About Emma Wood

Ventura Overhead is the outside reef which breaks a quarter-mile offshore and only works with big winter swells. It’s a heavy, jacking take-off (big-wave boards recommended) followed by a good, short, sizeable wall that usually favors the right. Backs off shortly thereafter. Inside is the popular Emma Wood beachbreak/reef set-up, with punchy and hollow peaks breaking mainly right, good during the summer months.

Both breaks get crowded quickly. Campground here. Access is at the south end of old PCH. Park in the State car park (fee).

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Stormrider Guide for Emma Wood
  • All Tides All Tides
  • Submerged reef with peaky waves Submerged reef with peaky waves
  • Boulders and Sand Boulders and Sand
  • S - NW S - NW
  • North Easterly North Easterly
  • 20 3 Swell Range 3 - 20ft

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