North Beach Spot Guide

About North Beach

One pier north of the New Pier, North Beach is more consistent and offers an easy paddle-out in the rip alongside the pier, or a jump off into the lineup. Unless, as previously mentioned, there is swell around, then the wash down the beach can get horrendous and you'll spend your session windmilling against the current. Same as New Pier, the wave at North gets really hollow when it's bigger, and some of the barrels that come through here are as good as it gets. Mostly it's a fun wave with rippable walls that can be enjoyed on any surf craft. Inside lefts form up at high tide and are known as the North Bowl, which gets really crowded when it gets good. On the far side of the beach, inside rights run up to the Bay Pier. This wave is known as Far Bowl, and gets really good, as well, but is strictly a high-tide wave. North Beach is the focal point on the Golden Mile, while New Pier is arguably the better wave.

Source: North Beach Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

Beginners to advanced.

Local Vibe

Doable

Welcoming Intimidating

Not as heavy as the New Pier, but so many more of them. The locals are mainly longboarders.

Crowd Factor

Moderate

Mellow Heavy

Weekends can be packed; weekdays are not so bad.

Spot Rating

Fun

Poor Perfect

Not quite as good as the New Pier, but still pretty sick at times.

Shoulder Burn

Light

Light Exhausting

Pretty light, jump off the pier.

Water Quality

Fair

Clean Dirty

The North Beach Pier is a non-fishing pier and thus the water is pretty clean.

Additional Information

Hazards

Turning your back to the ocean.

Access

Easy and direct.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, longboard, fish, bodyboard, bodysurfing

Seabed

Sand.

Best Season

Year Round

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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