About Princeton Jetty

Only a mile or so from one of the most famous waves on the planet, this less-distinguished surf spot is at the very end of Princeton Harbor, well protected from the 20-foot surf booming at Maverick's. On most days there are small to head-high waves bouncing off the jetty at Princeton Harbor and at the beachbreaks extending off to the south. Princeton Harbor is usually bad, but sometimes good. On the right SW swell, a very attractive, little right wedge bubbles up next to the jetty and rockets down the beach. It's a rare sight, though.

Source: Princeton Jetty Surf Guide

Ability Level

Beginner - intermediate

Beg Int Adv

Beginner-Intermediate

Local Vibe

Doable

Welcoming Intimidating

Even here, on the right day, there's a pack of hot locals who can make things unpleasant. Plus, the takeoff zone is dinky, so be prepared for some elbow-bumping.

Crowd Factor

Heavy

Mellow Heavy

Everyone and their dogs are here.

Spot Rating

Fun

Poor Perfect

Fun.

Shoulder Burn

Light

Light Exhausting

Minimal.

Water Quality

Clean

Clean Dirty

Near a harbor, so there's always a little muck.

Additional Information

Hazards

Like nursery school compared to what's going on out at Maverick's.

Access

Easy parking by the highway. Look both ways.

Bring Your

Shortboard

Seabed

Sand and some rocks.

Best Season

January-December

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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