About Morro Bay

The northernmost of the volcanic peaks spanning from the city of San Luis Obispo to Morro Bay, 576-foot-tall Morro Rock (also called the Gibraltar of the Pacific) exists in a state preserve for the nesting of the endangered peregrine falcon - so surfing on the rock's north side is the closest you'll ever come to this intriguing monolith. Because the beach faces due west, any and every kind of swell hits the sandbars of Morro Rock, occasionally converting an ordinary California beachbreak into a magical mile or two of feathering A-frames and vomiting tubes. But on a daily basis, this is simply another generic beachbreak with customary closeouts, rip currents and the failure to handle anything over six-feet. The farther up the beach you go, the bigger and beefier the waves become. There's a mushy left off the rock itself, but if you crave power and consistency, you'll scarcely be disappointed with the beach's north end. If the sandbars are formed just right, they'll manage big swells. The problem then becomes making it out.

Source: Morro Bay Surf Guide

Ability Level

Beginner - intermediate

Beg Int Adv

Beginner-Advanced

Local Vibe

Welcoming

Welcoming Intimidating

The locals are mostly friendly, so smile and enjoy the company.

Crowd Factor

Moderate

Mellow Heavy

Close to the Rock can be competitive, but you can always find your own peak up the beach.

Spot Rating

Fun

Poor Perfect

Fun.

Shoulder Burn

Medium

Light Exhausting

Not bad, but can be stronger if solid.

Water Quality

Clean

Clean Dirty

Mostly clean.

Additional Information

Hazards

Closeouts.

Access

From the south, exit Highway 1 onto Harbor Boulevard and take it to Embarcadero. Hang a right and drive around the bay's north end until you reach Coleman City Park, where you'll leave the car. You can also take Atascadero Road.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, longboard, fish, bodyboard, skimming, kiteboard

Seabed

Sand

Best Season

September-November

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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