About Hammonds Reef

If you're intent on surfing this right point, your best indicator is Rincon. As soon as it's double-overhead, Hammonds will be on. The wave, which rarely gets bigger than a few feet overhead, improves as it approaches the inside, where an end bowl tends to bend back at you. Since it is so inconsistent, there's a whole crew of style-conscious locals who get their pick of the litter.

Source: Hammonds Reef Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv

Intermediate to advanced

Local Vibe

Doable

Welcoming Intimidating

Hungry.

Crowd Factor

Heavy

Mellow Heavy

Tight.

Spot Rating

Fun

Poor Perfect

Quality right reef when Santa Barbara is pumping.

Shoulder Burn

Medium

Light Exhausting

Average.

Water Quality

Clean

Clean Dirty

Pretty clean unless it just rained.

Additional Information

Hazards

Drop-ins, getting hypothermia waiting for a wave.

Access

Difficult, either valet at the Four Seasons (an obvious sign that you're a visitor) or park outside the hotel and walk.

Bring Your

Shortboard

Seabed

Rock

Best Season

October-February

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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