About Piedras Blancas

Pico Creek at the north end of downtown San Simeon. It will be either a thick, right-hand reefbreak wave during clean conditions or a peaky, rocky beachbreak on smaller days. The reef sits in front of the creek's mouth and is clogged with seaweed and boils, yet manages to produce a rather decent right which peaks on the outside, backs off, then reforms and bowls into the inside section.

Popular with surfers of all types, Pico Creek is a fairly reliable spot if the swell is bigger than chest-high. If it isn't, walk south of the short staircase. There you'll find a wide beachbreak punctuated with several boulders and patches of shallow reef. Unsurfable on anything bigger than a few feet overhead, the beachbreak proves valuable during the summertime.

Source: Piedras Blancas Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv


Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Definitely there. Be polite. A more subtle form of localism comes from the resident elephant seals and invisible white sharks.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Medium. 10-15 surfers is about the maximum occupancy for Pico.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect


Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Depends on size but generally a lot of paddling, especially when overhead.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Depends, could be dirty after a rain.

Additional Information


Sharks. Nearby San Simeon has a big elephant seal rookery.


Take Highway 1 into San Simeon Acres, where all the hotels are, and turn west onto Pico Avenue. Park in the tiny cul-de-sac at its end and take the staircase down to the sand.

Bring Your

Shortboard, gun


Sand, rock and reef

Best Season


Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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