About Linda Mar / Pacifica

Linda Mar is a mile-long stretch of beach between the north point and Pedro Point. Because this place is somewhat protected from swell and wind, it is mostly a beginner to intermediate wave.

Linda Mar has its epic days, but for the most part, the surf ranges from poor to so-so, and the water is crowded with beginners and intermediate surfers. "It's the poor person's Cowell's," as one local surfer described it.

Linda Mar has a reputation for being gray and gloomy, but even in the thick of the region's summer fog season, there's often an inexplicable donut of sunshine beating down on the place. Linda Mar is at the end of a big valley that funnels south and southwest winds into offshores, and the surf can be cranking there during the winter, when the rest of the coast is blown out. The same condition can exist in the summer, when that valley will turn the onshore fog winds into offshores. Linda Mar can be sunny and nice when Ocean Beach is like Moscow in winter.

From north to south, the first spot at Linda Mar is called Round House. Next is Wander Inn, named for a bar that thrived in the '60s. South of Wander Inn, there is a parking lot and showers. This area is called State Park or the Pump House. South of that is The Creek, where a small, possibly toxic creek comes out to sea. At the south end of Linda Mar, The Boat Docks are lefts that break along the point in front of Dick Keating's timeless house.

Source: Linda Mar / Pacifica Surf Guide

Ability Level

Beginner - intermediate

Beg Int Adv

Great spot for a beginner or intermediate when optimal conditions align

Local Vibe

Welcoming

Welcoming Intimidating

Pleasant, mostly. Most of the surfers here are not hard-core locals but day trippers coming down from San Francisco or the greater Bay Area.

Crowd Factor

Heavy

Mellow Heavy

Crowded most days, but mostly beginner to intermediate surfers.

Spot Rating

Poor

Poor Perfect

Kinda fun.

Shoulder Burn

Medium

Light Exhausting

Not bad, but can be stronger if solid.

Water Quality

Fair

Clean Dirty

Dirty in front of the creek, but cleaner over the rest of the beach.

Additional Information

Hazards

Crummy weather, crowds, possible pounding on big days.

Access

Easy parking in the lot. Almost too easy.

Bring Your

Fish, funboard, longboard, sup

Seabed

Mostly sand mixed with boulders and rocks at the south end.

Best Season

November-April

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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