About Salmon Creek

The most popular surfing spot in the county -- powerful beachbreak resembling San Francisco's Ocean Beach - the tiny enclave of Salmon Creek offers a heavy wave that will kick your ass no matter how many times you've surfed Puerto Escondido. Getting outside can be very tough, but there's usually a couple of natural paddling channels if the swell is peaky enough. Salmon Creek can hold big swells: 10-12-feet on Buoy 13. This doesn't mean that you'll be able to make it out, but it's worth a look. The currents and undertow are notorious, too, and it blows out fairly easily. The area in front of the parking lot is the most heavily trodden peak, but you can always find your own wave with a short walk to the south. If you're accustomed to riding big, burly beachbreaks, Salmon Creek is for you.

Source: Salmon Creek Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv


Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Not too bad, unless you count the occational grumpy fisherfolk from Salmon Creek or the sometimes moody ab divers from Bodega Bay. Most of the people you'll see here are inland folk more accustomed to people and crowds.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Can see a fair-sized group of surfers, but, again, there’s plenty of room.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect


Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting


Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Mostly clean.

Additional Information


Seeing how this break lies at the mouth of a major creek, you can be certain that there's a clear and present shark danger. There have been three attacks here since 2000.


For Bean Avenue, turn onto Bean Avenue off Highway 1 and drive to its end. For Salmon Creek proper, pull into the paved North Salmon Creek Beach parking lot off Highway 1, one mile north of Bodega Bay. Take one of the trails down to the sand.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, gun



Best Season


Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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