About Oceano/Pismo

One of the more consistent and shapely of all Central Coast beachbreaks, the Pismo Beach Pier is the hub of South County surfing. At 1,250 feet long, the pier itself is lit at night, meaning full-moon sessions are a possibility. Cradled in the lee of Point San Luis and San Luis Obispo Bay, the Pier is in a slight northwest swell shadow, so it's usually smaller and less windy than the more exposed sandbars down around Oceano, but bigger than the Avila Beach area to the north.

Pismo's south side is usually better than the north. Surfers are liberated to snuff out several miles' worth of white-sand beachbreak guaranteed to be devoid of others, but the pier vicinity is the hotbed. Juicy rights sometimes form off the south side, but it can be more walled. Bigger, solid groundswells are especially shapeless, so it's best to show up during a peaky windswell or a small groundswell in times of light wind and high tide. Since the beach faces southwest, playful summertime swells are desired. The beach slopes gently out from the water's edge, which also means the waves are much softer than, say, Jalama Beach or Morro Rock.

Source: Oceano/Pismo Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

Beginner-Advanced

Local Vibe

Welcoming

Welcoming Intimidating

Friendly and casual.

Crowd Factor

Mellow

Mellow Heavy

The pier’s south side does get congested with all sorts of boards and ability levels, but it’s never a problem finding a solo peak down the beach.

Spot Rating

Poor

Poor Perfect

Kinda fun.

Shoulder Burn

Light

Light Exhausting

Not too bad.

Water Quality

Clean

Clean Dirty

Clean.

Additional Information

Hazards

Depression at the sheer number of closeouts.

Access

Coming from the south, exit 101 at Price Street, go under the highway and hang a left onto Price Canyon Road, which becomes Hinds Avenue. Take the road to its end and find the paved pier parking lot, where you'll see the wide stairway leading down to the sand.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, longboard, fish

Seabed

Sand

Best Season

April-October

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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