The main bummer is that it doesn't really handle size too well, generally due to the fact that it's in a small bay; the water flushes in and around and creates an undesirable "toilet bowl" effect. The wave itself is a sectiony right wall (with a shorter left) that can throw the occasional tube; there are a couple different takeoff spots -- inside and outside -- depending on the swell, which spreads the crowds out a bit. Great spot to work on open-face carves. But as it's often (in summer and spring) the only spot working, crowds are inescapable.

Source: Domes Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

Size dependent -- good for beginners on small days.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Can be pretty heavy depending on who is out and how the surf is.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Can get very packed.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Fun wave on the right day that picks up more northeast swell than other nearby spots.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Depends on the surf -- lots of paddling as it gets bigger and on certain swell directions/periods.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

A little dirty after rains.

Additional Information


Crowds, hostile locals and wannabe locals.


Look for the, uh, dome. Park right there.

Bring Your

Shortboard, bodyboard


Sand and reef

Best Season

Late summer and fall for tropical cyclone swells but late fall through early spring for consistency.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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